FREE High Definition TV with an Antenna
By using an antenna to connect to FREE Broadcast High Definition TV signals - complemented by Internet TV and movies, people can easily save hundreds of dollars per year.
Here is how to build an antenna system to receive free HDTV.
First, go the website https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps to study the maps and the television towers in your area. Enter your LOCATION zip code, see Enter Location. Click Go!, and a TV station lookup for your area will appear. To learn where each TV station Tower is located, click on each TV Station Callsign - located in the left column, see "Click on callsign for detail". As an example, the https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps web page pictured below shows that Zip Code 32780 has TV Towers mostly located in the (WNW) West North West direction. The https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps web page is all you need to determine where the TV towers are located, and if the signal is strong enough to receive Free High Definition TV signals from an Antenna.
As shown above, from location Zip Code 32780, the Antenna must point West North West. If the Signal Legends on the DTV.gov webpage indicate GREEN COLOR, or, Strong, you should be able to receive these stations with an Antenna. We suggest installing the Antenna in the attic, if possible. If you can not install the Antenna in the attic, you will have to mount the Antenna outside your home. Some people are very creative about locating the Antenna. We have seen working Antennas mounted in garages, porches, skylights, lofts, and closets!
Next, you must pick out an Antenna, and a Signal Amplifier. We provide working suggestions, but it is all up to you. Remember, Antennas are usually graded by - db Gain -.
Suggested Antenna - (about $70)
Suggested Signal Amplifier - (about $50)
Then, if you want to connect more than one TV to the Antenna, you will need a Splitter
Suggested Splitter - (about $6)
All you need now is some cable, RG6 Quad-Shield Coax. You must figure out what lengths you will need to reach the televisions in your house. Then, find and purchase the cable from here:
Suggested RG6 Quad-Shield Coax Cable - (price varies depending on length)
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When the Antenna, Signal Amp., Splitter, and cables arrive, start by installing the Antenna – pointing towards the TV towers, (the direction depends on your location determined by the https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps web page). If you are able, and you have first studied all installation SAFETY requirements, find a spot to install the antenna in the attic on the side of your home facing the TV towers in your area. An antenna can receive a good signal thru wood and asphalt roof, but, concrete walls are difficult to penetrate. Try to find a location that only needs to read thru wood, if possible. Mounting the antenna in the attic will save you from grounding the antenna (from lightning storms), and, it will last many years in the attic. Remember the signal amplifier should be mounted as close as possible to the antenna, but, you will need to plug it in to a power source. My Signal Amplifier is actually located behind my main TV (with the antenna in the attic).
The Splitter is used to run the signal to other televisons in your house. The Splitter is wired after the Signal Amplifier, to all your televisions.
Please study carefully the instructions provided with your Antenna, and, all the Antenna accessories. We only provide the basic principles for you to understand the Antenna installation procedure. Please read and follow all precautionary safety statements provided with your Antenna equipment and accessories. WARNING! Please KEEP AWAY FROM POWER LINES.
1. Mount Antenna
2. Run an RG6 Quad-Shield Coax cable wire from the Antenna to the Signal amplifier.
3. Be sure Signal Amplifier is located near a home electric power outlet.
4. Run an RG6 Quad-Shield Coax cable from Signal Amplifier to Splitter.
5. Run the RG6 Quad-Shield Coax cables from the Splitter to all the TV's