FREE High Definition TV with an Antenna
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.
is how to build an antenna system to receive free HDTV.
First, go the website
http://DTV.gov to study the maps and the television towers in
your area. Enter your zip code in the top left corner of the page,
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
web page pictured below shows that Zip Code 32780 has TV Towers mostly
located in the (WNW) West North West direction. The
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,
"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 graded by "db Gain".
Suggested Antenna - (about $55)
Suggested Signal Amplifier
- (about $50)
Then, if you want to connect more than one TV to the
will need a Splitter
Suggested Splitter - (about $6)
you need now is some cable – namely “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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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
DTV.gov 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).
Splitter is used to run the signal to other TV’s in your house. The
Splitter is wired after the Signal Amplifier, to all your TV’s.
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
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.
an RG6 Quad-Shield Coax
cable from Signal Amplifier to
RG6 Quad-Shield Coax
cables from the Splitter
to all the TV’s.