How to choose outdoor digital TV antennas

Written by j. johnson
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Indoor TV antennas, even when placed in an attic, don't have the same ability to receive signals from transmitting towers as outdoor antennas do. If you live far away from transmitting towers or in an area with lots of trees or tall buildings that obstruct your signal, you may need an outdoor digital TV antenna to pick up your local channels.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Decide where you can install an outdoor digital TV antenna. Most outdoor antennas are installed on rooftops, but for those who live in an apartment building or duplex, this might not be an option. Other places where an outdoor antenna can be mounted include decks, poles or the side of a building. If you live on the first floor of an apartment building or duplex, ask your upstairs neighbours for permission to mount your antenna to the side of their railing or porch. The higher you can get your outdoor digital TV antenna, the better chance you'll have of receiving a strong signal.

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    Contact local companies that sell outdoor digital TV antennas and ask what type of antenna they recommend for your situation. Be sure to explain where you plan to mount your outdoor antenna. Make a list of the various recommendations you receive and search for them online. Read customer reviews and product information to determine which type of antenna will work best for your situation.

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    Choose the type of outdoor digital TV antenna that gets the best reviews and seems to be the best choice for your situation. Contact local stores and ask if they sell that particular antenna and how much it costs. You can also search online for the antenna. Purchase the outdoor digital TV antenna from the store or company that offers it for the cheapest price.

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    Be sure the outdoor digital TV antenna you choose comes with a money-back guarantee. You won't know whether the antenna really picks up signals well enough to watch your favourite channels until you install it. If it doesn't receive a signal, you want to make sure you have the option to return it and get your money back--or at the very least, exchange it for a different type of outdoor antenna.

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