How to watch TV when camping

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How to watch TV when camping
Watch TV while camping. (hand held tv image by Peter Baxter from

When camping, you usually don't lug along your flat-screen television, portable generator and satellite system from home. However, going camping doesn't mean you need to completely abandon all TV service. With a portable hand-held TV, it is possible to pick up local broadcasts of networks such as CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC and PBS, allowing you to watch TV while camping. The reception quality will depend on where in the country you are located.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Hand-held television
  • Replacement batteries

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    Put fresh batteries in your hand-held TV. Batteries only last a few hours in a portable TV (due to the amount of energy it takes to keep the screen and reception running). Using fresh batteries gives you several hours of life, however it is a good idea to keep spares on you, too.

  2. 2

    Fully extend the antenna on the hand-held TV and turn the power on. This increases the range of the TV's signal.

  3. 3

    Head to a clearing to find the best signal. Trees often block out the signal, making it hard to receive any picture at all.

  4. 4

    Move the antenna around until you find a suitable signal quality. Sit still with the TV so you don't interrupt the signal.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure your TV is digital and not analogue. Analogue TVs are no longer capable of receiving broadcasts through an antenna, as all broadcasts are digital now. Check the user manual of your TV if you are not sure.

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