Top 4 Indoor and Outdoor Antennas

Specs and Ratings

One of the smartest decisions I've made in recent memory is purchasing a high definition antenna. At the time I was without local high definition programming because my service provider didn't offer local stations in HD.

Because I own a HDTV with a built-in tuner I'm now able to watch all of my local stations in HD for free. It's funny to think that, in a day and age where technology is rapidly changing, a simple, cheap purchase of an item that's been available for decades can change the way I watch network television.

Keep in mind to check Antenna Web to see if you need VHF, UHF or both.

DB8 Multidirectional Long Range Antenna

8 Element Bowtie Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna - 70 Mile Range
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DB8 has been said to be the highest gain multi-directional antenna on the market. If this is true then expect to be able to use this antenna at a range of up to 70 miles. The fact that it's amplified and multi-directional is why I put this one at the top of the list. Digital reception is difficult for many antennas, which is why amplification might be what you need. Another benefit of this antenna is that you might be able to pick up channels from neighboring markets, which could increase your programming choices.

Channel Master Outdoor Antenna, Model 4220

Channel Master actually has a lot of antennas that I could list in this article. So, to be fair I will only list the 4220 model.

The 4220 is a medium directional outdoor antenna that, according to Channel Master, has a range of 20 miles for channels 7-13 and 30 miles for 14-69. It can attach to the roof,side of the house or the overhang where gutters would go.

Dimensions are 20in. x 17in. x 5in. (W x H x D).

Channel Master Antenna Rotator

This isn't an antenna but it should solve the problem of trying to receive 360-degrees of reception with a directional outdoor antenna.

Channel Master's antenna rotator system contains a motor-driven harness or device that connects to your roof - you then install the antenna pole into the harness. The complete system comes with a remote control and a box that talks to the remote and the motor-driven harness.

If you need to tweak a signal you can turn the antenna while sitting on your couch. No more scaling the ladder to the roof to turn the antenna. The only issue I see with this product is the installation, which will require running cables from the harness to the box that sits by your TV.

Jensen TV-931 Low Profile Vhf/uhf/hdtv Amplified Antenna

This little thing kind of resembles Stewie Griffin from the cartoon series Family Guy. It is amplified, which means it plugs into the wall. Electricity isn't needed to receive a signal, but electric power can increase the picture quality on a low signal when adjusting the 15db of extra gain. The TV-931 has a swiveling base as well as retractable and rotating dipoles. It will fit neatly on any TV stand or entertainment center. This is an indoor-only antenna and is only available used.


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