Tips for Better TV Reception with Your Indoor Antenna

Mohu Leaf antenna in window

Getting the ideal reception using your indoor digital TV antenna can be a challenging task. In my experience, it can be like playing “whack-a-mole”: when you have the antenna in one position, you get certain channels. Move it to another position and different channels come in and the original ones you had are now gone. Some tinkering is definitely required to get the most channels.

Of course, an outdoor antenna is ideal, but many people are not allowed or able to put an antenna on their roofs.

Here are my hints and tips to help you get the most channels with your indoor antenna.

1. Put it in the Right Location

The best locations to put a flat antenna like the Mohu Leaf are often against windows or outwardly facing walls. Start with these locations and run a baseline channel scan on your TV.  I like to use adhesive tape to temporarily position the antenna during my scans.

To help determine which direction the TV signals are coming from, go to my Station Finder and enter your zip code or address.  When the results appear, click on the stations’ call letters in the left column to see what direction the signals are coming from:

station_finder

So, if there is a particular channel you are having trouble with, move the antenna to the wall of your room that is facing that transmitter tower.

2. Use a Longer Cable To Reach That Window

Technically, extending the antenna cable will slightly reduce the signal level that gets to your TV, but if the longer length allows you to reach window that is facing the transmitter tower, it could be worth it.

Just be sure to use “RG6” coax cable (see below).

If you have a long cable, you can even try moving your antenna outside temporarily, to see if an outdoor antenna would be beneficial. Do not use an unnecessarily long a cable though, as that will reduce your signal level!

3. Face it in the Right Direction

I’ve found that the angle at which your antenna is mounted can make a big difference. Consider this map of Los Angeles:

Los Angeles Stations

All of the transmitter towers for Los Angeles are in one place: Mount Wilson near Pasadena. I had trouble receiving CBS when I placed my antenna against my north-facing wall (my East-facing wall doesn’t face outside).  When I angled my antenna towards the northeast, I could get CBS with no problem.

Check out the Station Finder and click on each station’s call letters to see where to point your antenna.  You want the antenna’s signals to have as much surface area to land on as possible when they reach your antenna (assuming you are using a flat antenna like the Mohu Leaf).

This might require some fancy mounting, but it could allow you to start receiving your favorite channel!

4. Lay Your Antenna Flat Horizontally

I know this sounds crazy, but many so many readers have confirmed this!

One day at my previous apartment (which was at the base of a hill), I had my Mohu Leaf antenna taped to the wall and it fell down to the floor.  To my amazement, it got better reception on the floor than vertically on the wall!  So, try laying your flat antenna horizontally and see if it helps, even if it’s on the floor!

I have a friend (and several readers) who get the best reception with the Leaf antenna taped to their ceiling!  So, try the logical positions first (near windows and outer walls), but also trying laying it flat horizontally, especially if you live near mountains, tall trees, or tall buildings. These obstacles can deflect the TV signal into entering your home in weird, non-obvious, directions.

5. Move it Higher Up – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

I get 50% more channels with my Mohu Leaf antenna on the second floor vs. the first floor. Place your antenna as high up as possible, preferably with a line a sight to the transmitters.

6. Put it in a Skylight – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Do you have a skylight? I moved my Mohu Leaf to my skylight and got even more channels!  It’s the closest thing to having an outdoor antenna using an indoor antenna!

Mohu Leaf antenna in skylight
Mohu Leaf antenna in skylight

Since the cable run from my skylight to my TV would be very long, I attached it to a Tablo and watch live TV using  browser or the Tablo app.

7. Use a Better Cable – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

The Mohu Leaf (and perhaps the antenna you are using) comes with “RG59” cable. It’s printed right on the cable:

Mohu Leaf RG59 cable
The Mohu Leaf comes with RG59 cable.

Many users have reported that they get better reception (more channels) when they swap this cable out for the more beefy “RG6” cable:

RG6 coax cable
RG6 cable is better quality, and can get you more channels! (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED).

Folks have told me that Mohu customer service even recommends using RG6 cable!  It makes sense, since RG6 has a thicker conductor, better insulation, and better shielding than RG59 and is designed for higher frequencies.

If you care to, read more about RG59 and RG6 cables here.  You’ll see why RG59 is so bad and RG6 is awesome!!

So, if you have a Mohu Leaf or any other antenna with crappy RG59 cable, swap it out with RG6! Here are some examples on Amazon:

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Note that the cable used by the cable company is often RG6, but is not always labeled. Give it a try and see if it helps.

8. Eliminate Electronic Interference

Nearby electric equipment could be interfering with your TV reception.  As a test, unplug all nearby computers, VCRs, DVD players, set-top boxes, stereo equipment, Wi-Fi routers, and anything else electronic or electric.  Fluorescent lights can cause problems. (One reader said that electric hair clippers caused his TV signal to go out!) Unplug all connections to your TV except for power and the antenna.  Then, re-test.  If you see an improvement, turn on the other equipment one at a time to isolate the source of the interference.

This really works! Here’s what one reader told me:

Thank you thank you!!!! I suddenly could only get two out of about 15 stations I had been able to get with an old indoor antenna. But because of your article, I realized that the old VCR I had turned on a few days ago was still on!!! As soon as I turned it off, all my stations came back… thank you again.

How about this one:

We figured it out… The ‘new appliance’ was the new motorized recliner! Unplugged, the channels come in fine. How ’bout that?!?

If you have a lot of electronic equipment near your TV, it might be helpful to use a longer cord for your antenna to move it away and even into a different room to isolate it from the interference from the equipment.  Wi-Fi routers can be especially troublesome.

Sometimes plugging the offending piece of equipment into the same power strip can help. Sometimes plugging it into a different power outlet can help.  If the offending piece of equipment is connected to your TV via HDMI, for example, you can get an HDMI cable with ferrite cores (or add them separately) to try to block the interference.

9. Try Removing the Amplifier (if there is one)

If you’re using an antenna setup with a powered amplifier (also known as a booster), try removing it.

An amplifier can make the situation worse if you have some strong stations. The amp can cause the strong station to swamp out the weak ones and your reception could be worse.  If your antenna came with an amplifier (i.e., if you plug it into the wall for power), then try removing the amplifier and seeing if your reception improves.  Many readers have told me that their antennas actually get more channels without the amp! So, if you have an amp, try removing it and connect your antenna directly to your TV.

10. Add an Amplifier

Conversely, if you live very far from stations (over 20 miles), then an amplifier can indeed help. An amp works best if all of your stations on the Station Finder are yellow or red, or if all of your stations are flaky.  I recommend the Channel Master line of amplifiers.

An amp won’t work well if you have a bunch of strong stations and want to get a few more weak ones. In that case, it might do more harm than good.

11. Use a Reflector

If all of your TV signals come from one direction (as is the case in the Los Angeles area), a reflector behind your antenna might help.  I’ve tried using pie tins and metal baking sheets behind my Mohu Leaf to improve reception and it does help in some situations.  The tricky thing is figuring out how to mount it all in a stable fashion though.

Antenna reflector
I placed this pie ten next to my Mohu Leaf antenna to give better reception for a few pesky channels.

12. Use Two Antennas with a Coupler

This approach can work well if you have strong signals coming from two different directions. It will not help if your signals from all directions are weak.

If you have two different “sweet spots”, you can use a coupler to attach two antennas to your TV and point them in different directions to get both sets of signals. Of course, this requires you to buy another antenna, plus a coupler to combine the signals, plus some more coax cable. I used this technique for a while with my rabbit-ear antenna.

Antenna Coupler

Note that you must use a “coupler”, not a “splitter”. A splitter is used to send the signal from one antenna to several TVs. A coupler is used to combine the signal from multiple antennas to one TV.

The Winegard CC-7870 is a coupler that has good reviews on Amazon:

13. Get a Better Tuner

The part of your TV that receives the TV signal is called a “tuner”.  Some TV’s have good tuners, some not so good.  I’ve heard that LG and Vizio tuners are the best, with Sony and Hitachi very good. Steer clear of no-name brand TVs if you want the best tuner quality.

I don’t recommend going out and getting a new TV just for the tuner, but if you were going to get a new TV for other reasons, consider getting a name-brand to get a good broadcast TV tuner.

If your TV’s tuner is bad, and you want recording capability, then maybe you can kill two birds with one stone by purchasing a DVR+, which has a built-in tuner, or a Tablo TV, which also has a built-in tuner but broadcasts the signal to your Roku.

14. Move it Outside – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

You’ll get the most channels and best reception with a rooftop antenna vs. an indoor antenna. The difference can be amazing. This is pretty much a fact.

But, it also turns out that in general, anywhere outside is usually better than inside.

As a test, put your antenna outside facing the transmitter towers and see if your reception improves. For this test, it can be just outside your front door, an open window, or patio. I get dramatically more channels with my antenna on my patio than I do when it’s indoors.  Maybe you can’t keep it there permanently right now, but it will help you decide whether an outdoor antenna would be worthwhile for you. Even a small outdoor patio antenna can give big improvement.

15. Get a VHF Antenna – The Nuclear Option

About 90% or more of the TV stations out there broadcast on the UHF band.  Therefore, most indoor antennas like the Leaf are optimized for UHF, but will work with VHF/Hi-V if the station is not too far away.  If there is a particular station that you want which is flaky, check the Station Finder to see if it is a VHF or Hi-V station (the last column shows whether it is UHF or VHF).  If it is VHF or Hi-V station, it may be worth getting an antenna better optimized for VHF.  Unfortunately, these are pretty big and expensive, which is why I don’t recommend them for most people.  Here they are:

Yes, these are big, bulky, and expensive, but less than the cost of two months of cable for most people.

What Hasn’t Worked for Me

So far I’ve listed things that have helped me get more channels. However, I want to list a few things that haven’t really helped me, in order to save you some time and money.

As I mentioned above, I only recommend powered (amplified) antennas for those who live really far away from transmitters.  But, if you live in a big city with strong stations, don’t get a powered antenna!  They can perform worse than non-powered antennas when strong signals are present.  If you don’t believe me, read the reviews online.  The people who got no improvement (or worse performance) were probably too close to the transmitters.  Save your money.

Also, please avoid purchasing a whole bunch of different antennas in an attempt to get better reception. In my testing, once you spend $40 on an indoor antenna, the performance doesn’t vary that much. Yes, $10 rabbit-ear antennas are not so good. Personally, I found flat antennas like the Mohu Leaf and HD Frequency Cable Cutter perform better indoors than bulky metal antennas.  Flat antennas can be placed in a wider variety of locations than bulky metal antennas, which gives you more flexibility in positioning, and can result in better reception.  Save your money – no need to try ten different antennas. They will all work similarly as long as they are not cheap rabbit ear antennas.

If none of these tips solve your reception problems, then consider an outdoor antenna.

I hope this article has helped you with your antenna positioning. For me, part of the fun is remembering that you are getting completely FREE TV that other people pay up to a thousand dollars per year or more for. Ain’t that worth a little hassle of positioning an antenna?

Please respond with your antenna positioning tips and tricks below! Thanks, Brian

  • Michael

    This is, by far, the most informative web site I have found when it comes to digital TV reception. Nice job, Brian!

    I live in the city of Boston, on the 5th floor of a 7 floor apartment building. Most buildings in my neighborhood are generally 3-4 floors, so I don’t have too many obstacles between me and the main TV tower where all the Boston stations transmit from which is about 8 miles to the WSW of me.

    Our full-powered NBC affiliate is losing its affiliation at the end of this year, as NBC is moving it to a rimshot signal in southern NH that they own. They will also be simulcasting it on a low-power TV station at the main TV tower where all the full-power Boston stations transmit from.

    I currently am using my old rabbit ears that I’ve had for a couple decades and I can pull in every major Boston signal from the TV tower 8 miles away plus another full power signal from about 20 miles to WNW. I also can see that I get a weak signal for the low-power station that will start carrying NBC in 2017, but not enough for an actual picture. Same thing with the Providence, RI, NBC affiliate which transmits from only about 30 miles away to the SW.

    I’m trying to figure out where to start with a new antenna. My goal is to pull in either the low-power Boston station which will become NBC or the Providence NBC affiliate, or preferably both.

    Would you start with a 35 mile antenna or a 50 mile antenna? I’m already thinking I shouldn’t use an amplifier since I have nearly 10 stations transmitting from less than 10 miles away. But not sure how strong an antenna I need to receive a low-power station from 8 miles away or a full-power station from 30 miles away or what would be my best bet. Thanks!

    • Hi Michael,

      Thank you for the kind words about my site!

      Ah, I used to live in Providence and could bring in some Boston stations with my Mohu Leaf antenna.

      First of all, I definitely agree with not using an amplifier.

      I would recommend either the Mohu Leaf or Cable Cutter Aerowave:
      http://disablemycable.com/antennas/

      Best,
      Brian

  • Hattori Hanzo

    Does anyone have issues getting NBC? I live in Phoenix a few miles north of South Mountain where the signals are transmitted from. I can pick up CBS, ABC and FOX but no NBC. The RCA antenna I purchased is supposed to pick up UHF and VHF. It doesn’t matter where I move it, where I turn the dial or how far I extend the arms…no NBC. The only reason I picked the antenna up was to watch NFL games. Works great on Sunday but it’s lights out for NBC. Very frustrating.

    From various net searches I’ve conducted its appears that NBC is problematic for folks all over the country.

    • Hi Hattori,

      Couple observations. First, NBC in your area is VHF (Hi-V). VHF channels are more difficult to pick up than UHF channels.

      Second, it sounds like your antenna is a rabbit-ear antenna, with telescoping arms and a ring. In my testing, these types of antennas are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to reception.

      The best option is to get a good rooftop antenna that can pick up VHF. If you can’t put up a rooftop antenna, here are some to try, but make sure you have a good return policy, because better reception is not guaranteed:
      http://disablemycable.com/blog/antenna-tips/

      Best,
      Brian

      • Hattori Hanzo

        Thanks for the advice. I might look into buying something of higher quality. It might save me a lot of money in the long run.

  • T.H.

    I bought the Mohu Leaf with amp because I thought it would work better, despite your warnings. I was darn wrong. No place I put the antenna would bring a good reception. By re-reading your website I got the tip of leaving the antenna laying flat on the floor and I also took out the amp. Man, IT WORKS! Now my tuning issues are gone and as I move to a new place, I’m finally ready to cut the cable off. Thanks for this very instructional website that help us save a lot of money!

    • Hi T.H.

      Thank you for sharing! Yeah, it’s totally amazing how laying the antenna flat can work in some cases.

      Amps have never worked for me, although I live moderately close to the towers.

      Best,
      Brian

  • Tony Boy (Bud)

    Hi Brian,

    This may be an odd “problem” but I wanted to see if I am doing something wrong. I live in a major metropolitan area (South Florida) and I live in/near 2 major TV markets, Miami/Fort Lauderdale (one market) and West Palm Beach (another market). Technically I live in the Miami TV market in Broward county. When I search on websites what channels I can get, the Miami channels show up first, then the channels from West Palm Beach show up second. I bought a 50 mile antenna so I could pick up both.

    Basically my dilemma is that I want to watch BOTH markets. ABC, FOX, CBS etc from both Miami AND West Palm. (I want to watch local news from both, weird I know). But whenever I channel search I only get the Miami stations (the closest ones to me). But the channels from the Palm Beach market are close enough that I should be picking them up as well. Why am I not receiving them at all? Does my TV “know” I am trying to get ABC/FOX/CBS from 2 different markets?

    I know this sounds like an odd “problem” and I am fine if I cannot pick up both markets, I was just curious if it’s because I am doing something wrong, or if there is another reason why.

    -Tony

    • Hi Tony,

      If the two stations are broadcasting on the exact same channel, your TV will only pick up the stronger of the two. Perhaps that is what’s going on?

      Best,
      Brian

      • Tony Boy (Bud)

        Well it’s not the same channel, but it’s the same network. Sorry, i tried to explain the best I could.

        Let me explain more clearly. In the Miami market, FOX is 7.1. In Palm Beach FOX is 29.1. I currently only pick up the 7.1 Miami market FOX, and the Palm Beach 29.1 FOX isn’t picking up at all. But it is only about 30 miles away (I have a 50 mile antenna). In Miami CBS is 4.1, in Palm Beach it is 12.1. Again, I only pick up the 4.1.

        I understand they show the same shows during prime time, and the only real difference is the local news, but I want to watch between both. I live in the Miami market, but I work in the Palm Beach market to explain my strange desire for both.

        When I type in my address, the signal strength is green and well within range for both (so it says). So why am I only getting the Miami channels? Any ideas?

        I hope this explains my situation a bit better.

        • HI Tony,

          Got it, thanks. It probably has to do with which direction your antenna is pointed, especially if the signals are coming from different directions. If you click on the call letters in the Station Finder (http://disablemycable.com/station-finder/), you can see what directions the signals are coming from. Try adjusting your antenna until you get the best reception from both stations.

          Best,
          Brian

          • Tony Boy (Bud)

            Brian,

            My antenna is on a north sliding glass door facing the Palm Beach stations (the ones I am trying to get). Nothing seems to work. I have tried using an amplifying, and tried without one. Makes no difference. I have pretty much accepted I am not getting those channels hahaha. Perhaps I have found a sad loophole, you can’t watch two markets at the same time. I know the vast majority of people only live within one market, a city and its suburbs, but I thought I could take advantage of being within 35 miles of two.

            If somehow I figure something out, I will let you know.

            Best,
            Tony

          • Hi Tony,

            Yes, please do let us know if you discover some trick to get those channels!

            Best,
            Brian

  • Brian W.

    Hey Brian–
    You have inspired me! I dumped DirecTV! Yay!
    My Mohu Leaf came today. I used the cable they sent with it. I hooked it up to the Antenna port on the back of my Panasonic TV. I ran the channel scan. It picked up about 118 digital stations (I’m in LA, east of Pasadena). The channel info shows up in the top left corner of each screen…but there’s no picture and no sound. Dang it! I feel like I’m so close, yet so far. Any thoughts on what the problem could be? Thanks!
    –Brian of Pasadena

    UPDATE: Never mind! Just had to turn the TV off and back on–my wife’s innovative solution!

    • Hi Brian,

      So glad it worked for you! Yeah, the TV transmitter towers are on Mt Wilson, so you should get good reception over there. Thank you for sharing!!

      Best,
      Brian

  • CAF

    Brian – Thanks for all of the information you provide. I am trying to cut the cord. I live in Burlington, VT and all of the major networks have towers on the same mountain, 21 miles to the east. I bought a Wineguard Flatwave, non amped indoor antenna and have it on a wall, unfortunately it is on the west wall so it has to go through an interior and exterior wall. I was able to pick up all of the channels but I’m getting intermittent pixelization and audio drops (more frequent on the weakest channels). I checked the signal strength on the TV (a new Samsung) and the signals are fluctuating quite a bit. The strongest signals go anywhere from 30-14dB and the weakest from 20-10dB. According to TV fool the best channel should be getting 59db and the weakest 42dB. I know this does not take into account trees, buildings, etc. but does that mean there is potential to improve my signal? If the signal is above 15dB it looks fine, but once it dips below I get the problems. What is your recommendation? Should I try the amped version of the antenna since I am at 21 miles or is that still too close? What causes the fluctuations?

    • Hi CAF,

      The best solution would be to go with rooftop or attic antenna. If that is not possible, it might help to use a longer (RG6) cable to reach an East-facing wall.

      It’s hard to say whether an amp will help or not. It’s probably worth trying, but make sure you have a good return policy in case it doesn’t help. I’ve seen very mixed results with amps.

      Not sure what is causing the fluctuations in signal level.

      Best,
      Brian

  • Joel Fregia

    Hi Brian, and thanks for the most helpful article I’ve read about using a TV antenna!

    According to TV Fool all the stations I want come from 26 miles north, from Chicago. I’d invest in an antenna+amplifier, except that I live in the south side of a second floor apartment, with south facing windows. Even if I put an antenna on my north facing wall, I’m afraid my neighbor’s apartment will degrade the signal too much. There would be about 3 walls between the source and the antenna. Outdoor is not an option, and I don’t know anyone with an indoor to compare. Does the situation sound hopeless?

    • Hi Joel,

      Even though you’re on the “wrong” side of the apartment, I think it’s still worthwhile to try an indoor antenna if you are getting a lot of stations in TV Fool. You’ll have to do some experimentation for best location. It might actually be best to put it in a window, even though it faces south.

      Best,
      Brian

      • Joel Fregia

        Thanks for the tip! I might give it a try.
        Also, it’s really cool that you take the time to do reply to all these comments. I appreciate it.

  • Sasha Hall

    Hello Bryan. Hope you’re having a good evening. We have disconnected Directv. We have a Samsung LED TV. We have tried everything to get any kind of signal. We have the RG6 cable connected to 1. An RCA flat square looking indoor antenna. 2. Tried connecting to RCA rabbit ear type indoor antenna. 3. Tried another thin flat metal square shaped antenna (it’s on our roof don’t remember the brand). 4. Tried connecting to the old tall outdoor attached to our house antenna and ran to a converter box (RCA digital TV converter). Tried without the converter box as well. We get absolutely nothing. Not one channel. When I put my zip code in the station finder there are two channels in yellow both UHF. When I point in direction shown on map of station finder nothing. 5. Tested the cable to be sure it wasn’t bad. 6. Changed our TV settings to antenna and air. We have gotten nothing but fuzz/snow nothingness. Are you aware of some setting on the tv we may be missing or any ideas at all before we spend unnecessary money on starting over with new cable, bigger antenna, boosters, or the dreaded going back to Directv?

    • Hi Sasha,

      Two channels in the yellow is not very good. My advice is to ask your neighbors what kinds of antennas are working for them. You can see the ones with rooftop antennas by just walking around your neighborhood.

      Best,
      Brian

      • Sasha Hall

        That’s what I was afraid of. My neighbors all have Directv or dish network dishes. The few people who have antenna television are a few miles away. I was just hoping there might be some sort of setting on my tv that I wasn’t changing or something. Thanks!

        • I would try the tips first, then a Mohu Leaf with RG6 cable or Cable Cutter antenna then. Get from Amazon because they have a pretty good return policy if these don’t help.

          Brian

          • Sasha Hall

            Tried them all. Have the RG6 cable as well. We just live so far out with lots of hills, hollars, and old tall pines. I’m fine with a book, but was hoping to find something for those grandbabies when they visit.Thanks for your input and quick responses.

  • Renee S

    I purchased 2 Mohu leafs and used a 2H24SP splitter that allows the signal to combine. I saw that my LED lighting affected the cable signal so I covered the RG59 cable that you get with a Mohu with aluminum foil which worked for me. Even a slight gap in the the foil causes problems. I now have Channel 11.

    • Hi Renee,

      That is awesome, thanks for sharing!!

      Yes, RG59 cable is bad. That’s why I recommend getting a replacement RG6 cable to my readers.

      But, you made it work with a little ingenuity! Good job!

      Best,
      Brian

  • Gene Sky

    Yes I agree , reception can be worse with a signal amplifier . Strong Tv transmissions can overload a signal amplifier making reception worse.

    It is best use a non amplified antenna and compare reception with a External signal amplifier not connected and connected.

  • Gene Sky

    Gene Sky , Date 07-08-2016.

    The flat antenna in the window has the coax on the side. The metal reception elements inside of the plastic are in the vertical position , most Tv transmissions are horizontal.

    Will better reception happen if the antenna is adjusted so connection of the coax to the flat antenna is at the bottom or top?? So the reception elements are in the horizontal position.

    • Hi Gene,

      Good point. I’ll have to try that to see if it makes a difference.

      I’ll just say that I’ve seen some antenna behaviors that don’t make any sense – like having the best reception when the antenna was on the floor vs. the window at my previous apartment!

      Brian

      • Gene Sky

        Gene Sky , Date 07-08-2016.

        Here is Knowledge that most every one ignores.

        –> The Inside of ANY TYPE OR KIND of Building Will Reduce and Disrupt Reception.

        The Tv Signal Bounces Around the Inside of Building –> This Is Not Good.

        Produces Odd Reception Situations , Like Better Reception of Some Channels with Antenna on the Floor.

        The Best Reception Happens when a Tv antenna is , Aimed At , Directed At , the Tv Transmitting Tower Antenna.

        The Best Reception Happens when No Obstructions of ANY TYPE OR KIND are Obstructing the LOS = Line Of Sight Reception Between the Transmitting Antenna and the Receiving Antenna.

        This information is Repeatedly and Repeatedly and Repeatedly All Over the Internet and the information is Repeatedly and Repeatedly and Repeatedly Ignored.

        The best situation of a apartment building or any other type or kind of building is , if when is a apartment building is to have a apartment that has a window that is in the direction of the Tv Tower Transmitters.

        I have been providing information for a long time.

        Here is a way the advice conversation often goes. This is the condensed short version.

        The bedroom window is in the direction of the transmitters , with the antenna in the bedroom window the reception is great in the bedroom.

        But to get the Tv’s hooked up in the living room and the other bedroom I have to connect a splitter and run coax on the floor , room to room.

        The person says I don’t want coax on the floor , room to room.

        And I say , then You Do Not want Reliable Reception in the living room and the other bed room.

        It Is That Simple.

        If your own view and understanding of life situations is more important then doing what it takes to have Reliable Reception.

        Then So Be It.

        As is True , the Best Reception Happens is LOS Reception , No Obstructions Of Any Type Or Kind Between the Transmitting Tower Antenna and the Receiving Antenna.

        Yes is Ok to move to a apartment that has a better view location of the Tv Transmitter Antenna Towers.

        Yes is Also True that the inside of apartment buildings and other types and kinds of buildings
        finding a place position for the antenna that is the best you can do , is the best you can do.

        http://www.tvfool.com , Help With Reception , and also has program that shows where Tv Transmitters are at.

  • YosarriansRight

    Hi Brian,

    Spot on about amplifiers. I get more channels without it.

    Thank you for sharing all of this useful information.

    • Thank you for sharing! Yes, I found that it many cases you get more channels without the amp!

      Best,
      Brian

      • YosarriansRight

        BTW, my everyday OTA is a Mygica A50.

  • Rajesh Dontha

    Hi Brian, I have Videocon d2h (India) Set top box, But i don’t have Satelite dish, If i use Indoor TV Antenna with Co Axial cable, Can i watch all TV channels.

    • Hi Rajesh,

      I believe India does have free broadcast digital TV, but I’m not sure what channels are available.

      Best,
      Brian

      • Rajesh Dontha

        Hi Brain, Presently i am using Videocon set top box in Malaysia. I want to use Indoor TV antenna to my videocon Set top box, from set top box i want to use Indian channels. Is this possible?

        • HI Rajesh,

          It depends on what the Videocon box is. If its a satellite or cable TV box, then it won’t work with broadcast TV.

          Best,
          Brian

  • Jennifer l

    Thank you so much for your information about how I can take advantage of keeping my “old TV” and buying an indoor antenna…it really helped a lot!!!!!!!

    • Hi Jennifer,

      I’m so glad my site was helpful to you! Thanks for writing!

      Best,
      Brian

  • Nr Leverton

    I tried leaving it connected to the TV but pulling it out the front door and taping it to the outside of the window. I didn’t get any chanels whatsoever and then when I brought it back in, no matter where I put the antenna, I get nothing no channels at all. Not one. What can I do. At least before I did this I got some channels.

    • Click on the station call letters in the Station Finder to see what direction the signals are coming from, and face the antenna in that direction.

      Best,
      Brian

      • Nr Leverton

        I did that in the beginning. That’s how the antenna was working before. I got about 10 channels. But in order to try to get better reception and possibly more channels I tried putting it outside, scanned and no channels. brought it back in, put it in the same spot it had been in on the inside and scanned no channels. No matter where I put it I cannot get a single Channel now. What do you think it is? Everything is connected correctly. Thanks so much for your input! it is a Mohu Leaf antenna.

        • Make sure all of your coax connections are screwed in tightly. If still not working, swap the cable with a different one.

          Best,
          Brian

  • PaoliBulldog

    Thanks for this information.

    I’ve gotten decent results with Mohu’s Metro antenna, but it has an integrated coax cable (presumably RG-59), so for my second TV I am ordering a model with a detachable cable and buying a separate RG-6 coax.

    I’m going to use a very short (3 foot) coax to mount the Leaf on the same interior wall where that TV is mounted. A south facing window would be the best antenna location (all of the towers in New Orleans are east-southeast of me), but that would require a 25+ foot cable, and I figure most of the signal strength gain I’d get from the southern exposure would be lost because of the extra cable.

    • Hi PaoliBulldog,

      I think you’re doing the right things.

      It might make sense to try a south-facing antenna with the 25-foot cable if you’re not satisfied with your reception… An amplifier near the antenna might help in that case.

      But, if you’re happy with your channels with the 3-foot cable, don’t change it!

      Best,
      Brian

  • anon emous

    If the. reception is better when you areholding the antenna then you can put the antenna on top of a 2’x2′ pieca of aluminum foil.

    • Hi Anon,

      Sure, use anything that works! You may have to try a few different things.

      Best,
      Brian

  • Michael Gobel

    Quick question… I can get WMNT-CD Toledo, a low power station, to get my AntennaTV network. I notice all “48.x” channels usually come in at 75%, on 3 tuners. Location is not an issue, outright. The channel has about a 14 mile outreach of signal, from a skyscraper in downtown Toledo. I am 6 miles from that tower. Why does the station “go out” really often, as in zero to five percent signal? What can us in apartments do to keep this classic TV channel in better. Using that leaf 60 mi antenna times 3 on a coupler, in the living room… 2 Tuners. Then a separate on in the kitchen.

    Thanks for your help.

    • Hi Michael,

      It’s really hard to tell why people get bad reception. it’s possible the tuner in your TV is poor quality, or your antenna is not ideal for this location. Try all of the tips in this article first, though, before buying any more equipment.

      Best,
      Brian

      • Michael Gobel

        The only one I have not tried is the RG6 cable. Cannot do outdoor antenna, as I have no patio area… Per the 1996 telecom act. If I had a patio, I would go to outdoor antenna.

        BTW, the 3 tuners are RCA recorder, Toshiba TV and Element TV. All with simular results at the same times.

  • Bodie

    I have a uhf/vhf antenna in two different places in my home. I am convinced that just when need to hear something political, or what to do, say on Dr. Oz, or on a Christian station–I get interference big time. Has anyone else experienced these problems? I refuse to pay for cable when I don’t watch that much TV. Also, if I would change to flat antenna are home phone, and internet required? I have not tried these because I am in a room with northeast facing window and downtown Columbus, is more west or southwest, possibly—even cable person could not tell me—but almost opposite direction. Thanks for any help. Break-ups are all too evident it is more than signal alone. Is it cable companies, networks that want us to use cable, or is it FCC? Thanks, Bodie

    • Hi Bodie,

      I think it’s just a coincidence. Some signals are just weaker than others. Try the tips on this page.

      If you just use an antenna and regular phone, then Internet is not required.

      Best,
      Brian

      • Bodie

        Thanks for answering. I know it sounds crazy, but it would be some coincidence; I have been going through this for about 3 years. I am telling you most of a program is great, but as soon as to tell not to use product, etc.—it is all broken-up; thought possibly if I changed to flat antenna, would not happen. Also, does not seem to be airplanes, or with occasional car at that time. Right now, I have phone and internet in order to have TIVO whose units seem to have a lot of problem–did I read that there is another type DVR available for us without cable? Thanks, don’t know how you have time to get back to us all so quickly, but it is good to find someone with answers; store clerks have not had any answers.

  • RCMAX

    I had a problem not getting CBS and ABC. Occasionally they would come very spotty and then disappear. I live in Northern Virginia in an apartment and am 18 miles (as the crow flies) from the TV transmitters and have a 50 mile amplified Mohu Leaf antenna.

    How I Solved the problem
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    Place the antenna in the best possible location in the house (yes CBS and ABC still don’t come there or they come spotty). Then I took an old 3 pin audio-video cable (one with the Red, Yellow and White pins on either ends which we used to connect to a VCR in the good old days!) and inserted the two red pins into two tiny holes on either side of the antenna. Actually Mohu Leaf antenna already has two pinholes to hang it on a wall, I pushed the Red pins into those. Voila! it worked and with amazing clarity. I get ABC, CBS with super strong signal and stability. Even the other channels that I was already receiving are significantly more stable now.

    Well the reason this hack worked is because of the copper wire in the AV cables which pulled in weak TV signals closer to the antenna. If you don’t have a AV cable use a simple electric wire to push into those two pinholes.

    • Hi RCMAX,

      Awesome, thanks for sharing!

      Best,
      Brian

    • Russ

      I will echo that I did this and the 2 channels I was having trouble with came in perfectly! Thanks!