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. 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.

The best location for your antenna is outside as high up as possible, such as on your roof, but many people are not 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. Experiment with Different Locations in Your Home

More than any other factor (including type of antenna, presence of amplifier, etc.), the location of your indoor antenna in the room has the biggest impact on the number of channels you can receive.

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, so it’s worth trying.

One day at my previous third-floor apartment, 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:

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.

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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

  • Bo Simpson

    I have two channels east of my house that are very strong (Church Channel @ 2 miles and PBS @ 11 miles away), but need a booster/amplifier to get all the commercial stations to the north and south (about 50 miles away). The strong channels swamp the amplifier. Would a reflector to the east of the north/south facing antenna have much effect in reducing the too strong signals so the amplifier can work on those other channels?

    • Hi Bo,

      Well, I think you’re on to something by facing your antenna towards the weak stations and away from the stronger ones. Try with and without a reflector. Bottom line is that experimentation is the only way to know for sure.

      Best,
      Brian

      • Bo Simpson

        A rough test with scraps of aluminum foil and cardboard shows a dramatic drop on the eastern channel signals. Now for a full blown test with the amplifier. I’ll let you know what happens…

  • J.O.

    Maybe one of my TVs are crap! (sarcastically speaking) I recently moved and I’ve been testing different locations for the antenna. I’ve tried about 3 different antenna on one particular TV and it struggles to bring in my local channels but on my other TV, at the old place and my new place, the locals come in perfect. Ironically, the TV that has the hardest time bringing in my locals is the new TV! I can get maybe 2 locals on the new TV fairly easy no matter the position of the antenna, just not the rest. Even crazier, the old TV is no where near a window and the new TV is literally in front of a window. I give up.

    • Hi J.O.,

      Yes, tuner quality can vary significantly on different TVs. Usually the name brands are better, but not always.

      If the window is facing away from the transmitter towers, putting the antenna there might not help. Not sure if you’ve tried putting your new TV where your old one is just to rule location completely out…

      Best,
      Brian

      • J.O.

        I will definitely give that a try. Probably the one thing I haven’t did. Thanks!

  • Jeremy James Cupp

    I have found the sweet spot! I’ve pretty much got every channel within my range, 13 out of 15, except for cbs. All my stations are about 27 miles away. I don’t remember the range of my antenna. Some of the stations I’m getting seem to be right in line or pretty much same direction as cbs but for whatever reason I’m not picking it up. Do you think an amplifier would help me get cbs or am I being too greedy considering I’ve been able to get 90% of the channels in my area?

    • Hi Jeremy,

      In my experience, a good amplifier (not a cheap one), can make a flaky station reliable about 50% of the time. If you can’t get it at all, an antenna probably won’t magically bring it in, but you can try. Remember to put the amp closer to the antenna, not the TV, and to use good RG6 cabling. I have tested and recommend the Channel Master amplifiers:
      https://www.channelmaster.com/Amplifiers_s/23.htm?Click=45690

      Best,
      Brian

  • Ed Jones

    Howdy, I live in 47303, IN. My goal is to get CBS, NBC, and maybe FOX for football this fall. I have an RCA 1845 Flat White Antenna. As of now I only get 3 variations of my PBS station, which the FCC says come in strong, but I don’t even get the other MYTV station which is also strong. The channels I want are all 1 or 2 bars fewer in signal. How do you think I could get them? Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Ed,

      I don’t think you’ll get many more channels with that indoor antenna, but you can experiment with position:
      http://disablemycable.com/blog/antenna-tips/

      You’d get the most channels with an outdoor rooftop antenna with good amplifier.

      CBS is weak and VHF; I would doubt you could pick that up with any antenna, but ask your neighbors with rooftop antennas.

      Best,
      Brian

  • Ralf Nau

    Hi Brian,
    I get good reception and the channels that I want, But less the 24 hours later there is only 1 or 2 stations left.
    I scan again find all channels again great HD reception and the next day they are all except for 1 gone again.!?
    Any Idea, why that is, or what i could do to fix that.?

    • Hi Ralf,

      There are a couple of explanations. First, it could be due to weather or atmospheric conditions which are dependent on the time of day. Not much you can do about that other than experimenting with better antenna locations, etc..

      Or, it could be due to interference from some appliance, computer, florescent light, etc. Shut everything off and see if that helps.

      Best,
      Brian

  • Scott McLaughlin

    I am using an amplified indoor multi-directional antenna with RG6 coaxial cable. I receive 23 local stations with reception that equals what I was getting when I had cable. There is one problem: the tv image from one station, a network affiliate, freezes every 2 seconds for 2 seconds. Have you heard of this type of problem? Is there a solution?

    • Hi Scott,

      I have not experienced that exact type of behavior but it might just be how your particular TV deals with spotty reception.

      Try the tips on this page to fix it.

      Best,
      Brian

  • Sally Schrock

    Hi Brian, thank you for this site and the extremely helpful information you provide about getting free TV channels with antennas. I’ve got a weird problem and that is, all of a sudden after weeks of no problems with my antenna and receiving signals, my signals are getting scrambled. I use a Mohu Leaf 50 with a RG-6 cable, connected to my LG smart TV. Today, after a rainstorm (remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy) in the Washington DC area, my TV signals are getting badly scrambled even though I have not moved the antenna.

    But then I noticed that when my computer, about 6-7′ away from the TV, went into sleep mode, the scrambling stopped completely and would start again when I woke the computer up. To make sure I wasn’t dreaming, I deliberately put the computer into sleep mode, whereupon I got a crystal clear picture after a few seconds. Upon wake, the picture got scrambled again. This is WEIRD and I have no idea why this is happening all of a sudden after having no issues before.

    What can I do to correct the problem? I enjoy watching TV at the same time I’m working on the computer. I would like to state that the Mohu is attached to my bedroom window and I have the desk positioned in front of the window also. The router is located outside my bedroom in an alcove off the living room.

    Many thanks for your help with this, and keep up the great work!

    • Hi Sally,

      Great detective work! Actually, this makes complete sense. Computers can emit signals in the VHF and UHF bands that can interfere with your TV reception (see item #8 in my list above).

      There are a few things you can try.

      First, see if you can try to narrow down the culprit by turning off parts of your computer system and checking for interference. For example, turn off your monitor only (and unplug the cable), your printer, your router, etc.

      Next, try plugging in your computer equipment into a different outlet, perhaps using an extension cord. It’s possible the interference is going through your power lines. Try a variety of different outlets, and even the same one your TV is plugged into, if you haven’t tried that.

      Third, try moving your computer equipment and/or antenna around relative to each other if possible. Obviously, try moving your computer as far away as possible from your antenna.

      Third, make sure your computer is closed up correctly, with all of the proper screws and latches in place (this mostly applies to a desktop computer, not a laptop). Make sure all cables are secure.

      Hope this helps. Let me know what you find out if you have a chance.

      Best,
      Brian

      • Sally Schrock

        Brian, thank you for your input! This is really weird because I’ve had the same setup for months without any issues, and then BOOM! All of a sudden the TV picture’s getting fudged up. Yesterday I had to put the computer into sleep mode in order to be able to watch TV. This morning, with no changes made at all, I’m using the computer right now with the TV on–and a crystal clear picture. I’m frankly mystified….maybe atmospheric conditions? After all, we did get the remnants of tropical storm Cindy this weekend.

        • HI Sally,

          Yes, atmospheric conditions can affect the broadcast signal.

          Best,
          Brian

  • Karin

    Brian, All I can say is, thank you, thank you, thank you! About a year ago I was disgusted with the junk channels I was getting with cable and asked a friend to try and set me up with an antenna. Nothing came in clear so I took it back and grumbled about and paid for cable for another 12 months. Recently I went to a friend’s house and they had a flat antenna so I decided to google what might or might not work. I came across your site, immediately went out and bought the Mohu Leaf that covers 50 miles and an RG6 cable. I put the Mohu right behind the TV in the middle of the room, the same place I did the time the antenna did not work, and voila! free TV!!!! I did not even need to put it by a window, as I suspected I might. For $60 for the Mohu Leaf and another $13 for the cable, I have untrapped myself from paying cable to receive nearly nothing in channels. In fact, there are a few channels I get now, that cable did not provide! You did me a great service and I suggest anybody else frustrated with cable try this as well. Again, thank you so much!!

    • Hi Karin,

      Thank you for writing and sharing your story! I’m glad you were able to get free TV! Great job!

      Best,
      Brian

  • Jackie Ferguson

    I have a “flat” antenna and it’s line attaches to my coax which comes in the house…picture not bad, but am wondering if there is a way to “shield” the thin little cablecwire that’s attached to the antenna…or can it be looped or what? I have quad shielded coax, but seems that skinny little wire attached to the flat antenna is a weak link.

    • Hi Jackie,

      You are right. Many flat antennas come with a cheap RG59 coax cable attached. But many manufacturers , including Mohu and Amazon, now have a removable cable so you can use a better quality RG6 coax cable.

      If you have an antenna with a permanently attached cheap coax cable, I think the only option is to get a new one with the detachable cable.

      Best,
      Brian

  • Michael Thompson

    Hi Dan I got a dilemma my zip code is 39211 my stations are strong, I have a RCA Slivr flat HD antenna, I know you have not reviewed that antenna but it is similar to the Moe leaf 50. My problem is, I set my antenna up in one location during the day and I can get all my stations, but when it comes evening time I loose most of them, I have to relocate the antenna to pick them up again, then when it’s daytime again I have to relocate the antenna to where it was the first time to get the stations again. Please tell me what and why the times of day effect my receptions.

    • Hi Michael,

      Here’s a thread describing how atmospheric conditions can affect TV signals:
      https://forum.tvfool.com/showthread.php?t=6957

      Try some of the tips on this page to get better reception. For one thing, the cable on that antenna looks pretty cheap, definitely not a good RG6 coax.

      Best,
      Brian

  • Luis

    Hi Dan,

    Good article here. I live in a major city although in a basement apt. I have small windows. For years i used a big bulk indoor antenna. It was a remake of a old classic radio shack antenna and came recommended by a article i read a few years ago. You know the bigger is better philosophy lol. I decided to get rid of this to make more room on the shelf. Purchased a Antop antenna. I was able to get this to fit in the window. Just by doing this it made a difference. Not a huge difference but one none the less. Since the windows are just above my head i dont get as much signal drop when i walk in front of it. Ive been doing the Antenna thing for about 6 years now and came to terms that things arent going to be perfect and comprises have to be made. . Im aware how a channel can be there for 2 mos and off the suddenly its gone,etc I want to add one thing mentioned in your article. In the window sill i had a small bag of fishing hooks and sinkers. Probably been there for years. Just by moving this i was able to improve reception. Oh an by the way the smaller antenna works slightly better than the older bulkier model.

    • Hi Luis,

      Thank you for sharing your experiences! Some good tips there! Yes, bigger does not mean better when it comes to antennas, I’ve found as well.

      Best,
      Brian

  • Dan

    OMG what a trip trying to get the reception to not glitch. Weather plays a big part where I’m located. This morning I did the double scan where you turn off everything, run the TV program without the antenna then with. No glitches so far but it is clear out and limited interference. The past few days were horrible, rain and wind, blip, blip, blip. Oh, so annoying. I ran through the channels this morning and no fluctuation but it is early. I’m tired of playing whack o mole but this last one seemed to do the trick. I have two antennas attached which does seem to help.

    • Hi Dan,

      Thanks for sharing. Yes, weather can have a big impact on reception. Glad the two-antenna trick helped!

      Best,
      Brian

  • Tanya Patten

    I bought an antenna that is supposed to have a 60 mile radius. In the morning, before approximately 9:10am, I get 28 channels. After that I loose all channels and can’t get any back until the morning. Do you have any thoughts on what is happening?

    • Hi Tanya,

      Wow, that is an extreme fluctuation in reception! Here are some things that might be causing the problem:
      – weather or atmospheric issues can affect the signal; for example, if it’s more cloudy at a certain time, etc.
      – check your cables for loose connections. temperature can make the parts expand or contract and make or break contact
      – interference from other equipment in your home can cause problems. Is there some electrical appliance that comes on at 9:10am? computer, florescent light, etc?

      If the problem happens at exactly the same time each morning, I’d suspect an interference problem or other man-made cause.

      In the mean time, make sure your antenna is pointed towards the TV towers. Also, try moving outside temporarily as a test.

      Best,
      Brian

  • karl11

    I have one of the multi directional radio shack antennas in the attic. I can get CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and CW. But I just can’t seem to pick up PBS, My21, and whatever channel 14 is. They do have a PBS channel on my ROKU 3 though. I’m just north of Reno NV in area code 89506. I have been using Netflix and Hulu since they’ve started. And I’ve been using Sling TV since the start. Getting over 80 channels for $35 a month. That’s not really cord cutting, but it still inexpensive for all the channels you get including sports channels. And they just added CSN Bay Area and CSN California.

    • Hi Karl,

      Thanks for sharing. Since most of your stations come from the South, you might want to consider getting a directional antenna with reflector such as the Clearstream Extreme antennas here if you want to try to get PBS:
      http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-7147154-10722998

      But, no guarantees that it will work. If you’re happy with your current setup, don’t change a thing!

      Best,
      Brian

  • Janet Hanes

    I tried the beefier cable, and I can’t believe the difference! That was really good advice. No breaking up at all while I watch the news. I gained more channels too, although I lost a few. I may have to try laying it flat or some of the other tips you give to get those back.

    • Hi Janet,

      Excellent! Thank you for sharing! Yes, beefier cable can make a difference when reception is marginal.

      Best,
      Brian

  • publius

    Putting my $10.00 rabbit ears on the floor did the trick. Thanks!

    • Awesome, thanks for sharing! It’s so bizarre how many people say that trick works!

      Best,
      Brian

  • Nausica Edmond

    i got the rabbit ears and I got 35 channels including nbc. cbs, abc, fox, cw, grit, pbs, my15, bounce, metv, so i ditched my cable kept internet and have hulu and netflix costing me 20.00 monthly

    • Hi Nausica,

      Awesome, thanks for sharing!!

      Best,
      Brian

  • Christy

    Why can’t I get hi-v channels (PBS, CBS, ABC) with my HD Frequency cable cutter Aerowave antenna? I checked my reception and it’s all green. I get perfect reception on all UHF channels with little effort.

    • Hi Christy,

      What you are experiencing is a common problem. Hi-V channels are more difficult to receive than UHF. Try some of the tips in this article.

      Best,
      Brian

      • Christy

        Thank you, do you think a Clear stream is worth buying instead? Zip 77386

        • No promises but I think it might help. Make sure it is return-able if not. Point it south towards the stations.

          Best,
          Brian

  • Author Drdln

    PBS channel 6 is among green TV stations with strong signal and it works on my other LG smart TV but not on Samsung smart TV. It is more than VHF problem. Anyone else in Sacramento/Tracy CA area with similar problem. Please share..

    • Barba-Nakos

      Yes, I’m in Tracy too, and PBS just doesn’t want to show up. I get it only a few times a year, when all conditions happen to be perfect. I have an LG too.

      • A DVR like the Channel Master DVR+ or Tablo _might_have a better tuner than the Samsung… no guarantees though. If you try this, make sure you can return it.
        http://disablemycable.com/dvr/

        Brian

  • Pow! Science!

    Haha, oh this is going to drive me crazy. First scan I got the ONE over the air channel I wanted for local news, plus some other junk. Within minutes reception became pixelated and locked up, so I moved the antenna & rescanned. I haven’t been able to “capture” that channel again since, and it’s listed as “STRONG” on the finder :D All the channels I’m getting are “Weak” signals–lucky me, huh? I’ll keep trying. I really only want that one channel for the local morning news–everything else I stream or watch on Sling. Great article!

    • Yes, sometimes getting the channels you want can be like playing “wack-a-mole” where you get one but lose another.

      Keep experimenting and try some of the tips on this page.

      Best,
      Brian