Start Here → The FCC Digital TV reception maps will be utilized for our digital TV antenna reception data source. We have found the data provided by the FCC mapping system to be the most accurate available. When it's time to click on the link below the FCC reception data base will open in a new window on your computer. You will need to refer to the FCC page as we go through the process of selecting the TV antenna. I suggest that you minimize the FCC page by clicking on the (--) symbol in the upper right corner of the new FCC page window. By doing this it will put the FCC page into a tab and place it into the tray on your computer. To bring the FCC page back up click on the FCC Digital TV tab in the tray at the bottom or side of your computer screen. This will allow you to go back and forth between this digital TV antenna selector and the FCC page.
The FCC reception data will provide many important details that you will need to know to select the proper digital TV antenna. When you click on the link below and go to the FCC page do the following. On the FCC page submit your complete address into the location box in the upper left corner of the page. A zip code will work but it won't be as accurate. The map will pinpoint your location with a Red baloon and the available stations will appear on the left side of the screen.
Go to FCC DTV location maps now and when you have submitted your address and the data appears minimize the page by clicking on (--) in the upper right corner of the FCC page and return here to the digital TV antenna selector to begin the process of selecting the best digital TV antenna for your location.
At this point you should have the FCC map page open and (--) minimized in the tray at the bottom or top of your computer screen. To retrieve information from the FCC site you can click on the tab to open it and then minimize (-) it to return here to the digital TV antenna selector.
Let's begin selecting your digital TV antenna. On the FCC page you will find each station listed in order of signal strength that should be present at your location starting at the top with the strongest signals. This data takes into consideration several factors such as, distance to the TV transmitters, terrain (hills trees etc.), geographical elevation, transmitting power of the station and so on.
Note: TV Transmitter direction is displayed by clicking on the call sign of each station on the FCC maps page.
>>>>>>>>>>4 signal ratings in all.
4 bars = STRONG Signal strength
3 bars = Moderate Signal Strength
2 bars = Weak Signal Strength
No bars = No Signal Expected Very Difficult.
Note: In some cases the stations listed under no signal can be received with the proper antenna at an adequate antenna elevation above ground.
From the stations listed on the FCC page determine which (if not all) of the stations you want to receive. In many areas there may be duplicate network affiliate stations available. For an example there may be two ABC, CBS, etc... stations available in your area. You may also find that the stations in your area appear at various signal strength levels. When this happens always choose the digital TV antenna to accommodate the weakest signal that you want to receive.
Bottom line, you decide what stations on the list you want to receive and consider the signal strength when making your choice below.
Open the FCC window tab now and determine the signal strength of the stations you want to receive when you're finished minimize (--) the tab and return here to the digital TV antenna selector. If you need to review the signal strength chart just open the FCC tab and minimize (--) it when your finished.
You should now know the signal strength of the stations available in your area it's time to select the digital TV antenna that's suited for your location. If you have searched the Internet you've learned there are hundreds of digital TV antennas to choose from many claiming to be the best. Hopefully we can simplify the process for you. Using my 20 years experience I selected 5 of the top performing best built antennas on the market. Each antenna was selected for its performance in its particular signal strength category and range. All you have to do is select the proper digital TV antenna according to the signal strength rating indicated by the FCC digital reception location maps.
Note: on the FCC maps location page you can track the signal path of the transmitters and the transmitter direction by clicking on the call sign of the TV station. You can zoom in and out on the location map. You can switch from terrain view to map or satellite view. Lots of neat things! go ahead and check it out.