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Factors that Can Effect TV Antenna Range.

 

Range in miles is the claimed ability of a particular television antenna to receive a signal from a particular distance. Many antenna manufacturers do this using range in miles. This however can be very misleading. Here's why. Antennas can receive TV signal from a much greater distance over flat open terrain, versus hilly or densely wooded terrain.

Some manufactures may exaggerate their claims, by using the words up to ____ miles. Most manufacturer range in mile claims are based on fairly good reception conditions, some claims are totally exaggerated but never are the claims made under the worst conditions. For an example, one manufacturer claims that their antenna can receive TV signals up to 210 miles away. This may be true under perfect conditions, but very misleading to the consumer. The fact is, under perfect conditions, a station with a very strong signal, broadcasting over flat open terrain, with sufficient antenna height (to overcome the curve of the earth) could be received 210 miles or more. But the reality is most of us will not get that kind of performance.

 

1. Not all TV stations are created equal.

 At our home we receive numerous channels from many different locations. One example is from Cadillac Michigan. The two Cadillac TV transmitter's are 78.6 miles from our location. Channel 9 has a strong signal and a tall transmitting tower and we consistently receive their signal perfectly. On the other hand the Channel 33 transmitter is located within a short distance of the channel 9 transmitter. Channel 33 broadcasts a weaker signal and has a shorter tower, we receive their signal poorly. Two channels, same distance, same receiving antenna, different results.

2. How high is your TV antenna?

The curvature of the earth plays a role in how far a TV signal can travel, so do hills and to a lesser extent trees. TV signal is best received when the broadcast antenna and the receiving antenna have what is called a line of sight. Sometimes line of sight isn't possible there may be hills or other obstructions in the line of sight so keep that in mind when evaluating your reception conditions.

The higher the receiving antenna is installed the better it will perform. For best results the EZ HD antenna like all antennas should be installed above your roof line or on the side of your home facing away from the house in the direction to the transmitters. This is not to say the antenna won't work located in your attic but the range may be reduced somewhat by doing so.

3. Is it windy at your house?

Believe it or not I ask this question when I'm helping someone choose a TV antenna and no I'm not crazy. Wind and TV signal travel across the earth in a similar manner. For an example, if your home is surrounded by a dense forest you would have very little wind compared to a home in the middle of an open field. Which location do you think would get better TV reception, the one in the open field with more wind of course. The same goes for homes surrounded by tall buildings, hills or anything that can block TV signal. A few trees around the neighborhood has very little effect on TV reception.

4. Do you look down on everyone?

Do you live on a hill? If so your reception should be very good maybe 60, 70, or even 80 miles with the EZ HD. Some time ago a customer called me on the phone. He wanted to inform me that the EZ HD antenna he had purchased from our company wasn't working good at all. I had the customer run through some troubleshooting procedures and could find nothing wrong. I finally ask him where he had installed the antenna and he replied, oh it's on top of the TV in the basement. The basement location provides poor line of sight and antenna elevation and all antennas will perform poorly under the circumstances. Examine your elevation in comparison to the terrain surrounding your home. When your driving home pay attention to the terrain. Sometimes changes in elevation are so small and gradual they go unnoticed. Sometimes you can even be living on a hill in a deep valley and be below the surrounding ground level and not even realize it.

You can count on the EZ HD antenna to give a solid 50 mile range under most conditions. However, as you have learned there are factors that can increase or decrease that range.

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