Off-Air HDTV

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I just bought and installed a TERK Indoor HDTV Antenna to see how many channels I could pickup off-air. After moving the antenna all over, I only seem to be able to received a couple religious channels, a Spanish channel, and FOX. It's not the fault of the antenna, I'm just in a poor location. So disappointing.


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Denny Duplessis

May 27, 2007

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Choosing the proper TV antenna for a particular location is the main issue for most. Many consumer's have a tendency to
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band (2-13) is currently being used to broadcast analog TV signals. However, when the digital transition is complete on
February 17th of 2009, the date set when broadcasters will turn off their analog signals, things will change. There are
only a handful of broadcast locations across the U.S. that have plans to remain 100% on the UHF band, most areas will
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My best advice is to purchase a TV antenna that is large enough to be certain it can easily receive all of the digital
broadcast signals in your area, even during poor reception conditions. The antenna should be VHF/UHF capable, unless you
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complete. To determine the channel number your area digital stations currently broadcast on now, and the channel number
they plan to broadcast on after the 2009 analog shutdown date, visit
DA-06-1082A2.pdf. When
you visit this site, start by finding your state
and then the city where your area stations are located. The channel number that appears in the first column is the
current digital channel number of that station, the second column is the current analog channel number, and the third
column is the tentative final channel number destination. The third column is the channel number where the station plans
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great site to visit, it will provide the
city location of the stations in your area and much more.