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Choosing An Outdoor Or Indoor Antenna

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The investment on a new digital TV antenna is very little. Depending on the brand and the model, an antenna could cost you anywhere from $20 to as much as $200. It is no wonder that, with the cost efficiency and productivity of an antenna, that they are making a comeback and are gaining in popularity now more than ever. With the recent transition to digital, many antenna owners are reaping the benefits of using a TV antenna for all of their viewing needs.

Choosing the right antenna for your home or business will require some research. In a lot of cases where consumers picked out a random antenna sitting on the shelf of a retail store, the results were lackluster and anything but good. In fact, the signal would be so choppy that any movement the upstairs neighbor made would cause interference with their reception. You might find through reading consumer and professional reviews or through trying an antenna out that the name brand ones always don't live up to the hype. Make sure that you read up on the basics of antennas, seek answers from associates or knowledgeable antenna specialists, and compare products before buying.

The typical range on an indoor antenna is anywhere from 0 to 50 miles. Sometimes, the antenna can pick up signals from up to and over 50 miles away, but the farther the transmission towers are, the harder it will be for the indoor antenna to pick up the signal clearly. Using an indoor antenna is usually good for homes that are located in or around a major metropolitan city, such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Suburbs of these areas can also do well with an indoor antenna. Although an indoor antenna works fine in the city, you will almost always find that there is bias towards the outdoor antenna, as it almost always outperforms the indoor antenna simply because it has a larger surface area and can pick up signals more clearly and without distortion.

Homes or businesses, however, that are located in a more rural location or in the countryside would definitely require an outdoor antenna. Its typical range is anywhere from 0 to 80 miles or more. Some antennas are capable of picking up signals that are over 100 miles away, but it would require the installation of an amplifier to pick up those farther signals. While an antenna in the city has to deal with interference from airports and nearby tall structures, an outdoor antenna in a rural area will most likely have to deal with obstructions from trees and mountains. Finding a clear path of sight to the transmission towers is not difficult with online resources such as Antenna Web.

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