Denny's Antenna Service has been around for a long time. Over 30 years and counting.
Here's our rundown of mistakes to avoid when buying a TV antenna.
- The consumer believes the stated antenna range. A large majority of our customer's purchased at least one antenna and many purchased several antennas before contacting us. The biggest misleading offender is "antenna range". Except for a handful of us, the days of stating honest antenna range are gone. Range will vary under certain conditions but never expect more than 80 miles of reliable uninterrupted TV reception. Learn more at antenna range >.
- . The antenna falsely claims to work for both VHF and UHF TV signals. The majority of antennas are designed for UHF TV signals. Antennas designed for UHF signal but not VHF signal can be much smaller and cheaper. Nearly every broadcast market in the USA has both VHF and UHF signals. Everyday we hear, I can get all of the channels "but" and the "but" is almost always the VHF signal stations. Make certain the antenna is designed for VHF and UHF reception >.
3. The TV signal is obstructed from the reaching the antenna. Metal roofs, foil faced insulation, radiant barrier, brick, steel, cement block all reflect TV signal. Or the antenna may be outside aimed directly into the neighbors house. Before installing consider what is located in the TV signal path. TV antennas can't get a TV signal where a TV signal doesn't exist. Consider where the antenna will be located. If the antenna will be located in your attic > check out the building materials before you install.
4. Good antenna, bad coax cable. I don't think this needs much explanation. A quality TV signal won't make it to the TV if the coax cable is in poor condition. We always recommend RG 6 solid copper core coax cable >. If in doubt, replace the cable.
5. Good antenna, good coax cable, improper signal amplification. Don't expect the antenna to supply multiple TVs throughout your home without proper signal amplification. Too little or too much amplification will get you the same results, poor TV reception. You can supply multiple TVs > from one antenna and get great results.
6. Good antenna, good coax cable, proper signal amplification poor system layout. In order for a multiple TV antenna system to work properly it must be laid out properly. You will always get the best results if the coax cable from all TV locations lead back to one distribution location. That's where the signal splitter that divides the signal is located. The proper signal distribution system > equals good TV reception on all TVs at all locations.
How NOT to Shop for an Over-the-Air TV Antenna > We see cord cutters taking shortcuts and making common mistakes when they start the TV antenna shopping process, which can quickly lead to frustration.