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How to Get Better TV Reception

Fiddling around with rabbit ears can be frustrating. Use your antenna the right way to get a better signal.


  • Step 1: Choose an antenna Choose a combined VHF/UHF antenna. As of 2009, TV signals are all digital, so antenna users need to use both signals.
  • Step 2: Elevate the antenna Elevate the antenna as much as possible, near a window, and away from electronic equipment to get the best reception.
  • Step 3: Adjust the antenna Adjust the antenna when you are having trouble with the signal. Moving it a few inches can drastically change the reception.
  • Step 4: Aim towards the signal Aim the antenna towards the signal using the signal strength meter. The signal strength meter can be found on your converter box or digital television set.
  • TIP: Check the user's menu to find the signal strength meter.
  • Step 5: Go bigger Get a larger antenna to increase your reception.
  • Step 6: Upgrade to an outdoor antenna Upgrade to an outdoor antenna. Outdoor antennas get a clearer signal than indoor antennas.
  • Step 7: Log on Visit a website that helps you find the best antenna for your specific location, such as AntennaWeb. Now watch TV with the clearest possible picture.
  • FACT: The first wireless television remote was invented in 1955 by Robert Adler.

You Will Need

  • Combined VHF/UHF antenna
  • Signal strength meter
  • Internet access
  • User's manual (optional)

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