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Old 08-21-2014, 01:50 PM   #1
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Tv Antenna Questions

Just realized not long ago that my TV antenna can turn, didn't realize you could pull down on the ring around the crank and it was spring loaded and would turn the antenna. Is there a trick to tuning these or pointing them to pick up a better signal? I've only used it once and just set my TV to scan and it picked up about 4 stations in the town I was in. I guess my question is if your in a new place how do you know which way to start to point it? With my digital TV I bought it just scans and picks up a channel or doesn't give you an option to tune it like a radio or old timey antenna. Thanks again
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http://www.antennaweb.org/

Enter your address or zip code where you're staying and it will give you bearings for towers around you.
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Try this site http://www.antennaweb.org/Address.aspx. Put in your zip code and address or street name and it will show you the stations in the area and what direction the broadcast from.
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Beat me to it, Bob!
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:12 AM   #6
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Do you just use a compass or general sense of direction then?
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:29 AM   #7
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Really, this is not rocket science. Just get the direction for the towers [N,S,E,W] and rough aim the antanee. Run the channel scan and then fine tune the direction on the antanee. Then run the channel scan again to make sure you haven't lost a network you want.

Suggestion: get out your owners manuals and do some reading. There is a lot of good info about your tT stuff. May not cover everything and may be tough to follow, but will give you a starting point.
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:15 AM   #8
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Just a dumb question but how do you know which end of the antenna to point? Does the arrow on the turnwheel indicate the direction the antenna is oriented to? I know the arrow indicates the alignment inside before you lower the antenna. I usually just do trial and error anyway. If your signal is dropping out, just rotate your antenna slightly to see if it gets better. I only do this for the bedroom TV anyway as I am hooked up to satellite on the main living room TV.
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Take out the guesswork and the hassle of trying to find your current zip code. Make it really simple for yourself. Get a Surelock Signal finder.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:01 AM   #10
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SOME TVs have a "signal strength meter" on the CHANNEL SCAN menu that will provide a bar graph of the signal strength as you turn the antenna. Turn until the bar's the biggest... With Digital Antennas, the EXACT angle isn't all THAT critical (unlike satellite where 3D angles are pretty critical to "hook up" with the satellites).
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