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How To Get More Channels with Your Indoor Antenna

By Brian
Published 06/18/2016
 | Updated 11/04/2021

Getting the ideal reception using your indoor digital TV antenna can be a challenging task. It can be like playing "whack-a-mole": when you have the antenna in one position, you get certain channels; move it to another position and different channels come in and the original ones you had are now gone.

The best location for your antenna is outside as high up as possible, such as on your roof, but many people are not able to put an antenna on their roofs.

Here are my hints and tips to help you get the most channels with your indoor antenna.

1. Experiment with Different Locations in Your Home

More than any other factor (including type of antenna, presence of amplifier, etc.), the location of your indoor antenna in the room has the biggest impact on the number of channels you can receive.

The best locations to put a flat antenna like the Mohu Leaf are often against windows or outwardly facing walls. Start with these locations and run a baseline channel scan on your TV.  I like to use adhesive tape to temporarily position the antenna during my scans.

To help determine which direction the TV signals are coming from, go to the Station Finder and enter your zip code or address.  When the results appear, click on the stations' call letters in the left column to see what direction the signals are coming from:

Station Finder map
Click the station call letters to see it on the map

So, if there is a particular channel you are having trouble with, move the antenna to the wall of your room that is facing that transmitter tower.

2. Use a Longer Cable To Reach That Window

Technically, extending the antenna cable will slightly reduce the signal level that gets to your TV, but if the longer length allows you to reach a window that is facing the transmitter tower, it could be worth it.

Just be sure to use "RG6" coax cable (see below).

If you have a long cable, you can even try moving your antenna outside temporarily, to see if an outdoor antenna would be beneficial. Do not use an unnecessarily long cable though, as that will reduce your signal level!

3. Face it Towards the TV Transmitter Towers

I've found that the angle at which your antenna is mounted can make a big difference. Consider this map of Los Angeles:

Los Angeles Stations
Transmitter towers shown on the Station Finder

All of the transmitter towers for Los Angeles are in one place: Mount Wilson near Pasadena. I had trouble receiving CBS when I placed my antenna against my north-facing wall (my East-facing wall doesn't face outside).  When I angled my antenna towards the northeast, I could get CBS with no problem.

Check out the Station Finder and click on each station's call letters to see where to point your antenna.  You want the antenna's signals to have as much surface area to land on as possible when they reach your antenna (assuming you are using a flat antenna like the Mohu Leaf).

This might require some fancy mounting, but it could allow you to start receiving your favorite channel!

4. Lay Your Antenna Flat Horizontally

I know this sounds crazy, but many so many readers have confirmed this, so it's worth trying.

One day at my previous third-floor apartment, I had my Mohu Leaf antenna taped to the wall and it fell down to the floor.  To my amazement, it got better reception on the floor than vertically on the wall! A few readers said this worked for them too! So, try laying your flat antenna horizontally and see if it helps, even if it's on the floor!

I have a friend (and several readers) who get the best reception with the Leaf antenna taped to their ceiling!  So, try the logical positions first (near windows and outer walls), but also trying laying it flat horizontally, especially if you live near mountains, tall trees, or tall buildings. These obstacles can deflect the TV signal into entering your home in weird, non-obvious, directions.

5. Move it Higher Up (Highly Recommended)

I get 50% more channels with my Mohu Leaf antenna on the second floor vs. the first floor. Place your antenna as high up as possible, preferably with a line of sight to the transmitters.

6. Put it in a Skylight (Highly Recommended)

Do you have a skylight? I moved my Mohu Leaf to my skylight and got even more channels!  It's the closest thing to having an outdoor antenna using an indoor antenna!

Mohu Leaf antenna in skylight
Mohu Leaf antenna in skylight

Since the cable run from my skylight to my TV would be very long, I attached it to a Tablo and watch live TV using a browser or the Tablo app.

7. Use a Better Cable (Highly Recommended)

The Mohu Leaf (and perhaps the antenna you are using) comes with "RG59" cable. It's printed right on the cable:

Mohu Leaf RG59 cable
The Mohu Leaf comes with RG59 cable.

Many users have reported that they get better reception (more channels) when they swap this cable out for the beefier "RG6" cable:

RG6 coax cable
RG6 cable is better quality, and can get you more channels!).

Folks have told me that Mohu customer service even recommends using RG6 cable!  It makes sense since RG6 has a thicker conductor, better insulation, and better shielding than RG59 and is designed for higher frequencies.

If you care to, read more about RG59 and RG6 cables here.  You'll see why RG59 is so bad and RG6 is awesome!!

So, if you have a Mohu Leaf or any other antenna with crappy RG59 cable, swap it out with RG6! Here are some examples on Amazon:

Note that the cable used by the cable company is often RG6, but is not always labeled. Give it a try and see if it helps.

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8. Eliminate Electronic Interference

Nearby electric equipment could be interfering with your TV reception.  As a test, unplug all nearby computers, VCRs, DVD players, set-top boxes, stereo equipment, Wi-Fi routers, and anything else electronic or electric. Fluorescent lights and LED lightbulbs can cause problems too. (One reader said that electric hair clippers caused his TV signal to go out!) Unplug all connections to your TV except for power and the antenna.  Then, re-test.  If you see an improvement, turn on the other equipment one at a time to isolate the source of the interference.

This really works! Here's what one reader told me:

Thank you thank you!!!! I suddenly could only get two out of about 15 stations I had been able to get with an old indoor antenna. But because of your article, I realized that the old VCR I had turned on a few days ago was still on!!! As soon as I turned it off, all my stations came back... thank you again.

How about this one:

We figured it out... The 'new appliance' was the new motorized recliner! Unplugged, the channels come in fine. How 'bout that?!?

If you have a lot of electronic equipment near your TV, it might be helpful to use a longer cord for your antenna to move it away and even into a different room to isolate it from the interference from the equipment.  Wi-Fi routers can be especially troublesome.

Sometimes plugging the offending piece of equipment into the same power strip can help. Sometimes plugging it into a different power outlet can help.  If the offending piece of equipment is connected to your TV via HDMI, for example, you can get an HDMI cable with ferrite cores (or add them separately) to try to block the interference.

9. Unplug Your Amazon Fire TV Stick

This is really a subset of the previous item, eliminating electronic interference, but this has happened to so many people that it deserves its own line item.

Apparently, some Amazon Fire TV Sticks emit a lot of electromagnetic interference. While the Stick is on, try tuning into a troublesome channel and remove the Stick or put it in sleep mode. If the interference goes away, the stick is to blame.

An amazingly effective solution confirmed by many folks online is to wrap the stick in tinfoil! Yes, it really works! No reports of problems using the remote or Wi-Fi after doing that, but if those things stop working you may need to leave a little gap in the foil. Or, plug the Stick on a 10-foot HDMI extender cable and move it far away from your antenna.

10. Try Removing the Amplifier (if there is one)

If you're using an antenna setup with a powered amplifier (also known as a booster), try removing it.

An amplifier can make the situation worse if you have some strong stations. The amp can cause the strong station to swamp out the weak ones and your reception could be worse.  If your antenna came with an amplifier (i.e., if you plug it into the wall for power), then try removing the amplifier and seeing if your reception improves.  Many readers have told me that their antennas actually get more channels without the amp! So, if you have an amp, try removing it and connect your antenna directly to your TV.

11. Add an Amplifier

Conversely, if you live very far from stations (over 20 miles), then an amplifier can indeed help. An amp works best if all of your stations on the Station Finder are yellow or red, or if all of your stations are flaky.  I recommend the Channel Master line of amplifiers:

An amp won't work well if you have a bunch of strong stations and want to get a few more weak ones. In that case, it might do more harm than good.

12. Add Some Metal

This won't work for the Mohu Leaf, and other flat antennas encased in plastic, but if you have a metal antenna, try attaching another piece of metal or wire to it.

I was using the Cable Cutter Metro to watch the Olympics with my friends when it started cutting out. This was embarrassing because I'm supposed to be "the antenna guy". I quickly ran to my closet and grabbed a wire hanger and hooked it onto my metal antenna.  Voila! The reception was solid again!

Wire hanger on my metal Cable Cutter Aerowave antenna
Wire hanger on my metal Cable Cutter Metro antenna

You can try this with wire or other metallic objects.

13. Re-Scan Regularly (Highly Recommended)

When I started using an antenna, I noticed that after a few months, I would sometimes get new channels when I did a new channel scan. TV stations periodically change locations, channels, or transmitter power. So, it's a good idea to re-scan every so often. You might get some channels you didn't have before!

14. Try Adding a Reflector

If all of your TV signals come from one direction (as is the case in the Los Angeles area), a reflector behind your antenna might help.  I've tried using pie tins and metal baking sheets behind my Mohu Leaf to improve reception and it does help in some situations.  The tricky thing is figuring out how to mount it all in a stable fashion though.

Antenna reflector
I placed this pie ten next to my Mohu Leaf antenna to give better reception for a few pesky channels.

15. Try Removing the Reflector

If you're using an antenna with a reflector grid like the Antennas Direct DB4 antenna below, try using it without the reflector portion.

Antennas Direct DB4 antenna
Try your antenna without the reflector portion (shown on the left)

The reflector basically blocks all signals from the backside, so if your signals are coming from two different directions, removing the reflector might get you more channels!

16. Ground Your Shield

Reader Laisa recommends this:

Try grounding a part of the cable in soil. I put a plant in between the antenna and the TV. The moment the cable touches the soil, all interference stops. The moment I lift the cable off the soil, channels drop signal or freezes. Works like magic.

Believe it or not, this actually makes sense. It is possible that electronic noise is getting coupled onto your coax cable's shield. By touching the outside metal part of the cable to a physical ground or any chunk of metal that goes to the ground (such as a pipe, light switch screw, etc.) you can quiet this noise and get better reception.

The shield is the metal part forming the "collar" of the cable connector (as opposed to the wire in the center).

17. Use Two Antennas with a Coupler

This approach works best to combine signals from a UHF antenna with a VHF antenna. That way, the combined signals won't interfere with each other. These types of antennas are usually mounted outdoors or in an attic.

Practically speaking, however, I have had success combining two of the same type of indoor antenna when the TV signals are coming from different directions.

You can use a coupler to attach two antennas to your TV and point them in different directions to get both sets of signals. Of course, this requires you to buy another antenna, plus a coupler to combine the signals, plus some more coax cable.

Antenna Coupler
Two antennas connected to the same TV using a coupler. Note it's best to use the same length of coax running to each antenna.

You'll get the best results if you use a "coupler", instead of a simple "splitter". A splitter is used to split the signal from one antenna to several TVs. You might have a splitter laying around from a cable TV installation. A coupler is used to combine the signal from multiple antennas to one TV. You probably don't have one of those unless you specifically bought one.

I recommend the JOINtenna coupler available at ChannelMaster (search for "join").

There are some potential pitfalls with this method, namely multipath interference. More more details on using multiple antennas, check out this video from the Antenna Man.

18. Create a Huge Antenna with Copper Tape

I haven't tried this myself yet, but a reader on Facebook used cheap copper tape to turn his entire attic into a gigantic antenna just by running the tape across the beams!

In theory, this could create an amazing antenna at an incredibly low cost! I plan to try this myself and give more details, but the basic idea is to create the arms of your antenna with copper tape adhered to the beams of your attic (or walls, or ceiling...)

19. Get a Better Tuner

The part of your TV that receives the TV signal is called a "tuner".  Some TV's have good tuners, some not so good. Newer TV's made after 2015 tend to have better tuners. Big-name brands like Samsung, LG, Vizio, Sony, and Hitachi tend to have good tuners with Samsung being the best. Steer clear of no-name brand TVs if you want the best tuner quality.

If you don't want to purchase a whole new TV just to see if you can get a better tuner, you could purchase a tuner separately, like the Ematic Digital TV Converter Box.

If you're not happy with your TV's tuner, and you want recording capability, then maybe you can kill two birds with one stone by purchasing a Channel Master Stream+ which has a built-in tuner, or a Tablo, which also has a built-in tuner but broadcasts the signal to your Roku.

20. Move it Outside (Highly Recommended)

You'll get the most channels and best reception with a rooftop antenna vs. an indoor antenna. The difference can be amazing. This is pretty much a fact.

But, it also turns out that in general, anywhere outside is usually better than inside.

As a test, put your antenna outside facing the transmitter towers and see if your reception improves. For this test, it can be just outside your front door, an open window, or patio. I get dramatically more channels with my antenna on my patio than I do when it's indoors.  Maybe you can't keep it there permanently right now, but it will help you decide whether an outdoor antenna would be worthwhile for you. Even a small outdoor patio antenna can give big a improvement in reception.

21. Get a VHF Antenna

About 90% or more of the TV stations out there broadcast on the UHF band.  Therefore, most indoor antennas like the Leaf are optimized for UHF but will work with VHF/Hi-V if the station is not too far away.  If there is a particular station that you want that is flaky, check the Station Finder to see if it is a VHF or Hi-V station (the last column shows whether it is UHF or VHF).  If it is VHF or Hi-V station, it may be worth getting an antenna better optimized for VHF.

Yes, these are big, bulky, and more expensive, but less than the cost of two months of cable for most people.

What Hasn't Worked for Me

So far I've listed things that have helped me get more channels. However, I want to list a few things that haven't really helped me, in order to save you some time and money.

Amplifiers Might Not Help

As I mentioned above, I only recommend powered (amplified) antennas for those who live really far away from transmitters.  But, if you live in a big city with strong stations, an amplified antenna might not help. They can perform worse than non-powered antennas when strong signals are present.  If you don't believe me, read the reviews online.  The people who got no improvement (or worse performance) were probably too close to the transmitters.

Don't Buy a Whole Bunch of Antennas

Also, please avoid purchasing a whole bunch of different antennas in an attempt to get better reception. In my testing, once you spend $40 on an indoor antenna, the performance doesn't vary that much. Yes, $10 rabbit-ear antennas are not so good. Personally, I found flat antennas like the Mohu Leaf and HD Frequency Cable Cutter perform better indoors than bulky metal antennas.  Flat antennas can be placed in a wider variety of locations than bulky metal antennas, which gives you more flexibility in positioning and can result in better reception.

If none of these tips solve your reception problems, then consider an outdoor antenna.

The Bottom Line - Experiment!

I hope this article has helped you with your antenna positioning. The key is to EXPERIMENT! Try different antenna locations and the tricks I've mentioned.

For me, part of the fun is knowing that you are getting completely FREE TV that other people pay up to a thousand dollars per year or more for. Ain't that worth a little hassle of positioning an antenna? - Brian

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BlackBeardsGhost
BlackBeardsGhost
3 years ago

My cheap $2.99 dollar store antenna works great, it's just that I have to go out on my balcony to adjust it every now and then, just like I did 45 years ago when my job was to run outside and turn the roof antenna for my dad.

Brian
3 years ago

Awesome, thanks for sharing! - Brian

Homer Coppedge
Homer Coppedge
3 years ago

horizontal outside with a pie pan under it works best for me

Brian
3 years ago
Reply to  Homer Coppedge

Hi Homer,

Cool, thanks for sharing!

Best,
Brian

Johnny D
Johnny D
3 years ago
Reply to  Homer Coppedge

nothing seems to work for me. i tried foil, i tried an amplifier, i even tried the pie pan, nothing ever boosts my signal.

Brian
3 years ago
Reply to  Johnny D

Hi Johnny,

What is your zip code?

Brian

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

I have a Mohu 50 in Grand Rapids Michigan placed outside an upstairs bedroom window hanging freely under roof overhang. I had great reception from all four major broadcast networks and several others for many months. Then, suddenly, with no change to my set up, I lost reception for three major broadcast networks and several minor ones. Checking my antenna and cable connections for tightness and damage I found nothing wrong. Removed the amplifier and scanned for channels, no improvement. Placed new spliter in line resulted in no improvement. Placed new amplifier in line resulted in no improvement. Laid my cable on the RG6 coaxial ground outside my house resulted in no improvement. Is there anything else I can do?

Dominick
Dominick
3 years ago

Hi, I have a TV in my basement and want to use a TV antenna instead of cable. I bought rabbit ears and I can only get a few channels. My wife and I like PBS which the rabbit ears can't get. I even tried the Mohu Leaf and again no PBS. There is no close window. What do you suggest????? HELP.

Brian
3 years ago
Reply to  Dominick

Hi Dominick,

It's very very difficult to pick up TV signals in a basement. It would be better to get a longer RG-6 Coax Cable and run it somewhere above the basement.

But, before doing that, make sure that PBS is actually available in your area by using the Station Finder:
https://www.disablemycable.com/station-finder/

Best,
Brian

fed-up-Redhead
fed-up-Redhead
2 years ago
Reply to  Dominick

Have you considered viewing PBS online---or with a streaming service?

Cary Deccio
Cary Deccio
3 years ago

Hi Brian, I have a large(ish) house with a central location under the stairs with a junction box that contains all of my cabling, both RG6 & Cat5. I use a small amplified indoor antenna upstairs to get my signal. I get 30 channels in one TV downstairs, crystal clear HD, but upstairs I can’t get anything to come up on the bedroom TV. Are these antennas able to deliver to more than one TV? If so, do you think maybe I need an in-line booster from the splitter to my iotger TVs? Thanks Brian! Any help is appreciated!

Best,

Cary

Brina
Brina
3 years ago

Can you tell me how do you attach it to a window? Do you have to tape it?

Brian
3 years ago
Reply to  Brina

Hi Brina,

The Mohu Leaf comes with small round stickers with velcro for just such a purpose. Other flat antennas may come with them also.

Best,
Brian

Susan
Susan
4 years ago

I purchased a high quality indoor antenna and my towers are 2 miles away but i only get 3 channels. Could my metal roof be interfering?

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Hi Susan,

Yes, it is likely that it is. Try an experiment and put the antenna outside as a test.

Best,
Brian

Daniel Conroy
Daniel Conroy
4 years ago

Hi, my current situation keeps me from buying even the least expensive antennas but i do have some rabbit ear style with a knob to switch between 6 uhf and 6 vhf settings but besides one half of the dots are gray for uhf and the other half are red for vhf, there's no other identifying marks or information on them.
Also I've had a little more luck with a makeshift antenna I've built with some scraps of wood and bailing wiremechanics wire, but i made it before researching anything and i feel like i can make something much more effective now with what i know.
My questions are this,
Any advice on the selector knob on my rabbit ear and loop antenna?
Do you have any recommendations for a D.I.Y. homemade antenna? Or could you point me in the direction of a website that has more info on building an antenna? I've already watched several of the videos available on YouTube and will retain the useful info that stays consistent between videos but would like a good source to clarify some info witch is conflicting amongst the videos.

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Daniel Conroy

Hi Daniel,

There are lots of YouTube videos showing how to make your own TV antenna such as this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKynS43OCiI&t=256s

I have not tried these, but I'm sure some work well. You just have to experiment.

Regarding the tuning knob, that theoretically could improve reception for certain channels, but at the expense of others. I would avoid it because it would be a pain to have to keep switching it when tuning different channels.

Best,
Brian

Craig
Craig
4 years ago

Hi, I just installed 2 antennas in my attic (1 UHF pointing South and 1 VHF pointing North for only 1 local channel). I am in New Hampshire North of Boston and the transmitters are about 36miles South of me. I am able to pick up the 5 stations that I wanted (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, & PBS) I have both antennas fed into a combiner going to a Tablo DVR with no splitters. Ok.... So I occasionally get some pixilation not often but there are currently no leaves on the trees... Would I be better off trying to get a better antenna, or since I am getting a good signal most of the time, how would it be to add another UHF antenna facing the same direction as the first. My UHF antenna is 1byone 85 mile antenna. Any other recommendations suggestions appreciated... Thanks

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Craig

Hi Craig,

I'm not sure if you're using an amplifier or not, but there are some things to try there.

If you are using an amplifier, I would try the setup without an amplifier to see if it's any better.

Also, if you are using an amplifier, I'm hoping that you are amplifying your TV signals between the combiner and the TV, not at each antenna (which would cause problems)

If you are not using an amplifier, and especially if you're driving a large length of coax cable, I would try using an amplifier right after the combiner.

Next I would experiment with antenna angle, location and height. I've found that these can have a big impact on reception.

If these all don't improve the situation, then I'd look into getting a "better" antenna, but it's hard to say what that would be. I've had bigger, more expensive antennas perform worse than smaller, cheaper ones.

Best,
Brian

Erin Bender
Erin Bender
4 years ago

Hi! I have a mohu leaf type antenna and live in a basement in Brooklyn. Constantly getting interference on major network channels when someone walks by or a car drives by which is often (its nyc, so cant stop it). My windows are pretty much people/car height. I have tried the ceiling, the window. Turning off all my stuff. It all temporarily works and then basically as soon as I want to watch something it starts up with the interference and won’t stop. I get 70+ channels... but not without a fight. Any other tips?

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Erin Bender

Hi Erin,

Hmm... all of my tips are in this article, but maybe try it with and without an amplifier? Also, try a reflector made of tinfoil... And make you're using good RG6 coax cable, as short as possible while still reaching the best window.

Brian
Brian

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan
4 years ago

My mohu leaf 50 was 'aimed' out toward a north-facing window across the room. Our transmitting towers are NEast of us. So I moved the leaf toward the west, so window glass was more to the northeast. Bingo. Scanning found fewer stations, but did find all the broadcast channels I wanted, two of which were previously missing. Clean and clear. Thanks for your tips.

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul Morgan

Hi Paul,

Awesome, thanks for sharing! Glad it worked for you!

Best,
Brian

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan
4 years ago
Reply to  Brian

However ... at night, one channel occasionally freezes or cuts out for 2 or 3 seconds, then comes back. And some brief snowy digital chromatizing. Seems good in the afternoon. I'll see if it gets better or worse when I unplug the mohu inline amp. Is it worth getting/trying an additional PCT 2 port bi directional amplifier like the MA2-M?

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul Morgan

HI Paul,

Definitely try without the amp. Also, try good RG6 coax cable. If worse without the amp, then try the MA2-M.

Best,
Brian

crochetqueen
crochetqueen
4 years ago

This will sound silly to some, but I'm older single female, not very knowledgeable about these things. Suppose I want to put my antenna on the 2nd floor or in the attic, do I drill holes in the floor for the cable to go through?

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  crochetqueen

Hi Chrochetqueen,

Yes, that is one way to do it.

The other way (which might be a bit more complicated and expensive), is to get a Tablo and attach your antenna to that in your attic, Then, you can view live TV using a Roku app. It's less cabling (no drilling), but more expensive. More info here:
https://www.disablemycable.com/tablo-dvr/

Best,
Brian

Marie Shadden
Marie Shadden
4 years ago

I have a Vizio SmartTV and it gets no signal when I've only the power and antenna attached. It does have an antenna/cable input and it does show antenna on the input screen. But after I press that button, no signal. Nada, nothing.

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Marie Shadden

Hi Marie,

Did you scan for channels? You have to make your TV do a scan before you can see any channels.

Also, make sure there are green stations in your area on the Station Finder:
https://www.disablemycable.com/station-finder/

Best,
Brian

Enrique
Enrique
4 years ago

Hi Brian,

Hopefully you can help because my eyes are hurting from all of the research that I've been doing to no avail.

I live in NYC on the 5th floor of a 5 story building. I have a very large antenna on the roof, I receive good signals to the TV but there are times mostly at night where the channels just drop for long periods of time. I live a block away from the train station so the train I know causes interference, I also have two taxi stations within two blocks from me and everyone in NYC has microwaves and LED lights and 5ghz networks which I know causes so much interference.

I also had this problem when I had cable, my question is what do I need to prevent that from happening.

This weekend I will be adding an extra antenna as you mentioned in your post, but I feel that really isn't going to help much, I added an amplifier but that didn't help, I changed the old 1979s wires and upgraded to triple shielded cables, and still the drops keep happening.

Please help...

Also, your post was very insightful and helpful and very well written.

Thank you

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Enrique

Hi Enrique,

There are filters designed to filter out interference from the sources you mention:
https://www.channelmaster.com/TV_Antenna_LTE_Filter_p/cm-3201.htm

These can help in some situations but be prepared to return if you buy one because they are not a cure-all by any means, and often they don't improve reception.

I would say a better bet would be to have someone go on the roof and adjust the antenna location until you can receive the channels you want. Make sure it is pointing at the TV transmitters, and try pointing it various directions from there, both side to side and up and down. In my experience, antenna location and direction have the biggest effect on reception compared to all other tricks.

Best,
Brian

Enrique
Enrique
4 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Hi Brian,

Thank you for your reply, and I looked into the channel master and will consider buying it after my attempt to try the dual attena set up first.

My problem isn't lack of channels, it's just the random drops and pixelation and loss of channels which happens at certain times of the day. At the other times of day the channels look perfect with full HD.

I will definitely try what you have recommended with the hope that it helps.

John
John
4 years ago

Was having issues with reception on my indoor antenna (I had to move it between 2 locations to get all of the channels and couldn't find a good location that gave me all of them. I tried the back-reflector suggestion and it worked like a charm. Thanks for the idea!

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  John

Hi John,

Awesome, glad it worked for you!

Best,
Brian

Roger
Roger
4 years ago

Brian-
I have a Mohu Leaf. I think I’ll try the coupler idea together with a better cable.. Its a drag in my situation; the transmission is coming from the south in the city (I’m north up in the burbs) and no windows in my place face south. (Just easterly windows) and in an apt. building I’ve got to try capturing signals through several other apartments. I did notice it was greatly improved when I left it dangling out the window. But forget that on windy days. Tough to mount.
Aaarrrgh!!

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Roger

Hi Roger,

I had a similar situation; my signals come from the East but my windows face North. I also found massively improve reception if I placed my antenna just outside my window.

One idea would be to use a small outdoor antenna like this one:
https://www.disablemycable.com/improve-tv-reception-with-patio-antenna/

In the end, I was able to get my desired reception by placing my antenna on my door, which was further out on my building, and perhaps had less metal content than my window, allowing more signal to be received:
https://www.disablemycable.com/my-tv-antenna-setup/

Best,
Brian

Roger
Roger
4 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Ahhh. A *small outdoor* antenna. Never considered that. I went & ordered the Channel Master Stealthtenna 50. Thanks, man! Fingers crossed!

Roger
Roger
4 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Hello again, Brian
Ok, so go the antenna. It works. Still getting some pixely drops though. :( Not a *ton* like the Mohu, but I was surprised it happened at all. Even got the good rg6 cable. *Maybe* it's because I mounted it on a metal railing?

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Roger

Hi Roger,

Yeah, if the metal of the antenna is touching the metal railing, that could impair reception.

Try a variety of positions and directions. It took me a long time to get the optimal position of my antenna.

Best,
Brian

Roger
Roger
4 years ago
Reply to  Brian

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Laisa Quezada
Laisa Quezada
4 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Try grounding a part of the cable in soil. I put a plant in between the anthena and the tv. The moment the cable touches the soil, all interferences stops. The moment I lift the cable off the soil, channels drop signal or freezes. Works like magic.

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Laisa Quezada

Hi Laisa,

Thank you for sharing this tip!!! I could see how the ground could be electrically noisy in the cable, and how this could help!!!

Best,
Brian

Dee
Dee
4 years ago

Pretty basic question here. I've been using a Fire stick which works well for it's intended purpose. In order to use an antenna for digital TV...do I physically remove the fire stick? Have not read anything telling me I need to do that, but I can't seem to get the TV out of fire stick mode, enough to even select "antenna" in settings. Help please.

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Dee

Hi Dee,

You shouldn't have to remove the Fire Stick to use your antenna. Your TV should have an input select option in the menu somewhere. If you don't have the manual, you can often download it from the Internet.

Best,
Brian

Louise Johnson
Louise Johnson
4 years ago

Hi Brian,

In your article, you mentioned you had trouble getting CBS until you angled your antenna northeast towards the tower in Pasadena. I'm confused because you said the Mohu Leaf, the antenna you recommended, is multi-directional so why does it matter how the antenna is angled? Help?

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Louise Johnson

Hi Louise,

"Multidirectional" means it can receive signals from more than one direction.

"Omnidirectional" means it can receive signals from all directions.

The Mohu Leaf is "multidirectional", but it is not "omnidirectional".

The Leaf is pretty good at getting signals from two directions (front and back), but not as good at getting signals that come in from the side.

Their website says "no pointing needed", but that's not entirely true in actual practice.

Best,
Brian

Therese Lang
Therese Lang
4 years ago

Hi Brian,
I just moved into a new apartment and I get all local channels with a Mohu Leaf - except one - the CBS affiliate. I think it is because the tower is located behind the building and I do not have a window on that side of the apartment. I am not allowed to affix anything to the building. I have noticed that when I go to that channel, it says, "13 air" while the other stations that I receive with no problem say, "DTV Air" - what does this mean and could this be a clue?
thank you
TL

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Therese Lang

Hi Therese,

I'm not sure what that means (it's specific to that TV brand),

You can try the tips on this page, or watch shows on the cbs.com website. I watch Big Bang Theory there.

Best,
Brian

Roxanne
Roxanne
4 years ago

Hi there!

I'm thinking about purchasing an antenna coupler. I have a Mohu Leaf 30 and a ClearStream Eclipse indoor antenna. I've never done this before and I'm a but nervous. Do you have any recommendations on which antenna coupler I should purchase? Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

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