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The Broadcast TV Station Finder

Jul 10, 2020

The Station Finder is my name for the FCC tool that tells you which TV stations you can potentially get in your area of the United States. The channels you actually get will depend on your exact location, type of antenna, height of your antenna, and other factors.

Press the button below and enter your zip code. Wait a few seconds, and it will show you how many potential free TV channels are available in your area.

You should be able to get most of the green and yellow channels using a good indoor antenna. Click on the station’s call letters to see what direction the signal is coming from on the map to help you orient your antenna.

THE RESULTS OF THE STATION FINDER ARE BASED ON THE FCC DATABASE AND DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE ALL OF THE CHANNELS LISTED.

Note: if the link above doesn’t work (sometimes the FCC Site goes down), enter your zip code into the Transmitter Locator by Antennas Direct. You should be able to get stations within the first circle using an indoor antenna:

How to Interpret the Station Finder Results

In general, you should be able to receive most of the green channels using a good antenna and some experimentation.

  1. If you got a lot of green stations, congratulations you’re in good shape! You should do well with a Mohu Leaf antenna with RG6 cable if you want to get better reception of VHF (the Hi-V) channels. More info here.
  2. If you got just a few green and some yellow channels, an outdoor antenna is best, but you will get some channels with an indoor antenna. I would recommend the Mohu Leaf 50 with RG6 cable. More info here.
  3. If you go all yellow and orange channels, you’ll need an outdoor antenna
  4. If you got all orange or red channels, or no channels, you should try to get free TV over the Internet

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How to See Which Direction to Point Your Antenna

To see which direction the TV signal is coming from, click on the station’s call letters on the left side of the map. The map will then show the TV transmitter towers with a black line to your location.

The FCC's Station Finder
The FCC’s Station Finder

My Recommended Indoor Antennas

A rooftop outdoor antenna will get you the most channels. But if you’re not able to install a rooftop antenna, I recommend the Mohu Leaf indoor antenna:

For More Information

Click here if you want to do a quick test to see if your TV can pick up any stations. No antenna is needed for this test.

If you’d like to get more channels and better reception with your indoor antenna, read my tips and tricks for indoor antennas article.

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scott
scott
1 month ago

hello, when i entered my location (i did both zip and city/state) i got zero anything on the map. there was no call signs or anything indicating any broadcast towers anywhere, it just looked like a plain map. not sure why cause we do have an antenna up on one our mountains as well as others, plus i know people that currently recieve local tv content. what else can i do?thanks.

Kathryn Walford
Kathryn Walford
5 months ago

Yesterday I got 64 channels. Today 40. TV is one year old. Antenna is less than than one year old. What changed in South Austin Tx between yesterday and today? Clouds usually dont affect this set up.

Benjamin Awuzu
Benjamin Awuzu
5 months ago

I don’t have a zip code how can I get some

Wilbur Felton
Wilbur Felton
5 months ago

would I be abe to get ” POP tv .

Maria Siebertz
Maria Siebertz
5 months ago

I recently got cable for internet but watch antenna tv as much as possible. I just tried rescanning and found everything to be changed, asking for closed captioning series of codes which I don’t understand, hence I no longer can access any antenna tv. I disconnected and reconnected both tv and antenna to no avail. Help!

Candace, Curtis Hinkle Hinkle
Candace, Curtis Hinkle Hinkle
5 months ago

thanks for the info, what is your professional opinion on channel master antennas, they have been around forever. curt

Huey Rumney
Huey Rumney
3 years ago

My Camper’s antena won’t pull in local “Green” stations from your finder. Is there an in-line booster that will actually help?

Brian
3 years ago
Reply to  Huey Rumney

Hi Huey,

Before buying anything, try these tips:
https://www.disablemycable.com/blog/antenna-tips/

Amplifiers don’t always help, so just want to save you money by trying other options before going with the booster.
https://www.disablemycable.com/blog/are-amplified-indoor-antennas-better/

Best,
Brian

Blkanakonda
Blkanakonda
3 years ago

I noticed all the channels are yellow and the bottom 3 are red I live further than 30 miles from the closest one so I’m not sure what antenna to get. Plus I noticed my new smart TV doesn’t have a coax cable hook up so then I’ll need a box to take the place of it. Any help would be great.

Brian
3 years ago
Reply to  Blkanakonda

Hi,

Yes, unfortunately it sounds like your TV does not have a tuner, so you’d need to get a converter box:
https://www.disablemycable.com/converter-boxes/

The signals in your area are somewhat weak. Before buying anything though, I would suggest talking to your neighbors in the area to see what kind of reception they are getting, and what kinds of antennas they are using. An outdoor rooftop antenna might be best in your case.

Best,
Brian

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