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The Station Finder

By Brian Shim | Updated 
07/26/2020

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.

If the link above doesn’t work (sometimes the FCC Site goes down), try Antennapoint. You should be able to get stations within 25 miles.

NOTE: 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.

How to Interpret the 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 or a Cable Cutter Aerowave 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 or a Cable Cutter Aerowave. 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 stations 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

I recommend the Mohu Leaf and the HD Frequency Cable Cutter Aerowave antennas:

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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