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.
- 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.
- 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. Check out my article on amplified antennas.
- If you go all yellow and orange channels, you’ll need an outdoor antenna
- If you got all orange or red channels or no channels, you’ll need to use Internet streaming services for TV.
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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.
My Recommended Indoor Antenna
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.