Recently, I was asked this question – “Dear Denny, I am seeking an indoor TV antenna that will allow good reception of local stations. I live in Plano, TX and the stations are in Dallas and Fort Worth. We have two large televisions, a Sony and a Samsung – both about four years old and working well.
Am looking for something that will work without wiring the house, perhaps even the old ‘rabbit ear’ concept. So many things on the market and I am clueless about what works with what.
The televisions do receive both HD and regular signal and we currently have Verizon FFIOSCable TV. The cost is significant and our use is very little so it is more than a waste of money.
I would appreciate receiving information about the product you have that will my fulfill my needs. Also, if you do not have one and know of something on the market I would appreciate that information as well.
The terrain is flat out here and the distance from our home to Fort Worth is just less than 60 miles and we are much closer to Dallas. The primary networks I am interested in receiving is ABC, CBS and NBC. Anything else would be a bonus.”
Thanks for the question! Here’s my answer:
Indoor TV antenna and good reception usually don’t go together.
Very few people report complete success when using an indoor TV antenna. A lot depends upon the signal strength of the incoming signals, building materials the signals must penetrate to reach the indoor antenna and the terrain between the transmitting antenna and the receiving antenna. Receiving good reliable signals has a lot to do with the receiving antenna elevation above ground.
All indoor antennas receive UHF signals better than they do VHF signals. This is do to the longer wave length used to broadcast the VHF signal. Small compact indoor antennas are simply not large enough to properly receive the VHF signals.
Your best bet is to use an indoor VHF UHF TV antenna that has the longer poles (rabbit ears) that extend from the base. These longer poles are designed to receive VHF signal. Even these antennas may struggle to receive the VHF signals and some of the UHF signals. You may find that adjustments to the position of the indoor TV antenna may be required when you change from one channel to another. Try to find an amplified VHF UHF TV antenna.
There are two TV channels broadcasting VHF signals in the Dallas market. The ABC network channel WFFA and the IND network channel KFWD are both VHF broadcasting channels. I suggest you try a VHF/UHF amplified rabbit ear style antenna. This type of antenna has the best chance of success.
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