antennas

What Antenna should I get for my house?

TV Antenna

Episode 1666

Steve from North Hollywood, CA

Steve has an AirBNB with an antenna to watch TV along with streaming. But his antenna is indoor and wants a better one for more options. Leo recommends visiting TVFool.com and AntennaWeb.org. You'll be able to enter your address, and it'll tell you what channels you get, where to aim the antenna, and what antenna is best for you. Steve is also having issues configuring his IoT devices. Leo says that most IoT devices prefer 2.4GHz over 5Ghz. So make sure you have the right band selected.

What's a good printer to buy?

Epson ET-3750

Episode 1647

Grant from St Paul, Minnesota

Grant wants a printer that he doesn't have to spend a ton on ink. Leo suggests the Epson Eco Tank printer (Epson is a sponsor of The Tech Guy radio show & the TWiT Network). It comes with all the ink you'll need for two years - a great buy.

Grant also wants to know how his parents can get better reception in their area? Leo recommends TVFool.com and AntennaWeb.org. It'll let you know what channels are available in their area. But living in a remote area may be an issue. So Leo recommends streaming via YouTube TV. SlingTV is another option.

Why can't I get my local channels on my TV?

TV

Episode 1639

Debbie from California

Debbie has always had channels 2-13 with an antenna. After a brief stay in the hospital, she came back and didn't get any channels at all. Leo suspects that while she was convalescing, the FCC moved the broadcast frequencies for all the local channels. It doesn't change the channel number, mind you, but what Debbie needs to do is rescan her TV to re-acquire them. Go into the TV menu and look for scan channels. The TV will then rescan the frequency range and re-acquire them.

How can I get TV stations over the air?

TV Antenna

Episode 1636

Timmy from Oak Hills, CA

Timmy wants to know if there are plans to build larger antennas so he can get stations in a remote area. Leo says that the broadcast licensing is by the FAA and TV stations usually have the largest, most powerful license you can get. So if you can't get reception in a weak area, that may not be possible. But check out two sites - AntennaWeb.org and TVFool.com. Both can give you data on what stations you should be able to receive, and offer suggestions of what antennas could help.

Can I Get TV from an Antenna Anymore?

AntennaWeb.org

Episode 1612

Hans from Los Angeles, CA

Hans has cut the cable, and now he wants to get an antenna and get his TV that way. Leo says that modern TVs can handle it because they have their own tuner, but he'll need the right antenna and adapter. Check out AntennaWeb.org and TVFool.com. Both will tell him what he'll need for the area and where to point the antenna.  Since Hans is in LA, he can point his antenna towards Mount Wilson and get a large portion of channels, and with uncompressed HD too.

How can I pick up local TV stations with my antenna?

Microsoft Surface Book 2

Episode 1611

Bob from Louisville, TN

Bob has been a cord cutter for nearly a decade. However, local TV is important to him and he's used an antenna for OTA signals for awhile. However, the FCC has sold off a lot of that spectrum, making it harder to pick up signals using his antenna. Leo says that FCC is also asking stations to move frequencies so they can sell off more of the spectrum. In most cases, all you need to do is run a re-scan on your TV to get the new station frequencies. You may need to do it several times. The FCC has a site that gives you the information here.

Can I Use My Old Coax Cable With an Antenna?

Coax

Episode 1598

Bob from Corona, CA

Bob recently cut the cable and is now streaming. He wants to know if he can use his old coax cable and connect it to the antenna. Leo says he may be able to, depending on the impedance. It should work, but look what kind of cable the antenna supports. Splitters may also cause a problem. From the chatroom - if the Coax is RG59 or RG9, he's in good shape.

How can I cut the cord and get rid of cable?

Episode 1566

Ron from North Carolina

Ron is looking to cut the cable. Leo says you can do it by using your smart TV or a streaming box like Roku or AppleTV. But at the end of the day, after paying for Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, Amazon Prime, and LiveTV from Sling, YouTube TV etc. It ends up costing you just as much as cable. But if you have access to over the air channels, then you can get an antenna for your local channels. That would save you a lot. Then anything you don't get, you can do piecemeal. Also figure out what you gotta have and add those prices up.

What digital TV antenna should I buy?

Mohu Leaf Glide Indoor Antenna

Episode 1484

Joyce from Hollywood, CA

Joyce is getting a new TV. Who makes the best digital antenna that can boost the signal? She gets some terrible coverage, even though the FCC says her signal should be moderate. Rich says that the FCC's rating is conditional. She may not get as good as it says she can. Rich says that the Mohu Leaf is a good one but not for Joyce's situation. The Leaf Glide is a better model for $90.