Wireless TV antennas are the best way to pick up TV stations for free.
It is the only truly free source of entertainment as no internet is needed.
All that is needed is a compatible TV with a TV tuner, and a wireless antenna to pick up the stations.
How many TV stations that can be picked up will depend on the location.
If you live in a city, often 30-40 stations or more can be received.
For those who live farther away from the TV tower transmitters, fewer stations will be available.
Often, TV signal boosters in combination with an outdoor wireless antenna will greatly improve the stations received.
If the towers are within 30-40 miles with flat terrain, the signal can likely be picked up with an indoor wireless TV antenna.
If the towers are far away with hilly terrain and trees, an outdoor wireless TV antenna will likely need to be used.
There are many different scenarios with the distance from the towers and the terrain the main obstacles to receiving a good wireless TV signal.
There are many good wireless TV antennas available, with some of our favorite picks below.
As always be sure to read reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is the right pick for you.
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Our Picks for Best Wireless TV Antenna
- Channel Master CM-5016 Outdoor TV Antenna
- ANTOP Big Boy AT-400B
- Vansky TV Antenna
- Vansky VS-OTX03
- Mediasonic Homeworx HW110AN
- ViewTV wa-2608
The Channel Master CM-5016 is a good outdoor unit built to withstand the weather and pick up a signal from far away.
A nice feature of the Channel Master CM-5016 is the multiple sized elements that can receive Low-VHF, High-VHF, and UHF-band.
Almost all TV antennas will be able to pick up UHF-band, with most not able to receive Low-VHF.
Low-VHF is not used by many TV stations but some locations still broadcast on Low-VHF.
This makes the Channel Master CM-5016 a good all-around unit that would be a good fit to pick up as many stations as possible.
The ANTOP AT-400B is built to pick up free wireless TV signals with many nice features.
Features include Smart-Pass Amplifier Technology, 4G LTE Filter, and VHF antennas.
The ANTOP AT-400B can pick up both VHF and UHF frequencies between 54 and 216 MHz and the UHF band between 470 and 890 MHz.
It is also an indoor or attic unit and can be mounted just about anywhere with a pole or similar.
This wireless TV antenna from Vansky is a small flat and compact antenna that is built for indoor use.
It is a good unit that would work well for those close to the TV towers, along with a low-cost.
The Vansky is a digital HDTV antenna built for long range for those who have problems getting a good signal.
Even though it is built to be mounted outside it can also be mounted in an attic and still works well.
It comes with a motor that turns the antenna helping to narrow in on a broadcast tower and get the best signal.
A signal booster box with a remote control is also included.
The Vansky is a good unit that worked well in our test and is still currently being used.
The Mediasonic Homeworx HW110AN HDTV antenna is a small low-cost option.
It is an indoor antenna that picks up stations at close range.
If you live in a semi-large city, you are likely close to the transmission towers and can pick up a signal with this budget option.
If you live outside a large city, a longer range antenna will most likely be needed.
ViewTV makes this long range over-the-air TV antenna for those very far from transmissions.
It has a range of 150 miles and can rotate 360 degrees to help dial in a station.
It has full HDTV support 720p and 1080p and comes with a remote control.
When looking to buy a wireless TV antenna and pick up free OTA signals knowing the TV tors location will go a long way to help buy the right unit.
Using an indoor antenna will work if you are close to the towers with no major hills or trees blocking the signal.
If you live far away from the tower, an outdoor antenna would be a better option.
Often outdoor units are mounted high up on a pole to receive the best signal.
There are also TV signal boosters which and amplifiers that can clear up a bad or weak reception.
Have you bought a wireless TV antenna? Let us know your thoughts below.