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If I have bad reception, can I use two antennas?
If I have bad reception, can I use two antennas?
Are two antennas better than one?
Written by Free TV Project Staff
Updated over a week ago

If your TV reception is unreliable, it’s better to upgrade to a larger antenna rather than combine two antennas. Combining two antennas together can result in phase issues, making reception worse. In general, antennas are engineered precisely to pick up TV stations from a certain direction. Combining multiple antennas together messes up this balance. If you have bad TV reception, it’s best to either add an amplifier or upgrade your antenna. You can find some recommended antennas here.

Getting started

Watching free, over-the-air TV with an antenna is simpler than you may think. In many cases, you can take an antenna out of the box, connect the cable to your TV, run a channel scan and voila! You have dozens of local channels to surf.

The number of channels you can access and how clearly they come in is based on a number of factors, including your distance from the point of broadcast towers, the type of antenna you have and where it’s located in your home.

Not sure what kind of antenna you need? Take our simple quiz to help narrow down the options. You can also find a general list of recommended antennas here.

Pair your antenna with an OTA DVR device to record your favorite shows

Did you know you can use an antenna similarly to how you watch cable? Ditch the costly subscription fees, but keep the cable capabilities (record, pause, rewind and fast forward) with an OTA DVR device. Here are the products we recommend:

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