How to Improve Poor HD Antenna Reception

An HD antenna is an excellent way to get free television. For some, it can get a little frustrating when your reception of certain channels are poor. More people are starting to rely on their HD antenna to provide content to their television. There are several ways one can fix bad antenna reception. Here are some tips that should help you get better television reception.

Improve Your HD Antenna Reception

Antenna Placement

The most important way to get better reception is to place your HD antenna in the best spot. This can take some time to figure out. When I first placed my antenna, I realized that for the best reception I had to place it in the attic. In most cases, the higher you place the antenna the better the reception. This may not work for everyone, especially if you live close to the broadcast towers. You may get great reception from your window. Trees and other houses can also be factors in reception. Try locating your antenna away from these areas if possible. You may have to experiment for a while. Each time you re-position your antenna you will need to re-scan the channels on your TV set. If you are having trouble positioning your HD antenna, I have written an article on how to choose and position your HD antenna.

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Boost The Signal With An Antenna Booster

In some cases, if your signal is too weak, you can use a signal booster to increase the signal to your television tuner. This can help if your cable length is long from the antenna to your television. Most antennas come with a plug in power booster which acts in the same way. If you live far away from the broadcast towers, a booster can help. I have noticed a vast improvement with mine. Try experimenting with the antenna booster on and off and see if that improves reception.

Winegard LNA-200 Boost XT Digital HDTV Preamplifier

Winegard LNA-200 Boost XT Digital HDTV Preamplifier

Cell Phone Tower Interference

In many cases cell towers can interfere with your antenna reception. This can be eliminated using an amplifier with filtering. Just place it in-line with your OTA antenna.

Channel Master CM-7777HD TV Antenna Amplifier with Adjustable Gain


The Channel Master CM-7777 Antenna Amplifier is an adjustable gain amp. Not only does it filter out 3G/4G cellphone interference, it also allows you to adjust the gain output to your television. This can come in handy if you are splitting your antenna signal to multiple TVs. In some cases, powered splitters can over modulate your signal. It is all or nothing and you have not control. This can cause the signal to your TV’s to be too strong causing the TV tuner to drop channels. With this device you can dial in the perfect gain, which can make all the difference. It can be used indoors and outdoors.

See my article on how to split an HD antenna signal to multiple televisions.

Replace Your Coaxial Cable

In some cases, swapping out your coaxial cable with a more efficient and better isolated RG-6 cable can give you more channels and better reception. Check to see if you are using poor quality RG-59 cable by looking at the cable itself. It should say it right on the cable. Using better shielded cable like RG-6 will help with electromagnetic interference and signal noise. In most instances, you should see an improvement.

Quad Shielded RG6 Coaxial Cable

Cable Matters CL2 In-Wall Rated (CM) Quad Shielded RG6 Coaxial Patch Cable in Black 100 Feet

Try Using Two HD Antennas

This step can get a little tricky, but I have heard of some people having success by combining two HD antennas into a coupler. If you have two or more antennas laying around you could experiment. Try placing one antenna in the direction of the weaker broadcast tower and the other towards the more powerful one. By coupling the signal you can focus the two antennas into one signal. Make sure to use a coupler and not a splitter.

Winegard CC-7870 Antenna Coupler

Winegard CC-7870 Antenna Coupler

Winegard CC-7870 Antenna Coupler

by Winegard Winegard Company
Amazon Price: $26.98 - CDN$ 96.15

Get a Better TV Tuner

Not all TV tuners are built the same. I have two televisions in my house. Both are different brand names and I noticed that one tuner picks up different channels better than the other. They are both using the same antenna with a splitter. Some TV’s are equipped with better quality tuners. I would stay with quality brand televisions. Do some research on Amazon before buying a new television. You can also use a DVR tuner or the Tablo TV to supplement your bad tuner. These devices allow you to use your old TV and combine it with a better tuner. You can also record all your favorite over the air TV shows.

Channel Master DVR+

Tablo DVR for HDTV Antennas

Tablo 2-Tuner DVR for Over-The-Air HDTV with Wi-Fi

See my review of the Tablo DVR.

Buy a Better Antenna

Another option is to buy a better quality antenna. You may realize that your current antenna is not large enough to obtain all of the channels you want. Maybe the quality of your antenna is not up to par. You can see my article on how to choose the proper HD antenna to make sure you have the correct antenna for your area.

how to choose an hd antenna guide


Poor antenna reception can be a real hassle. Once you figure out what the problem is, you can enjoy a clear viewing experience. Many of these problems can be avoided by using some of these tips.

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I started the site to educate the public on the alternative ways you can watch television besides subscribing to cable. I have been in the audio visual business for over 20 years. I also have an extensive computer networking background. I am a Microsoft Certified Professional and CompTIA Network+ Certified Technician. I hope you will find my articles and reviews helpful in conscious uncabling.


  1. Great tip about using a thicker cable. TV kept scanning 2 of the 3 major networks. Found a better cable leftover from TWC years ago, and now it picks up all the majors! Would never have thought of this myself. Thanks!

  2. Thank you but where do I install the amplifier splitter after my antenna in other words antenna to antenna box to tv where do I split to other tvs

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