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Antennaweb.org Unreliable for most locations.


Over the past few years the results provided by Antennaweb.org have become unreliable.

The antennaweb.org system is simply way too conservative. For an example. If I submit my address (3758 W. Washington Rd. Ithaca, Mi 48847) to antennaweb.org the results indicate I will receive 7 channels at my location. The fact is using the HD Stacker antenna mounted 22 feet above ground I receive 26 good reliable channels. I get 66 total channels when the sub channels of each station are counted.

I work with people from all over the United States and this is true for nearly every locations. It appears the people operating Antennaweb.org simply don't want you to know just how many channels you really can get. Don't rely on Antennaweb.org Try the FCC DTV reception maps or TVFool. Both of these offer much more reliable and realistic data.

 

What's up with Antennaweb.org?

Check out the following email I received.

Dear Denny,

I'm a single mom living in Castle Rock, Co. I decided to discontinue the cable tv service. On the computer I found a website called, antennaweb.org. It seemed simple enough. Type the address of my house, click submit, and find out what antenna I need. Didn't turn out as planned.

Here's what happened. On the results page antennaweb says this.

"The Antenna column lists the color-coded antenna type needed to receive a particular station. Click on a color to view more information about that antenna type".

I clicked on the color and it said, I need a large directional antenna. On this same page was a statement that said, "antenna deal of the day". I followed the link and purchased the recommended antenna. The Orca-Talos-Yagi-1080p.

I received the antenna ordered and to my surprise the antenna is imported. I thought the CEA and the NAB the operators of antennaweb were American organizations serving American people.

After installing the antenna, aiming it at the towers on Lookout MT. the results were mixed. Trying to figure out why only a few channels wouldn't come in I found your website. On your site I learned the antenna I had purchased was for UHF signals and the stations giving me the most trouble were VHF signals. I went back to antennaweb to see if I had made a mistake. I clicked on the antenna color for one of the VHF stations only to see the same UHF antenna recommended.

Am I doing something wrong? What antenna do I need?

Sincerely,

Debra __________

 

Hi Debra,

No, you're not doing anything wrong. I rarely use antennaweb.org. With the exception of Google ads I was not aware they were linking people directly to a vendor web page. When I submit my address into the antennaweb system and go through the process it links my location to the same Orca antenna as recommended for your location. My area has 5 VHF stations so that's certainly not the correct antenna.

Seems the antenna vendor buys the link on the antennaweb page. I think Antennaweb.org is simply selling advertising space and the antenna displayed may or may not be the correct antenna for the location. 

I'll be happy to help you choose the correct antenna. I suggest you start by submitting the antenna recommendation form provided at the link below. The form will request the information I need to make an accurate antenna recommendation.

http://dennysantennaservice.com/antenna_recommendation.html

Best Regards,
Denny Duplessis