OTA Antenna

Over-the-air digital antennas are excellent for receiving free TV. This AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor TV Antenna has 35 miles of range and connects to most TVs to receive freely broadcast wireless channels. Please visit fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps to see what channels you might expect to receive.

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  • TVs with coaxial input
  • Includes coaxial cable
  • Digital wireless broadcast TV channels
  • Expected quality around 1080p HD, although quality may vary.
  • Reception quality may vary based on factors unrelated to the antenna performance including terrain, tall buildings, weather, and trees.

Setup Instructions

Step 1: Connect to your TV Screw either end of the included coaxial cable in to the bottom of the antenna as pictured above and screw the other end of the coaxial cable into the back or side of your TV.

Step 2: Position the antenna Place the plugged in antenna as high as possible facing south east, toward downtown Chicago where most signals are coming from. If your TV is near a window, use the included suction cups to attach the antenna to that window.

Step 3: Scan for channels Using the original TV remote (not any remotes from DVD players, Blu-ray players, and/or cable TV providers like Comcast), navigate to your TV Settings, Menu, or Setup screens. The names of these screens vary in different TVs.

In those screens, you are looking for a control like “channel scan”, or “channel tuning”. It may be inside another menu, potentially described as “antenna”, “channels”, “channel list”, “live TV”, or “broadcast”.

Once you find the proper menu, have the TV scan for channels. The scan will take a few minutes as the antenna listens for signals. When the scan has completed, the TV will let you know how many channels were detected.

Step 4: Watch TV Using the same remote you scanned channels with, use buttons like “input”, or “source” to switch to the antenna. Use your channel +/- buttons or type in a channel number to enjoy free over-the-air TV.

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Need more help with the library Over-the-Air Antenna? Contact the Information Services Reference Desk at 224-233-1841 or asd@lincolnwoodlibrary.org.