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Question DetailsAsked on 2/3/2014

Is there an antenna that can receive TV reception over the air in Centre Hall, PA?

I am building a house and considering an antenna in my attic to get over-the-air channels that broadcast from Altoona. I would like recommendations on specific antennas so I don't waste money by purchasing one that "should" work but doesn't. Knowing if someone else has done it successfully would give me confidence that I can get the channels. Thanks!

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Here is a link to the local stations you should be able to get - if you click on the station weblink, they normally have coverage maps showing where normal antennas will pick up their signal reliably.

You are also likely to get the higher powered stations out of Altoona and Williamsport as they are roughly up and down valley from you - Harrisburg less likely due to intervening ridges, though they may have repeaters who serve your area.

I would check with neighbors with antennas on their roofs to see if they still use them for broadcast reception. Also, ask around at work amongst co-workers in your area, or if retired at whatever activities you engage in - also, TV stores in the area may know what stations come in locally. Also, if you can find who the local Civil Defense Coordinator (may be handled locally, or at state level) they should have a list town by town of the stations they alert for public warning announcements for that particular area.

I am not in your area, but I bought a Magnavox desktop electronic antenna at Amazon for about $40 when the local stations went digital and changed transmitter locations - it picks up twice the stations my rooftop 12 foot long antenna doesor ever did, and takes up zero space - just sits on top of the VCR/DVD player.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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