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CUTTING THE CORD

If you’re under 30, you may never have experienced free TV from a rooftop or TV-top antenna. If you’re over 30, you can’t recall when you gave up free TV to pay astronomical cable TV charges. Here are several marine antenna options that can help you cut the cable and tune back into free HDTV.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Federal Communications Commission has a cool website that lists the channels broadcast in practical receiving range from any zip code by an antenna posted 30 feet high, assuming line of sight to the antenna is not obstructed by terrain, trees or buildings. Though marine antennas are omni-directional, the website gives the compass bearing to the transmitting tower so directional antennas can be properly aimed.

The tool also indicates the strength and expected.

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