Digital Television Antennas
Since the Cable TV companies that serviced Point Roberts have all left the area, I have been asked many times about the "best" antenna for our area. As a free service for Point Roberts Residents I can provide links and suggestions. However, this is like buying a TV itself. It's an individual decision! I cannot recommend a specific antenna. However there are links below with reviews. Caveat emptor!
I am also asked what channels are available. I offer Over-The-Air (OTA) TV Station Testing at your home using an HDTV Antenna to determine what channels may be available at your home.
- The testing is performed outside and does not require access to your home.
- I will come to your home with my test equipment and provide a list of stations that can be obtained at ground level at the 4 points of the compass: North, South, East & West.
- I will provide the list of the minimum channels you will be able to receive. The number of channels and reception may improve if you use an Attic or Outdoor Antenna. I will also provide a list of antennas to choose from.
The charge for this service is $50.
More information about OTA Antennas
- Digital OTA Antennas are called DTV Antenna (DTVA) or HDTV Antenna. They are both the same thing. Some DTVAs receive VHF channels (channels 2-13) and some pick up UHF channels (channels 14-51). The "Rabbit Ears" antenna picks up the VHF channels and the circular or "Bowtie" antenna picks up UHF channels. You want a DTVA that picks up both. Digital OTA stations now use a decimal point to differentiate channels (8.1, 24.1, 24.2, 24.3, etc.)
- There are both Indoor and Outdoor DTVAs. Indoor antennas are more convenient to put up and are protected. Outdoor DTVAs tend to have better reception (this is an opinion) but are exposed to the elements.
- Research! Do your own research and learn a few things about TV Antennas.
- Check out DisableMyCable for good information on antennas, including a way to test for channels before buying an antenna.
- https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/antennas-and-digital-television FCC Antenna Guide
- https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps FCC DTVA Maps - enter your zip code and click Go! or Go To My Location. I believe you can pick up more stations than they list.
- https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-tv-antennas,review-2354.html Tom's Hardware Guide Indoor DTVA Reviews
- https://www.techhive.com/article/3322842/the-best-tv-antennas-for-cord-cutters.html Another DTVA Review
- Google "DTV Antenna" and find your own articles to read. Add "review" to get reviews on DTVAs.
- Talk to your neighbors! Ask them if they have an antenna and how many channels they get. I tried to start a discussion on Nextdoor but the Monitors deleted it, saying I was advertising. I was only trying to help our neighbors.
- Whatever you decide to buy, make sure the store has a solid return policy! You don't want to be stuck with something that doesn't give you the services you expect!
Unfortunately I do not offer Outdoor or Attic Antenna Installation at this time..
There is another alternate or additional TV Service available at Point Roberts. That is Streaming Media via the Internet. Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and others all allow you to watch movies and TV series over the Internet. Google "Streaming Media on TV" or contact me for more information.
Channels from our outdoor antenna listed below: ~ 6 feet above the roof - pointing North - Location: Province & Mill - Photo of antenna in use.
- 2.1 CBC
- 8.1 Global
- 10.1 Global
- 17.1 CTV2
- 26.1 Maple Leaf
- 32.1 CTV
- 42.1 OMNI