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Do Trees Affect OTA TV Antenna Reception?

Posted by Denny Duplessis on

The simple answer is, yes. How much is another question. There are many factors that must be considered.

What kind of trees? Evergreens are the worst. This type of tree holds more water than most and water does obstruct OTA TV signals. 

How dense are the trees? A few trees here and there will have little or no affect on TV reception. However, a dense forest of trees can have a significant affect on TV reception. 

How strong are the TV signals? If the TV transmitters are nearby the trees will have little affect on the TV reception. If the TV transmitters are located at a great distance from your location the trees will have a greater affect on the TV reception.

How close are the trees to the TV antenna? Trees located near to the antenna in the signal path to the transmitters will have greater affect on the reception compared to trees that are further away from the antenna. 

The TV antenna itself will have a great deal to do with how much the trees affect the reception. If the distance to the transmitters indicate a smaller more compact TV antenna will work, choose a larger TV antenna to compensate for the trees. 

Fore more information on what affects TV antenna reception see: TV Antenna Range

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