Reception of WFXG via over-the-air digital signal is an excellent way to receive your favorite television programming. There are many various antenna products which provide you with the ability to receive our signal. Getting the correct antenna for your situation depends greatly on where you live in relation to our broadcast tower and its ability to reach your home. To help you in this task we have made a guide of recommended antenna types, resources to help you understand the concepts of antenna reception and common places where you can purchase them.
There are two types of broadcasting antennas, directional and omnidirectional. WFXG transmits over-the-air (OTA) using a directional antenna, located in Beech Island, South Carolina, which focuses on one horizontal direction only, 290°, while omnidirectional antennas focus in every direction on the horizontal plane, meaning they can send and receive signals in any direction parallel to the horizon. To pick up our signal, receiving antennas need to be within the area about 30° either way from the 290° direction of our broadcasting antenna.
According to Wikipedia, "television antennas are manufactured in two different types; 'indoor' antennas, to be located on top of or next to the television set, and 'outdoor' antennas, mounted on a mast on top of the owner's house. The most common types of indoor antennas used are the dipole ('rabbit ears') and loop antennas, and for outdoor antennas the yagi and log periodic."
The Radio Shack - Tech Channel website explains various types of antennas which "include corner reflectors, which are two plates at 90 degrees of each other to focus the signals, and Yagi antennas. Yagi antennas consist of several straight elements, each a half-wavelength long, with straight rods parallel to each element called reflectors or directors. The most common examples of Yagi antennas include VHF and UHF TV antennas and high-frequency amateur-radio antennas." Yagi antenna types are the most commonly used in residential reception of OTA TV signals. The third common residential antenna type is Log-Periodic and is characterized by "the lengths and spacings of the elements increasing logarithmically from one end to the other," or v-shaped.