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Mounting it by the window will get you a better signal, if you need it. You may need to move the antenna around to improve your signal and experiment with different locations. Check to see if your house already has a roof antenna, too—many do! And if your antenna is amplified, plug the amplifier into a power source. Your TV will need to scan for available channels, which should take just a few minutes.
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