You can receive over the air broadcasts with a length of wire hanging out of the coax connector at the back of your television if you're close enough to a broadcast tower That being said, you really need to do your homework before making an antenna selection.
Plug in your zip code and see what might be available in your market. If you're less than 50 miles from the nearest broadcast tower(s) of the networks you'd like to watch, then you have a good opportunity for success. Line of sight to the tower is best. Many antennas are directional and orientation is important- take note of the direction of each tower and any physical obstructions (trees, hills, buildings, etc.) that may exist in-between. Also note your elevation- if your receiving location is in a valley, you may have a more difficult time receiving stable broadcasts. All of these things may potentially affect reception quality.
It would be wise to stay away from over-hyped antennas with "250 mile" reception claims. The curvature of the earth will not permit reception over 100 miles or so unless the atmospheric conditions are exceptionally favorable. FWIW, I've had good success with the Clearstream 2 and Televes DiNova Boss Mix (with an edge to the Televes).
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