Free antennas available Saturday at fairgrounds

Posted September 16, 2010
Updated September 17, 2010

— Did you know that you don't need cable or satellite service to get HDTV?

HDTV Receiving WRAL-TV in HD over-the-air

WRAL and Antennas Direct are sponsors of an educational event and giveaway Saturday at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh where you can claim a free antenna to tune in HD channels over the air.

Participants can learn about, watch and try digital broadcasts beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the flea market.

About 300 free antennas, valued at about $75 each, will be given away. Antennas can be used indoors or out and are rated to receive the WRAL-TV signal from up to 50 miles away, according to Antennas Direct.

The right antenna, correctly installed, can receive UHF and VHF channels for free, over the air.


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  • ezLikeSundayMorning Sep 17, 2010

    I know it's at the flea market, but it's been years since I've been out there. Can anyone narrow it down? I'd love to get one.

  • violettj Sep 17, 2010

    Where on the fairgrounds is this happening? I need to get one for a widow at my church.

  • I know some stuff Sep 17, 2010

    wow, if it is THAT Channel Master antenna, that would be great. Just remember...if it's pulling power (gain) is that good, it's also Directional, so you'll need to rotate it to the station that you're trying to get...the direction of course depends on where you live relative to the transmitters.

  • Stephen Sep 17, 2010 is a better website for aiming your antenna, IMHO.

  • boots71 Sep 17, 2010 have Stagevu for free movies, UTube,,,, I could go on...RedBox for a $1.00...Netflix...why pay for cable or Satelite. And I'm with Tim...Turn off the TV and get outside and enjoy your family and enjoy the state you're in. =Kudos to Free Stuff...

  • cucamelsmd15 Sep 17, 2010

    ezlikesundaymorning, the website you're looking for is:

    These antennas are probably the Channel Master 4228HD which WRAL gave away for free a few years ago. Being in Wake Forest, on a good night, I can pull in WMFY out of Greensboro and some stations out of Virginia as well.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Sep 16, 2010

    I can't remember the website, but you can enter your location and it will tell you the color code of the outdoor or attic antenna you need to get the stations you want. I need a yellow to get PBS. At first it seems expensive to spend $80 for one channel, but I don't have to pay the next month... or the month after that... and on and on. ;)

  • DeaconBlues Sep 16, 2010

    38 Channels in Angier? What brand of Antenna are you guys using? I'm lucky to get 18 using my indoor antenna.

  • Sep 16, 2010

    I'm sure Craigslist and eBay will be have these up for sale before Sunday morning.

  • thisis Sep 16, 2010

    Cable or Satellite???? Isn't this 2010? Can there be anyone left who hasn't dumped these needlessly expensive services and watch youtube/hulu/netflix, and keep an antenna for occasional OTA viewing?