Patent Number: 6,401,040

Title: Antenna recommendation map

Abstract: A map for providing television antenna recommendations for a selectedgeographic area is disclosed. The map comprises multiple contours, alegend and a channel list. Each contour corresponds to a type of antenna.The legend associates each contour with a type of antenna. The channellist includes television channels that were used in generating the mapcontours. A preferred method for generating the maps of the presentinvention uses terrain data representing the topography of a geographicarea. A set of television channels being broadcast in the geographic areais identified. A set of signal characteristics is calculated based on theidentified set of television channels and the terrain data. The calculatedsignal characteristics include signal strength of at least one televisionchannel at various points in the geographic area, and include multi-pathcharacteristics and signal blockage characteristics. The preferred methodgenerates a map of the geographic area, wherein the map includes multiplecontours based on the calculated set of signal characteristics.

Inventors: Conover; Raymond A. (Minneapolis, MN)


International Classification: G06F 19/00 (20060101); G06F 019/00 ()

Expiration Date: 06/04/2014