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Works for UHF not good for VHF
Posted by: ITHero from: Sioux City, IA on
PLEASE make sure you don't have VHF stations in your market before you buy this antenna. This antenna style is ok for picking up UHF stations but isn't optimal for VHF, that's not to say it won't pick up VHF but it probably won't.
I'm the Chief Engineer at a VHF TV station and I've had several viewers unable to get our signal with this antenna and after swapping it out for much cheaper rabbit ears they were able to get our station just fine.
Do a little research and make sure any TV antenna you buy is rated to receive channels 2-13 (VHF) and channels 14-51+ (UHF). For indoor antennas that is the old style rabbit ears with the hoop in the middle and can be had for much less than the fancy "HD" antennas. Even if your antenna doesn't say it's "HD" you'll still get a full HD picture. Also, make sure if it has a built in amplifier that it can be turned off or bypassed. Some times the amplifiers can cause more problems than they solve.
If you are in a UHF only market than this will probably work ok for you but outdoor antennas are a better way to go if at all possible.
19 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Posted by: YeeYee from: Troy, MI on
Got it out of the box, hooked it up to the television, and scanned for channels. Pulled in 13 digital channels that come in crystal clear! 2, 4, 7, 20, 50, 56, and more! Several look to be cable channels. We're shutting off the cable!
36 out of 43 found this review helpful.
Posted by: NoMoreCable from: San Rafael on
I fired my cable company - why pay $100 a month more or less to get the local news? So, I started trying antennae and after 4 attempts this one worked. I now get the local news on 4 channels and a few more channels as a bonus if I'm interested. The signal is every bit as good as it was on Cable.
140 out of 190 found this review helpful.
Nice antenna to get those local HD's
Posted by: Shrktank from: Imperial, mo on
I purchased this antenna as an option for when Directv fails and also to see if I can go without Directv in the
The antenna tended to be priced higher than I wanted to pay, but I have used the companies antennas in the past and loved them. They are also a local Missouri company so I like to support them.
I had some problems assembling the antenna with the stand. I will admit I did not read the install directions, but I feel it should not need to be done.
Also I decided I did not want the stand anyway as my plan was to hook it into the TV and place the antenna flat and under the TV stand or flat against the wall behind the stand. Both options have provide excellent reception!
Love the antenna
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: wires1958 from: St. Louis, MO on
I cut Directv and went to OTA TV. I live in a wooded area 19 miles away from the transmitters. First I tried the cheap RCA antenna for @ $16. It did work except for when it got the leastl breezy outside and the trees would move, then I got distortion. So then I bought the ClearStream Micron XG Indoor Long-Range Digital TV Antenna. I like the stand it comes with. I had to tape the RCA to the window. The ClearStream I put on the TV stand facing in the direction of the transmitters. Finally I have good reception! Plus the HD is excellent on those channels that broadcast it. I receive 24 channels. I highly recommend this antenna. But, if it gets stormy it will distort occasionally, but so did Directv. Now, everybody's situation is different. But if you buy it at Best Buy you have 30 days to try it and can return it if it doesn't work for you.
12 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Good Antenna good reception easy set up.
Posted by: Zion578 from: on
Very easy install on board gain filter improved picture quality. Has worked flawlessly.
19 out of 24 found this review helpful.
I'm so happy it picks up my local PBS
Posted by: JDBlackfish from: St. Louis on
This antenna allows me to view my local PBS channels without difficulty. That's a big deal because the signal strength of those stations is not great where I live. I'm not a cable or dish user, so the antenna is my connection to local TV. So far so good!
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Mitchell from: on
We dumped Directv after getting these. Perfect HD picture. No more $148 a month.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Works well when used correctly
Posted by: captahab from: rochester ny on
Here's the deal folks. These antennas are made for the dig networks. Problem is they are NOT both UHF-VHF. To keep dig channels from overlapping, many cities alt between the two. Buy a cheap amplified set of rabbit ears and connect both antennas with a simple cable splitter. Got mine at Big Lots for 13 bucks. I got 15 chan but could not get the ones from the city I was closest to. After adding the rabbit ears I'm pushing 40 chan and am picking up Toronto and Kingston from the east side of Rochester NY
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Pretty good reception
Posted by: fundin from: Columbia, SC on
I live in a wooded area that may have affected reception, but it only picked up some of my local networks with some distortion and others not at all. The Terk Omnidirectional Amplified UHF/VHF Indoor Antenna worked better for me.