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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2014
In glaring contrast to the product description, the SM200 functions in the following way.
1. Does not help to "aim" the antenna orientation for max signal capture.
2. Does not measure performance let alone detect broadcast signals.
3. I submit the SM200 is not sensitive enough to accomplish the items mentioned in items 1 & 2 above.
Now the testing conditions, connected to antenna at the connecter head(no amps) antenna rotated covering a 180 degree arc searching of signal indication on the SM200. Best measurement ZERO indication of any signal. BUT a crystal clear signal on the connected TV. (see item #3) I have 10 channels within a 120 degree arc and wanted to get an average signal reading to capture the overall reception. All broadcast stations are between 9-35 mile distant.
The best tool I can relate this SM200 to is a multimeter. It just tell you something is there. And thanks to the plastic surround packaging (which is all but destroyed after opening) returns are out of the question. Maybe I can use it on the Christmas tree this year, anyway the most expensive 9v battery I ever bought. And this is from someone with electronic experience spanning over 40 years.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2013
Here is how it worked for me.

I bought this to help find the best direction for my outside OTA antennas. It did not really do that. I live about 45 miles from the city and when hooked to either my UHF or VHF antenna it read a "1". That confused me because I get all my channels great (no skipping) with a combo of a Antennas Direct DB8 and Clearstream 5. All are great except for PBS. PBS listed as a low signal channel for my area so I have learned to live with it. I don't watch PBS much, but the kids love Ruff Ruffman so I have to try to improve it if I can. Where the meter came in handy was helping me to determine the best splitters in the house. After my antennas are connected to the diplexer, I have a pre amp. The signal with the meter after my pre amp is a 3. I noticed different splitters effected the signal in different ways. Some would take it down to 1, others would hold it to the 3. So I used the meter for the splitter connections and now we have PBS (except for stormy days). PBS = happy kids. If you refuse to pay the cable man and like to tinker with you signal strength then I think its a good tool to have if you have some splitters in the line.

Another note: I took this to a friends house about 18 miles from the towers. It read a "1" on the meter on the roof as well. I'm thinking this thing might have two uses:

1) to find some signal if you have no idea which way the towers are. Like TV in an RV or something
2) to help determine the best configuration of splitters / wiring in your house.

I will give it 4 stars because it did work, just not in the way I thought
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2015
I received this as a gift in January 2015. I used it to try to aim my outdoor TV antenna on a mast. When my antenna was aimed toward a TV station tower that transmits for several local TV stations, the SM200 indicated "no signal". When my antenna was aimed toward an international airport, it indicated a high "2 green" signal level. However there are not any TV towers in that direction. In summary, it didn't work for aiming my TV antenna. Maybe good for finding airports, though.
Next, I went to Best Buy and bought a $99.99 Insignia 19 TV. Using the menu on the TV, I am able to watch a signal strength bar graph for each channel and rotate my outdoor antenna to get perfect aiming for every channel!.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2015
No way to replace Battery without destroying case. Over priced. Will only indicate that there is a signal.
Not much help aligning TV Antenna.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2015
SM200 CLEARREAM: possibly a good device... blinking light does blink.. and the ones in front of it proved they blink too ... No help for DiIY HDTV antenna build and setup.. finding the sweet spot, soured fast.. as the " cut cable" laughed ... it may be lack of skill with RF being raised on cable... but brief sat install and 15 years commercial electric work experience rules out lack of skill.. Cut the Cable lesson for DIYers tuning Free HD signal building a TV antenna is a good personal challenge.....However this 40.00 purchase did not do anything to help but did add 1 extra unnerving challenge to cutting the cable... time and patience has proven cutting cable to be good...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2014
Works OK, For critical tuning an analog display may be more helpful. But not necessary. An Input/Output ports are not necessary. No other comments.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2014
Purchased for my motor home, works great. It is east to connect and locate the best reception. I recommend this product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2015
Works good
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on June 30, 2015
Delivered as promised. Works fine ,save me a lot of roof to ground movement.
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on March 25, 2015
Every thing ok ,I thought it was slow getting hear.
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