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Works great.....for certain things
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