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Great Antenna if placed on window
on February 14, 2013
First let me say this applies to people living in Spring, TX just south from the Woodlands, area code 77386. This antenna works great as long as it is place on the window. So why do I give this a 2 stars out of 5.
1) The coax cable is short and you need to find an extension so that you can move it around.
2) This device needs to be next to a window in order for me to get good receptions. I have a CHEAP RCA antenna (30 channels) I bought from amazon for $9 that works better than the Leaf (12 to 15 channels) without being near a window. (If you are single and don't care for aesthetics go cheap, otherwise you'll have to find ways to hide even the Leaf)
3) You have to set the Leaf vertical with the power supply down. I don't know why but that's what the instructions state and it really doesn't work unless you have it set that way
4) After 6 months of using this device, I bought another $9 RCA antenna from Amazon, with 100 ft. of coax cable. I ran the cable to the attic following instructions on Youtube on running cables behind the walls. The cheap RCA antenna (this time 35 channels) in the attic still works better than the Leaf (12 to 20 channels). I did this for the guest bedroom and now I have it also set up for our main living room.
5) I still rate this 2 stars just because I'm still using it. I have it for our bedroom TV which is next to the window (20 to 30 channels), which works great.
6) I really don't watch all the channels, but the ones I do watch is ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and ION (this does not include the sub-channels of the network). The Leaf in my house always has problems with either NBC or ABC. The clarity is not that great and the channels goes in and out.
7) My HD 50" Vizio smart tv, has better clarity with the RCA antenna.
GO CHEAP! It looks ugly but works great. You can always invest in running coax up the walls or use existing ones and place the antenna in the attic or outside for better reception. Plus you can extend the range with "Foil"