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READ AND LEARN FRIENDS!!!
on March 31, 2013
There are many reviews of the 2605, only 2 of the 2608, which are quite similar. I'll post this on 2608 page, as well.
First, I can tell from many of the negative reviews that some people just don't understand how these things work. One review said they didn't like how they lost signal while rotating. Well, duh. It is made to rotate so you can point it toward different markets/towers. If you rotate AWAY from what you're watching, then of course you will lose signal.
Second, as far as the construction, YES, it does appear kind of flimsy, lightweight, and the box/instructions do have that "made in China for flea markets" feel. But, I was not deterred. We'll see how it survives life here in thunderstorm/tornado alley (south central KY). Admittedly, we've only had it up for a day-but we'll see.
Third, the remote for the rotator IS stupid. This is so far my only CON. For whatever reason, it has two buttons. And, as I have read in some other reviews, one would assume the right button rotates right, and the left button rotates left. I have found this to not be the case. Now, I MAY have put weak batteries in the remote, but it seems like a poor design. It seems like you have to be pointing "just-so" at the control box for it to work. Anyway, as far the buttons, I have no idea why there are two on the remote, as there is only one on the control box itself. What I found yesterday is that when you push one of the buttons, the antenna rotates one way. Let off said button, push it again, and it rotates the OTHER way. The rotor is SMART in that its not TRULY 360 degrees, more like 358 or whatever. Once it spins so far, it automatically starts spinning the other way. So, the coax never gets wrapped around the mast very far.
As far as reception is concerned, it does well. To be fair (and I'm not sure of the exact ASL at my house) we ARE kind of high up, and the nearest treeline is about 1000' feet away. BUT, said treeline is directly between us and Bowling Green. Just pointing the antenna about where I assumed it needed to be to get the most, we got about 30 signals. 6 of them (lame Jeebus stuff-some of it in Spanish!) I blacklisted off our TV's channel list, but we still get plenty. Our TV is a run-of-the-mill Sylvania 32". The BG stations almost top the meter with this antenna, and the Nashville stations we get now are as strong as BG stations were with an amplified indoor antenna. AND, it should be noted, I did my scan in day time, on a cloudy day.
The first night we get clear skies around here, I bet we get a few more!
BTW, I wonder how many people getting into this arena of OTA TV are aware of doing a double-rescan. Google it, folks, you'll be amazed to learn how DTV works, how the station you're watching ISN'T actually on the same channel it was when it was analog, and how your TV stores this info!