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RCA Multi-Directional, Amplified, Flat Digital Outdoor HDTV Antenna

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3.8 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews
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  • Enjoy top-rated HDTV network programming and your favorite shows for Free with no monthly fee or subscription
  • Patented, 360º multi-directional design eliminates need for constant adjustments
  • Supports up to 1080i HDTV broadcasts for high-quality picture and sound - 40+ miles from the towers
  • DISCLAIMER: Reception quality and channels received will depend on distance from towers, broadcast power, terrain and other factors.
  • RCA's advanced SmartBoost technology amplifies weak signals to deliver the most channels possible
  • Paintable, ultra-compact design adapts to almost any outdoor or attic setting - mounting hardware included
  • Withstands tough outdoor conditions with durable construction and materials
  • Designed and engineered in the USA
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: RCA
  • Model Number: ANT800F
  • Item Display Weight: 5.57 pounds
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 year limited

Product Description

Designed for the most challenging reception environments! This antenna has 360-degree patented reception technology that simplifies installation with no special orientation required. Receive all available local HD digital broadcasts channels for free. Plus, RCA's advanced SmartBoost technology amplifies weak signals to deliver the most channels possible. Its superior construction withstands tough outdoor conditions while its compact, paintable design allows it to adapt to any environment.

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Technical Details

Brand Name RCA
Item Weight 5.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 15.3 x 4.3 x 14 inches
Origin China
Item model number ANT800F
Color Name Black

Technical Specification

Additional Information

ASIN B001VYTCDK
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3.8 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #20 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Satellite Television > Antennas
Shipping Weight 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Date First Available March 16, 2009

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From the Manufacturer

Model ANT1052F ANT1251F ANT1400F ANT1600F ANT751R ANT800F
Indoor/Outdoor application Indoor Indoor Indoor Indoor Indoor/Outdoor Indoor/Outdoor
True 360 degree reception
Smartboost amplification
Flat profile
Receives free HDTV/UHF/VHF broadcasts
Supports up to 1080i broadcast
Suggested placement Behind TV, on TV console or bookshelf On TV console or bookshelf Behind TV, on TV console or bookshelf Behind TV, on TV console or bookshelf Attic, roof, side of house Attic, roof, side of house
Operating range Within 30 miles of the towers 40+ miles from the towers Within 30 miles of the towers Within 40 miles of the towers 40+ miles from the towers 40+ miles from the towers
Included accessories 6ft coax cable 6ft coax cable Wall mounting screws, 6ft coax cable Wall mounting screws and easel stand, 6ft coax cable Mast w/locking clamp, mounting hardware and 75-ohm matching transformer Mounting base and mounting hardware

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I replaced my RCA ANT1050 passive antenna with this model and got worse OTA television reception. I am 40 miles north of the TV broadcast cluster in Dallas, and the result was one extra channel from Forth Worth and the garbling of most strong channels.

It seems that a passive antenna is almost always better choice for digital TV, especially if most of the channels that you care about are already coming in strong. The best way to improve reception is to put a passive antenna higher up, like in an attic or on a chimney, not by adding an amplifier.

Pros:

* The RCA ANT800 looks discrete and is unlikely to annoy your neighbors or HOA agent.

* Can be mounted on a flat surface or on a pole, either horizontally or vertically.

* Includes mounting hardware.

Cons:

* Requires external power. My Kill-A-Watt says that it draws 10 watts continuously.

* Doesn't work passively.

* The installation instructions are ambiguous about how to orient the antenna. Parallel to the ground seems to be the best way.

While trying to troubleshoot my installation, I noticed that performance degrades if the power supply is too far away from the ANT800, like beside the TV receiver. The drop over a 40ft RG6 cable was noticeable, which is what you would need to put the antenna on a second story roof. My passive antenna works perfectly over the same cable.
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If you're thinking about pulling the plug on cable, the RCA ANT-800F is a great HD antenna for the Dallas metroplex. I live in west Plano about 32 miles away from the nearest broadcast towers. This antenna brings in 47 channels with rock-solid clarity. In fact, the picture quality is better than that I was getting through Time Warner cable!

I did a LOT of research before deciding on this antenna, but once I installed it, I found out how great it really is! Thanks to its compact design, it can be used in any neighborhood without concern over homeowners covenants. And it's easy to install.

The only negative I found is that the installation manual could be MUCH better. Several things are implied, but not made explicit. These include:

* It is best to mount the antenna outdoors as high as possible, preferably below the eaves.

* If it is mounted in an attic, you'll cut your signal strength in half just getting through asphalt singles. And if you have a radiant barrier in your attic, you'll likely get NO signal at all.

* If mounting outdoors, the mounting bracket is designed to be mounted on a vertical wall. Also, the back side of the antenna (where the coax connector and assembly screws are located) should not be pointed upward in that it the recesses for the assembly screws would collect water which could seep into the antenna module.

* The antenna MUST be mounted a sufficient distance from other metal objects such as rain gutters and attic vents so that these object do not attenuate the incoming signal. Experimentation showed that locating the antenna 2 feet away from the nearest gutter or vent is sufficient.

* The antenna should be located on the side of your house that faces the broadcast towers.
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First, let me describe my TV reception problem. I live in the urban core of a medium-size metropolitan area, so getting good TV reception shouldn't be too challenging. Unfortunately, I live in a condominium in a low spot (there's a rock wall behind my building that extends above my roof line).

I thought RCA ANT800 would be a good choice for me because it appeared that it would be versatile (indoor or outdoor), easy to install (not too big and comes with a mounting bracket) and it's omnidirectional. As I said, I live in the middle of the city, but all the broadcast towers are about 10-12 miles away, some north, some south and some west of me. So I needed either an omnidirectional antenna or a directional antenna with a rotor. Also, the local stations transmit on a mix of VHF low, VHF high and UHF, and the ANT800 is supposed to work with all broadcast frequencies. I've noticed that a lot of TV antennas only work with UHF or with VHF high and UHF, so be sure to check that before you buy any antenna.

At first I tried the ANT800 as an indoor antenna behind the TV. It picked up several channels, but I wanted all the local channels. Then I tried it in the attic. That worked better, but I still couldn't get the PBS channel, and that's the most important channel for me. My last option was to mount it outside, which is more difficult.

I opted to mount it upside-down from the eave overhang outside the back door. The main difficulty to that was with the mounting bracket. It has four screw holes in it, but they're too far apart to use on a single 2-by-4, so I had to screw it to another board then attach that to two 2-by-4s in the overhang.
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This is the best purchase I have made in a long time. It is easy to install and picks up more channels than I expected. All the channels are crystal clear and the antena is not an eye sore. It actually looks pretty slick on the roof and everyone thinks it is some fancy satelite disc.
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