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on July 28, 2010
Heartland America shipped the antenna immediately and came with all the parts and on time. The only issue was the Silicon Scientific installation sheets (guide?) that did not describe the installation steps in clear detailed format. I had to contract a TV antenna person to decipher the instructions steps but there were four aluminum strips connected to the main antenna that not even him could figure out what to do with them. Also, I was unable to locate Silicon Scientific in the web to obtain any installation assistance.
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on September 14, 2010
Bought this product from Heartland America on or around August 7 2010. Was
a slight problem with installation, but muddled through it. Picked up a few more channels, but the rotator only worked when it felt like it. Exactally 5 weeks later the power box died. Heartland America pretty much said sorry about your luck.
Send it back & you pay to send, because it had been over 30 days since the purchase. And you had to send back the whole antenna, not just the power box. So disassemble every thing and send back, All, that you pretty much just assembled & put up. Its not easy to erect an antenna 20 or 30 feet into the air. One week over the 30 day warrenty. I feel like it was set to fail. And, as another reviewer said, No where can you find the parent company {Silicon Scientific} for any help. Why do they hide from the people who pay their saleries? All I needed was a new power box. WHY SO MUCH TROUBLE?
Debbie Welsh...........[...]
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on July 6, 2011
Scientific Silicon TV Remote Controlled Rotating Antenna Model SNA-950TG
I purchased this antenna from Heartland America.
After browsing the Internet and searching for a relatively inexpensive
HDTV antenna, I settled on this unit for price and apparent quality.
This is the worst piece of junk I ever purchased in my life!
As other reviews state, the installation guide was actually worse than useless.
My guide seemed to be a copy of a copy of a copy, etc.
It was all trial and error getting this piece of crap put took 5 hours to build.
After mounting the antenna on a 15 foot mast I attempted to use the rotor to aim the antenna at the local transmitters, all located in one convenient location on a mountain top about 25 miles to the east. The rotor never worked!
Even worse - the clamp on the antenna that is supposed to securely mount the antenna to the mast was useless. As soon as I tightened down the butterfly nuts they stripped out and would not firmly clamp the antenna to the mast. Every time the wind blows the antenna spins like a weather vane. As I said - USELESS!
I have 28 local HD channels available. For a brief moment I managed to lock on to 5 of them.
In my opinion this antenna is a rip off. You're better off just throwing your money out the door - then you won't have to contend with the frustration of trying to make this thing work. far I have had no response from Heartland America. Not that I really expected them to be a `Customer Care' business.

Since I wrote this review Heartland America has stepped up to the plate. I have received a free shipping return authorization. Kudos to Heartland America...please accept my apology for my comments above. You are indeed a 'Customer Care' business.
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on January 8, 2011
I would like to start by saying Heartland America will not post my review, it is not a 5 star, enough said.

Pros: We get all major networks and fox crystal clear in HD. The rotator is a piece of junk. The first time I unplugged the cable from rotator box to tv, the terminal pulled out of the circuit board. I am fairly handy; I took it apart and flipped the board upside down, melted the solder and put the pin back in place. The rotator does not work properly and as I said a piece of junk, no orientation markings, etc. Once we got our picture clear we really don't need it, but it should work and doesn't. Biggest complaint. Heartland will evidently not post any ratings that tell it like it is.
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on October 14, 2010
Totally useless product.
Much assembly
poor quality, lite weight components
Rotator worked once then quit
No signal improvement over rabbit ears
Repacking to return item almost impossible due to many small parts.
Policy demanded perfect condition to return, so with cost of return shipping, it was not a financial advantage to return, so have useless box in shop.
Never again.
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on August 7, 2010
Great antenna, low price, works great.

Easy to assemble, hookup straight forward. There are 4 connecting straps that screw on to the antenna dipoles, screws included. Most of the little tubes do not connect, they are for phasing the signal to the main dipoles. The long tubes in the back do not connect, they reflect back to the main dipoles. Simply stick the aluminum tubes in the plastic holders like in the picture. Then four connector straps in the four pre-drilled holes in the main/closest dipoles. Done!

Antenna wire into the "IN" plug on the control unit. Control unit has two outputs for two different TVs. New TVs already have an ATSC tuner built in, no need for a converter box. The plugs are standard "PAL" plugs, can get them at Radio Shack.

The antenna mount is a maximum pole diameter of 1 1/8 inches. I used 1" water pipe in concrete up from the ground so as to not put holes in my roof. The pre-attached antenna wire is about 25 feet long, did not measure, but was plenty long to go into the house.

HDTV from major channels look just like cable HDTV on a big screen, but free!!!
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on September 14, 2010
cheap plastic junk. don't
wast your time or money
your better using with a
philips mant940. Philips MANT940 UHF Digital and Analog Indoor/Outdoor Antenna
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on November 30, 2011
Can't add much to what has already been said about this unit: It functions, the rotator works when it wants to, and the reception is pretty good. I wouldn't have purchased this unit but for the fact that Heartland America had a damaged goods sale that provided for 2 antennas for ten bucks. I gambled that I would be able to assemble one functional antenna and it paid off.

Much critcism has been leveled at the extremely poor directions for assembly and it is very well deserved. In the interest of easing the pain of future purchasers, I've uploaded 2 pictures of how I connected the mysterious strapping. The blobs you see is hot glue on the screws to secure and to weatherproof the attachments.
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on August 24, 2010
Tried it in a window. Rotor worked on occasion. Instructions very poor. A rabit ear antenna got more channels. Antenna wire is very thin.
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on February 23, 2011
On a scale of 1 to 10 on difficulty, this would be a 9+. The 28 tubes are so roughly cut that they are very difficult to slide on the plastic nubs. Pulling impacted wisdom teeth might be easier than installing these 28 tubes. The red caps are hard to fit over the rough cut out-of-round tubes.

The minature instructions are so small and poor quality that it's impossible to see where to attach the 8 ends of aluminum straps.

You have to be a mind-reader to GUESS how to assemble the antennae. I'll update this later to let you know how well it works, if I can figure out where to attach the metal straps.

You have 6 plastic pieces to add to the base rotor assembly, and then attach 42 pieces of pipes that fit every poorly using 16 screws to hold things together, and then cap the ends of some tubes with 16 small red caps.

If I knew the directors would be so poor and hard to assemble, then I would not have ordered this antennae rated 28 db for up to 100 miles of range.
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