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Good short range antenna - Not for rural settings
on December 26, 2011
The antenna is made from aluminum and plastic, with steel bolt/nut/washers. No extension pole is included, only the top unit shown in the photo. It is light weight, and provides minimal instructions. The unit is made in China and comes mostly assembled.
I have positioned this unit both inside the house, and on the rooftop. The signal gain is immediate. It picks up SD, HD signals from UHF/VHF sources. For where I live, it must be used with the ampliflication to get signals. For some reason, I get a better picture and more stations inside rather than roof mounted. I suspect it made be due to signal loss through an RG6 coaxial cable (left in place from Dish). I will try using a direct line to the roof with an ultra-low loss cable. In a few weeks will post the result.
The rotation command buttons are pointless. There only needs to be a single button, because the two remote buttons perform the same command (rather than left or right rotation). The direction will reverse by either waiting for a complete revolution, or by releasing the button, and then hitting it twice in a row. It helps to have a 2nd person and a pair of walkie-talkies for rooftop adjustment.
I wanted to buy a low-cost unit before spending more on "fancy" units. This seems to meet the need and was more than covered with the cost of one month of satellite service. I wasn't able to find information online that compares the performance of these units to other brands. Please post if you have this unit, and share your thoughts.Thanks!
UPDATE - Dec. 31, 2011
I put this unit back on the roof with a replacement coax cable (rg6). We have no trees or mountains blocking the line of sight, nor any military installations or airports nearby. It still does not pick up the transmittors that are 25 - 50 miles away. But, great news, we still get digital Telemundo (si senior) from a tower about 10 miles away. I have ordered a real long range UHF/VHF antenna (Winegard) from Amazon. Looking forward to strong signals. No more Chinese products for me.