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This antenna has received 4.3 out of 5 stars based on 722 Amazon Reviews. Refer to forum thread for additional information and discussion.
UHF channels 14-69.
Includes weatherproof balun.
Free ship to store.
This model has been as much as $50 in the past and is around $23 plus shipping at most other retailers now.
I bought this and tried to use it indoors. I got the same channels as an amplified Winegard Flatwave which is an indoor antenna, but then I put it outside and got even more channels that were in my local market (37 miles away) and operate at low power. When I turned it around 180 degrees I got channels that are ~60 miles away in another market. Tvfool.com said those channels should not come in or would require extreme measures to receive. It also received the local VHF-high channels 8 and up, but not the single VHF-high channel in the market 60 miles away. It is semi-directional with an 80 degree field of reception so you should aim it in the direction of the broadcast towers but if they are not all in the same direction, you might still receive them all, provided they are within 80 degrees of each other. It's advertised with a 35 mile range, but I get all the UHF stations in a second market that is 60 miles away. YMMV on reception, there are a lot of variables including obstacles, terrain and weather so you may or may not get 60 miles range out of it, but all of the signals I receive are 2 edge, not line of sight, so I'm pretty happy with it. The Winegard Flatwave antenna that I'm comparing it to only receives the full power primary market channels that are 37 miles away, not the low power channels, and it doesn't get the channels that are 60 miles away in the secondary market.
Indoor vs. outdoor use. This antenna is marketed as an outdoor antenna. It will work indoors, but reception will be impeded, like all antennas, by building materials. I found that the foil backing of rigid wall insulation interferes with the signals permeating the walls of my home. Likewise, metal window screens also interfere. The full power signals get through, but not reduced power signals or distant signals. Even in the attic, where there is no foil backed insulation, reception was reduced. If you live closer to the broadcast towers than I do, you may get away with an attic or living room installation. I'm just too far away to do that to be able to receive low power signals. It's not a huge antenna so an outdoor installation won't be much of an eyesore and if you already have a J-pole from using a satellite dish, just mount it to that pole and you're done. The antenna comes with a pole clamp. You can get a J-pole cheap from Home Depot, or if you're not in a hurry watch craigslist. People give away unwanted satellite dishes and many include the poles, snag one up if available.
Most people are not aware that there are multiple ranges of frequencies for TV broadcasts, VHF-low (channels 2-6) 54-88MHz, VHF-high (channels 7-13) 174-216MHz, and UHF (channels 14-51) 470-698 MHz. The VHF frequencies are long wave, meaning they require a long antenna to pick them up. If you've seen a rooftop antenna and noticed long aluminum arms at the back end of the antenna, that get longer as you go further back, they are the VHF elements. Also, there are real frequencies (RF) and virtual frequencies (VF), which means that if a station originally broadcast on VHF channel 3 when broadcasts were analog, but after the digital transition they switched to UHF channel 34 and they want to keep the original channel number, they use VF channel 3 so that is what is displayed on your TV, even though they are not really broadcasting on channel 3 anymore. Nearly all TV stations moved up to UHF when switching to digital, but not all, and if your market still has VHF broadcasts, you may have difficulty receiving them with this antenna, if you can get them at all. Check all the channels in your area here: TVFool.com, and if any of the channels you are interested in viewing are between RF 2 and RF 13, you might have to get a rabbit ear antenna or one of the big outdoor antennas, depending on how far away from the broadcast towers you are. There is no difference in antennas for digital vs. analog transmissions. They operate on the same frequencies, only the signal encoding has changed. The old rabbit ears and giant rooftop antennas still work just fine. Your TV's tuner is what changed to decode the digital signal. If you've never used an antenna before, you can not get cable stations using an antenna, only broadcast TV stations, ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, ION, NBC, PBS, TBN, Telemundo and Univision are the major networks and most broadcast sub-channels in addition to the main channel which is usually another network like AccuWeather, America One, Antenna TV, Bounce, Buzzr, Classic Arts Showcase, Comet, Cozi, Create, Decades, Escape, France 24, Get TV, Grit, Heroes and Icons, HSN, Justice Network, Laff TV, Live Well, Me TV, MHz, Mind, Movies!, MyNet, NHK World, Qubo, QVC, Retro TV, Russia Today, Soul of the South, The Works, This TV, Tuff TV, V-me, Youtoo America, etc..