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Written by AJR214 Edited November 3, 2017 at 07:14 PM by annie930ny
Walmart has the Ematic HDTV Outdoor Antenna w/ 150-Mile Range [walmart.com] on Clearance for $22.99. You can add a 2-year service plan for $2. This is sold and shipped by Walmart. Opt for in-store pickup to save the $5.99 shipping fee.

Features:
- 1080p Full HD quality
- UHF/VHF TV and FM radio
- 360° motorized rotation
- High-gain boost
- 39-foot coaxial cable included

Jet.com also has it [jet.com] for $22.99 or $22.58 if you opt out of free returns.
Least expensive on Amazon is $29.99.

As with any antenna, reviews will be mixed and channels received will vary depending on location, line of sight, mounting height, age of TV/tuner, etc. So this is YMMV per person/location, and I'm sure some people will post this is "junk, didn't work, cheap Chinese" or whatever. If you're surrounded by mountains, then it probably isn't going to work for you! Also, while it says "150-mile", I'd say expect 80-mile and if you get further than that, it's icing on the cake. My review below (and map) show I get a station that is 101 miles away!

My review: Honestly, when I received this, it looked like just some junk plastic and aluminum (some assembly required) and I thought "yeah right, like this is going to work better than the others". Looks are deceiving because I have used this antenna for almost 1 year now, enjoying free HDTV and receiving around 45-60 stations (primary and sub) hooked up to 4 TV's around the house. Some stations are duplicate from multiple cities (CBS, ABC, NBC) but the news is local to the broadcast area. This antenna is better than the $75 to $150 antennas I tried that would not even pick up 1 station. I am in Central Florida (Sebring) 73 miles due South of Orlando, and a minimum of 65-miles from any broadcasting station. With this antenna I receive Tampa/St Petersburg (70 mi NW), Fort Myers (65 mi SW), Sarasota (68 mi W), Orlando (73 mi N), Ft Pierce/Port Saint Lucie (69 mi E) and even West Palm Beach (101 mi SE). I point towards Tampa and WPB is 180 deg opposite direction, so I get a 100 mile away station not even pointing in that direction! The antenna went through Hurricane Irma last month, and even after the pole bent and the antenna was laying on the roof (10-ft 1/2" metal conduit pole bent at the roof mount), I continued to pickup Tampa stations and kept tracking the storm until the power went out. I have since installed this same antenna for 3 other friends in the area, and they have not stopped thanking me for it. I also upgraded my pole to 3/4" after the hurricane. I just ordered 3 more antennas for upcoming installations.

Con: All 4 antenna rotors are still functioning, although I've seen reviews state they can die within the first year. If you're worried, add the $2 replacement service plan for 2 years. Normally, once you have your antenna set, you will never have to turn it. However, the button on the amplifier box and the two buttons on the remote are not reliable as to the direction it will turn. Any button you push activates the rotor, but you will need a camera looking at the antenna to see which way it's turning. I use facetime on my phone and my wife's phone at the same time. I put her phone outside pointing up at the antenna and watch it on my phone as I use the button or remote (range of remote is VERY limited).

Be sure to leave a loop/excess coax at the mounting point to allow for rotation. The pole mount hole is either 3/4" or 1" (I can't remember off-hand) with thumb screws to secure it to the pole. Also, the top and bottom fins have slide clips to lock them in place - use a screwdriver to slide the clips outward.

Notes and Questions I've Seen Asked:
- A mounting pole is NOT included.
- In reviews, people have stated this will work if you want to mount it in an attic or back patio if you're in an apartment.
- You can connect this to existing satellite wiring (if you're getting rid of dish/directv) so you don't have to run new coax to your tv locations.
- The base unit/amplifier/rotor control will probably be next to your closest TV to the antenna, but doesn't have to be.
- The base unit/amplifier/rotor control requires power (power adapter included), so this may affect where you put it.
- The base/amplifier/rotor control unit has (1) ANT-IN and (2) TV-out connectors. TV-out #1 is a short 3 or 4 foot cable that can be put into a splitter if it's not next to your TV. I've seen 2 types of the base unit where TV-out #1 is a coax connector instead of hardwired to the 3-4 foot cable.
- You can split the signal to multiple locations. Be sure you use a splitter that goes up to 3,000MHz to handle all UHF channels.
- As long as your TV has a digital tuner built-in (within the last 8 years), you don't need a separate Digital decoder box to decode the HDTV signal. However, some HDTV tuners aren't that great. I get 45 channels on a new 60" Vizio TV in the bedroom, and 60 channels on a 2-year old 65" Panasonic TV in the living room.
- Each TV can watch an independent antenna station. It is not limited to what another TV in the house is watching (unlike dish or cable if you split the signal from 1 box into 2 rooms, both rooms have to watch the same station).
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I bought and installed this antenna in my attic about 5 years ago. Pointed towards Boston, I get about 40 channels, which ends up being like 25 after I remove the home shopping, religion, goverment, and non-English channels. The only thing I don't like about it is you have to have the control base powered on or you won't get any signal to the TV.
This antenna is pretty crappy

if you need an antenna for high vhf and uhf then this one is about the cheapest

https://www.amazon.com/ViewTV-VT-...B01M9G2XZW

it will get you about 45 miles range depending on your location..

The one in this listing has one active dipole which is the actual antenna. The rest of it like the big 8 shaped things on the front are collectors and reflectors.. it will work.. it will bring in some stations. but this design is really cheaply manufactured... you get what you are paying for.. and what you are paying for is the amplifier

on the antenna I suggested it has a top straight high vhf channel 7 and above dipole and then it has 8 vhf dipoles .. its a much better design... however check your tvfool.com report to make sure most of your stations are broadcasting on REAL channel 7 and above and you have 35nmdb power. also remember these antennas only work in one direction they aren't like an antenna on a car
Tough crowd! It's Walmart. Buy the antenna, plug it in, and see what happens. If you are unhappy, return for a refund.

For starters, no antenna is going to pick up stations 150 miles out -- the curvature of the earth starts to get in the way at about 80 miles. Also, there is no such thing as an HD or 4k antenna. Antennas pick up frequencies, so you have vhf-low, vhf-high, and uhf. According to the specs, this one covers all of those frequencies.

Mounting and pointing the antenna are important. Check out TVFool.com to figure out where your local stations are and whether or not you will have a good shot at receiving them. Look at the wikipedia article for each channel to see what subchannels it carries. Visit TitanTV.com to see what is on those channels.

If you are going to mount the antenna on top of your roof, be sure to ground it properly to protect your home and electronics...

http://manuals.solidsignal.com/An...lGuide.pdf

If you do not know much about broadcast tv, look here...

https://freetvforme.wordpress.com/

I would definitely give this antenna a shot.
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Fantastic post - great info! Thank you
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I bought this for $35 from Amazon a month ago. It is amazing!
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Reviews are a mixed bag for sure!
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Elements will tear this shit up. Get an attic antenna.
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I'm deep mountains well beyond the ever expected OTA milage. I'm contemplating trying this out just for fun for the cost.
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Fantastic post - great info! Thank you
Agreed. I don't need one but excellent write up for those interested.
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comon +23? a bit obvious
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comon +23? a bit obvious
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I bought and installed this antenna in my attic about 5 years ago. Pointed towards Boston, I get about 40 channels, which ends up being like 25 after I remove the home shopping, religion, goverment, and non-English channels. The only thing I don't like about it is you have to have the control base powered on or you won't get any signal to the TV.
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Elements will tear this shit up. Get an attic antenna.
This is an attic antenna. I have one in my attic.
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This antenna is pretty crappy

if you need an antenna for high vhf and uhf then this one is about the cheapest

https://www.amazon.com/ViewTV-VT-...B01M9G2XZW

it will get you about 45 miles range depending on your location..

The one in this listing has one active dipole which is the actual antenna. The rest of it like the big 8 shaped things on the front are collectors and reflectors.. it will work.. it will bring in some stations. but this design is really cheaply manufactured... you get what you are paying for.. and what you are paying for is the amplifier

on the antenna I suggested it has a top straight high vhf channel 7 and above dipole and then it has 8 vhf dipoles .. its a much better design... however check your tvfool.com report to make sure most of your stations are broadcasting on REAL channel 7 and above and you have 35nmdb power. also remember these antennas only work in one direction they aren't like an antenna on a car
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In one place it states it has a 40' cable. Further down, where it shows "in the box", it states it has a 75' cable. Some reviews stated it doesn't come with a pole, but the description shows it comes with a 51" telescopic pole. Does anyone know for sure?
If this could pull in stations from one direction, it would help. I do have an outside antenna, & I try to record 2 or more shows from different directions. I sometimes forget to turn the antenna, & obviously, it doesn't get recorded. From where my place is, I can pull in stations around 100 miles away. But, that is because I am on a bit of a hill, which gives me a clear shot to the SE.
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I bought one from amazon and it lasted about 6 months before dieing. Before that it worked good and rotated toward the stongest stations. No pole included, added a longer cable. Pretty cheaply made but worked good while it lasted.
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