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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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It's a good antenna. I have one in the Orlando area, even picks up Tampa channels behind it through the house lol
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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.
Get a really tall poll and some guide wire. Who knows what you will get.
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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.
"dying".......there fixed it for ya
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No joke, I had used this antenna and used the wrong power adapter and was notified by Nextel and local law enforcement to shut it off. Apparently it was interfering with local emergency frequencies. I have the notices to prove it
An antenna is only a receiver. It doesn't broadcast anything. Cool story bro, next time at least have somewhat of a clue before posting. Thanks. Hey have a nice weekend.
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I bought one from amazon and it lasted about 6 months before dieing.
"dying".......there fixed it for ya
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Get a really tall poll and some guide wire. Who knows what you will get.
"pole".... and "guy-wire [wikipedia.org]"... there fixed them for ya Peace

It would take to long to fix all the other errors in this thread (or any other thread) as far as spelling, grammar, structure, capitalization, and punctuation...
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"pole".... and "guy-wire [wikipedia.org]"... there fixed them for ya https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima...ies2/peace.gif

It would take to long to fix all the other errors in this thread (or any other thread) as far as spelling, grammar, structure, capitalization, and punctuation...
It would take TOO long. LOL. Glass houses!
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It would take TOO long. LOL. Glass houses!
Ha! Good catch... not intentional though, just a mistype on my part when going back to edit something. "It is too difficult to kill two birds with one stone." To, too, two... Do, due, dew... Four, for, fore...gotta love the English language.
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The curvetry of the Earth will prevent reception from anything over 55 miles or so?
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tried to replace a 7ft old radio shack antenna that has several broken off poles and this was worse and did not work - tried outside 30ft up on two story roof and in attic was not good @ all - was hoping as cable is way too expensive! - come on ASTC 3.0 where r u!!!
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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.
All the information that you added was great stuff. However, I have to ask if there is no such thing as an HD or 4k antenna, why stations clearly state that they are broadcasting in HD. Also, why does my TV recognize the base channel (XX-1) as 1080p HD. The picture is absolutely crystal clear and I'd put it up against any cable/satellite feed hooked to the TV with an HDMI cable.

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The curvetry of the Earth will prevent reception from anything over 55 miles or so?
C'mon, you don't follow the revitalized "Earth is flat" theory? Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) There are many factors that can make or break a signal. Curvature of the Earth is one of them. I am unsure of what the cutoff is, but I can tell you I get a station that is 101 miles away with this antenna pointed in the opposite direction. My antenna is only mounted 25' high.

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tried to replace a 7ft old radio shack antenna that has several broken off poles and this was worse and did not work - tried outside 30ft up on two story roof and in attic was not good @ all - was hoping as cable is way too expensive! - come on ASTC 3.0 where r u!!!
This really doesn't tell me or anyone else that the antenna doesn't work. When people post "it did not work", how about adding some additional information like "I'm in a valley surrounded by high mountains and the closest broadcast station is 60 miles". Or, "I'm living off the grid in the middle of nowhere and civilization is just in my imagination at this point, and thought this antenna might pick up that station 148 miles away since it says 150-mile range".
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Had one, not very good antenna. My small antenna in the attic pick up more signal than this mounted on the roof
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Didnt work very well for me. Picked one up off the zon as well.
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What are you using to record?



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.[/QUOTE]
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I currently have an indoor flat amplified antennae and it doesn't pick up the channels well. I need something more powerful, but I can't put it on my roof or in the attack. Is there a way I could use one of these in my house and hide it in a closet or something? Maybe put it up on the top shelf of the closet?
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All the information that you added was great stuff. However, I have to ask if there is no such thing as an HD or 4k antenna, why stations clearly state that they are broadcasting in HD. Also, why does my TV recognize the base channel (XX-1) as 1080p HD. The picture is absolutely crystal clear and I'd put it up against any cable/satellite feed hooked to the TV with an HDMI cable.
The signal they put out is HD, it's encoded as digital, but it is broadcast as RF (radio frequencies). The radio frequencies are collected by the antenna and converted to a signal. The tuner (digital or analog) selects a certain frequency and converts it to something which is displayed by your television. From the broadcaster's antenna to yours, what matters is that the two antennas operate at the same frequencies. At your television, you need the same tuner as the tuner which the broadcaster used to encode the radio broadcast. The signal coming from your tuner has to match the display. So antennas operate at certain frequencies, programming is encoded as digital or analog, and display shows the decoded signal at the highest resolution possible.

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C'mon, you don't follow the revitalized "Earth is flat" theory? https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima...t-rolleyes.gif There are many factors that can make or break a signal. Curvature of the Earth is one of them. I am unsure of what the cutoff is, but I can tell you I get a station that is 101 miles away with this antenna pointed in the opposite direction. My antenna is only mounted 25' high.
It depends on the height of your antenna and the broadcasters as well as the frequency and, believe it or not, the weather, but 70-80 miles is a practical limit. I get a vhf station at nearly 70 miles and, from time to time, get a UHF station from the same tower.
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This really doesn't tell me or anyone else that the antenna doesn't work. When people post "it did not work", how about adding some additional information like "I'm in a valley surrounded by high mountains and the closest broadcast station is 60 miles". Or, "I'm living off the grid in the middle of nowhere and civilization is just in my imagination at this point, and thought this antenna might pick up that station 148 miles away since it says 150-mile range".
Exactly -- YMMV. Like I said, it's Walmart and inexpensive. Worth a shot, right?
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