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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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I used it with a splitter. I haven't tried to rotate. Mine is sitting in my attic.
Yeah that's my problem, it won't work with a splitter. I think it needs to be direct line. Also, I put one of those surge caps on the line, not sure how that impacts it.
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Most indoor antennas can't be used outdoors, but any outdoor antenna can be used inside. This is not one of those monstrous things spread across your entire roof spanning 10-15 feet. Depending on which direction you need to point it, you could put it on your porch, or even in a corner. Some deywall and a concrete wall will not make this antenna useless (think how much blockage a normal indoor antenna has). For $22 it's worth a try, and if not you can easily return it to Walmart.
I think I'll grab this then. I just bought a $3 on on ebay for 30 miles. Not bad get around 10-15 channels depending where I place it. So this will make big differance for more channels.Applause
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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.
If other mountains are in the line of sight of the broadcast towers, it probably won't help.
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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.
Had a signal amplifier plugged into my cable a LOOONG time ago when I actually paid for cable cuz I was an idiot. Cable company kept coming over and unplugging my cable outside without telling me why. I continued hooking it back up and finally called a few weeks later and they told me my amplifier was pushing out our cable stations to people's antennas in my neighborhood so people were able to get free cable laugh out loud Not the same type of deal here, but a funny story.
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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
Are there any good ones that do act like car antenna? I rather put one up and not worry about pointing at any direction.
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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.
I just happened upon this reply, as you must have misplaced the "QUOTE". I have a Magnavox & Philips Dvd/DVR recorders. I would like to get the newest Mag version, with dual tuners. But it is $400.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnav...LfYsCwbT8Q
I don't burn many Dvds, these days. But, it is nice to have the Dvd player/Dvr in one unit.
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Tech question for you smarties. We have 3 coax lines coming into the house to near all 3 TV's. We don't have cable TV just internet, so one of those lines is connected to a Cable Modem. Is there anyway to connect one of these antennas near the junction box, then send the signal down all 3 lines, along with the Internet down that one single line for the modem?
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Purchased a couple months ago, can confirm it is definitely worth it. It is on the cheap side as far as construction/materials but it brings in a considerable amount of channels for such low cost. Good deal.
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The curvature of the earth prevents reception for more than 60-80 miles.

I tried this antenna. I'm 35 miles from the towers. I got a few UHF channels, zero VHF and nowhere near what I should have gotten. Its sold under a bazillion names with variable pricing. If you're within 20 miles of your transmitters with line of sight it might work ok but so will a well made flat antenna.

I wish I could have returned it. Wasting space in my junk closet.
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Tech question for you smarties. We have 3 coax lines coming into the house to near all 3 TV's. We don't have cable TV just internet, so one of those lines is connected to a Cable Modem. Is there anyway to connect one of these antennas near the junction box, then send the signal down all 3 lines, along with the Internet down that one single line for the modem?
Yeah, you can just bypass the splitter for the modem and use the antenna as the input assuming it's made for the right frequency (usually 5-1000 or whatever).

Edit: oops I misread the question. I believe the frequencies for cable internet and antenna will overlap, so you have to keep internet/TV separate on that one line.
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I bought one of these and it has been working well for about 6 months with a HD Homerun. The white coax cable that it came with is garbage because it's not UV resistant. Do yourself a favor and use a black coaxial cable if you're installing outside. Reviews seem to be mixed because antenna placement can sometimes be more of an art than a science. YRMV.
Same here. Used black cable and it works great with hd Home run.
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Florida where the highest point of elevation is 345 feet means that a crumpled up ball of tin foil on a stick will work out to 150 miles, what about in the real world>? Where hills of 500 feet or more rise and fall on the landscape. How far then? 10 miles ? 20?
Whats the frequency Kenneth?
This essentially works as "line of sight" as antennas have worked before cable/satellite. I am amazed that people who know their region better than a random person on the internet asks the internet guy for the details on how it will operate in that region. If you have mountains in between you and the transmitter of whatever local stations you think you have, then it won't work. This is a product for the suburbs and surrounding areas of big cities. These are directional hence the motor to turn it. 150 miles means on a clear day on the top of your house in the winter with no foliage in between you and a tall broadcast tower on the top of the Empire State building/mountain/etc. Is that realistic? Maybe for 1% of people.
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Yeah, you can just bypass the splitter for the modem and use the antenna as the input assuming it's made for the right frequency (usually 5-1000 or whatever).

Edit: oops I misread the question. I believe the frequencies for cable internet and antenna will overlap, so you have to keep internet/TV separate on that one line.
Yeah, don't mix cable internet and antenna, no bueno
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Are there any good ones that do act like car antenna? I rather put one up and not worry about pointing at any direction.
It doesn't work like that...
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Are there any good ones that do act like car antenna? I rather put one up and not worry about pointing at any direction.
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It doesn't work like that...
That's not exactly true. There are omnidirectional antennas like this...

http://dennysantennaservice.com/o...tenna.html

and a lot of the 'flatennas' are pretty omnidirectional too.

At my home, all of my vhf stations are in one direction and all of the uhf stations are in another so I join a vhf antenna to a uhf antenna each pointed to the best direction.

You really have to look at TVFool.com to see what will work for a specific situation.
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