I am giving this HDTV antenna a four because I have installed it in my attic and have yet to try it on my roof installation. I am looking for more digital stations to come in, so that is my next task. Other wise it seems to be more favorable than my last HDTV antenna I purchased years ago.
First I would like to be clear that I am providing this honest review in exchange for a discount on the purchase of this HDTV Antennae. I would have provided a review regardless because I am one to read reviews and research prior to purchasing items, particularly off of the internet. I am not affiliated with the manufacturer or Amazon in any manner nor have I been compensated in any other way.
ALL of that being stated, on with my review....
1) I like the design of this antennae. Looks like some thing from outer space.
2) It did not require tools to assemble. Assembled in 20 minutes only because I am anal and re-read / view every nit-picking detail.
3) It works well in a closed in area 'above' ground. I haven't tried it under the house or in a basement, but common sense tells me that the signal would be minimal under ground... go figure THAT thinking.
4) It can be mounted completely un-encumbered such as on a roof top, but that is not where we are going to permanently install it. We will have it in an area where it is easily accessible to erect and de-erect it ... that is to say 'keeping it mobile'.
5) It's lightweight without being cheaply made. I will add that IF any improvements were considered, the connections would be better made from a heavier material.
6) The reception range is acceptable, however we are in an area with tv & radio stations well within the range of this antennae and I will update any future findings.
7) This antennae unit, in comparison to an other model offered by the same manufacturer, did NOT come with a coax jump. It did come with one rubber dam.
8) The instructions are clear diagrams... no text in 5 point font to decipher !!!!!!
9) I suggest taking the entire un-assembled unit to the exact location where it will be installed. The diagram in the listing is correct in the final design and even though it is lightweight, it will probably not fit through any door way or portal easily. Prior years of experience have taught me that bending the armatures inhibits the reception. Because of the design of this particular model, bending or breaking an armature would likely cause a failure of the unit to perform proper and shorten the structural lifespan all together.
As you may have noticed, 1byone has given away quite a number of these antennas, hoping to generate favorable reviews. I had previously purchased another of their models (OUS00-0549) which didn't pick up any signals and was returned to Amazon for a refund. 1byone support emailed and suggested that the one I ordered was defective. They offered this one free of charge due to my unfavorable review of the currently out-of-stock model I returned.
This model is similar to the amplified triple-boom Yagi I returned but it has a different element, additional reflectors and is not amplified.
The construction seems well engineered and sturdy enough to last for several years in most outdoor installations. The parts are a tight fit and employ a couple of methods to lock the assemblies in place. Any antenna will last longer, even indefinitely if mounted indoors or in an attic, provided you're getting a really strong signal from inside your structure.
First, I mounted it on my rooftop mast and tried aiming at a low-power line-of-sight channel-14 transmitter, 12 miles away on a nearby mountain top. I can usually get a 50% to 60% signal from this independent station and 30% from channel 27 somewhat farther away, with homemade antennas. The 1byone 203NA-0002 pulled in only a 20% signal from channel 14 but 40% from 27. From this unscientific test, you might glean that the 1byone doesn't do particularly well with the lower UHF channel numbers but in the mid-upper 20s, you're golden. Since channel 14 is why I wanted a commercially made, outdoor antenna, this is a bit disappointing.
Next, for purposes of this review, I rotated and aimed the antenna almost 180° in the direction of the local network transmitters. These signals come through 22 miles of woodlots and hilly terrain. There are 7 stations in a line to the North. They cover frequencies from actual channel-6, VHF to channel-43, UHF. It usually takes a huge fringe antenna like the Winegard HD8200U on a rooftop mast to get even a weak signal from just a few of these. As predictable, a small antenna like the 1byone 203NA-0002, isn't capable of pulling in any of these weak or obscured signals.
This antenna works but not well enough for my purposes. Unless you have really strong signals, a small antenna like this is bound to work better on a rooftop mast. If your signals are very weak, given the cost of the materials and parts to do a proper rooftop installation to code, don't economize on the antenna. Get the best large fringe antenna available.
I have been wanting to try one of these antennas for awhile now. We have cable but we pay $150 a month for the service. I do not feel I need to continue paying that price since I have Prime, netflix, hulu, etc. This does give me some of our local channels. We are in Florida so we don't hjave any hills or mountains to interfere with its path. It does not give me enough of the local channels for me to cancel my cable. I did assemble it and put it in the attic. I did not feel the plastic parts would weather well in the Florida sun and winds. I did receive this at a discount in exchange for my review. I am happy but not thrilled with the quality. I do not like that it is so lightweight and has so many plastic parts. If I were to put it outside it would most likely blow away in a week.
The antenna came in several pieces but was quite easy to assemble and set up, utilizing a tool less design. I also appreciated the detailed specs on the box (I'm a ham, so knowing how many elements, the front to back ratio of the antenna, db of gain, etc is a nice touch, and shows that the manufacturer isn't afraid to let people know what the antenna can *really* do)
The antenna is decently made, though it could be more solid, especially where the box with the coax adapter attaches to the rest of he antenna. The construction is more than sufficient for use in an attic, and should also to be fine in my sheltered by a bush ground installation, but up on a roof I'm not sure that it would hold up long term in areas that get a lot of wind and storms.
Overall, it seems like a fairly nice antenna for the price, and I would suggest giving it a try if you aren't planning on a rooftop type installation.
-Large (a larger antenna will pick up more signal than a smaller one, generally speaking)
-Tool less assembly is very easy (not having to dig around for the right sized wrench or socket driver is a real treat)
-The clamp to attach it to a pole will attach to a wide variety o sizes (up to 3 inches, as I recall)
-Comes with a 1 year warranty
-The box lists detailed technical specifications
- Build quality is decent, but not great. it may not stand up to long term use on a roof in areas with frequent severe weather.
-It is fairly large, which may be an issue for some installations
-It is pretty easy to assemble, but the included directions were rather poor.
I received this product at a discount in exchange for an honest and objective review.
This antenna has a lot of good qualities. The installation was quick and easy (Note: i mounted it on an existing satellite pole already installed on my roof). The quality seems pretty good, it does have some plastic parts, so we will see how it holds up over time. I did not have an antenna before so I cannot tell you if it is better/worse than what I had, but I do get 24 HD channels and a handful of others. According to the website I am 47 miles from most of the broadcasting antennas in my area. Disclaimer: I received this product at a significant discount for my fair and unbiased review. This review reflects my honest opinion about the product and in no way is influenced by the manufacturer or the vendor selling the product.
This 1byone Digital Outdoor / Attic HDTV Antenna, High Gain VHF / UHF Combo TV antenna, 75 Miles Range Extremely High Performance TV Antenna are sure to do the job. They're simple, classy, and they do the business. This is super economical for the price! They were shipped quickly and were well packaged. It looks exactly as pictured and is exactly as described in the listing. If you want a solid antenna, this does the job!
Please note that I received the product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review; all opinions are my own. I am very grateful to have received this opportunity.
This antenna has a lot of good qualities, and if you're going to purchase one, there are some things you should definitely look at if you haven't already. There is a lot to consider when purchasing and installing an antenna like this, but they offer a pretty cheap way of getting lots of local channels free of charge on your TV.
This antenna was really easy to set up an assemble, and it only took me a few minutes to unpack and put together. It's very well made, but still lightweight. You shouldn't have any problem moving this around on your own or carrying it up a ladder or stairs. It's about 3 feet long and 2 feet wide, so you might want to keep that in mind if you're going to install it in your attic. It might be better to assemble it up there rather than try to squeeze it through a tight opening. But it fits through doorways no problem.
Now, this antenna can theoretically get a signal from up to about 75 miles away. NO antenna can get a signal from father than that, because that's the curvature of the Earth. But I can tell you that you will NOT get that kind of range. The reason being that unless you're on the ocean there are going to be things in your way, like hills, trees, etc. But you should be able to pick up a wide variety of channels from at least 50 miles or so away with varying levels of quality. That means that most people should have no problem picking up their intended local channels with this antenna. There is even a government website you can check to see whether or not you should be in range of certain broadcast towers in your area.
Overall I'd definitely recommend this antenna. It's light, super easy to assemble, and works really well. Just as long as you have reasonable expectations of your use depending on where you live and where you install it, I've never had a better antenna!
I received a discount on this antenna for my unbiased product evaluation.
I didn't give this 5 stars because of the cheap construction and plastic connections. It does boost reception. We went from 13-14 local channels to around 28 channels. It brings in a solid strength. The antenna moves up and down, and left and right to gain the best reception possible, depending on what channels you want boosted. My husband doesn't know how long it would last outside because of the plastic connections and cheaper construction. We put it in the attic, so he thinks it will do fine. I am pleased about the additional channels that we are getting now for free! My husband said he would get another if it didn't have to be installed outside. I received this product at a discount for an honest and unbiased review.