|Power Source||AC, DC|
|No. of Elements||10|
I decided to "cut the cord" and ditch DIRECTV due to the increasing bill. I took a chance on this antenna because of the price and advertised range capability. I live about 35-40 miles SW of Milwaukee's transmitter locations. I initially attempted to use the antenna mounted in the attic and got decent results. I got most of the Milwaukee stations but it seemed every day one of the major network stations would get choppy and pixelated. This was using the supplied amplifier and running the coax to one TV. I pulled in 45 digital channels but several were not viewable. I attempted to split the signal to multiple TVs and the signal went to crap for all channels. I contemplated buying a more expensive antenna, power distributor splitter and the whole works, but decided I would try it one last time mounting it outside on the roof. I used the existing tripod and mast holding up my now useless DIRECTV dish, used the same coax from that, pointed it 32 degrees toward Milwaukee and BOOM! 52 digital channels including some from Chicago 63 miles away coming from the Willis Tower! I hooked up a Mohu Jolt 4 way splitter, capped off one of the 4 out ends, and still get 50 channels on each of the 3 TVs in the house. I'm glad I didn't spend a ton of money on a more expensive antenna when I had all I needed in this one! I just hope it holds up in the elements outside.
I would recommend this antenna but will probably have to be rigged up outside if not getting good results in the attic.
Very pleased with this. I'd tried the flat panel type, but in our area, we got 3 channels. With this one, we get 60+
Things to remember.. 1.. if you don't have a tuner in your TV, you'll need one.
2. Use the websites listed in the reviews to know where to aim your antenna. use a compass, or the compass app in your phone.
3. Be careful on the ladder. I was careful. you be too.
Couldn't be happier. Had bought various indoor antenna's from a large store, but got a couple of channels badly and returned them. Bought the 1byone amped antenna, and when it arrived, I put it together and attached it to the end of a shovel against the fence out back, guessed the best direction (we're 25 miles from downtown DC) and tried it. 40 some channels!! The basic ones (NBC, ABC CBS & FOX plus a lot more) in HD. Tested it for week, then took off a satellite dish from previous owners and used the pole to attach this antenna a couple of feet above the roof in place of the dish, and done. Even used their wiring down from the roof. Only pay for internet now and very happy.
Could only pick up 3 channels, none of which are anything good. I'm replacing the "150 mile range" antenna you see advertised everywhere which worked pretty well until it cracked at the base from wind. I gave 2 stars because the build quality and ease of installation was good. I live inbetween Chattanooga and Nashville and seem to get the same 3 channels regardless of which way the antenna is pointing. A lot of good reviews on here so maybe I just got a weak unit.
Edit: The company emailed me the day after this review and gave me a full refund without the hassle of shipping the product back. The full refund amount was in my bank account the same day. Excellent customer service!! Would highly recommend this company!
This is a great little antenna. Assembly was super easy even without the instructions. I mounted this antenna in my attic with a piece of PVC pipe and some metal strapping. I live in the St. Louis area, so I pretty much just pointed it at the center of the city. Since I'm within a 50 mile radius of all the TV antennas, I'm not using the amplifier so I can't speak to its effectiveness. Where I'm at, all of the transmitters line up perfectly, so a directional antenna like this one was my best choice. You need to use a website like channelmaster.com or antennasdirect.com to locate the TV transmitters near you to see whether you need an antenna like this one, or one that is a bay type or omni directional antenna. Overall, I rate this antenna 5/5 for it's ease of setup and use, quality, and reception.
Nice Antenna for the price. I have been using one of those black square antennas amplified. Tried it for 4 years and two different versions. Needless to say when the wind blew so did my signal. Finally decided It was either buy a larger one for the attic or consider signing up for cable or fios and do the 2 year swap. Saw this and some reviews from the same state I live in and decided worth a shot.
Putting together is fine, not the best design but also not an expensive antenna either. Could the assembly be better? Definitely using a snap in or other method woukd be nice but how it is designed now works fine. After reading the reviews I purchased a 50 foot cable to make sure I had enough cable to run. The cable that comes with it is for the amplifier and isn't that long. Depending on where your electrical outlet is will determine if you need a longer cable. Overall product assembled fine and with the cable I purchased was able to connect it up. Decided to test it by placing it in an upstairs bedroom. i attached it to a pvc pipe and set it up facing the direction I planned. Double checked the location to my compass on my phone for direction to point for most stations. I'm about 25 miles from the towers. The performance has been better than I expected. Now have 48 channels, although many are duplicates from neighboring states in New England. Overall if you are 25 miles away from towers this should work Well. I plan to put it in my attic which should even make the signal better. Would of given it 5 stars if it assembly was simplier. Antenna is much smaller than expected but still works well.
The item is inexpensive, and feels, looks, and performs the part. The amplifier was not functional and, try as I might, the seller would not just forward me a new amplifier and forced me instead to disassemble it and try to get it all back in that little box and cart it to a UPS depot. Very, very unhappy. Prior ratings exaggerate the quality.... I can`t comprehend why anyone would feel this is even worth half of the $29 or so I spent.
UPDATE 1-21-17 Despite my initial enthusiasm after relocating the amp closer to the antenna, my signals were still very inconsistent. FOX and CBS were up about 75% of the time. NBC and ABC were down nearly all the time. When I went near the antenna, the signal would improve - even before touching it - so trying to get it to 'lock on' to the stations was a joke.
I made do until today - when I climbed back up onto the roof. I actually received stronger signal holding on to the stinger coming out of the coax fitting than when it was connected to the coax female. Very frustrating.
I think there is something wrong with it. I've sent an email to the seller in hopes that they can get me pointed in the right direction (pun intended). Dropped to 1 star for now since it is utterly useless in its current condition.
I live NW of Tampa, and according to antennaweb dot org, should have 60+ channels, all within 35 miles, in the same direction (within 2°). Pretty simple. I installed the antenna, and for the life of me, simply could not get CBS or FOX. Everything else was clear. I moved the antenna out of the attic and on to the roof. I held it up high - at least 25' off the ground - and still had the same 40-42% signal quality for those two networks.
I was ready to give up, and started looking for another brand of antenna, when I stumbled upon another user's comments. He said it is imperative that the amplifier be mounted as close as possible to the antenna - within 5' if possible - and NOT at the TV end of the cable. There was no such requirement listed in the manual. In fact, the line drawings in the manual showed the amp plugged in next to a TV. Well, having tried everything else, I did what that user suggested. I ran an extension cord up to the attic where the coax was going out a roof vent to the antenna, split the cable, terminated it, and put the amp in between. I went from 59 channels to 74 channels! And, I now have ALL networks and their virtual channels.
TL;DR - put the amp as close to the antenna (within 5') as possible. Do not install it on the TV end of the coax run.
I purchased this to replace an in-attic antenna that I have owned for over 10 years. The primary reason I went with this is because it is amplified. My older antenna was just not cutting it anymore, so I decided to give this one a shot. Installation and setup were very easy and clear. The hardest part about any antenna is that every single house is going to have a different experience. I got it setup in the attic and started the laborious process of tweaking. This involved looking up my antenna direction on TVfool.com, and then painfully using trial and error to get every channel to come in clear. There would be times when I would get a strong signal on one channel, and not on another, and I would move the antenna 1/8 of an inch to the right, and I would lose all signal for every channel. Very frustrating to work through, but I finally got it to where all of the channels come in clear. I am in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and reception should be strong. I do believe that one factor that impacts my ability to receive channels is the radiant barrier coating inside my attic. I almost put the antenna outside, but have been able to work through it. Bottom line is that this antenna will do the job for you, but expect some frustration as you work out all the kinks.
Still better than paying for cable.
Definitely pulls in a signal more consistently than one of the flat indoor 1byone antennas rated for 60 miles, though I'm not sure the 80 mile rating is realistic. I'm able to get all 24 local channels available, most about 13 miles away and a few that are 30 miles away, and this is with just mounting it inside the house on the second story.
My Tivo channel strength meter shows around 70-75 out of 100 for the towers that are 13 miles away, and 55-60 for the tower that is 30 miles away. Interestingly, even though the flat antenna had about the same signal strength for the closer towers, this antenna has a much more stable picture with fewer glitches.
My only complaint, apart from poor assembly instructions, is that one of the pieces seemed to be coated in some kind of mineral oil or grease that got all over my carpet when I opened the box, so be careful when you unbox it.