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Portable Indoor/Outdoor ATSC HDTV Antenna
Monoprice’s Mini Eco Friendly Indoor/Outdoor Antenna is specially designed for the new digital terrestrial broadcasts. Perfect for new HDTV's as an alternative to or accompanying other HD sources. This antenna will let you take full advantage of the built-in HD tuner in your TV. It has a ecofriendly design with ultra-low energy consumption, <10mA! There is a built-in super low noise amplifier, it comes with wall mounting and pole mounting options, can be used indoors or outdoors, and has water-proof and anti-UV housing. With its small design this unit is the perfect portable antenna. The cable attached to the antenna is about 9.8 ft long.
Frequency Range: 174MHz ~ 870MHz
Gain: 13 +/- 5dB
Noise Figure (Max.) <2dB
RF Output Impedance: 75 Ohm
Dimensions: 28.5x15.2x146.5mm (1.1”x0.5”x5.8”)
10mA Low Energy Consumption
Wall mount and Pole mount hardware included
Water-Proof and Anti-UV housing
Screws, Double Sided Tape, and Anchors for mounting
Power Adapter: AC120V (230V)/DC12V/250mA
Insertion Loss: <2dB
DC Input: +9 ~ 12V
DC Output: +5V
Input Connector: F (IEC) Female
Output Connector: F (IEC) Male
This one wasn't a whole lot different, except it's designed for outdoor use too. I picked up a long coax cable along with it and easily found a spot where all stations tune in extremely well. And it's so small and discrete, I didn't even have to climb the roof, I just ran it along a deck rail away from the house. It's really, really small - smaller than any remote control I've seen.
I've never found any particular antenna design or technology to make much difference in reception - for me, finding the best position for the antenna has been more important. I think this one is ideal for that - very small, inconspicuous design, and amplified so you can run it on a long cable. And a great price here.
CONS: Still needs to be set in a good location
PROS: it's small
has a long cable
CONS: channels never came in correctly
PROS: Compact, pulls in the stations, cords are easily long enough (too long for me actually), quality build, low cost. FYI-The power connector is 5.5mm x 2.1mm
CONS: Wish the cords were shorter, but that could cause problems for others, so this is really not a con.
PROS: Gave me reception to NBC, ABC, WGN, PBS, FOX and a few other small stations
CONS: This has a small (1/2" X 3") box which has a power adapter which needs to be plugged in. With the contents you must install this directly to your TV. However if you want to install the TV on the wall and put the wired behind the wall then I cannot do this because of code involving power cords being free behind the wall.
I got around this by installing a regular cable behind the wall and I hooked up the box at the bottom by the outlet. Unfortunately I did lose some reception quality with going this route but its still better than nothing.
Just using the antenna part directly to the TV itself gave worse reception than using the power box along with the added cable.
Be nice to have a quick way of repositioning it for temporary adjustments rather than doing a fixed screw/tape mount.
Overall, given my location relative to the transmission towers I feel this should have performed much better, I can see the local fox channel from my deck, yet even with clear line of sight I can only pick up a rebroadcaster and even then it's not super reliable.
PROS: When you find a location that it works in it work OK, not great but OK.
Small size lets you place it nearly anywhere.
CONS: Very picky about location.
The way the cables are set up make it hard to position any distance from the TV.
PROS: The HDTV Antenna is small and easy to install. The directions are clear. The unit has its own power supply.
CONS: The antenna found only three stations, none with viewable video or hearable audio.
It seems to me that the point of having an amplified antenna is when you are running a length of coax to the antenna. Therefore, the connector on this antenna should be female not male. If you plan to run coax, be sure you have a female to female coupler.
PROS: Small and convenient, good reception
CONS: Connector is male BNC, when female makes more sense.
PROS: Simple and reliable
PROS: Antenna worked well
CONS: wish it pulled in a few more of the channels in the area
cat ate the cord. not a con of the antenna