Clearview HD Tech 360? Rotating HDTV Amplified Antenna
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Does this antenna require line of sight to the broadcast tower? I live at the base of a hill and the OTA broadcasts come from that direction.
Technically it is not the antenna that has the requirement. It is the main method of transmission at these frequencies. Line of sight is very helpful but there are methods of transmission that sometime work that are not line of sight, such as tropospheric ducting, meteor scatter, knife edge, etc. more info here or to really learn something go here.
A nice site to find out what station you can receive at what direction. https://www.antennaweb.org/Address
Check out your specific location using this tool. There are others out there, but this seems fairly accurate for my area, at least.
This thing looks like it should be going “Wub wub wub wub wub EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” in an old 50’s sci fi flick
Does it have to have batteries for it to rotate or how does it get it’s power?
Line of sight is not necessary however it is recommended for improved reception.
Requires a power source to even work let alone rotate. I drilled a hole in a totes storage container to keep it water proof. Other than that it has great reception
Definite! Thanks for that.
No, it provides power through the coax which also performs signal amplification (2 birds, one stone). Even though it appears to be a directional antenna vs Omni directional, this device rotates one direction. If you “miss” your mark, you have to go all the way around and try again. I have one of these type antennas and it’s differently not a 360deg (omni directional) antenna. Here are a few sites that provide signal reception info. I personally like the one someone else posted, TVFOOL, but they all pretty much provide the same info.
My non-tvfool favorite
Side note. Not going to impress with discussions about ground waves, skywaves, skipzones, take off angles and Ionosphere absorption and how that green leafy substance that grows on trees affect your reception in the summer and how it doesn’t in the winter LOL. But I will say this. If you do get a HDTV antenna, get one that’s amplified and POINT IT in the general direction of the most signals. The antenna I have that looks like this one (got it from walmart of all places) pulls in around 35 stations and is suppose to have a 100 mile range. Just like those hand held walkie talkies have a 35 mile range. Yeah, right. On a good day it gets WATCHABLE stations under 40 miles so don’t expect a 100 mile antenna is going to pull in that station thats 99.9 miles away.
Here’s a sample of what TVFool says I should be able to get with a decent antenna. It’s pretty close. But just because you get the signal doesn’t mean it’s a watchable channel. Weather, time of day, squirrels treating your antenna elements like monkey bars, all can have an impact on the signal.
Bottom line, this antenna will do the trick for MOST people. If there’s a mountain between you and your ONLY signal source, you might want to reconsider and call up Dish if you want watchable tv and you not in the bottom of some ravine.
It get its power through the cable that goes from the antenna to the power supply box which would be near your TV.
Great reception. Flimsy, not suitable for outdoors. No indicator on the controller to tell you where it’s aimed. I put one in my parents’ attic and they’re pleased.
Agree. I have mine sitting on top of a tv cabinet that’s about 7feet tall and it’s not visible. I have it hooked up to a HDTV media box that has the ability to connect a USB - External hard drive for recording. I’ve seen multi-tuner boxes but wasn’t something I had to have at the time. It’s like a 1 channel DVR. Though I have cable (xfinity), it’s purpose is to provide me with a “backup” in case power is out and/or cable is down.
Note: it’s on an outlet that when the house in on generator, it has power. I have a couple of those flat window type antennas too that pulls in 20-25 watchable stations (depends on what side of the house they are on) and when I say watchable, I mean channels that don’t go all pixel on you because the signal is too weak.
Pros - Great reception and amplifier
Cons - The control box/amp hums a little and can be heard in a quiet house. Flimsy construction, put it in your attic, not outdoors.
I bought these antenna last time they were on sale here. Putting it together I was really worried about the flimsy build and lack of clear directions. But it is just a simple antenna so it wasn’t a big deal. I installed it in my attic, pointed it the right way and ran the wiring into my bedroom below. I hooked up their control box/amplifier and had many more channels than my amplified Leaf antenna had gotten. So next I used the existing cable wiring to split the signal from the box/amp to my TV downstairs. Being split and even travelling through another 200 feet or so of coax the picture is great. This antenna is worth it.
So I might get 1 channel. Guess this thing is made for city people.
I bought this piece of crap the last time it was on woot. There is no way you could use this outside…it is pure junk. In addition, it arrived with the motor not working. I’ve contacted the manufacturer twice and no response. I’m beginning to think Woot is just a way for Amazon to unload junk.
It worked good for a few weeks then fell apart, very flimsy construction.
the rotation is only in one direction, and it does not continue around again. You have to carefully turn it back by hand. I just printed out an antennaweb map and used it to point, then fasten it in place with baling wire(in the attic). Fortunately all my towers are in the same location.
Otherwise, it seems to work pretty well so far.