Polaroid AMA-1850P Rotator HDTV Antenna
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Couple comments from July:
Skip it. The antenna I have sitting beside the TV picks up better. I should have checked the ratings on Amazon first. Their are much better antennas for about the same money.
From those comments
I’d say the most of the antennas for the home market are “flimsy”. Having a similar antenna such as this, for the cost (got mine at walmart for about 29 bucks), it’s not that bad but I live in the burbs and pick up like 30+ channels and a few from Canada. It’s not a onmi directional atenna and the it rotates in ONE direction. Had mine setup in the basement (yep, basement), at the foundation level and hooked to my media PC’s ATI all-in-wonder card (1 tuner). I started recording OTA channels. I’d say if I put it in my attic which is 3 stories up I’d get a few more channels. Yes, it’s cheap and flimsy and would do ok at a cabin or something but if you are just thinking about cutting dumping cable video services, it’s a “stick your toe in the water to check the temp” option before you sink a few hundred into a sturdy antenna that won’t pick up stations any better. Choices choices.
I’m using a RCA ANT702F Digital Amplified Indoor/Outdoor Antenna currently. Got it at a train wreck store for about 15 bucks. It works better because it’s not directional. So I moved my antenna that uses the super flimsy antenna elements from the 60’s to the top of a entertainment center (it’s hidden). TV has a digital tuner so when cable goes out, I have a backup.
I concur. When I put this up, I actually lost channels I was getting with my leaf antenna…
I purchased one of these in the past and after about two years it disintegrated from UV by the sun.
Just be real careful on Amazon. I found most of those cheaper antenna reviews were pumped with 5-star reviews from folks who got their unit free.
This has become a real problem at Amazon. No longer can we trust the integrity of the review process.
Check their 5-star reviews and search for the words “unbiased” or “honest” or “review”. You’ll be surprised at the overwhelming number of “paid for” reviews.
Better yet, enter the product link at “fakespot.com” to test for authenticity.
I have had a couple of those types of antennas and I have to agree that they are junk. I ended up dumping that antenna for an omnidirectional.
Something else to consider is that if you are using a DVR an omnidirectional antenna is a must have because you may need to record form two directions at the same time.
I’ve been experimenting with this antenna over the last couple of weeks in an effort to “cut the cord”. I live about 32 miles from the local station’s transmitters over flat ground (SC lowcountry). I’ve learned a lot:
The rotor is powered through the coax cable which surprised me. I guess it’s quite feasible to put low frequency (or DC) power down the coax to control the rotor while still transmitting the TV signals, but,
The control/amplifier is not at the antenna end of the coax, but at the TV end. That means that the signals amplified will include all the noise and interference that is picked up by the coax. (Yeah, I know it’s shielded, but come’on, there’s going to be some noise.)
The control box itself has an input for the coax from the antenna and a fixed coax cable to connect to the TV. However, there is also a coax junction that is labeled TV too. I used the fixed cable and am not too sure about the coax junction.
The included instructions are unclear and jumbled. Pretty much what you might expect from instructions not written by a native English speaker.
I installed the antenna in my attic, maybe 15-20 feet over ground level.) When pointed at the stations (forget the rotor; check your stations at http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper) I found I was able to get the local UHF stations reasonable well, but the VHF station was not detected. A little research revealed that the UHF stations were broadcasting around 500-1000kW power while the local VHF was only at 24kW. HOWEVER, at chat with the Chief Engineer at the VHF station revealed that we still should have been able to receive them, no problem. (I think that the frequencies may propagate differently through the atmosphere.) I think that either the antenna was incapable of receiving decent VHF or maybe I had simply set it up incorrectly.
a. The antenna performed decently, albeit with some pixelation, at the 32 mile range, but would not be acceptable for routine viewing due to that pixelation. I’d guess that it would work satisfactorily at the 20-25 mile range.
b. Something was wrong, somewhere with the VHF reception, but since the UHF was not acceptable, I’m done with those experiments.
c. I think I’m going to be able to cut the cord, but it’s going to require a better antenna. The engineer said he uses a Winegard FV-HD-30H at his home with good results, but I think I’m going to pull out the stops and try a an even larger model.
Hope this is useful.
Yes, fakespot.com is very helpful. It’s a very excellent site for determine if review is honestly. I always check this site before order. It is most excellently at telling if I should trust products. I received this product at a reduced price for my my unbiased honest review. Nine stars.
I have the RCA ANT751r . Under $50 and was the best money I spent on an antenna. Reviews are stellar as well.
What to say >> Its JUNK (I have one)
On the Amazon site on the review page, there is a drop down window to let you choose Verified Purchase, that will only show reviews from people that actually bought the item.
Also had one last year (not exact same model but similar). Instruction are almost not existent and in order to get best reception, it requires mounting on a pole on the roof.
One good thing, model I had came with ridiculously long coax cable (almost 50ft??).
While it does have potential, ended up giving it a friend who wanted to cut the cable. Ended up getting indoor 50miles radius HD antenna off prime.
Worthless, I made one myself, bought this thinking would be better right, wrong gets less channels than the one I home made!
Unfortunately “Verified Purchase” includes buyers who received product at a discount/free for their reviews. Seach the results and see for yourself.
That is not true. Verified Purchase does not mean free. They may have gotten a discount, but not free.