Like all HDTV antennas that are compact they come with a build in RF preamp but the remnant VHF channels like ch 6 Philadelphia may require an older pre-digital TV era antenna ( and preamp) system to receive it in your location. The light weight and small size allowed me to mount this system easily on a PVC pipe on my balcony (see photo) which is on our second floor [fyi I routed the coax through the pipe]. You may consider adding a grounding block (break the cable in a convenient location add F connectors connect to a grounding block that diverts static electricity to ground and avoid potential lightning). Does this sound hard to you? It isn't that hard and you can Google it for guide information concerning any aspect. I also have experience with routing the coaxial cable through the house wall or floor you may need help from a handyman if you cannot do that. Finally, the rota-tor does not offer feedback and has only one button; this means you must position it visually yourself or with the help of someone to assist you. Press and hold the button and the antenna rotates in one direction, stop and press again it rotates in the opposite direction (tricky because sometimes you must press it a couple of times to get it to go to where you want it to go). Once you position it there is a good chance you will not need to re position it unless it is moved by a gust of wind (rarely this can happen). The position depends on where the TV station transmitters are located relative to your location; if you receive a sufficient number of stations you just chose the position that works best for your favorites. Unlike analog signals of the past that could fade in and out digital signals either provide you with a channel or they do not; a marginal signal may come and go displaying pixels that seen erratic or frozen. NOTE: Time of day and weather can affect which stations you receive so I recommend having your TV scan the channels periodically (at least until you become familiar with what stations you can receive). I hope you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was at how many stations I could receive. I enjoy my TV more with the free stations this antenna system enables us to receive.
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360 Degree HDTV Digital Amplified Motorized Rotating Antenna, 603:
- Outdoor HDTV/digital amplified TV antenna
- Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p broadcasts
- Full-band DTV/VHF/UHF/FM receiver
- 360 degree motorized rotating antenna
- Increases signal reception
- Improves your picture quality
- Operates up to 2 TV sets
- Maximum reception range: 120 miles
- Frequency range: 47-860 MHz channels
- Antenna gain: 20-28dB
- Includes a 50' coaxial cable, plastic safety ties, cable staples and wireless remote control
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Supersonic SC-603 SC-603 360?? HDTV Digital Amplified Motorized Rotating Outdoor Antenna
Easy Set up HDTV Antenna
I live in Prescott Valley, Az. and bought this thinking, oh yeah it won't work here. This was the best money I've spent in a while. It picks up all the locals out of Phoenix, plus a whole bunch of other good digital channels. I think when I went through the programming there were 38 channels. It was actually working pretty good on the fence until I had the time to mount it on the house.
The best money spent on an antenna.
This was a product I always wanted to have. I heard of it from neighbors and I also saw that lots of homes had the antennas. I used to use an old outdoor antenna, but I was fed up with its pathetic performance. Once I got the antenna, I quickly opened the package to check it out. It was what I needed to get the proper signals. This antenna was great to pick up channels 45 miles away, all the way to Fresno,CA. The channels came in perfectly. I would definetly encourage people to get this Outdoor antenna.
This Antenna works great. This is at my camp. It is in a valley and catches all the stations with out having to rotate it. I wish I would have bought this a long time ago. O and the rotation part of the antenna works great and installed in say 10 minutes. I Highly recommend it.
Supersonic HD Amplified Antenna
This Antenna works great! Some reviewers thought the "mini coax" was cheap but it IS rg59 and works just fine. I sell electrical and tel com parts to contractors so I'm good with parts and installs. I am in Waldo Ar. and get ABC and NBC from Shreveport LA. and Texarkana TX. The rotational motor works fine and both stations are over 60 mi. away. News, weather and reg TV programming from 6 different channels. Very happy! TIPS: place as HIGH up as possible, Support any long lengths of pipe or strut to be sturdy in high wind, FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS! The quality of the material is fine for what it does. I did not use the j mount purchased separately it was not even close to the right diameter to mount the antenna on. MY BAD. You will get a tiny tiny bit of pixilation in very bad weather.... to be expected. It has worked fine in regular rain and fog and wind.
Pulling in a signal where it is impossible.
The antenna is performing rather well under the circumstances...we are located in a valley where there are plenty of trees and other obstacles and we didn't expect much. To our surprise we are getting TV channels. We can't pull in all channels but some are better than none.
Should have purchased sooner
Straight from the box I thought ,Oh no I've been had. After assembly, please just use the picture on the box the assembly instructions were more than useless. I placed the antenna on my front deck, hit scan on the TV and have been watch 23 free channels with no problem. The low purchase price and ease of installation, along with the great TV reception make me wonder why I stayed with a pay cable service all these years.
Great antenna, Lousy rotating motor
I live in Richmond where I live 20 miles (as the crow flies) to the TV broadcast towers in San Francisco according to Google earth. I am pleased to report that I am picking up the HDTV channels without any problems so the antenna itself works well. However, the rotating motor is useless. The rotation is erratic and you can never return to the same position because it overshoots and the movement is jerky. I can't recommend it because of the motor and antenna direction is nearly impossible to control. I was forced to mount the antenna inside my walk-in closet near the top of my 9 foot ceiling so I can control the direction manually. If you only need a fixed antenna in one position where you intend to set it and forget it, then I would recommend it because it picks up the signal through my two interior walls and exterior stucco of my townhouse. I am happy that I do not have to pay Comcast cable TV and the HDTV is beautiful. I am just disappointed that I can only get the channels from San Francisco only.
I live only about 10 miles from Chicago and I should get more channels. I have the antenna (on my garage) facing toward the city for "best reception" and still not getting all the local channels (ex. NBC, ABC off/on). I should be getting 40-60 channels but only getting less than 15 channels. Instructions to assemble are bad/not clear which made it longer to assemble but I figured it out on my own. It didn't come w a mounting piece to roof bc its pole mounted which I had to go buy a 10' conduit pole to mount it on. I can manually twist the pole for positioning so the remote for rotation is really not needed. Overall it could be better w assembly, reception, and mounting for this product.
The Good, the Bad,
The rotator unit suddenly quit working after only two months, with the red indicator light also going out. By the way, this unit was in a room where the TV is hardly used, and the rotator unit was unplugged much of the time. Although the entire order could have been returned from the start, we gave Zimtown a chance at replacing the rotator unit, and offered to return the defective unit to them. They requested a photo of the defective unit. A photo was sent to Zimtown, and after another 24 hours, they responded that they now required a video of the problem! This was getting ridiculous, so now, the entire order will be returned to Walmart. In addition, the rotator has no on/off switch, so you must unplug the unit to turn it off. This is fine, but it would be great if some instructions indicated this to the customer. After contacting Zimtown to ask how the unit turns off, they acted like an on/off switch is some kind of abnormality! The antenna itself did bring in the same amount of stations as our last rotating antenna, which we had for several years until the antenna itself gave way to age. One last thing to know, is that if the rotator unit goes bad, channels will not come in. This is because he unit does more than just rotate the antenna. All in all, the antenna is worth it, but the rotating unit is clearly not built to last. So, back up on the roof I go. Thanks alot, Zimtown.
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