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Winegard FreeVision FV-30BB HDTV Antenna

  • Compact, High-performance Outdoor/indoor HDTV Antenna
  • Receives Purest Uncompressed HD & DTV Signals
  • 0-30 Mile Range
  • Compatible With Any Digital Tuner
  • Mounts Indoors & Outdoors
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WINEGARD FV-30BB FREEVISION INDOOR/OUTDOOR HDTV ANTENNA


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  • xavier s.
  • 12/3/2014 2:21:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Antenna

Pros: Simple, rugged design. This antenna is fairly small, it was pretty easy to hide up on the roof or I would have heard about it from my draconian busybody HOA if it was in any way noticeable. Not difficult to put together and install.

Prior to installing this for use with my HTPC I tried some old style bunny ears, then an RCA amplified antenna, and finally I tried to get a Mohu Leaf to work. I got really spotty signals and barely any channels to show up at all. I hooked this Wineguard up and I got consistent reception of all the channels that are available in my area. According to TVfool, this antenna wasn't even really the right type to receive the signals in my area, but it works wonderfully.

Cons: I can't really think of any cons. It is a simple device and it works, I am totally satisfied. Other people complained about the size of the coax that comes with it, but this being a roof mountable antenna I am not sure one would expect to use the provided cable for anything but testing, so I might even call it a pro that they included one at all.

Other Thoughts: I'll describe my setup so maybe others can use it as a reference point for their own systems as it took me some tinkering to get everything working smoothly and I think it is all pretty darn cool. Howtos for the specifics can be found with a little Googlefu.

So, I have an 2 HTPCs running Windows Media Center, which I am using to watch live broadcast OTA TV, and as a DVR. This antenna is mounted on my roof and is connected to an dual tuner HDhomerun (2nd gen), which is connected to a switch on my home network. So, this antenna signal is available to anyone on my network who is running the HDhomerun software. I put together a similar setup for my mother, except she has cable. So, I used an HDhomerun Prime with a Cablecard, which costs $1/mo to rent from the cable company. She is saving at least $100 a month just by using her own equipment instead of renting a cable box and DVR.

I altered the path that WMC saves recordings to via the registry editor initially so that I could share the directory on my network, as the default directory is unsharable due to WMC's attempts to enforce copyright protections. This is also necessary if you want to have PLEX pick up the shows you record because the default directory WMC uses is not selectable from within PLEX, and the file format WMC uses is itself unplayable by anything other than WMC.

After WMC records something I have a free program called MCEbuddy which is configured to automatically snag the recordings, identify and name them, strip the commercials, and convert them into .MKV. These video files are then automagically picked up by my PLEX server. After the transcoding, MCEbuddy deletes the original video file, which is great for saving space. Raw WMC recordings are fairly large. I really can't say enough about MCEbuddy, it is a great little program.

Hope you guys found that useful, good luck out there

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  • Jerry W.
  • 10/8/2014 7:53:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWinegard FreeVison Antenna

Pros: It is the only antenna I bought that will work ..All the other antennas would not work...It is afforable...They made antennas for 50 years...It is well engineered...You do not need distortion producing amplifiars..All the other antennas would not work correctly.You need to point it tn the right direction..

Cons: The instruction were wrong...I used strategy..It was easy to put together once I knew the instructions were wrong..I got it running..

Other Thoughts: I had lots of antennas...This is the only anternna that would work correctly...It doesnt need distortion producing amplifiars...This antenna works...You need to point it in the right direction which takes time..

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  • Will L.
  • 8/26/2014 8:49:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent antenna, great value

Pros: Excellent signal even indoors. Small profile disguises the unit well. Great value.

Cons: Doesn't come with any mounting gear. Coax cable feels cheap and is short.

Other Thoughts: Due to tree cover, my new house cannot hit DirecTV or Dish and I'm outside the service area for Comcast. After checking a lot of cord cutting groups, I was led to the Winegard FreeVision due to numerous suggestions. The suggestions said to stay away from the 'wave' type antennas. This one did not disappoint. The instructions mentioned roof/chimney mount as best and attic as second best, however many people suggested it would work from indoors. After checking TVFool to determine the best direction to aim the antenna, I literally just put it on the coffee table to see if I could get a signal in the house. TV scan resulted in 28 channel, so I mounted it behind my TV. It barely sticks up above the TV where I mounted it, so when sitting on the couch, you cannot even see it. After mounting it to the wall, I was able to get 32 channels. The lower channels (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, etc) come in great. The higher channels (generally past 20) start having some artifacting that might be resolved if it was roof mounted.

The mounting hardware that came with it consisted of a single U bracket that could be used to attach it to a pole, but that is about it. It did have 2 long screws that said their were suppose to go through the body, but they were too short to firmly affix it to anything. I ended up running to the hardware store and picking up some butterfly sheetrock screws with sufficient length to mount it to the wall. The coax cable was just long enough to reach from the antenna mounted on the wall behind the TV to the input on the TV. Any longer distance an you'll need a longer coax cable with a junction.

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