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This review is from: RCA ANT3036W Outdoor Antenna
Pros: Pulls in all the local stations. Only slightly directional, but I could find a spot where it gets it all. nearly 5 foot mast included.
Cons: Some assembly required. Coax cable sold separately.
Other Thoughts: I first tried a very directional amplified antenna that was unsuited for my in-town location. So I got this to replace it, and wish I had gotten this one first. It's so huge that I had to handle with care to install, as power line proximity became an issue for this one where it didn't for smaller units due to sheer reach of elements sticking out. Plus side of this size is that I ran 50 feet of coax to a splitter and then two 20-foot+ cables to different rooms of the house, and once I had it bolted down in the right direction I still get every local signal with slightly less choppiness unamplified than my directional antenna had through a matching power box. And I can still add a mast-mounted pre-amp.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Picks up a lot of signals. Could extend reception range away from city stations. Puts indoor "rabbit ears" to shame.
Cons: No ground screw on antenna. Sits on end of pole with rigid plastic socket smaller than any standard antenna mast. (up to 1 1/8" O.D. vs. common mast size of 1 1/4" O.D.) I had to use a piece of 3/4 inch water pipe (1" O.D.) and rig a way to attach that to a mast. Fragile plastic pieces holding directional signal-focusing parts. Terrible rotation motor operation.
Other Thoughts: Might be good for rural use away from city where all stations are in same general direction, but for urban use with stations in different directions from site of use you need to use the rotation motor to re-point the thing at different stations. If you have two TVs in use as it's supposed to be designed to accommodate, this could lead to a conflict. When you do rotate it, you push the button and take your best guess, but the rotation is faster than it takes to see the results on a TV screen. To set up to best overall direction, I had to put the power box in the window and stand outside with its remote where I could watch the antenna turn, then compare remembered rotation points with their results on TV. I would recommend for use out in the country where you can point it at the city where all the stations you get from there are located and leave it there, then twist a ground wire around the big loops at the back in case of lightning.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GARMIN 5.0" GPS Navigation with Lifetime Map & Traffic Updates
Pros: Looks like a nice unit. ADVERTISES great function for the price.
Cons: Unlisted system requirements demanding cable or highest spreed DSL in order to obtain map updates advertised with product. So if you live in a rental in which you can't install the wiring for one of those and are using a legacy wimax modem, you don't get everything you paid for.
Other Thoughts: I'll reserve comment on the product until I can update the maps and actually use it, but don't see that happening anytime soon.READ FULL REVIEW