If you need a directional antenna to pick up sufficent DTV signal, then you do NOT want this converter box. If you scan channels with one antenna position it picks up those channels, BUT if you relocate to a new antenna positon and rescan, then it deletes all of your old channels and scans in the new ones. If you type in the real RF frequency of a channel in a new antenna location, the box will find the new DTV channel number, BUT it will NOT allow you to add the new channel to your intitally scanned channels. IE you can NOT ADD Channels to your 1st Auto channel scan.
Tech support suggested a SMART Antenna as the solution, but the specs on these antennas signal gain, seem to be for those few folk who live in the shadow of the TV transmitter towers, not the real users of converter boxes (those of us who live beyond where the TV cable company's lines end). Also the EPG program guide text on this unit is so small you almost have to be setting on top of the TV to read it (NO adjustment that I can find). Also the actual auto scan time for this unit is 2-3 times longer than other units I have tried, ie (I suspect it is trying to adjust for a smart antenna even though the unit knows that it doesn't have one attached to it).
I trully wanted to like this unit because with the extra buttons on it, you CAN actually use this box without the remote, (I am a strong beliver that ALL devices should be like this). The actual reception of the box is also pretty good. But HOW can a vendor actually sell a product which will not allow you to set up to veiw ALL the stations in a viewers reception area??? I thought that what the boxes were being sold for.