Originally Posted by seatacboy
Have any of you in the Seattle metro area used the Mohu Leaf indoor antenna?http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Thin-Lea...4697063&sr=8-1
With our hilly terrain, three VHF stations, and transmitters scattered in different directions, I wonder if the Mohu Leaf (which is claimed to deploy fairly innovative antenna design adapted from military applications) works decently in this area?
Are you still living east of the Airport near the Cambridge Apts?
(I have very fond memories of that place in my younger/crazy days!)
So, another new mousetrap. Like the idea of paper thin.
I get a giggle out of their reviews, "Crystal clear picture!".
Digital is crystal clear when reception works. There's no ghosting or snow like the old analog days.
If the design for this came from military applications, which is fine, I would be willing to bet that they're not telling you the other part of the story. The transmitting portion of that design (frequency, polarization, power, etc) is most likely different from what normal television here uses. This antenna might work wonders in a military function, but it comes down to simple physics here.
There are a variety of factors involved. The main thing is transmitters around here are using the FCC standards allowed. You need a certain amount signal to reach your antenna, in a "clean" fashion, for the tuner to lock on to. Unless the FCC comes up with some newer standard that compensates for all our terrain, what the stations are using now is it.
You need a fair amount of metal to pull the signal from the air.
Any antenna indoors is at a disadvantage.
If you use something less than a 1/4 wavelength, like any small version of an outdoor antenna, then it needs to make up for it with an amplifier, or be in a very strong reception area (Ballard, Capital Hill, Fremont, etc).
Then another problem comes into play, signals bouncing off everything inside.
As with any new style antenna, your mileage may vary. I've learned never to say never, but..... Having tried more than my fair share of antennas, in hundreds of installs, I admit to being skeptical.
If you try one, keep the receipt handy for return. If it does work wonders for you, let us know, along with the details of where you're located so we can figure out how it compares with others tried around there.
Last, to everyone, have a safe and Happy Holiday, and New Years, too!.