Originally Posted by Kelson
All these indoor antennas are situational -- meaning that no matter how good the advertising literature makes it sound or how wonderful another poster says it is in his setup, you have to buy one and try it to find out if it will work for you where you want to put it. There are just too many varied factors with indoor antenna reception to make any blanket statements or recommendations.
I've searched all of AVS and have found no post that says the CM FLATenna is good in any setup. mojo_13
in the local HDTV reception thread for Des Moines, IA, is the only post I found outside this thread, and he is having troubles with the CM FLATenna. I'm much less likely to take CM up on their offer after reading these posts. Thanks.
Originally Posted by Aleron Ives
Rabbit ears work fairly well, especially if you're close to the transmitter. I've found a home-built antenna to be far more effective (and far cheaper) than any store bought antenna, now that it's no longer necessary to worry about the low VHF channels in most markets (RF 2-6) which used to require antenna elements in excess of 3' in length.
I've seen online plans for home-built antennas, But I'm not going to take on that project with my physical limitations. And, yes, I seem to be close (14 miles) to the transmitter I use most often. Thanks for giving me the benefit of your experience.
Originally Posted by pachinko
A friend bought one. It arrived damaged, in a lightweight bubble envelope, and CM refused to replace it, saying the damage would not affect the performance. The damage consisted of multiple creases where it look like, in shipment, that it was repeatedly crushed with something like the sharp edge of a can of pees.
He is located about 25 miles from the transmission towers, all of which are grouped within a few degrees of each other, and the FLATenna barely received any signals, and what it did was for only a couple of seconds. The terrain between his house and the transmission towers is flat and low in elevation, with few trees, and much of it over marsh and open water, so there is very little to interfere with the signals.
His one VHF channel, which is his strongest channel with almost no trouble, would not come in at all. An amplifier helped very little on some of the UHF channels, but not at all for the VHF channel.
He too was under the impression that it was multi-directional, but he says the only way it picked up a signal was when the face of the antenna was 90 degrees to the line of sight of the transmission towers, and that was very delicate.
The real telling thing is that an antique Rabbit Ear antenna works very well for him, but he thought the CM antenna would be more appealing. Even if the antenna worked perfectly, the damage robs it of it’s sexiness.
His recommendation is to not waste your money, especially since CM did not support the product that they packed quite poorly.
All that is pretty damning for the CM FLATenna. Thanks.