Antop seems to have an interesting home page (have to go there to see it) - a cool dude with two chicks. Or is that a family - father, mother, daughter? Nice ambiguity - family or the cool metrosexuals.
The Tablo page is soooo square - just boxes.
Hey what if they came up with an antenna in the shape of a guitar? The Elvis Antenna!
I got the Antop AT-400BV. With my limited technical knowledge, I purchased it because of it’s aesthetic and looks. Turned out to be one of the best ill-informed decisions I’ve made. I had originally intended to use it inside, so I wanted something that would look nice (It comes with a pedestal stand).
I didn’t ask the HOA for permission, I informed them after having hoisted it up. They were probably expecting something completely different, but interposed no objection after seeing it. I had no idea how good this antenna was, the results have been sterling!
ALSO … I never pay much attention to the stated range & specs on antennas, as I feel they are all exaggerated claims. This one made a believer out of me, I’m pulling in over 50 stations with clarity!
I didn’t insert them before going up on the roof. I was pulling in all stations possible without them, so felt I’d be going past the point of diminishing returns with them. I’ve gone through summer and winter seasons (now starting spring) without any difference in stations received (nor in quality of signal). You’re right about the target practice thing, that thought had occurred to me.
Oh no, it’s not my page or design. I was following the guy shown in the vid since I was researching fractal antennas. I’m more the Brad Pitt type…
But it is tedious to make one - all the bends to get the fractal pattern in place. After my sister laminated it with gold spray (gold is a great conductor), she put a crystal in the middle. And was going to decorate it with little sparkling beads…
I don’t think she had conductance in mind. Supposedly this spray had particles of gold inside - but who knows. She got that nice golden sheen with a sparkling crystal in the center. She calls it her Pinterest antenna because the gals on Pinterest would love it.
Now she wants a few more so she can decorate them for specific holidays. Like a green one for St. Paddy’s Day. Red, white and blue for July 4th. I said NO my hands hurt from making just one with pliers.
The AT-400BV has a VHF Dipole Pair that screw into the sides of the AT-400.
Works great in Indianapolis, where at least 2 of the major network stations (CBS and NBC) broadcast on VHF-Hi band.
Interestingly, the stated Freq. range of the 400BV starts at 47 MHz. This tells me that it should work great for FM broadcasts, too (assuming the amplifier doesn’t have an “FM Trap” in it).
I just got mine a week or so ago, and have just been testing it out at ground-level sitting on a desktop. I intend to put it up in my attic (2nd story), but even sitting on the desktop, facing directly into my house wall (with plaster an lath, no less!), and “looking” THROUGH the house next door (which is less than 10 ft from the side of my house. City lot!), I STILL get every channel that tvfool.com says is even CLOSE to being reasonably “reachable”. So I can’t wait to see what happens when I elevate it up another 20 ft…
That’s their new distribution amp - Smartboost. The preamp (Smartpass) is 16 db (just a little higher than the distribution one). Their new AT-800SBS antenna uses the Smartboost instead of the Smartpass (used by the 400 series antennas) for two connections at the antenna itself.
My preference would be the 400 series with Smartpass and put in a distribution amp later down the line. Rather than have two connections coming down from the antenna - I’d prefer just one cable.
That’s exactly what I have decided to do (get a downstream multi-output distro-amp). I figure if I have any overload problems (not likely), I can just get a few assorted Coax Attenuators and experiment until I like the overall gain-structure.
I started adding up outputs, and decided I’d better go with an 8-port unit (haven’t quite decided which one yet, though. Suggestions?). That way, I can bring the OTA signal in direct to each TV (as well as to the Tablo Quad), for greater flexibility, and still have enough outputs left over to bring FM to my AV Receiver, too, without having to mess around with lossy passive splitters.