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AmazonBasics Ultra Thin 50 Mile Range Antenna

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Summary of the test results
Stationary Number/Sum: 14/851
Max Number/Sum: 15/910
Rank: 2 out of 13 - with 1 having the best test results
This is a review of the AmazonBasics Ultra Thin 50 Mile Range Antenna. If you didn't already see the TV antenna side by side comparison page, I recommend you look at that page also. There you can compare the results of this antenna with many other antennas in all shapes and sizes.

It looks like this version is discontinuted but there's a newer model available.

This is an indoor only antenna and it requires power. The power connection is hardwired into the cable so you will need a wall outlet closeby and it doesn't work well if it isn't plugged in. If you plan on putting this more that 15 feet or so from your TV, you will need a cable extension adapter and another coax cable. The description says it's good for 50 miles. In my neighborhood it occasionally gets a station that's 56 miles away but that's not a sure thing.
Good
  • Light
  • Easy to hang - I used thumbtacks on the edges so I could easily move it around if I wanted
  • One side is white and the other is black so it blends into more surroundings
  • The amp is powered using a USB cord. This means it can be powered using a USB connector on the TV if one is available or by the included power adapter.
Bad
  • The antenna, coax cable and amp are all hard wired together which means power for the amp is not optional
What's Included *
  • The antenna, amplifier and coax cable (all one unit)
  • USB cord to power the amplifier
  • AC power connector for the USB cable
* This is what was included when I got mine, I make no claims what will be included in the future

Some descriptive notes from Amazon
  • 50-Mile range to access from broadcast tower; receives free HD channels including ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and Fox
  • Reversible with black or white sides to match your home's decoration; antenna can be painted over to achieve a more personal touch
  • Supports 1080p HD and comes with an 18 foot coaxial cable for greater flexibility
  • Made in the U.S.A. and backed by an AmazonBasics 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Disclaimer: Channel reception will vary depending on what's being broadcast in your area, how far away you are from broadcast towers, and your surroundings (i.e. obstructions between you and the towers). see details in manufacturer description
  • Quality of reception may vary by channel depending on distance from broadcast tower, terrain, and other factors
Other Notes
The length of the attached cable is approximately 15 feet from the antenna to the power connector box and 2.5 feet from the power connector box to the end. The USB power cord to the power connector box is a little less than 3 feet. If you are planning on putting this further away from your TV than that, you'll need to get another cable and adapter.
AmazonBasics Ultra Thin 50 Mile Range Antenna
Black side
AmazonBasics Ultra Thin 50 Mile Range Antenna - white side
White side

About these results

1) Test method
Each antenna was tested in the same location and the results were recorded using a Winegard signal strength meter.

2) Frequencies tested
I am only able to test the frequencies in my area.

3) What the numbers mean
Stationary Number
The antenna was not rotated while the frequencies were tested. If a tested frequency showed a reading, it increased this number by 1.

Stationary Sum
The antenna was not rotated while the frequencies were tested. I added all the signal strengths together. A higher number means stronger signals are delivered to your TV.

Max Number
The antenna was rotated for each frequency to get the maximum possible signal. If a tested frequency showed a reading, it increased this number by 1.

Max Sum
The antenna was rotated for each frequency to get the maximum possible signal. I added all the signal strengths together. A higher number means stronger signals are delivered to your TV.

4) Directional/Non-directional
If the antenna is a non-directional type, only one test was needed because rotating the antenna wouldn't change the readings. This means the stationary and max numbers are the same.

5) Test timing
Because real world conditions change, if I tested an antenna again I'm sure the numbers would be slightly different. I'm also quite confident the different readings wouldn't be enough to significantly change the overall results.

If you have any question about how the tests were done feel free to contact me.