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August DTA207 Digital TV Extendable Antenna

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Summary of the test results
Stationary Number/Sum: 10/391
Max Number/Sum: 10/391
Rank: 11 out of 13 - with 1 having the best test results
This is a review of the August DTA207 Digital TV Extendable 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.

This would be a good antenna to consider if you're looking for one to use as a backup in case your cable TV is temporarily unavailable.
Good
  • Cheap
  • Has a magnetic base
  • Light and easy to move around
  • Collapsible for easy storing
Bad
  • The attached cable is only 5 feet long so you might need an extension cable and adapter
  • Surprisingly, it's a bit directional. Pointing it in different directions effects the signal more than I thought it would.
What's Included *
  • The antenna with attached 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
  • Standard coaxial cable - Ideal for use with all Digital ready devices
  • Compact and lightweight - Perfect for portable TV's and multimedia players
  • Magnetic base - Improve reception by harnessing large metal surfaces
  • 4.9ft cable and 6.5" - 22.5" Height - Easy and flexible positioning for best reception
  • Optimized for digital reception - Receive clear ATSC and DAB radio broadcasting
August DTA207 Digital TV Extendable Antenna
August Extendable collapsed
August DTA207 Digital TV Extendable Antenna - extended
Extended, demonstrating the magentic base

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.