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Summary of the test results
Stationary Number/Sum: 12/822
Max Number/Sum: 19/1160
Rank: 6 out of 13 - with 1 having the best test results
This is a review of the Best Choice Products HDTV Rotor 150 Mile 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.

If the broadcast towers in your area are all or mostly in one direction, you might want to consider this antenna. As I'm writing this comment, this antenna has the highest "Max Number/Sum" of all the antennas I tested.
Good
  • Excellent reception.
  • This is a directional antenna but it does a good job picking up channels to the side and rear also. No matter which direction it points, I usually pick up stations if they're within about 20 miles or so. It also usually picks up a station (transmitting 1 million watts) that's to the rear of the antenna that's 56 miles away.
  • You can rotate the antenna using the base unit or the remote control. The rotate feature is also in the "Bad" section below.
  • The power for the rotation uses the existing cable line so you don't need to run a power cable to the antenna.
  • The rotate function automatically reverses direction so the cable can't get twisted.
Bad
  • Unless you're looking at the antenna, you can't tell which direction it's pointed.
  • You can't tell which way it's going to rotate when you press the rotate button. Also when using the motor to rotate the antenna it's difficult to stop exactly where you want to. It's better if you mount it in an accessible location where you can rotate it by hand.
  • It requires power but it's good that the power connection is by the base unit (which is by the TV) and not by the antenna.
What's Included *
  • The unassembled antenna
  • Control box
  • Control box power adapter
  • Remote control (for rotating the antenna)
  • 2 Coax cables
* 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
  • Weather-resistant TV Antenna features a 36dB gain and 150 mile range
  • Designed to receive Digital TV UHF/VHF/FM signals while providing high quality HDTV picture
  • Motor turns the antenna 360 degrees both directions to avoid tangles
  • Built with low-noise and high gain amplifier
  • Includes wireless remote controller and control box with dual TV outputs
Other Notes
  • You can rotate it using a remote control or by using a button on the base unit.
  • The power for the rotation uses the existing cable line so you don't need to run a power cable.
  • The rotate function automatically reverses direction so the cable can't get twisted.
  • You can't tell which direction the antenna is pointed and you can't tell which way it's going to rotate when you press one of the rotate buttons.
  • I suspect the top flap would blow down easily if this was installed outside and the wind was from the back.
  • The size of the antenna means it isn't suitable for a living room installation.
  • The included assembly instructions are only good for a laugh. Watch the video on the Amazon webpage instead.
Best Choice Products HDTV Rotor 150 Mile Antenna
Installed in my attic

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.