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Summary of the test results
Stationary Number/Sum: 11/473
Max Number/Sum: 11/473
Rank: 7 out of 13 - with 1 having the best test results
This is a review of the Diamond Image TV Fractal 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 you're looking for an inconspicuous antenna to mount outside, this would be an option to consider. If you look at the picture of my roof, you see I installed mine to look like it's part of one of the PVC pipes coming out of the roof but the test results are from inside my attic where all the other antennas were tested.
Good
  • Nondirectional
  • Light
  • Small
  • Not effected by the wind as much as a large antenna
  • Easy mounting
  • No power required
  • It has a cool name (OK, I was just checking to see if you're still reading)
Bad
  • The recessed cable connector because it's tough to hook up. By looking at the new picture it looks like this might have been fixed.
What's Included *
  • The antenna
* 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
  • Receive FREE HD channels including ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and FOX + more
  • Super Thin design allows you to place it almost anywhere and no power required
  • Its light, durable and low profile. Plus its paintable to match any home decor
  • Made in the U.S.A and backed with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee
  • Quality of reception may vary by channel depending on distance from broadcast tower, terrain, and other factors
Other Notes
The test results were recorded when the antenna was installed inside my attic and not when it was installed outside. It gets a little better reception when it's installed on my roof but I wanted to be able to compare it to the other antennas on an apples to apples basis.
Diamond Image TV Fractal Antenna
Diamond Image Fractal
Diamond Image TV Fractal Antenna - roof
Quick and dirty roof installation

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.