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Summary of the test results
Stationary Number/Sum: 10/408
Max Number/Sum: 10/408
Rank: 10 out of 13 - with 1 having the best test results
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FM Dipole

FM Dipole

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RCA Transformer

RCA Transformer
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Parts Express Transformer

Part Express Transformer

FM Dipole And Transformer reception map
Reception Map
This is a review of the FM Dipole And Transformer. 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 is actually for a FM radio so it doesn't work the greatest when it's used as a TV antenna. I wanted to include it here for reference and to show that it could be used if your stations are near. I tried two different matching transformers and they performed the same.
Good
  • It's cheap
  • You might already have something like this laying around that you can use
  • You can move the wires around in a lot of different ways
Bad
  • The reception isn't very good
  • It's not very attractive
FM Dipole
FM Dipole
RCA Transformer
RCA Transformer
Parts Express Transformer
Parts Express Transformer

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.