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Summary of the test results
Stationary Number/Sum: 8/288
Max Number/Sum: 9/317
Rank: 13 out of 13 - with 1 having the best test results
This is a review of the TV Free Way Digital HD TV 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.

The pictures on the package for this antenna show it being attached directly to the back of the TV. When I tried it like that it didn't get any reception at all. I then tried it using the included small cable and I got a few channels. For me it didn't really become usable until I put it in my normal testing spot. If you decide to try this antenna you might have different results but I thought that was important to point out.
Good
  • The antenna opens up to help with the reception
  • The stand is surprisingly sturdy and actually usable
  • Small
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
Bad
  • The package shows it hooked directly to the TV, but for me it didn't become at all usable until I moved it far away from the tv
  • Even after moving the antenna to a better location, it still didn't perform very good
What's Included *
  • The antenna
  • Antenna stand
  • Short coax cable
  • Cable extension adapter
* 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
  • Free HD TV without the bulky TV antenna - it's possible with TV Free-Way
  • Watch news, sports and all your favorite channels for free with a compact HD TV antenna
  • Discrete portable digital antenna lets you plug in and save big on outrageous cable bills
  • No contracts, no hidden fees, just all the crystal-clear viewing of your favorite shows with a small high definition antenna
  • TV Free-Way gives you Clear TV with HD quality through a simple HD antenna. Get one for every TV in your home.
TV Free Way Digital HD TV Antenna
TV Free Way Digital
HD TV Antenna

TV Free Way Digital HD TV Antenna - instructions showing expanded antenna
It's interesting the instructions show the
antenna extended in one of the pictures but
none of the the pictures on the package do

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.