Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 8
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JerseyMike "TOP RATED" INDOOR HDTV ANTENNA, BUT HERE'S SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW!
This writer's review of the Winegard Flatwave FL5500A Indoor HDTV antenna will start off differently than other reviews as in the beginning I won't focus on the product, but rather, the "user" of this antenna. If you live in a home, you might want to use a Winegard "exterior/chimney mount" antenna for better results and point it in the proper direction of your broadcast towers. I live in a condominium and I don't have that option. Also, you may want to go on to websites like tvfool.com (and there are other websites!) and see where your broadcast towers are located to determine distance as well. Try to consider that things like buildings blocking reception and tall trees and, yes, even atmospheric conditions like wind and rain "can" effect this TV antenna's or other TV antennas' performance. The other product reviewers who indicate that a window mount is best are correct--when the antenna is mounted in the proper location. When I first did set up, I did try positioning this antenna in several locations on the best window exposure that I have available and I got fantastic results ("45" TV channels!), but when I lowered my 1" aluminum mini blinds most of the channels were lost.. It was because the aluminum blinds blocked the broadcast signal from reaching the antenna. I found out that by replacing the above 1" aluminum blinds with 1" VINYL BLINDS that came close to matching the aluminum ones in appearance that this did the trick. I got back ALL 45 TV channels--as if the blinds were in the full open position. Another tip a Winegard representative told me is "not" to incorporate a coaxial "extension" cable of more than 10 feet in length as this could also negatively effect the antenna's reception. In the 2+ years that I have been using this model, I've replaced them a few times as I will eventually get problems with no signal or pixelization and I believe that something happens to the antenna's amplifier over time. This is why I gave this great antenna a "4" star rating and not a "5" star rating. The user of this antenna will have better results over time (I believe) if their television has a USB port on their TV as connecting the antenna's amplifier to the TV's USB port will give the antenna's amplifier some "rest" when the TV is not in use. When the antenna's amplifier is plugged into a wall outlet (another option), it stays on all of the time. This antenna, they say, was modeled after military mud flap technology and it has a dark side and a white side so it can better blend in with your interior décor. When mounting this antenna with the included 3m Command Strips (X2), be careful not to cover the "wires" that are integrated into the antenna's body. You can best see them by holding the antenna up to the light.The antenna comes with two 3m Command Strips, but I use four 3m Command Strips for better stability. It's appropriate to mention that Winegard has great tech support. Please don't forget to do those TV channel scans which are recommended to be done every 30 days, but I don't conduct them nearly as often. Even the cable companies recognize that there are large numbers of people out there who want to cut-the-cable and save money, so why not give this option a try--if all you are able to do or want to do is utilize the best there is out there in an indoor HDTV antennas?
October 23, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Capydoo Not bad.
Does an OK job. You have to point the antenna toward the broadcast tower otherwise you don't pick up the station.
July 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jeff Very good product
It's very good product. I can see more than 70 channels.
August 9, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Fra Must use on window. excellent product!
Don't listen to the bad reviews. They don't know what they are doing! I have hung 3 antennas now and I do know what I'm talking about. I have 3 antennas by 3 different makers. They are pretty much all the same. But to get good reception it really should hang on a window, preferably facing the nearest tv station transmitter towers up to 50 miles away. We get All the channels south of us and repeat channels north of us in the next county! But you gotta play with moving it around to get the best reception AND you should rescan for channels once you find the best location. Hope this helps.
November 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DaveM Best price found
excellent price, Unit works well for my area. I opted for the amplified model after doing some research.
November 10, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by ms46 Would not pull in stations over 30 miles away
Was not much better than the rabbit ears that I compared it with and was about twice the cost. Needs to be hung on a wall so that limits which direction it can be pointed. Did not bring in stations from as few as 30 miles away even on the seocnd floor. Reception was good for closer stations.
October 13, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JohninNewYorkCity Save your money
Limited number of channels, weak signal strengths and poor reception in New York City.
September 22, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dogmeat USELESS
I can get three of ten channels in my area using this over priced useless wall hanger!.
August 25, 2015