Review of PI Manufacturing Digital Indoor, Outdoor ATSC Antenna

One of the great things about society is free stuff, all of the free stuff that’s out there for anyone to have anytime they want. One of the great free things is TV, it’s just out there for anyone to grab right out of the air. For many years that’s what I did, my kids were young and they didn’t care too much about TV, but as they got older they needed more, and honestly I missed it. I tried a few different antennas with mixed results. Today for review I’ve got an over the antenna that can be used indoors and outdoors, it’s small and from what I’ve learned it works well.


The box has pictures and information on it as one might expect, it looks nice.

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When you open the box you’ll find quite a few things. Inside is the antenna, mounting kit, bracket, user manual, stand, coaxial cable and power cable.

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The antenna doesn’t look like any antenna I’ve ever seen, or at least not in the traditional sense that one thinks of an antenna. It’s very lightweight and it’s white plastic basically. The antenna can be used indoors and outdoors.

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On the back is a thumbscrew used for the small stand, and then there’s a hole for the mounting bracket. On the bottoms is the coaxial connection.

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Here’s the antenna with the little stand attached, it’s just a piece of metal basically.

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Specifications:

Digital Indoor, Outdoor ATSC Antenna VHF 47-230MHz UHF 470-890 MHz

Part #: ANT-ATSC-900

Digital Indoor, Outdoor ATSC Antenna
The digital outdoor antenna has a sleek, slim profile design. The antenna is water resistant and is perfect for outdoor installations. Easy installation with anti-UV coated housing. Antenna has a multi-direction wall mount kit that is designed for users to adjust the direction for optimal reception.

Features:
* Anti-UV and Water-proof housing
* UHF and VHF reception
* Built-in FM trap filter
* 2 Powering methods
* Low noise amplifier technology
* Pole Fixing Kits
* Indoor and Outdoor use
* Supports Coaxial Cable Powering
* Applications: DVB-T Reception, ATSC Reception, ISDB-T Reception, DMB-T Reception
* DBM-T, ISDB-T, ATSC, HDTV, DVB-T Compatible

Technical Details:
VHF Frequency: 47-83, 113-230 MHz
VHF Low & Hi Isolation: 20 min. dB
UHF Frequency: 470-890 MHz
VHF Gain: 17 min. dB
UHF Gain 470-700MHz: 17 min. dB
UHF Gain 700-890MHz: 15 min. dB
Return Loss: 6 dB
Noise Figure: 4 dB
RF Output Impedance: 75 ?
Power Requirement: DC +5V/40mA

Accessories
Adapter: AC120V/DC9V/100mA
RF Cable: F male to F male 3M x 1
Power Inserter: Frequency: 47-890 MHz, Insertion Loss: <2 dB, DC: Input 9-12V: Output 5V(Antenna)

Price: $19.00


Before I got FIOS TV I used an antenna to get over the digital TV, it worked fine for me for the most part. I got several channels, the local ones and others, enough for me as I really don’t watch much TV. We broke down though and got FIOS TV as it was a good deal and it’s a lot of channels and of course the kids like it and enjoy it.

The Antenna I was using was a very large Phillips indoor powered one, and for the most part it worked fine. Here’s the PI Indoor/Outdoor Antenna and the Philips compared and as you can see there’s a huge difference between them. The Philips also is only an indoor antenna.

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Installing and using it indoors is simple, just plug the cables in and you’re set. Once you’ve got it hooked up you’ll need to let you TV scan for channels. I did that and got the same amount of channels with the PI antenna as I did with the Phillips, so no better or no worse there. The channels came in nice and clear and I didn’t have to fiddle with the telescopic antennas like I did with the Phillips. The channels actually seemed clearer or at least without as much skipping like with the Phillips. The PI Antenna seems much better performance wise than the Phillips does.

I didn’t have a pole to mount the antenna to outside, or enough coax cable actually, but I would think it would perform well considering how it performs indoors.

The price is $19 on the PI Manufacturing site which I think is inexpensive for what it can offer, free over the air channels.


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Conclusion:
So if you’re one of those people out there that don’t have cable for whatever reason then you’ll need something like the PI Digital Indoor, Outdoor Antenna and for under $20 you really can’t go wrong I think.

It works well for its small size, I’m impressed that it works just as well, if not better, than the much larger antenna I was using before.

The ability to be used both indoors and out is of course a bonus, but you’ll most likely need to buy more cable for an outdoor installation.

10

Pros:
+Small and compact
+Includes all hardware for mounting
+Lightweight and seems well made
+Inexpensive
+Easy installation

Cons:
-None really

Grades:  
Overall score-10-10
Design score-10-10
Performance score-10-10

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