Last month, I tested a pile of wall-mounted indoor digital TV antenna
s to see if they really work as advertised. Two of them (Mohuís Leaf and the Walltenna) performed decently, while the amplified LeafPlus was a clear winner.
On the other hand, Winegardís FlatWave was a disappointment, as it didnít perform any better than a $4.00 Radio Shack bow tie antenna. That result led to a request from Winegard to return the review sample and see if it was defective.
It was, according to Winegardís National Sales Manager, Grant Whipple. The culprit was (according to their email) ďÖa screw that was stripping and then causing a loss of contact between our circuit board and the antenna element itself.Ē Apparently this was an early production run issue.
Fair enough. Grant soon had a replacement back to me. Meanwhile, Scott Kolbe, who handles PR
for Antennas Direct
, sensed an opportunity and sent me a sample of their Micron XG indoor amplified TV antenna to test drive. The Micron XG isnít a flexible, thin wall-mount design, but it is an indoor antenna and I decided to test it alongside the Winegard.