Winegard FlatWave Amped Antenna Review

This is a personal review of the Winegard FlatWave Amped
Our Rating: (4.8/5)
 Pros:Great reception, Great Support
 Cons:Slightly larger than others; Tape needed to hang
Review Date:December, 2016
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The Winegard FlatWave Amped Indoor TV antenna is very similar in style and shape to other "leaf"-style antennas. It is double-sided, meaning that you can use the black side when hung on a dark or shadowed wall or the white side for use on light-colored walls.

The power adapter that comes with this antenna is quality made and is the typical USB powered kind. This antenna is amplified, which means it needs the power in order to help strengthen the signals as they come in.

Installation

Well, simple as always.

Simply plug the Winegard FlatWave Amped Indoor TV antenna into your TV and start the channel scan. As you can see on the top photo here, Winegard attempts to give you quick channel-scan instructions that should work on most TVs. Their bright orange sticker could be a huge help to those that are not as technically inclined as I am.

I want to also note here that there is a clear difference between "quality" and "cheap" coaxial cables (the cable that goes from the antenna to your TV). The quality cables feel better, connect better and in my honest opinion, simply work better. Winegard provides a very good quality coaxial cable with this antenna, and it is greatly appreciated.

In terms of hanging the antenna on my wall - it was a little bit of a pain to do. The Mohu has holes and thumbtacks I could use to quickly attach it. Winegard provides double-sided tape (quality tape, at least), which is cumbersome to use when I am simply testing. This may or may not be an issue for you, but it was a slight inconvenience for me.

Performance

This antenna performed just as well as the Mohu Leaf 50, which is the HDTV Antenna I compare all other antennas to. Even my problem channel - ABC - came in just fine after adjusting the antenna's location slightly. When scanning for channels on my TV, I was able to pick up the same exact amount of OTA channels as I was on the other premium OTA antennas I've tested.

Bonus: FL5000 Version (35-mile)

Winegard also sent me their FL5000 non-amplified antenna model to test out as well. This 35-mile antenna did surprisingly well at my approximate 45-mile distance from broadcast towers. This antenna should not have worked so well outside of it's range.

I did have some Channel 4 (my local ABC affiliate) trouble, but I've had the same trouble with some of the other lower-quality amplified antennas I've tested. Overall, this antenna would likely do very well for anyone within the 35-mile range. You can test your range here.

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