Comments about Winegard Winegard Fv-hd30 Freevision Hdtv Antenna:
I was attracted to this model because it looked nicely designed, could be mounted in several ways, and could be painted to make it almost disappear from view.
I'm quite surprised my television picks up 22 stations out of 25 potentially available, just by using this little antenna. Signal strength (scale 1 to 5) for most of these stations reads about a 3 (at an average distance of 23 miles from transmitters). I presently have the antenna indoors mounted on a lamp stand base (and can turn it towards Boston, Providence, or Worcester).
I'm not sure the antenna will fare well outdoors should it get iced up by the nasty winter weather here: the UHF elements (X shape) connect to the VHF elements (bow-tie shape) by just two screws which pinch all the active elements together at a small floating plastic block (there is no central non-conductive pylon to reinforce this block). I foresee that floating block as a potential failure point. Also, the flimsy fork tangs of the the wires-to-coax converter could easily rust then break from wind flexing affects at that same floating block. I do, however, like how the converter press-fits into the plastic backbone (the reflector elements are fit to this backbone). Backbone can be fastened to wall, or clamped to pipe. I would suggest engineers make a "tabletop" base for use indoors, and reinforce the the pinch point block for longevity outdoors.