- Manufacturer- King Connect
- Model #- OmniGo OA1501
- Description- Portable Omnidirectional HDTV Over-the-Air Antenna- Black
- Price- $93.37 on Amazon.com
- How acquired- Purchased
- Rating- 5 out of 5 stars
I have a factory-installed HDTV antenna but have not always had good results, which is why we were looking for an alternative. Wheat Ridge, Colorado, where we are currently staying, is in the Denver metropolitan area, so there are several channels available. However, our digital reception has been sketchy on many of those channels.
For the pre-install test, we set the TV to do a fresh scan of channels and stepped through them. We counted 25 digital channels that had been detected and that had reasonable reception. There were 8 channels detected that either had no picture or had poor reception.
We plugged in the power on the OmniGo and rescanned for channels. There was a remarkable difference: 74 digital channels detected that had decent (or excellent) reception and 3 channels detected that had no picture. In addition, most of these channels were crystal clear, rather than the sometimes pixelated screens on the unboosted roof-mounted antenna.
The kit included a very convenient carrying case, which will allow for easy storage, and both a tripod and magnetic mount for a vehicle top or hood. You could install this on an RV rooftop, but hardware to do that was not included. I plan to use the tripod, but one improvement I would suggest to King would be a way to anchor or stake the tripod to the ground or the rig itself. Both the antenna and the tripod are extremely light and I could foresee some issues with wind, etc.
I don't give 5-stars easily, but this product is well worth its reasonable price, under $100. No antenna or booster can create a signal where there is none, but it has been frustrating to have 2 or 3 channels when the RV next to me has 24. That is now in the past.