The Topic: HD ANTENNAS from the connector to the metal in the sky! There are volumes written about HD Antennas and my comments are made with a rather 'broad brush'. It's easy to quibble and take potshots, but constructive comments and questions help so much more! The FIRST thing you should know is "proper Antenna selection" is critical! Although most stations have switched to "DIGITAL", not all stations MOVED to UHF frequencies! Los Angeles is a perfect example. At least 4 major stations REMAIN on VHF! Most newer 'HD ANTENNAS" are designed for UHF ~ and this is why almost all antenna 'elements' (rods) are quite 'short' in length. However VHF requires (almost demands) at lease some longer elements to help capture lower VHF (Lo-Band VHF) frequencies! The point is, KNOW what band(s) your LOCAL (and distant) stations are using! If all of your stations are on UHF you should do fine with a UHF only antenna. If not, buy the right antenna for the job! I've included a photo of the antenna I use below. Please note the longer 4 elements in back. Not bad for $14.99 and tax... free shipping too. The seller claims 180 mile range, but that depends on a LOT of things ~ I'm sure you know. The seller also says this antenna operates 360 degrees, but in reality this antenna IS VERY directional! Consider anything you receive from the sides or from behind ~ a gift. This antenna performs so well that I paused to buy two more! $32.83 with tax. It was mounted (outdoors) as close to my TiVo and TV as possible. I cut a 10' length of "EMT" electrical conduit to 5' for a mast. No need to buy a official/expensive "TV mast". I used QUALITY RG6u coax cut to length with just a few feet of coax to spare... as in no extra spool of coax to add additional coax line loss. Because this antenna has so much gain I didn't hesitate to add a 2-way splitter. Please know that splitter sends 50% of my available SIGNAL in two directions! So if a station is received at +20 dBm... +10 dBm goes to the TiVo and +10 to the TV antenna input. Also the general rule is that the higher the frequencies the higher your signal loss through your coax and splitters. Next: Help your Antenna last a decade! (if Mother Nature allows).