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Old 01-07-2012, 02:58 PM   #1  
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Default Anyone have a Mohu Leaf Antenna?

My outdoor antenna fell and went boom. I'm using rabbit ears, with some success (patching them into my HD Homerun). CBS, NBC and Fox are good, while the rest are marginal to bad. If I move the antenna around, ABC improves, and the rest go to hell.

I've seen the Mohu Leaf and the Mohu Leaf Plus on Amazon. I initially dismissed them when I saw a video on YouTube, but the reviews are mostly positive (they tend to be along the lines of "I have more channels now!"), but I'm more interested in specifics; how many points did your signal strength go up (or down), how stable are the signals - are there fluctuations when you're in the room, etc. Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-08-2012, 06:45 AM   #2  
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I've always felt that those trendy indoor antennas were marginal performers at best, even w/in just a few miles.
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I know that replacing the outdoor antenna is the best way to go, but it's not going to happen for a number of reasons. The cheap indoor antenna is working fairly well, with the exception of ABC, WB and PBS - which are the VHF signals in the area. The Leaf, from what I've read, doesn't help receive VHF signals much . I think I'll take a chance and buy the not-yet-released Leaf Plus and see how it does. Hopefully I'll get more stable signals, with less rabbit-ear ugliness.
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If that's your only option, might as well.

Let us know how that works.
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Thanks for the info, btw. I'll post in about two weeks
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:11 PM   #6  
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I just put up the Mohu. I know antennae are like Real Estate, location, location, location!
I have a new Dish Hopper/Joey system, which I enjoy and get locals on Dish. These new DVRs do not have OTA tuning. Dish may add that at some point. There are only 1 or 2 programs I like to watch that are not mainstream.

In any case, success at an East orientation was just OK. About 16 channels of which 7 were watchable over any length of time.
I relocated the antenna to my northern window and it banged home 37 channels. At least half are totally watchable, and all the ones I watch which include 6 major networks (ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, PBS & NBC) are pristine!
This is the best performing indoor antenna I've found. And I have had many over many years. (but in all fairness not always in this location).
Mohu offers an amplified version, which I definitely don't need, and previous experience says any improvement will be marginal, but then I never expected this kind of improvement of a non-amp indoor antenna.
It is very thin, and light, you can stick it up most anywhere. It is black on side and white on the other. I just have it taped inside a window. They provide a couple of self-sticking velcro pads for a more permanent mount.
It is about 10" square and comes with a robust 6' white coax attached. Naturally higher is better, and you may want to extend the length. I use a very thin micro-RF cable with screw-on F connectors.
I can't say enough good things about it. It is unobtrusive, reasonably priced, and well made. It looks like 2 bow-tie elements are scribed on a flexible substrate. I can just barely make out an outline. Designed for UHF, it will pick up VHF reasonably well if the signal has reasonable signal strength.
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Unless you live in a very bad area, where OTA reception is marginalized. There probably will not be anything that will help outside of a very tall outdoor antenna.
The Mohu is only designed for indoor use.
I used a small element outside antenna for almost 3 years. I hung it from the eaves just over my front porch, and barely noticeable.
The Mohu beats that antenna, with one hand behind it's back.
I don't know what else to say, it could prove very helpful in a strong to medium signal area. Give it a try if you don't think you are a candidate for an outside antenna. I am sure I will get flack from some antenna gurus, and that's fine. I have my own history of building and putting up all kinds of radio & TV antennae, some better than others. All I know is even a moderately priced outside antenna would be a waste of time & money for my use. YMMV

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