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Mohu, WallTenna testing update: flat-panel antennas don't fare as well further out.
After I reviewed the Mohu Leaf and the WallTenna (http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/two-flat-stick-on-antennas-free-tv-130130.htm), I loaned those thin, tape-to-the-wall TV antennas to a longtime reader with trickier reception.
Where our house sits some 4.5 miles from the major transmitter towers, he lives in a ground-floor apartment seven miles out, next to the West Falls Church Metro stop.
He reported that both did about as well--that is, not very good. While WRC (NBC), WTTG (Fox) and WUSA (CBS) were fine, WJLA (ABC) only barely came in with the antennas on a south-facing window (where the mostly-transparent WallTenna would look better than the smaller but opaque Mohu) and not anywhere else.
PBS's WETA was just as hard to tune, and its Maryland counterpart MPT didn't work anywhere (even though its signal is stronger at my home). Plugging the Mohu's optional powered amplifier into each antenna helped a bit but still didn't yield a full set of network affiliates.