DON’T BE FOOLED: Antenna scams are everywhere

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How can you tell if a scammer is trying to sell you an antenna that won’t work?

Well, start with the web site of the company that’s selling it. Good antenna designs don’t come from nowhere, and a discount-store look to the company web site tells you that they’re picking up something from an overseas manufacturer without doing any testing.

Does the site have any sort of tech support number? Do they have support forums? Antennas are just as much of an art as a science so a good tech support department is critical to deciding which antenna to buy, and from where.

Then, take a look at the company’s claims. Do they promise 100-mile range? That’s just not possible without a massive array. Do they claim massive gain from an antenna that doesn’t need to be plugged in? Just isn’t going to happen. Do they claim to be using miracle materials? Most antennas are made of aluminum because it doesn’t oxidize and it’s almost as good as gold when it comes to conducting electricity.

With an antenna, just like anything else, choose a quality product from a name you trust. Who wants to go back up on the roof in a month to try to fix problems that shouldn’t have happened in the first place? That’s why we recommend Televes antennas, available exclusively at Solid Signal. They’re built out of laminated aluminum and have advanced features that work, as opposed to the miracle claims of some of the other companies. Best of all, they’re backed by Solid Signal’s tech support, which you can find here by leaving a comment or forum post, by calling 877.312.4547, or by live-chatting during business hours. We stand by our products and we’re here to help you make them work. Let’s hear the infomercial guys say that.

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 7,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.