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Recently I "acquired" a ClearVue device (pictures are mine) which claims to use the AC mains wiring of a house as an antenna to increase reception. What a bunch of malarkey.
Oh, I am not saying it doesn't "amplify" the signal using power from the socket is gets plugged into, but that it is ONLY a signal filter.
People I have seen that had one of these, bought it with the dreams of using the AC lines in their houses as an additional antenna, AND because it had, what appears to the untrained eye, a dish antenna on the front of it (it is just a piece of plastic adding no true value to the functionality of the device).

Some people in marketing make me furious with how they attempt to dupe the public. *sigh*

A forum was set up for people that had bought this device new, and some of the responses are scathing....

I order the clearvue super booster indor tv antenna, in April 2002. They cashed my check of course but Never sent the product. I called the companyand the office is closed.

go HERE for more responses.....

The unit, I just noticed, has 2 black wires in it. The oddest thing I have every seen, really. One is hooked to a 5.7 meg resistor, the other end is soldered to the "cable" output. The second black wire is soldered to the AC / CAB switch (CAB side), which then runs to the 2 white wires coming in from the Mains plug - BUT it is not attached to them, but rather coils around them for about 2-3 inches. This wire terminates into the AIR. No connection whatsoever on that ends.

And, coming soon to a thread near you, will be the second "antenna booster box" I got in this box lot - dissected.


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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2008-08-23

Speaking of odd things people buy, have a look at what I recently bought:

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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)Goodhart2008-08-23

Yep, floating in a jar of preservatives. I bought it at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. I'm planning to replace the cheap foam base with a nice wooden one, given I can remove the base without spilling the contents. :P

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Turn it upside down, just in case it isn't sealed. But I bet it is.

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Sunbanks (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-08-23

I want to go to that store sometime! Sometime when we're in Seattle I will...

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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)Goodhart2008-08-24

Cool! Ye Old Curiosity Shop is my absolute favorite store. So many neat things to look at.

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Sunbanks (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-08-24

Last night I had a dream I asked my dad if we could go there and he said yeah because he had tickets to a baseball game. I hate when I have dreams about something awesome that I really want or want to go do.

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Goodhart (author)Sunbanks2008-08-26

Yes, I know exactly what you mean *sigh*

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Goodhart (author)Sunbanks2008-08-24

Well, I thought the links would be the next best thing :-)

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Sunbanks (author)Goodhart2008-08-24

Yeah :) I've never seen the second link before now, it's really interesting. Like the Lizzie Borden bed and breakfast.

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Plasmana (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-08-25

A shark in a bottle!?!?! That is really weird...

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Goodhart (author)Plasmana2008-08-25

you have heard of a bottle neck, and a bottle nosed dolphin.....now we bring you bottled shark.

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Goodhart (author)Plasmana2008-08-26

It was at one time I suppose, but I believe his shark is in preservatives in the bottle :-)

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gmoon (author)2008-08-24

Weird...as a kid, I had a electronics kit that claimed the same thing. It was an antenna with a single prong that plugged into the wall. The only component was a small capacitor that blocked the low freq wall AC, and allowed higher frequencies to pass. Today we'd call that a "death cap." I've included a couple scans. (the claim "utilizing the miles of wire installed by the electric company as your antenna" is pretty laughable...)

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Goodhart (author)gmoon2008-08-24

Oh, those instructions are a bit lacking (on several counts)

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gmoon (author)Goodhart2008-08-24

Just telling kids to jam something into the mains boggles the mind... times have certainly changed.

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Goodhart (author)gmoon2008-08-25

A quick skimming of books like "The Boy Mechanic" have shown me that. I remember "what" I had access to, just 35 years ago, as opposed to today. I could get Saltpetre at the local grocers LOL

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2008-08-25

Ooo, not to mention a can of barley & Hops extract :-) the Acme had that....the saltpetre was more an item for smaller stores....used for pickling mostly ;-)

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Goodhart (author)2008-08-24
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Tool Using Animal (author)2008-08-23

Looks like they sell for about 25 bucks, they're doing it wrong. They should claim it "broadens the soundstage" "increases depth and feeling" and "mellows 3rd order harmonics" then they could sell it to audiophools for 2500 bucks.

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I don't know what the plastic is worth, but the inner parts don't carry much to justify even the $25....I am glad mine came to me nearly free

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Firebert010 (author)2008-08-23

Pah, I work at an eBay store that sells your worthless junk for you. Some of the stuff is genuinely weird.

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Goodhart (author)Firebert0102008-08-23

Well, the device mentioned isn't totally worthless, I just think having the decoration on the outside is deceptive. And saying it turns your house wiring into an antenna is a bit bogus too. It uses the house AC to power a DC signal amp.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2008-08-23

And to be on topic, I know I've been duped with things like this before.

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Goodhart (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-08-23

Well, this one kind of fell into my lap by accident. It is a simple enough mechanism, with a lot of extra non-functional junk on the outside....

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Goodhart (author)2008-08-23

I will have a few more pics of it's guts and NON-working parts soon....

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