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EDITED: "Odd things" people buy......recent "acquisition" Answered

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
Spl1nt3rC3ll

12 years ago

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

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Is that a shark ?

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 12 years ago

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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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

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

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 12 years ago

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

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 12 years ago

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

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 12 years ago

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
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Yes, I know exactly what you mean *sigh*

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

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

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 12 years ago

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
Plasmana

Reply 12 years ago

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

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

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

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Plasmana
Plasmana

Reply 12 years ago

Is it a live shark?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

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

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gmoon
gmoon

12 years ago

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
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

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

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 12 years ago

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

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

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
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

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
Goodhart

12 years ago

more pics added


:-)

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

12 years ago

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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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

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
Firebert010

12 years ago

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
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

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
Spl1nt3rC3ll

12 years ago

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

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

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
Goodhart

12 years ago

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