THROWBACK THURSDAY: Antenna in a bathtub

Way back in 2012, when Solid Signal launched its first branded antennas, I went to some serious lengths to show that a flat antenna could perform well. Of course back then flat antennas were more of a novelty than they are today, so it took a little convincing. I took our HD-Blade antenna and subjected it to all sorts of tortures. I painted it. I poked holes in it. I put it under a cat. And… take a look…

I put it in a bathtub full of water. Now, I’m not an idiot, I didn’t put the amplified one in there, that would literally be suicide.

Still, I felt pretty confident that a non-amplified antenna wouldn’t kill me as long as I was fairly careful. As you can see, since I’m here writing this article four years later, I was right.

If you’re curious, the HD-Blade actually performed pretty poorly, which probably had more to do with the cast-iron tub than the water the antenna was submerged in. I could have done some more instrumented testing to prove that theory but it didn’t seem like a really important part of the process.

By the way, HD-Blade antennas are still available at Solid Signal.

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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 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.