HD-BLADE vs. Paperclip … who wins?

When I tested the HD-BLADE covered with foil, I got several comments. Even though I tested the cable all by itself, it was suggested that to do it right I might use a paper clip as an antenna. If that paper clip pulled in the same number of channels as the HD-BLADE, then it’s not really worth the money.

So, I attached a barrel connector to the antenna cable and stuck a garden-variety paper clip into the barrel.

This was really sink-or-swim time for HD-BLADE. What if I found out I could get 55 channels with the paper clip? I’ve recommended HD-BLADE to hundreds of people including friends and family! What if I could have sent them home with paper clips?

But, here at The Solid Signal Blog we stand for integrity. If one of our products doesn’t perform or isn’t a good value, we won’t hide that fact. We’ll go back to the product managers at Solid Signal and find a better product or a better value. So….

I ran the test five times with the paper clip in five different positions. Just for fun I ran it without the paper clip. This was the best I could do… 9 channels. That means the rest of the 83 channels I brought it were all due to the antenna.

What a relief!

So, now I can go back to enthusiastically recommending the HD-BLADE!

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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.