Winegard’s new Elite 7550 antenna brings in stations from more than 70 miles away

When we moved into our house back in 1999, we put up a 30 foot TV antenna tower so we could get the Indianapolis network TV stations for CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX 50 miles away. That was when we had a 65″ RPTV (rear projection TV) that took up a whole corner of our basement living room. We also had an antenna booster and a motor attached to the antenna that would allow us to rotate it to bring in the best signal. A few years later we signed up with DirecTV and were able to get the local stations through the satellite so we took down the tower. Part of me wishes we still had that antenna tower so I could thumb my nose at DirecTV and cut the cord. But modern antennas don’t need even a tower and some of them can be attached to a window inside your house.

The newest antenna from Winegard is a cord cutter’s dream. Especially a cord-cutter who lives 70 miles away from the stations that they want to watch. The Elite 7550 antenna from Winegard features an integrated LTE filter and an embedded ultra-low noise amplifier that provides optimal reception in even the most populated urban environments.

Winegard has been making antennas since 1953, so they know their stuff. The 30” x 17.5” x 5” Elite 7550 antenna can be mounted in an attic or outdoors. It’s priced at $149.99 and is available now from winegard.com. Now if only I could watch The Walking Dead with an antenna…

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2 thoughts on “Winegard’s new Elite 7550 antenna brings in stations from more than 70 miles away”

  1. The Winegard 7550 is a 2bay bowtie antenna and a preamp.
    You can buy a 2bay bowtie for $15 and a rca preamp for $26 dollars and do the same thing for alot less money

    1. Tony,

      I hear what you are saying, but there is likely some technology that we might not know about. Case-in-point is that I have made several 4-bay UHF antennas and even a 2-bay and double loop antenna for high VHF. And despite connecting them in various combinations and putting amplifiers on them, the Winegard FLatWave amped FL5500A, in door antenna outperformed them all, with a much smaller footprint. And with it being hidden behind a bookcase in our family room, my wife likes because you can’t see it as you could with my antennas. Granted, my problem was unique in that I wanted to receive signals from about 150 degrees apart, so antenna could not be directional and also I could not pick up real channel 11, but the Winegard could. Issue was channel 11 signal passes through several house to get to our house -before digital transition picture had a bad ghost in tv. So apparently my real-size low-VHF bow-tie and loop antennas (that worked great on channels 8 & 13 by-the-way) never got a “clean enough” signal for the tv-receiver to “lock on,” but the smaller Winegard did, without a problem.

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