4228 vs 4228HD vs U8000 vs DB8 vs XG91
This is a discussion on 4228 vs 4228HD vs U8000 vs DB8 vs XG91 within the DTV | HDTV Reception and Antenna Discussion forums, part of the Over-the-Air (Antenna TV) category.
Ok Guys.. this is a big one but we'll see how it goes. I am looking at pulling in all Tucson + Phoenix stations. I don't care about VHF as I already have an antenna I will use for the 2-3 VHF stations that will be broadcasting in DTV here. For reference, my zip code is 85742.
I was going to order a 4228HD but CM is not shipping them out to any retailer for a couple of weeks. I got impatient and started looking at the AntennaCraft U8000.
I have direct line of sight (no hills/mountains/anything) to the antenna's in phoenix (89 miles away) and I know for a fact they get picked up on a 4221 with an ancient pre-amp at my father's house a few miles away.
However -- he does not pick up all of the channels from phoenix with his 4221 and ancient preamp. I am a few miles closer and have a more direct line of sight.
I am wondering what your opinions and experiences are with the antenna's listed in the topic title. I would love to get the 4228HD but I don't want to wait for it unless they made some changes that justify waiting for it over another antenna that will perform equally.
Let's hear it
for longest range the 91-xg connect the two antennas with a channel master titan 7777 pre amp and you are in business.
the antennas direct 91-xg is rated at 70 miles with no pre amp over flat terrain, the U8000 is a 65 mile antenna so the 91-xg is the highest gain uhf antenna out there at this point.
Last edited by cowboyup4christ; 01-16-2009 at 05:51 AM.
Thanks.. I think I am going with the XG91 and Winegard GS1100 with the CM 7777 preamp and the Eagle Aspen ROTR100 rotator (it's the "one-wire" rotator, but I am hooking it up on it's own wire so I don't lose any gain).
I now have to think about where to place the antenna that will give me the most line of sight to the signals or bounced signals. Now that I look, I have some neighbors with taller trees in their yards that I have to try to work between.
look at your tvfool radar img and you should get a good Idea of the direction as your address is the center point.
Just to add on to what Cowboy said, you'll probably want to put your exact address into tvfool.com to get a more accurate reading on the location of the towers from your house. A rotator will definitely be beneficial if the antennas are spread out in different directions.
Originally Posted by bompus
Here is an update on this eternal 8 bay UHF antenna question...
8 Bays Revisited - Which is the Best and Why?