This is a discussion on what is the best antenna for this location within the DTV | HDTV Reception and Antenna Discussion forums, part of the Over-the-Air (Antenna TV) category.
Last edited by EscapeVelocity; 11-17-2010 at 04:10 PM.
Last edited by EscapeVelocity; 11-17-2010 at 04:16 PM.
The CM 4221 is listed green zone on summitsource, and the AC G1483 8 bay hoverman is listed red zone.
More than 1/2 the channels the old antenna picks up are yellow or red.
Do the SS headings mean a 4221 (4 bay) would have a hard time picking up past green zone, or should I ignore that and figure it's going to pick up better than my current antenna?
Here is a nice video showing the CM 4221 HD, though summitsource has a much better price.
Last edited by johnlvs2run; 11-20-2010 at 08:17 AM.
You can stack 2 4221's fairly easily. One over the other, instead of side by side like the 4228. The beamwidth narrows on the Vertical plane instead of the horizontal plane like the 4228 does.
The old discontinued American Made Channel Master 4221 (3021) and the AntennaCraft G1483 Hoverman are 2 of my favorite antennas.
Everyone has different approaches to receiving digital TV signals. Since I really see no challenges in your TV fool stats, and you already have an antenna in place, here is what i would do. i would take the current antenna down and check its condition, and then disable the front UHF portion of the existing antenna and just use it for the VHF channels in your area. I would then purchase my favorite UHF antenna, which is the Clear Stream C-2 or C-4 UHF double loop antenna and mount it on the same mast pole as the VHF so you can use the rotor for both antennas.
I would use separate coax for the two antennas, and combine them inside using a VHF / UHF combiner or an A/B Switch. most of your channels are UHF, so I would concentrate on getting the best signal i could on those channels. Most all back-plane reflector type of UHF antennas like the C series work well on UHF digital signals as they address multi path signals very well when compared to other types of UHF designs. Yagis just do not perform as well as back-plane antenna types in high signal areas as do back-plane UHF types when addressing multi-path signals. That is what i would do, as it seems like the cheapest solution since you already have an antenna in place that I assume still works on VHF.
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Would I run two coax from the roof, and combine them just prior to the set?I would use separate coax for the two antennas, and combine them inside using a VHF / UHF combiner or an A/B Switch. most of your channels are UHF, so I would concentrate on getting the best signal i could on those channels.
The ClearStream series is considered Multi-Directional.
Here are Polar Charts of the C-4. Only difference in it and a C-2 is able distance.
If one wants to find applicable side/rear reception patterns, he must Chart those.
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It filters the VHF out of the UHF side and the UHF out of the VHF side so that the two signals can be combined with minimal loss. It can be installed anywhere in the line. I'm sure that FOX believes that it will last longer if installed indoors. The A/B switch would be installed at the TV set with two lines to the roof. If you had two antennas mounted back to back, and ran two lines from the roof, you could use an A/B switch to switch between the two, which could be more convenient than a rotor.
Last edited by dkreichen1968; 11-24-2010 at 06:55 AM.