Originally Posted by kinemax
I am in Central NJ (about 35 miles from NYC) and in the same boat: I can't get 13, while 7 & 11 come and go. I tried the DB4-widening (with rod-extension) method suggested by arbie
without success. Is augmentation with a Y5-7-13 sufficient or do I need something better like a Y10-7-13 or a YA-1713? Or should I just go for a HD769x and if so which one?
Thanks for trying the rod extension by the way, since I just don't have the time to fool with it. As a side note, I emailed the following to Winegard with their response attatched:
I need some pre-sales technical help.
I currently have an Antennas Direct DB4 antenna in my attic that works very well (9 to 10 bars out of 10 using my TV's signal meter on all UHF channels). However, New York City just switched 3 stations to the High VHF band after the June 12th transition, so now these stations intermittently come in. So I could just get a VHF only antenna and combine them, but probably just write it off as a loss and just buy a new single VHF/UHF antenna.
Here is my situation:
I need color code yellow and red.
I have 3 High VHF stations (7, 11, and 13)
The rest of the stations are UHF
The mileage is 22 for all the stations.
There are 6 degrees between all broadcasting towers.
MOST IMPORTANTLY I will be installing this in an attic because it is only temporary (I will eventually be moving), so I want to insure I have enough gain to compensate for any loss. The roof material is regular asphalt shingles and I am in a residential area with all ranch style homes and no tall buildings, just a few trees.
I was looking at the HD7694P, but will it compensate for the attic and should I "kick it up a notch"? Also, if I went with a separate VHF antenna instead, what would you recommend? What is the recommend combiner as well?
This was the response:
I would suggest the HD7696P antenna to be sure we have enough signal. If you wish to add a VHF antenna then the model YA-1713 would your antenna choice. You will need to find a UHF/ VHF combiner to combine the VHF antenna and UHF antenna with minimum amount of loss.
I also emailed Antennacraft about their Y5-7-13, but never received a response. I like the Antennacraft because it is a reasonable size like the DB4. However, I am reading bad things about Antennacrafts quality from various forums, but in an attic I could care less about wear and tear from the elements.
I am still waiting to hear from someone who has used a specific brand and model with good results, especially in the Central NJ area, before I buy yet another antenna that does not work. I will post anything that I find out.