Originally Posted by Slowdog
Well, forgive me guys...due to some health problems and other distractions I have never installed the outside antenna as I had planned....but now I wish to do so. However, all of the antennas recommended by TylerSC and Gregzoll are not longer on the market....so I must ask again....what antenna/antennas and preamp do you guys suggest for me...
Also...I have a little work shop that sits about 15 feet higher in ground elevation than my house does, however, it is about 100' away. The installation on the shop would be much easier but I am not sure how much gain I will lose running underground coax cable that far....do you have any advice on that? The roof ridge line of the shop is about 5' lower than the house ridge line....however, if I place an antenna on my roof or highest gable I will have to hire someone to do the install (due to the height and health reasons)....
What do you think of the Channel Master CM3020 for $99 on Amazon or at Home Depot??
Thanks for all of your help!!
That Channel Master 3020 is a large all band antenna, which is unnecessary unless you want to receive FM radio. Otherwise, you do not need the large elements for Low VHF, as WSPA and WLOS are High VHF channels 7 and 13. You would ideally need a smaller High VHF/UHF combo antenna as previously mentioned.
However due to the Radioshack bankruptcy, the Antennacraft antennas are no longer manufactured. Unless you can find a Radioshack store with remaining inventory now on clearance, such as HBU-33 or HBU-55. Otherwise, Winegard versions would be the HD-7697 or 7698.
Another idea would be a Clearstream 4V sold at Best Buy for $149 or $169. A bit pricey, but a very good compact UHF loop antenna that adds a VHF dipole. Aim for WLOS or a sweet spot between all the stations. As for a preamp, the newer Winegard model is the LNA-200 sold at Home Depot for about $43. Moderate gain about 19db, but that is all you should need. And the RCA preamp from Walmart online is also a good inexpensive preamp.
If a bit more gain is needed for WLOS, then consider MCM Electronics High VHF antenna for channels 7-13 from Stellar Labs. Combine with their UHF/VHF signal joiner to the Clearstream 4V, or select a cheaper MCM UHF antenna, such as their 8 bay or triple boom yagi. They also have a triple boom UHF yagi style which adds VHF dipoles as a combo antenna.
Several options to consider, and if price is a factor, MCM is the cheapest, and use the promo source codes on the home page. But Best Buy and Home Depot may be more convenient and easier to return.