Let me preface this post by saying the Capital District is boring. To someone who loved the DX'ing capabilities of analog, there's nothing to pick up around here outside of the 'locals'. mad.gif
This post is an update to a previous post where I outlined my reception from Rotterdam using an Antenna's Direct Clearstream 2 (on the roof). Well, since I'm never completely satisfied with anything, and am always hopeful in finding the "holy grail" of antennas someday, I thought I'd try an "AD" db4e.
One of my hopes with these units was that I could finally get the elusive WYBN, 14 from Windam. It was also to find a balance between long-distance UHF, as well as consistent reception from the several VHF's around here. Since I'm not much further than 10 miles from the mountain, I really had no trouble...even with ch. 6! So yes those two antennas managed to get me 6,7,12 & 13 without much of an issue.
Last year, analog ch. 15 was really good. Since then they were sold... lost their simulcast with WNYA... switched to AMGTV, and moved the transmitter from Albany to Coxsakie. They're now about 36 miles from me, and deliver lots of 'snow' to the video! This is also why I wanted WYBN. I'd sooner see "America One" over "AMGTV".
Fast forward to this past winter. So through the kind generosity of Antenna's Direct, I was given my choice of antenna to test-out at my house. I chose the 91XG...thinking this might deliver the UHF boost I was looking for. I changed the configuration on my roof to accommodate it... and it's pretty good. BUT it's STILL not the holy grail!
Pointed to the southeast, I still (predictably) get the same channels. 6, 10, 13, 15, 17, 18 (WNYT) 19 (WTEN) 23, 45, 51 & 55. Yes, 15 is fuzzy, but it's actually a tad better than it was with the db4e. VHF has been great ... and yes I realize that all the units I've had are primarily for UHF only.
If I turn the antenna north'ish, it'll also add 8.1 & 8.2 from Glens Falls, all EIGHT ch. 44's, and a "third" WNYT...which I think is ch. 45. But.....STILL no WYBN (when aimed in their direction). In total, that's about 40 channels (including all the 44's and six subs on ch. 55).
So unless they want to send me something else to try out, I think I'll stick with what I have for now.