I came home from a trip to Malaysia to find that strong winds had broken the wires to the 300 to 75 ohm transformer. I had a large VHF/UHF Winegard HD-8200U Antenna, which is a really big antenna. I had put silicone on the connectors and when I took down the antenna, those connectors were in excellent shape--and I live two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in Florida. I placed the UHF part of that antenna in the attic but it is not connected.
I wanted a smaller antenna, but because in my market, the CBS and NBC stations are broadcasting on Digital channels 12 and 13 or VHF and they are 61 miles away.
I purchased an AntennaCraft Y-10-7-13 VHF high-band yagi.. The results: the VHF was what I expected. The UHF was much better than what I expected.
My zip code is 34949 and Florida is flat. The strongest signal was from W31DC-D, a repeater signal 7.8 miles away, a repeater signal broadcasting PBS on channel 31 with 15,000 watts. However, this station is located to my north, and my antenna is facing south. Other strong stations came from powerful WTVX (CW and My TV), WPBF (ABC), WTCE (Religious), and WDOX, they only have a test pattern.
WPTV, (NBC) and WPEC, (CBS), broadcasting on digital channels 12 and 13 came in with signals between 70 and 88 percent.
Low on the scale were distant UHF stations, WFLX, (Fox), WPXP (Pax) and WXEL (PBS). Fox is coming in around 73%. I have a 12 db. Amplifier so a signal below 50 is not usable.
If someone lives in a market where there are stations broadcasting on VHF and the UHF stations are nearby, I would recommend this antenna, due to the small size. Los Angeles and San Diego are markets that come to mind.
It was an experience climbing up the 24 foot tower with duck tape on my nose to secure the cable wire.
I had planned to purchase an individual UHF antenna for the tower, but with results like this, I will put that plan on hold.