Originally Posted by bluefalcon2003
I'm thinking about getting the Channel Master 4221 for the Monkey Junction area. Does anyone have experience with using it? Will I need a separate antenna to pick up VHF?
I'll be mounting it in an attic with no more than 12' of cable.
Interested in building one yourself? You may even have enough spare parts sitting around your house to do it for free. This thread
has tons of info on building different antennas, but you'll need to register. That link goes straight to a drawing for a 4221/DB4 clone.
I built one for my parents' attic over in Whiteville. Using bits and pieces learned in that Lumenlab thread, I tuned it for a center frequency of channel 37. With no reflector, they get all Wilmington stations except WILM using the tuner in a Dish VIP722. Not to worry though, they also get Fox and CBS out of M-B/Florence from the backside. Bonus points for Florence CBS (WBTW?) broadcasting in 5.1 while WILM/WECT are 2.0!
The whiskers are just stripped 14/2 Nomex I had laying around from another project. 2"x4", some wide brass washer from Lowes, wood screws, and a balun...good to go. Any conductor that will hold its shape can be used for the whiskers...some have used metal clothes hangers, just gotta make sure you strip off any protective coating at the contact points.