Originally posted by htwaitsI've got the same situation in Palo Alto. Would it be possible for me to visit your antenna solution. It would help me is I could see yours -- from the ground!
Here some photos, let me know if this helps.
I bought the tripod (channelmaster) from Fry's @ Arques. They also had the 4228 for $49, and it was $64 at Schad, FYI. But Fry's doesn't have the joint-tenna box to isolate channel 12 and connect it downstream, and Fry's doesn't have the 7-12 yagi. The yagi I got was 6 element, about $34 dollars at SCHAD.
As per antennaweb.org, the 4228 (the big mesh antenna) is facing 308 degrees, and the yagi is pointed at 127 degrees which is KNTV. Obviously this is really based on my house location, but I can't imagine it can be that different a few miles north of my house, where you are. Also, I had to move the antenna to the middle of my roof because it was the only place where I had the most "runway" (no immediate trees) to 308 for Sutro. The 127 yagi is actually pointed right at a couple of oak trees.
I have a 10 foot mast (bought at Schad but Fry's has it too) and 150 feet of RG-6 and some weatherproof female connectors for the RG-6.
The yellow box at the base of my antenna post right under the 4228 is the join-tenna. Also, each antenna has a balun. The Yagi comes with a special weatherproof box which a 75 ohm coax output, and the 4228 comes with a balun that butterfly-screw's in to the antenna and of course 75 ohm coax comes out of that as well.
The biggest suprise of all of this is that when I first moved into the house, there was a monster antenna with a rotor on top of a 10 foot pole, which was horrible. I tried pre-amping it but no luck. I think getting a good antenna is worth it because certainly I've learned the lesson, size and rotors and preamps don't matter if you've got a good antenna!