I finally finished research, design, procurement, assembly, and installation of my new HD-optimized system. Many thanks to the AVS forum.
I'm hoping that this might help some of the folks out there that are in a similar situation. Santa Rosa can be a challenging area to receive major-network TV signals.
It's kind of a high-end system, as I was trying to bring in some pretty distant stations that my old CM-Quantum rig just wasn't capable of; although it was a very good antenna, especially for VHF.
Here's a picture (attached).
I'm in a deep-fringe area here in Santa Rosa and this new rig pulls in over 30 stations at the moment (mostly digital, up to 60+ miles). I expect 40+ digital channels when the Sutro-tower stations in S.F. finish moving their antennas up to the top of the tower and all the dust settles in Sacramento, etc. I'm pulling in stations from Walnut Grove (Sacramento), Mt. San Bruno (KNTV), even KSBW down in the Salinas/Monterrey area (although it's analog...); no Sutro yet, except in the very early mornings before they start their antenna work for the day. I expect to get all the Sutro's when they finish their work on the transmitters...COMPONENTS & WEIGHTS:
TERRESTRIAL DIGITAL 91XG w/HARDWARE - 4.5 lbs.
BLONDER-TONGUE BTY-LP-HB w/HARDWARE- 8.5 lbs.
CM-9521A ROTOR w/HARDWARE - 7.5 lbs.
THRUST-BEARING (TB-105) w/HARDWARE - 2.0 lbs.
TIN-LEE UV-7X COMBINER w/HARDWARE - .25 lb.
RESEARCH-COMMUNICATIONS 9254 PRE-AMP w/HRDWR - .25 lb.
For coax; I went with LMR-400-75 from Times Microwave. Very low-loss coax; Did my own cabling with the TM EZ-400-FM-75 connectors, sealed with dielectric silicone grease and wrapped in coax tape. I bought a few tools to do the job correctly. It's about a 90 ft. run.
I picked up some unused, military-surplus, AIRCRAFT-GRADE ALUMINUM TUBING: 6063-T832 for the mast. Nice and light, very strong. It's up about 35 ft.
It's a great rig that really pulls in signal well. On the higher-quality content HD stations (KVIE, KQCA, KNTV), it looks like I'm watching blue-ray...