Well after following these threads for 80 odd pages, I can say I'm presently confused on a much higher level than I was before I started. Which is a good thing, I guess.
I'm putting in an HD set (finally) and want an OTA antenna to go along with my DirectTV (which I'll up to HD also).
, the stations in the general direction I'm aiming are:
yellow PBS TRENTON NJ 295 3.7 43
violet FOX PHILADELPHIA PA 259 35.9 42
green ABC PHILADELPHIA PA 257 36.5 64
green CBS PHILADELPHIA PA 257 36.5 26
ltgrn WB PHILADELPHIA PA 257 36.3 54
red PBS PHILADELPHIA PA 257 36.3 34
red UPN PHILADELPHIA PA 257 36.3 32
blu PAX WILMINGTON DE 257 36.3 31
violet NBC PHILADELPHIA PA 257 36.3 67
violet PBS WILMINGTON DE 257 36.4 55
violet UNI VINELAND NJ 210 38.8 66
I strictly care about all the Philly stations (and not at all about the others)
The one local guy in the Princeton area installs the Winegard 9095 and AP4800 pre-amp; if I want I can buy and he will install anything else.
The antenna will go on the roof of a two story house with a 10' mast.
If I buy the antenna and pre-amp, the installer would be happy to install my choices.
I've been looking at a DB4 or DB8 with a channelmaster 7777 pre-amp.
Can anyone provide me with a pro/con on my choice over the installers?
Cost isn't a consideration ($100 +/- either way doesn't matter here) , I just want rock solid reception without any fuss/muss or rotators.
Thanks in advance.