Originally Posted by mk1277
Hiya. The antenna is a Philips SDV9011K/17 (or MANT901). I know I didn't get a Winegard or CM - don't laugh.
There is no preamp/amp on the line right now. I noticed a considerable increase in the stability of my signal over my old (and small) Winegard (see the old thread around SuperBowl time).
Hi MK (I'll get the initials right one of these days. I'm not a morning person!
I don't have the full dimensions of the antenna, but it's boom is about twice my old one and it has 51 elements. I grabbed the Philips while I was at Menard's. If I lived closer to Arlington Heights, I'd go to Tri-State but I'm out in Plainfield so I went with this for convenience.
One, I haven't had any experience with this antenna, and two, the design looks pretty good. BUT...
The antenna elements don't appear long enough to support getting WBBM well. You could try a decent preamplifier...but be advised you could overload the UHF stations and cause problems. Unfortunately, because the FCC didn't make it convenient for us to get WBBM on channel 3, you can't have convenience with this problem, either.
If you are only getting 10% or 20% signal, a ChannelMaster 7777 preamp might help...or it might not. You really need one of the antennas listed on my post near the top of the thread for you to have a reasonable chance. You can try that preamp, but I give it, or any preamp, less than a 50% chance to work. The only thing I would suggest is tune to channel 3
on your DTV tuner and readjust or move your antenna for the best possible reception, and if at all possible, get it outdoors. If you still can't get higher than 20% for a signal, return the antenna, and either get one of the antennas known to work at that distance and swallow the $10 in gas and tolls, or order them online. Sorry.