I have an old 4228 that is in my tower and has never been outside. The 4228 is mostly a sort of hardware mesh grid of thin metal. It has been a good antenna but I would imagine seven years outside on a pole in New York would constitute its lifespan.
Today I am using an old 4221 inside connected directly to my 2008 Panasonic Plasma and to my HDHR3. Reception is great. I am getting much better reception than I used to get. I have a lot of multi-path signal issue that require trial and error to overcome.
I can remove the 4221 antenna and with just the coax cable get all but the public television stations.
One of the public television stations needs a directional antenna for my coming whole house RG6 coax antenna network. But the 4228 may be of no use for the five drop system. I am still experimenting
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Display: LG OLED 65e6p, Player: OPPO UDP-203, AVR:Yamaha TSR 7810, Streaming: Comcast 60Mbps RG6 to Cat6a, Speakers: Mains Vandersteen IIC, Center, Surrounds, Rears Klipsch