Its been either snowing here or its 33 and raining all day every day for 2 months here.. however a few days ago, i got a couple hour window of 40 degrees without rain, until the snow at night.. again..
I managed to install my HDB91X UHF antenna and my stellar labs 30-2576 High VHF antenna installed... The SL antenna is the larger unit, but I left off the front 4 element section and 1 reflector making it identical to the 30-2575.. In several tests I found the small profile was much lighter, and provided more than enough gain for my needs..
I will need to do some refining on the temp install as the coax leads into the RCA preamp are 6 feet each, and will be replaced with 2 footers, and I am also going to replace the main coax into the house with quad shield...
Performance about what I expected, with a few exceptions..
My closest stations from Binghamton show about 70-80 on the meter and bar graph.. Plenty to keep things from dropping out in the bright sun, and about the same as they were with the GE 29884.. Those stations are about 21 miles away, through several 1500-2000 foot high hills... The 2 Scranton VHF stations are now in that same strength range... maybe 60-75 on the meter.. WNEP/WVIA has gone from about 25-45 with the 29884 to about 50-70... I also get WQPX at about 35-45 and no drop outs, and WOLF TV around 45-55, again no drop outs.. These last 2 stations were only solid maybe 10-20 % of the time.. WQPX always dropped out by 9 am most days.. I don't watch it anyway, but just mentioned it as a reference... So, what I got with the 2 large antennas replacing 1 small one is a decent improvement in signal all around, with no more dropping out.. what I did NOT get is any other stations such as WSWB out of Scranton... Never scanned that one ever, but its readily available here once you get up around 1300 feet.. I am at 1150 feet..
Once you go up the hills near me, its a different world, with 5 markets available, and most very strong.. HUGE difference a few hundred feet makes, once you get closer to direct LOS... I was hoping to get more but it just doesn't reach this far down the hill from what I can determine.. Also I have a few translators that show on TVFool and Rabbit ears as being stronger than some stations I lock in solid, but I have never scanned any of them at any time.. They are also very strong once you get above1300 feet.. I suppose if I installed a 60 foot tower, I would do better with numbers, but meantime, the bigger antennas have increased signal quality if not quantity.
I did have to "split the difference" between Binghamton and Scranton as always, as they are not on the same heading, but are close enough to get both if you aim correctly.. Its a balancing act, and as always, I favored direction a small amount toward Scranton and thats probably why I am seeing similar signal strength/quality on the meter despite the big difference in distance.
All the stations from Elmira/Corning are very strong as well, when I turn the antenna toward them.. they have always been strong and reliable, and are now at about 90 on the meter, despite both TV Fool and rabbit ears showing them very weak. WYDC in Corning shows at -16.5 NM which should be pretty much unobtainable,, yet its always strong and clear here.. Something is amiss in the terrain maps or something.... I do recommend both antennas.. they work very well, and are really well priced...bob