Originally Posted by jtrippe
Thank you! We’re using YouTube TV as our cable provider. I wonder if I should go with a 4228 again. I realize I won’t get the 150 mile range but the one I ordered got really good reviews.
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You would still need help with WSFA later on when they drop in frequency. I don't think the newer 4228 is as good as the old version in receiving VHF stations. The bowties that incorporate a VHF dipole in them are good options. Or, you can add an Antennas Direct VHF-Kit to an existing antenna (they come with a built-in combiner)... https://www.amazon.com/Antennas-Dire...5029110&sr=8-4
The Antenna Direct Clearstream line of antennas are good. I put a CS2Max (2-bay bowtie w/vhf-dipole) up at my daughter's house close to Opp and it has worked well. They also make a 4-bay. The more bays you have the more gain *and* the more directional the antenna becomes. Unless you're going to use a rotor you will need something with a wide reception pattern. The 4-bay antenna would have been stronger at my daughter's house but the stations were spread out and she needed a broad-beamed antenna, thus I went with the 2-bay. I still ended up adding a small Eagle-brand wire bowtie for a station that was at a really bad angle to the rest of the stations.
Antenna Direct apparently is building two different 8-bay antennas...one at $130, another at $75...not sure what the difference other than the higher priced one will let you turn half the antenna in a different direction from the other half. I have that one, but have never used that ability. The $75 one is all wire, looks durable, but I have no experience with it...I'm wondering if it is NOS merchandise. Also, the new 4228 looks like is hitting the $150 range.
Depending on your coax length and number of splitters you use you may or may not need an pre-amp. Runs less than 100' usually do not require a pre-amp. Multiple splitters or using splitters with a lot of ports can definitely decrease your signal strength. Try it first without a pre-amp and go from there. I'm using the Juice pre-amp...it works well, is low-noise, and has some filtering to it for cellphone signals, radio stations, etc.,.
Well, if you've already ordered the antenna give it a try, it might be just what you need. I would mount it on a short pole and walk it around the edge of the house. Move it from location to location and raise and lower it a bit. I call this "fishing" for a signal. A matter of a few feet can make a big difference!!! That is where a long piece of coax comes in handy. Naturally, if you only have a single spot to mount it you'll have to settle for that. Best wishes. Ed