Originally posted by Matt L
Ken, welcome to HD! I've read a lot of good things about the 4228, and I'm using the 7778 pre-amp, I think it would be a nice combo, of course with a rotor.
As to what channels you'll get, it's a toss up. You should get 58-2 FOX 2, 45-1 WDIV 4, 41-1 WXYZ 7-2, 14-1 UPN 50, 59-1 WLNS 6-1, 36-1 WJRT 12-1, 22-1 WNEM 5-1, 30-1 WEYI 25-1. Odds are you won't get 44-1 WWJ and 43-1 WTVS. When they go on the air you should get 21-1 WDWB 20-1. I'm waiting for WKAR in E. Lansing to power up, I hope they have Hd capability I would love to see some of the PBS stuff in HD.
Use a good quality RG-6 when you do mount the antenna outside, quad shield might be overkill but it's cheap enough so it might be worth it. I use it for all my Sat. and OTA feeds, I get it from Home Depot.
On the Samsung SIR-T151, the channel designations are different. E.g. I enter 45 (WDIV-DT) and it changes to 4-1. Or if I enter 4, it changes to 4-1.
I went with the 4228/7778 combo. I have the 4228 mounted on a 5 ft mast attached to a 3 ft tripod. I can pick up all of the Detroit stations, though none of them have a signal strength past 50%. I think I will get another 5 ft mast and see if raising it another 5 ft will help.
Since Detroit has all the channels, I opted to not get a rotor at this time and just keep it pointed in Detroits' direction. I have one of those Terk wrap-around antennas that attatch to a satellite dish (works ok for local stuff) that is multi-directional, so I can pick up signals other than Detroit with it. I just need to get a switch box so I can switch between the antennas if I decide to watch something local.
My antenna cable seems kind of old, so I may run some new cable and see if that improves the signal.
Thanks for the help,