Originally Posted by Stryker412
Hi all, can anyone recommend an installer for an outdoor antenna? I helped my brother-in-law do his installation 10 years ago but since then I've developed a medical issue that precludes me from doing the install myself. I looked on Amazon but it seems to be a crapshoot with the reviews. I'm about 60 miles from NYC and Antennaweb suggested the following: DB8e combined with the Clearstream 5, our Juice preamp, mounted outdoors as high as you possibly can.
I suspect you will be disappointed with the Clearstream 5. It sounds like it might be a decent VHF antenna for it's size, but small VHF antennas are traditionally very poor. Since size doesn't seem to be your primary concern, there are better options. The DB8e is an excellent UHF antenna, but is quite large and expensive. You'd probably be better off with one of the Channel Master antennas, which give VHF and UHF in a single package:
CM-3016 (This does great for me as an attic mount about 25 miles out)
The choice between these really depends on your budget and your exact situation. If all the target stations are in the same direction, the CM-3020 will be your best bet. However, it is very directional, so you may miss out on some weaker stations coming from other directions. The CM-3016 will do a better job with off-direction stations, but has less gain overall. If aimed properly, my CM-3016 is able to pick up WVER (VHF 9) from the neighboring market 62 miles away (1Edge). In this configuration, it still receives about 3/4 of the local stations (25 miles away) off the back of the antenna.
Note that at 60 miles the CM-3016 will probably work, but just barely. For me, WVER gets disrupted pretty easily with any sort of bad weather. Of course, my antenna is in an attic and my house is surrounded by trees, so you may do a little better. I'm sure the CM-3020 would work great and probably wouldn't even need a pre-amp, just bear in mind the directional constraints.
Finally, Winegard offers some great antennas as well. On paper the HD 8200U will beat the CM-3020, especially for VHF-Lo stations. It's huge and expensive. Winegard used to have a bunch of smaller products, but they seem to have been discontinued.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out.