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Troch77

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Just want to know if these antennas are any good or not.
I want to stick with a fairly compact antenna, But my terrain and OTA in my area is fairly poor

Also if they need Amps, and what kind do I get.
Antenna will be about 50 feet from Hopper3.

Thanks.

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Or even this one?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000...&pf_rd_p=1c5f02ae-183e-4906-990b-5a293310a66c
 

Troch77

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I've Tried one of these , and got around 7 channels. BUT I never mounted it because i don't want one that needs to rely on a motor/rotor.

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Do NOT buy one of these- they claim "150 miles" but they are just cheap Chinese junk. Many threads on here related to this. Beware
Ive already had one, It only cost $35 and it actually did work.
Not 150 miles of course.
But 30.
My towers are around 30 miles away, But I'm in a valley which puts me at the poor scale for OTA.

I'm just wondering about the Antenna in Post 1.
I also found a Pre Amp thats looks sufficient.
 

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I can't speak from experience about the 8-bay antenna pictured in Post 1, but with regards to your question about an amp, I like the RCA TVPRAMP1Z. Works very well, and is only about $25 or less. I'm 50+ miles from my towers and I'm getting everything including some low-power stations
 

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I can't speak from experience about the 8-bay antenna pictured in Post 1, but with regards to your question about an amp, I like the RCA TVPRAMP1Z. Works very well, and is only about $25 or less. I'm 50+ miles from my towers and I'm getting everything including some low-power stations
This is what I'm thinking of going with.
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Yea, That's not going to happen here.

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You have several VHF channels a UHF antenna isn't going to get all the local channels. Buy a good branded such as a Winegard or Channel Master antenna designed for VHF/UHF. The more signal the antenna captures the more effective a preamp. will be if needed. All your signals are 2 edge so you are most likely in a valley or on the back side of a hill UHF signals will bend more easily than VHF does. NBC 11, CBS 13 and Independent 9 will be harder to receive. A Winegard 7694 might work for you but don't expect small antennas to be very successful.
 
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I use a Channel Master CM-4228 and the CM-7778 pre-amp. I have no trouble receiving VHF-Hi and UHF signals from 45 miles away. Actually, I get Philly on the front side and Baltimore from the back. The CM-4228 is no longer available but the CM-4228HD is.
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Troch77

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You have several VHF channels a UHF antenna isn't going to get all the local channels. Buy a good branded such as a Winegard or Channel Master antenna designed for VHF/UHF. The more signal the antenna captures the more effective a preamp. will be if needed. All your signals are 2 edge so you are most likely in a valley or on the back side of a hill UHF signals will bend more easily than VHF does. NBC 11, CBS 13 and Independent 9 will be harder to receive. A Winegard 7694 might work for you but don't expect small antennas to be very successful.
The ones in my pictures are both UHF and VHF.
 

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I use a Channel Master CM-4228 and the CM-7778 pre-amp. I have no trouble receiving VHF-Hi and UHF signals from 45 miles away. Actually, I get Philly on the front side and Baltimore from the back. The CM-4228 is no longer available but the CM-4228HD is.
Amazon product
Okay I looked at that, and it seems good.
 

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If all his stations are coming from the same direction (West), wouldn't a more directional antenna help him?
I don't want a big antenna and I don't want one that I have to move.
Its going to be 28-30 feet up.

I've heard great success with these, with over 400 and 700 reviews and the both get a 4 +star out of 5 thats good enough.
 

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Yea, That's not going to happen here.

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You must be from Wayne or Pike county.
I'm from Allentown (Lehigh county) and I have that antenna. Actually, I kept it in two for an indoor setup to Philadelphia, for now.
However, I prefer NEPA stations, and I've been able to get WNEP and WVIA with this antenna. The reason I couldn't get WOLF is because they are on RF 45 and WFMZ is on RF 46 (co-channel int.). I'd need a more directional unit to pull that off. The reason I couldn't pull in WBRE and WYOU is because the distance to Mountain Top is too far for Hi-VHF (WBRE is RF 11, WYOU on 13). The antenna is apparently capable of 25 mile Hi-VHF. You're location is pushing it, but with an outdoor setup and pre-amp, you might be okay.

For the record, I can't get WQPX and WSWB because they broadcast from Scranton, as opposed to Mountain Top (south of Wilkes-Barre)... their signals don't reach Lehigh Valley.
 

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