Inexpensive UHF antenna (1 Viewer)

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Well it wont work for everyone. It wouldn't even work for me since I have ABC 7 and CBS 13 on VHF-HI. Therefore I use a much more expensive Winegard HD7694. However there may be some people in a different market that just want to pick up UHF channels or use a second antenna to grab a few UHF channels in a different direction. Maybe even someone who wants an inexpensive antenna to experiment with. That's why I posted it.

I get MCM alerts sent to my e-mail. Today there was another deal on a rooftop UHF antenna. As others have pointed out this antenna is UHF only and wont work on VHF.
http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/STELLAR-LABS-30-2420-/30-2420
 

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However there may be some people in a different market that just want to pick up UHF channels or use a second antenna to grab a few UHF channels in a different direction. Maybe even someone who wants an inexpensive antenna to experiment with. That's why I posted it.
I would hope that nobody is disputing that the antenna is inexpensive.

That said, I believe that any UHF-only antenna suggestion should come with a caveat that VHF of some sort has a good chance of being reality for some (perhaps even a majority) in the not-too-distant future (the FCC projects less than four years) and that an antenna such as this would necessarily be only part of a comprehensive OTA solution. Assuming that the landscape isn't going to change when we're looking down the barrel of the repack is short-sighted. Add the activity associated with a new modulation standard (ASTC 3.0 or other) and it is even more important to think ahead.
 
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Well it wont work for everyone. It wouldn't even work for me since I have ABC 7 and CBS 13 on VHF-HI. Therefore I use a much more expensive Winegard HD7694. However there may be some people in a different market that just want to pick up UHF channels or use a second antenna to grab a few UHF channels in a different direction. Maybe even someone who wants an inexpensive antenna to experiment with. That's why I posted it.

I get MCM alerts sent to my e-mail. Today there was another deal on a rooftop UHF antenna. As others have pointed out this antenna is UHF only and wont work on VHF.
http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/STELLAR-LABS-30-2420-/30-2420
MCM also sells a good VHF-HI antenna. I bought the deep fringe model and it works great on a couple of stations about 75 miles away.


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The thing is a higher gain antenna (one with many elements) tends to be very directional, making the aiming of it very critical, and can be a problem if all your signals don't come from the same site, unless you use a rotator.
 
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You might take a look at jet.com They have a UHF/VHF antenna listed for 79.90.
Free shipping. 15% additional off for new customers on their first 3 orders, so I got one for under $68 delivered. Look under the Televes (Spain) listing for a model 790 at that price. Includes a 32 dB high gain/low noise (claim about 1.0 dB) preamp that is built into the antenna.

Very well built and assembles like a kit from a compact box. Have one situated opposite a Fracarro 6HD for Madison, WI, with the Televes aiming at Cedar Rapids-Waterloo from about 90 miles away with few interruptions. VHF channels 7 and 9 end up with less headroom, because the preamp is tilted for UHF, and I am impressed at performance for the price, and stuck it 35 feet above the ground.
VHF performance may suffer in weak areas, but overall this combo meets all of my requirements.
 
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Just found on Ebay an Eagle Aspen DTV2BUHF 2 bay bow tie for $14.99 with free shipping or pick up at your local Best Buy.
I've had 2 of these for about 5 years they even pickup some VHF depending on signal strength.
 

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