Below is a photo of an antenna that is right next to a place I deliver to in Mt. Forest. It has always caught my eye because of it's pristine condition in a harsh environment. The tower it's on is real iffy, and I'm not sure I'd climb it even if the owner gave the antenna away. It's unused as all of the twin-lead and control wires are knotted around the tower at about six feet off the ground. Twin-lead may be a clue to it's age.
And the tower is vintage Radio Shack, from what I can tell. Too bad that poor rotor is mounted above the thrust bearing hole! Agreed 100% with 300ohm that this is a VHF-LO-HI antenna, and it may even be a good directional FM Radio antenna too. If it's possible, an extreme closeup of the element brackets would be great for possibly identifying it, and shots of the rotor itself would be nice too. How many conductors are in the rotor wire?
Check the London reception and station threads to see if a VHF-LO-HI would be of any use today.
Thanks for the replies. Unfortunately my smart phone isn't smart enough to zoom, (or I'm not smart enough to figure it out ), so that's the best photo I can do. I know it's a VHF HI/LOW, I was just curious as to whether anyone could tell at a glance who made it so it's specs could be investigated.
I still don't believe the condition it's in for being in Mt. Forest. A great percentage of the antennas I see are mangled to some degree, especially up that way.
The uhf directors look like the ones Channel Master was using at the time, but the uhf lpda elements dont. Its an interesting uhf lpda front end on that antenna, with various shorting stubs placed in odd positions.
I saw those two antennas on a roof about half a mile from my home. Actually there is nobody living in that house. I was told that a contractor bought it. As soon as I see him I'll beg him for those antennas.
The house was built cerca 1964 and I think the antennas are there since. I specially hope to put my hand on that Classic G-H.
Over the weekend, I was traveling around the Illinois Valley area in North-Central Illinois. This area is especially tough for OTA, as you are
A) In a huge valley, and
B) there are no local stations, except for a TBN affiliate.
If you live there, you must go after Chicago, Rockford, Davenport, or Peoria stations- all of which are more than 50 miles away. http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...134972e35232e4
So this area is really tower heaven- almost every little farmhouse, henhouse, and outhouse has a big ol' rusty 50 foot tower on it. I started noticing a pattern, as many of these towers have an old CM 4222 or 4228 paired with one of these old CM VHF monsters with the Vee-shaped directors on the front.
Most of these rigs had the big VHF pointed west towards Davenport (for CBS on RF 4), and the UHFs turned south for Peoria.