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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 2017-08-15, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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current antenna choice

I put up my antenna in 2009. I used a CM 4228hd, (hacked according to the instructions on this site) with a 7777ta pre-amp which was supposed to be the best thing available at the time. It performed well until the tower collapsed this year. The antenna is beyond repair (I have no reason to think there's anything wrong with the amp). Is the 4228 still the best replacement? Is there something better now? Is the 4228 even still available, and if not, what's a good replacement?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 2017-08-15, 10:40 AM
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The Channel Master 4228HD is still available, but they now like to call it the EXTREMEtenna 80.
with a 7777ta pre-amp which was supposed to be the best thing available at the time
If you mean the original 7777 with two antenna inputs, it was the best and still is the best.

Channel Master has redesigned it twice, but used the same model number to trade on the good reputation of the original design.....very confusing.

When the UHF band was reduced to 14-51, some antennas were rescaled to improve the gain at the low end of UHF, like the Antennas Direct DB8E. Repack will reduce the UHF band even more to 14-36.

What is best for you now depends upon the signals at your location as shown on a TVFOOL report, what channels are important to you, and what channels will move to the low end of UHF as a result of repack.

You can do a TVFOOL report here, using your exact address or coordinates (which will not show):

If not, you can give us your postal code and we can do an approximate report. Then you can tell us what channels are important to you.

If you can not measure it, you can not improve it.
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