I need OTA Antenna help (Are Radio shack roof-top antennas any good)?

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  1. Bill Adlhoch

    Bill Adlhoch Stunt Coordinator

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    I live in the metro Detroit area and I am looking to add a roof mounted antenna with rotator to my set up. I desire to not only get a clear "non-fiddle" signal of Detroit DTV signals, but also pull in Toledo (~60 miles) and Lansing (~75 miles) signals for TV(VHF AND UHF) and FM as well.

    I am curious if the antennas sold at Radio shack are any good. I went into a local staore and was surprised to learn that their biggest antenna (VU-210XR) was on sale for $9.97.
    Must be on close-out or something.

    Is this antenna anywhere near as good as the biggest channel master or winegard? I will be adding a pre-amp to the set up for maximim range.

    Per the radio shack web site, the gain figures are as follows:
    VHF Low Band: 6.2 dB
    VHF High Band: 8.7 dB
    UHF: 11.1 dB
    FM: 2.2 dB

    The Biggest Windgard Antenna has the following gain figures:

    VHF LOW: 7 dB
    VHF High: 11.5dB
    UHF: 13.3dB
    FM: Not provided

    Is that a significant differece in performance? (2-3dB on average)
    Or for the price difference if the performance differences minimal?

    I am also concerned how "directional" this antenna would be. The pick up patterns of Channel Master and Winegard are highly directional which is what I desire and wondered if a Radio Shack antenna is also directional (use for DX'ing)

    Now while I am not opposed to finding a bargain price, I am more concerned with quality and performance and am not afraid to spend for that.

    I would be very appreciative of any ideas on this antenna or other recommendations.
     
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    Over at AVS Forums there is a sections dedicated to local HDTV broadcasts. I'm sure there is an active Detroit thread.
    -Robert
     
  3. Bill Adlhoch

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    I am on that forum as billmich
     

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