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Old 13-Feb-2016, 7:23 PM   #1
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Winegard antennas

The HBU55 that I was going to buy off C-list got sold out from under me so i am back to square one and looking at the Winegard 7697 vs 7698. The second is 3' longer with a few more elements but seemingly not much more gain. Both have more gain than the Clearstream 5 by quite a lot. My questions are: 1. Are Winegards well made? And 2. is the 7698 significantly better than the 7697? Price difference is only about $15 but I wonder if the larger antenna would be more susceptible to wind and snow damage. I am 30 +or- miles from towers which are all high VHF except for one low VHF which I can live without. Tall trees nearby to my house in the direction of the signals. See more info in my previous post at http://forum.tvfool.com/showthread.php?t=15896
Thanks, Larry
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Old 20-Feb-2016, 4:50 PM   #2
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You have a low VHF station in Bangor. The Winegard HD7084P is the right antenna for you.
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Old 20-Feb-2016, 4:54 PM   #3
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low VHF

As I said in my post, I am willing to live without the low VHF station for the easier installation. The 7084 is a very big antenna, maybe no longer than the others but quite a bit wider and more unwieldy when balancing on a ridge, especially when you are 66 years old.
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Old 22-Feb-2016, 2:53 AM   #4
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Check Ebay. Still can find a HBU55 there.

Also, this antenna will work for all the VHF Hi stations. Cheaper alternative to the HBU 55.

http://www.abilityhdtv.com/product-i...nna-pid65.html

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Old 22-Feb-2016, 8:25 PM   #5
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Actually my questions in the post were: 1. Are Winegards well made? And 2. is the 7698 significantly better than the 7697? I was only considering the HBU55 because I found it cheap on Craigslist, but the seller did not hold it for me. Thanks, Larry
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Old 24-Feb-2016, 5:38 PM   #6
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There are virtually no VHF antennas left unless the are part of a UHF configuration. Trying to offer a cost effect solution.

Stellar Labs has a couple of affordable yet fairly well built VHF Hi only antennas MCM Electronics carries them. Google it. May get lucky and still get WLBZ Ch. 2 since I've heard in some cases a VHF Hi antenna can pick up VHF lo if the signal is not too weak. A pre amp will help too.
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Old 24-Feb-2016, 7:34 PM   #7
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Stellar Labs has a couple of affordable yet fairly well built VHF Hi only antennas MCM Electronics carries them
FYI, "Stellar Labs" is MCM's "house brand". The antennas are made in China by Qiaohoa.
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Old 28-Feb-2016, 1:22 AM   #8
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I actually bought a couple UHF antennas from Stellar Labs and they performed pretty well and were decently built. http://www.mcmelectronics.com/produc...-2415-/30-2415
Granted, I haven't bought any VHF from them, but my own experience in dealing with them was pretty decent. Hope this helps.
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