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Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone is safe and healthy!  [wave]

I used to have a directional antenna that was attached to a rotor, but it only lasted 2 years cause i live in a high wind area, and attaching it to my chimney was a pain.

I then switched to a 4 bay Channel Master CM-4221HD antenna that has been performing quite well.

I'm now interested in upgrading to an 8 bay.  Any suggestions, other then the Channel Master.  I would have thought Channel Master would have come up with a new design, but they're still selling the same antenna from 2015.

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I haven't installed one in several  years now, But I have put up a lot of
Channel Master 8-Bay 4228 bowtie antennas with a amp.
Amp suggestion (7777)
I like the 0064 amp, by channel master, but it is not made anymore

The 4228, along with the 7777, is a great choice
I would start at about 12 or 15 ft. checking signal as You go.

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This is what I use. I like the adjustable panels for a little more beam width. https://www.newark.com/stellar-labs/30-2431/hdtv-80-mile-deep-fringe-bowtie/dp/25AC5067

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I use the antennas direct db8e here.
I like the horizontal stacking (or ganging), since you wind up with one high gain main lobe,
and two smaller gain sidelobes. I use the stronger main lobe to aim at weaker distant UHF stations, while aiming the smaller lobe at the strongest local Transmitters. This helps to keep the strong local signals
from overdriving the preamp, which is necessary to pull in even more distant transmitters at the same azimuth as the local TXMTR farm.

Take a look at Page 2 of the specs which has the antenna patterns and you'll see what I mean.

They have a rather liberal lifetime warranty with stateside customer support.

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Home Brew Polarotor683 Servo circuit. Openbox S9, Prof7500, v4l-updatelee linux drivers installed.
DB8E/VHF Yagi rotor FM Bandstop ap-8700 preamp 8way split LG lcd.
ricardo's geo-orbit archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20071202191450/http://www.geo-orbit.org:80/sizepgs/tuningp2.html

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