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AntennaCraft UHF/High-Band VHF Outdoor HDTV Antenna (HBU55)

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AntennaCraft UHF/High-Band VHF Outdoor HDTV Antenna (HBU55)

Brand: AntennaCraft           P\N: HBU55          

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This streamlined and powerful antenna delivers channels 7-69, where most stations are now located. Model HBU55 offers extra UHF elements, so you can get distant UHF stations.


  • Fringe high-band UHF/VHF TV antenna

  • 53 active electronic elements

  • 145" boom length

  • Range up to 60+ miles UHF Band (Ch. 14-69)

  • Range up to 100 Miles VHF High-Band (Ch. 7-13)

  • Includes hardware for mounting to a mast, and 75 Ohm Transformer for coaxial connection


• Channels 7 - 69
• Electronic Elements 53
• Output Impedance 300 ohms

• Boom Length 145"
• Maximum Width 51.5"
• Vertical Height 32"
• Turning Radius 76"
• Element Diameter .375"
• Shipping Weight 11.0 lbs.
• Carton Dimensions 8.0" x 6.5" x 86.5"

Gain (dB)
VHF Low Band N/A
• VHF High Band 9.3
• UHF Band 9.0

2 Half-Power Beamwidth (deg.)

• VHF Low Band N/A
• VHF High Band 48.5
• UHF Band 34.0

3 Front-To-Back Ratio (dB)

• VHF Low Band N/A
• VHF High Band 19.0
• UHF Band 17.7
• CEA Color Code: Yellow/Green/Lt. Green/Red


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Product Reviews for AntennaCraft UHF/High-Band VHF Outdoor HDTV Antenna (HBU55)

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Recent Review:
Pete - Topsham, ME - 3/28/2013
great reception

Customer Reviews:
great reception
- Topsham, ME -
Very good reception with this antenna. I can appreciate the directivity on the very weakest channels. This unit is very light weight which was a plus during the installation. The high VHF profile cuts wind loading but I will have to wait till spring to say whether it will hold up to a good Maine ice storm.
Very good for long range applications
- Denison, TX -
Using on a 60 tower for pickup of stations that are 70 miles away.Reliable in high VHF and UHF about 95% of the time.
Almost twice the size & price of HBU33, but is it twice as good?
- Stanardsville, VA -
I live in the eastern foothills of Virginia, in between several broadcast markets: Charlottesville is about 25 miles south, Richmond about 70 miles ESE, Washington DC about 90 miles NE and Harrisonburg is about 25 miles west but on the other side of the Blue Ridge mountains.

Ever since the DTV transition I';d been using a very good UHF-only Channel Master antenna (rooftop mounted with rotor)and could get the C';ville and Richmond UHF stations with ease, one Harrisonburg station with difficulty, and once in a while a few of the DC UHF stations would come in. I knew there were VHF Hi Band stations in each area that I was missing, so recently I decided to give one of the Hi VHF/UHF combo antennas a shot.

First I tried the Antenna Craft HBU33 and was really impressed with it. Not only did it pull in the half dozen VHF channels & all their subchannels that I';d been missing, but to my surprise it actually outperformed my old Channel Master on UHF.

The HBU33 pulled in the 90 mile away DC area VHF stations (7 & 9)consistently, and it often brought in a slew of UHF stations from DC that I';d never gotten before. It also picked up the over-the-mountain Harrisonburg station with ease and 100% consistency, as well as the closer Richmond and C';ville stations (although the 26 KW VHF channel 12 from 70 miles away in Richmond was a challenge.)

Well, after discovering all these new stations, especially the dozens of channels available from DC, I got greedy.

I wanted to try for even more distance and consistency so I upgraded to the HBU55. I was a little worried about the size of this bigger antenna, but it was super easy to handle and assemble, with no problem at all getting it mounted on the roof. And there is no question that it delivers a stronger signal on all the available channels. However, the overall improvement hasn';t quite lived up to my hopes.

Yes, all the previously reliable signals are still coming in and with even better signal strength and quality, but the less reliable signals are still just that, less reliable.

In other words, at almost twice the size and price of the HBU33, I feel like the HBU55 is better but not twice as good - maybe more like 15% better.

So my bottom line recommendation is that if all the stations you want to get are closer than 70 miles, you might be satisfied with the HBU33. The money you save could go to a good quality signal booster, a rotor, better coax, etc.

On the other hand, if you';re trying to get all the extra range possible with a reasonably priced and easy to handle antenna, then sure, go for the HBU55. Just be realistic with your expectations and consider all the factors involved including the output power vs distance of the stations of interest, your terrain, elevation, etc. Also, forget about using a splitter to feed more than one set, and consider using a converter box as your tuner - they';re usually more sensitive than built in DTV tuners.

I should add that in addition to all the stations mentioned above, I am also frequently getting a few from Baltimore (both VHF & UHF) which is about 120 miles away, and to date I';ve even logged 4 UHF stations from North Carolina, approaching 200 miles. These extreme cases are undoubtedly a combination of tropospheric conditions and my favorable location, but they never came in at all before I upgraded to the HBU55. So sorry HBU55, if I hadn';t tried your over-achieving little cousin first I would have given you 5 stars too.

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