Xtreme Signal 8-Bay Bowtie Outdoor HDTV Antenna 65 Mile VHF/UHF (HDB8X)
- Brand: Xtreme Signal
- P\N: HDB8X
had an old radio shack, antenna that was SUPER directional thought I would try this one to utilize the ability to AIM it in two different directions,
O.K., here it is,,,,I can't be more impressed with this antenna!!.I had been using an old radio shack antenna, that was too directional,to say the least.............. I put this up, roughly using the compass app. on my phone,pointed one panel to Cincinnati, and the other to Kentucky.and this thing is amazing !!!!ran a channel check on the big t v ,downstairs, and it went from 21channels to 61,the other two sets were 60 and 59 the latter being the farthest away from the antenna.I have channels now that I didn't even know existed !!!!!, So,in short, if you need to buy an antenna buy this one !!!!!!
Works well to get signals from two directions
by NC Don
Most of local stations have their antennas clustered in a relatively high area of the piedmont closer to one of the larger cities about 35 miles away. A couple of stations have their antennas on a small mountain about 24 miles away. The two directions are about 100 degrees apart. I put my antenna in the attic and pointed the two sections in the appropriate directions. I'm getting a signal strength of 85 - 98 on all channels according to my TV's setup menu. Couldn't be happier with the performance plus it was a great deal! Said bye-bye to my former cable TV provider!
Nice setup, thanks Solid Signal!
Got the HDB8X, a Winegard LNA-200 preamp, DS-3000 J mount and some coax cable. Antenna was a snap to assemble, no tools! My only complaint was that the screws holding the bowties on were too short, so when bumped a couple fell off - easy to fix. Mounted in my attic. Tough area, most stations are 35-65 miles away. My old Terk TV55 was showing its age, and only reliably got 10 channels, sometimes less. The new setup (panels parallel) gets 21 transmitters, the farthest being 63 miles away. Very pleased so far.
I now get all Spokane, WA Channels including 4
I tried every indoor antenna I could find but could not get channel 4 (ABC). Turns out it is on Mt Spokane. The opposite direction of the rest. I put this antenna up on the roof where my old satellite dish mount is. Now I get all the local stations. I run it through my Tivo Romio which pulls up the local tv guide as well as allowing me to DVR shows. I don't miss satellite at all.
Works well, except for winds.
Seems to work well, able to receive stations within the specified range. However, in winds the antenna wants to fold up no matter how hard I tighten the wing nuts. Had to fabricate a brace for the bottom so that it would remain flat or folded out position.
works great, except in winds
I got mast up and antenna installed. have one set pointed to St Louis and other set pointed East, I am receiving almost 40 stations clearly, Last windstorm made the antenna U shaped.
by antenna only
I have 2 of these put up in different directions with a preamp booster ,works great get around 25 different channels. Have put up the same setup for a friend and they get more channels than I do. Would recommend this product
I am very pleased with this antenna. The picture and sound are great from 35 miles away although it is only mounted about 15 feet above ground. Shipping and service was great.
Works better than I expected !
by P Allen
Most days In getting Toronto which is 60 + miles away.Got a rotator,Can get Erie Pa. I got a Preamp coming to see what else I can receive. Seems to very well made.
Well made, has the potential for great deep-fringe reception, but high wind resistance can pose problems.
A very good antenna, sturdy, strong reception from stations over 80 miles away, but keep these things in mind to avoid a lot of frustration: 1. Due to shape, it's like a sail, there is a fair amount of wind resistance compared to yagi design. Mine was up 10' on a heavy-duty mast (not guyed) and 60 mph wind gusts bent the mast, never happened with the all-channel yagi monster it replaced. 2. Despite the claims, the bowtie design is intrinsically UHF, but this one will work decently for high VHF if the combiner is replaced with a VHF/UHF model (do a search on eBay), the one provided on the antenna is for UHF frequency band only. 3. Extremely sensitive to movement, signal strength fluctuates wildly if the antenna moves the slightest bit in the wind, probably due to its being highly directional, which results in deep-fringe range ability but it must be rock-stable.