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Jan
10

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ClearStream 5 Antenna Tested and Approved by TV Technology

An editor of TV Technology, James E. O’Neal describes a story that is similar to many of our customers. He was looking for a high power, easy to assemble antenna that would provide clear reception for channels that broadcast in high VHF that may be more than 65+ miles away.

Our ClearStream 5 High Gain VHF Antenna was up to O’Neal’s challenge in his country home outside of Washington DC. Here is how he describes his experience from the antenna installation to performance:

The C5 consists of two pieces—a more or less rectangular “loop” with a small box at the bottom sporting an output connector. The other member is similar to the “loop” but is in the form of a sideways “H” affixed to a mesh element that is obviously a reflector, but one that seems more in keeping with what you’d find on a UHF bowtie rig. The hardware supplied consisted of screws, washers, spacers, and U-bolts for mast mounting. There was also a V/U combiner (diplexer) in a nice weatherproof enclosure.

IN USE

ClearStream 5 Featured on TV Technology

I parked it on the den floor, and with just a little tweaking and shimming, the game reappeared—solid as a rock. The height AGL was now only about three feet. This is one remarkable antenna.

Rather than retreat to the attic, I left the unit on the floor and viewed the remainder of the game. When it ended (my college team won), I uncabled things and journeyed to the attic hatchway. On a hunch, I elected not to take the C5 apart, and found that it easily fit through the 23×29-inch hatch opening.

The C5 is now mounted alongside my bow-tie array and performs very nicely.

Read the full article about the ClearStream 5 from TVTechnology.com.
Thanks for the glowing review Mr. O’Neal. We hope you enjoy the C5 and those VHF channels for years to come.
Nov
12

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Antennas Direct’s DB4 in Action

Today a fan on our facebook page posted a video showing just how easy it was install a DB4 antenna and test it. Notice how they make good use of the satellite dish!

* Range: Up to 55 miles
* Strong performance across UHF spectrum (Channels 14-69)
* Versatile high gain multi – bay antenna
* Efficient design allows tremendous gain in a compact size 13.7 dBi gain
* Versatile HD antenna, succeeds in difficultareas where other antennas fail
* All weather Balun included
* Designed to resist extreme wind loading
* Works great in attics. Fits easily & high gain can help overcome loss from roofing materials
* Dimensions 29″ H x 19″ W x 4″ Deep
* Product Weight: 4.5 pounds

Oct
5

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ClearStream5 – Cable and Placement

What type of cable is appropriate for the Clearstream5 antenna, and which direction should it face – the instructions don’t seem to cover these details.  – From Christopher in Palos Verdes Estates, California

Hi Christopher,

Any coaxial cable will work with your antenna. The type of cable depends more on the length of cable you need to run the antenna to your television. We have 3 types of coaxial cables available on our website, each in 50’ and 100’ measurements. We would recommend using any coaxial cable RG6 grade or better because it has a lower loss per foot so we find it works the best.

As for placement, it depends on where exactly you live. http://www.antennapoint.com will help you determine where to point your antenna by locating your transmitters.

The side with the cable attachment should face the transmitting stations. The metal grid is a reflector that bounces the signals back to the antenna.

Clearstream5 Antenna

Clearstream5 Antenna

Hope that answers your question. Let us know if you need more info. Thanks!

Sep
14

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How to Ground an Outdoor Antenna

What is the best way to ground my Clearstream4 antenna? Should I use coax cable with an integrated separate ground wire, or run a separate wire? If so, what gage wire should I use? (I’m setting it on a tripod mount I purchased from you). Thanks! - From Steve in Fort Collins, Colorado

Hi Steve,

Grounding the coax cable with a coaxial lighting surge protector will protect your equipment from voltage surges created by nearby strikes but not from a direct strike. To protect yourself from a direct strike, attach a lightening arrester to the antenna mast. Connect #8 gauge wire to a copper clad ground rod driving it at least 4 feet into the ground.

We would also recommend checking your local electrical codes to make sure you are in compliance or even look into having a professional electrician advise and/or install for you. View this list of recommended antenna installers.

Antennas Direct accepts no responsibility for damage from improper grounding.

Jun
17

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Can I Use My Old Dish Pole to Mount My Antenna?

Question: I understand it is best to mount antenna on roof, not in attic. I have a old dish out side and I was wondering if I could mount my antenna on that pole. It is about 5′ tall? And use the cables that are all ready installed? From Cindy in Wilson, North Carolina

Answer:

Hi Cindy,

You are correct. If it is possible, we usually always recommend mounting an antenna on the roof rather than the attic. This way there is less of a chance of interference and your antenna will be higher on the roof.

Using the leftover dish mount is sometimes a great solution to your antenna mounting needs. There are however a couple of variables to check before doing so.

  1. When using the mount will your roof or other objects such as trees impede the clear line of sight needed by your antenna for consistent reception.
  2. Also when using the leftover cables you must ensure all of the distribution items installed by the Dish company are removed such as splitters and diplexers because they could interfere with your reception.
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