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OnkyoMan
05-08-2009, 11:11 AM
I'm looking for a new UHF antenna, and have been leaning towards the Clearstream4, which seems to get some great reviews. I'd like to use the antenna for local and DX stations.

I just came across an antenna on eBay that looks decent, and has a couple of positive reviews, and I was wondering if anyone here has heard anything about it. It's called the Nitro NRA3000 antenna, and is available on ebay. Upside is that it looks to have a good design, downside is that it has plastic on part of the housing. It also includes a rotor, which is a plus, and it is cheap, at $45!

Here is a link to one on Ebay:
http://tinyurl.com/newuhf

Here are 2 basic reviews I found:
http://www.paulding.com/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t136509.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3GNiS5pdlQ

I'm thinking about putting it up in the attic, even if it isn't made for harsh weather (I'm in upstate NY). At least their ebay ads warn you about this antenna not being suitable for harsh weather and high winds, so I give them credit for that!

Let me know what you guys think!

Jim Thomas
05-08-2009, 12:41 PM
Okay, I've posted a pic of the antenna. I can see the UHF drive element with the directors. I believe the VHF drive element looks like a single loop element like an FM element??? And obviously the reflectors in the arc I believe are for rejection of UHF signals from the rear. BUT - how does it make the VHF directional? I can't see anyway that it rejects VHF signals from the rear. Also, I can't believe they claim 45dB signal gain and a deep fringe pattern of 50 miles or greater.

I have dabbled with antennas for over thirty years (and sell them on a part time basis) and I always thought the boom length contributed to the overall gain. This antenna looks very short and I seriously question that much gain ability. Please - someone correct me if I'm wrong. I would like to see how they arrive at their number.

Onkyoman - maybe you should state what your TV reception goals are and if you are working within a budget. There are several Forum members here that are very antenna savy and wouldn't point you in the wrong direction for the best way to go. Just my opinion........

OnkyoMan
05-08-2009, 04:25 PM
Hi Jim... thanks for your interest in this. I do believe I said in my post that I wanted to use the antenna for local and DX reception, and with the HD cutoff date coming, HD is where my focus will be. In my area, that means channels 14 and above, so I want a good UHF antenna.

My budget limit would be about $100.

Thanks!

Jim Thomas
05-08-2009, 04:37 PM
If you want one of the new Channel Master 4228 UHF antennas (rated one of the better ones in the industry), I can hook you up with one. Channel Master now calls them the ExtremeAntenna (4228HD). My partner has some in stock. (send me a personal email from my User CP and I'll give you price + s/h <less than $100>)

If you want to read more about them follow this link...
http://www.channelmasterintl.com/terr/EXTREMEtenna.html

There are other good ones and you may get some comparable suggestions on this thread. You'll have to use what works for you.

OnkyoMan
05-08-2009, 05:31 PM
Jim - I was considering the 4228, but I came across about a half dozen comments scattered across the internet from owners who said that the build quality on these antennas is not very good. Specifically, they said that ever since production was moved to China, these antennas especially have developed some serious quality control issues. They said the old 4228 was a truly great antenna, but the 4228HD, now manufactured in China, is not in the same class. If you have a 4228, you are very fortunate!

Jim Thomas
05-08-2009, 06:09 PM
I have to agree with you on the quality issue - too many plastic pieces and I am not crazy about the 'redesign'. I personally have the original design 4228 installed at my house. I also have an Antennacraft MXU59 Deep Fringe UHF yagi mounted about 32" below the 4228, which performs just as well as the older 4228, however - it is 100" and not sure it would fit in an attic very well. Both of my antennas are outside on a mast.

I really like the construction of the MXU59, and its very light weight for its size....
http://www.antennacraft.net/pdfs/MXU59.pdf

You can buy one direct from Antennacraft for $53.00