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Thread: Help! Ntennacraft 6-element vs Winegard HD HD6055P

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    Default Help! Ntennacraft 6-element vs Winegard HD HD6055P

    Hi

    I am seriously considering upgrading my FM antenna. I already own the Antennacraft (bought at the Shack just before they ran out) and it works peachy....but.....

    Is the Winegard more sensitive, better front-to-back (iow more directional), better gain, longer reception range?

    I plan to take down my A'craft to throw in the SUV for my trips....but the W'gard is $55 more or so.

    Worth it? If not, I'll get another A'craft.

    Also! I live in a mobile home, so I cannot be fancy....

    cd
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    Yes, the Winegard is a somewhat higher-performing antenna; it is also somewhat larger. I don't see a dramatic difference, however.

    Aside from that, there aren't many/any? other choices on the market today until you get into the $200 range. If the Antennacraft FM-6 works well for you, buy another one at $21 or so from one of the mail-order houses.

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    The easiest way to improve your antenna is to add an element. Details here:

    http://ham-radio.com/k6sti/fm6.htm

    Brian

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    Chris, as I don't have a 6055, nor have I been doing much FM DXing lately, I am reluctant to recommend any FM antenna to a DXer.

    However, my thought is that the 6055 would be a better performer than the FM-6. The 6055 is longer (127") and has two more elements (8), so the 6055 should receive more signal and be more directional...in theory.

    Larger antennas for VHF and UHF frequencies, in my experience, generally outperform smaller antennas.
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    The HD6055P boom length is 82", not 127". I don't have the antenna dimensions, but the boom length and element count suggest that it is an HD6065P minus two directors. Assuming that the length of the last HD6055P director is the same as the last HD6065P director, and everything else, including the matching network, is the same, see the calculated performance comparisons between the HD6055P and the FM6 attached below. The gain curves do not include the 0.85 dB loss of the long-lead Radio Shack balun the FM6 requires nor the unknown loss of the balun within the HD6055P matching network.

    If anyone has the actual dimensions of the HD6055P, please contact me and I'll update the model.

    Brian

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    @k6sti:

    Does that mean that the Winegard is better, but only up to 107.7 or so? I'm not good at graphs......

    The main issue for me is the $55 or so I'd have to pay for the Winegard. Also you see on Danny's site www.tvdxexpo.com , my 2 towers are kinda close...there may be overload issues.

    The specs on the Winegard are at www.solidsignal.com

    cd

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    The attached performance graphs include curves for the FM6 augmented with an additional director (boom length = 101").

    Brian

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    I sure have no idea how to add elements or whatever! If I had the money and a huge house, I'd get the APS-13....but beggars can't etc.

    cd

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    Exclamation Help!

    I went to the Antennacraft & Winegard websites and here are the Specs., for both:

    Antennacraft FM-6 the gain is 6.6 db and the f/b ratio is 18.9 db.

    Winegard 6055, the gain runs 7.0-8.6 db and the f/b ratio is 20 db.

    The 6055 has more gain and resists signals off the back, better...

    Gary Hickerson
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    Warren Electronics says 127" long. They must be in error. Here is the link:

    http://www.warrenelectronics.com/antennas/HD6055P.htm
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