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Antennas Direct DB8 UHF Multi-Directional HDTV Antenna

  • Range: Up to 70 miles or more
  • Impedance 300/75 ohm
  • Works up to 70 miles or more from transmitters
  • Very flexible aiming characteristics
  • Weatherproof construction
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Brand
Antennas Direct
Model
DB8

Spec

Specifications
Range: Up to 70 miles or more

Impedance 300/75 ohm

Works up to 70 miles or more from transmitters

Very flexible aiming characteristics

Weatherproof construction

High gain across entire UHF band (UHF channels 14-69)

Max Gain: 15.8 dB

Dimensions: 29"L x 42"W x 4"D

Weight: 10 lbs.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
Lifetime limited
Labor
1 year limited

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day


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  • Tyler G.
  • 9/9/2013 8:26:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: Seems to be quality, assembled Easily enough. Works better than I expected, even with all the positive reviews.

Cons: Not entirely sure about outdoor use for a long period of time.

Other Thoughts: I assembled in my attic pointing towards my nearest broadcasting stations. Picked up 52 channels where bunny ears were picking up about 8 channels with problems. The 52 channels I'm not picking up have no issues with reception thus far. My broadcasting stations are on Lake Michigan (in Milwaukee) and my house in in Waukesha. My guess is about 15-20 miles as a crow flies.

I had to buy some plumbing equipment from Menards; a flange, screws, and a metal pole to mount in the attic for about 15 bucks.

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  • Jeff C.
  • 7/8/2013 6:13:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent range on this antenna

Pros: Excellent range and signal strength. I live in East York/Toronto and I can pick up signals in Rochester and Buffalo crystal clear. Currently the antenna is outside on a tower but I got the same reception in side my house in the attic (I may move it back to avoid wear and tear in the weather). It's lasted through one winter without any issue. I've paired this with a Silicon Dust HDHomeRun.

Cons: A neighbors tree has grown over the last year and started banging against the antenna in gusty winds. It's starting to get banged up (will probably relocate to the attic). Signal strength can waiver in stormy weather so I added a signal amplifier. For some reason Toronto Stations don't come in as well as the Buffalo ones, but that seems the case for all antennas east of Yonge street. These are not the fault of the antenna but I thought I should mention it for other users.

Other Thoughts: Cut the cord, this antenna costs the same as one month of cable at the lowest price with better picture quality. Works best if you live in an area with lots of TV signals.

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  • J.R. J.
  • 6/17/2013 8:00:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding inside or out

Pros: Easy set up; no wrenches needed (all wingnuts); Increadible reception; Great reception even inside attic and through trees; no amplifier necessary

Cons: directions a little unclear (box picture is clearer)

Other Thoughts: pair with a mounting post (J mount)

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  • Jeff C.
  • 2/28/2013 12:05:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks perfectly

Pros: Receives signals from a good distance and easy to set-up. Cheep price for an antenna that receives this level of signals. Holds up well to the outdoor elements.

Cons: Parts can feel light and flimsy but it has last me this long. Does require a good location to receive signals. I can stress this enough, with a high enough antenna mast you should be able to receive any signal on the horizon.

Other Thoughts: I am in the east end of Toronto and I have been working on cutting the cable signal for a while (Wife is almost there). I have an old TV antenna tower from the previous owner and managed to setup the antenna on it. I receive excellent signal quality from Buffalo and Rochester, crystal clear HD in all it's glory. Toronto stations come in quite well but some times there is interference due to objects between my house and the CN tower. I bought a signal booster to keep the Canadian signals from cutting out occasionally. I've watched TV through few snow and rain storms now and not many issues at all. Buffalo and Rochester have yet to cut out on me (when I am watching or recording). Pair this with an HDHomeRun box and your laughing.

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  • Jeffrey B.
  • 1/24/2013 6:54:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: I put it on top of my TV stand inside my house to test it and did a scan for stations and it picked up 25 stations with excellent reception. I can't wait to to get it mounted outside to see how many more stations it gets.

Cons: None. The pictures in the install instructions do not match the antenna exactly but it goes together pretty easy.

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  • David F.
  • 10/30/2012 12:55:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOverall very pleased

Pros: This antenna works significantly better than the old spokes it replaced, picked up three new channels I didn't have before.

Cons: It came slightly different than the instructions, specifically the connector from the two masts to the coax cable. This was a little confusing at first, as I thought I was missing parts, but it worked out in the end. Not worth docking an egg for.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/26/2012 8:32:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsfew more notes from the Toronto/Buffalo reviewer

Pros: I wrote the previous review about pulling in signals from Toronto and Buffalo, and I just wanted to clarify why I described this as a multi directional antenna.

I do not have a rotor set up. My DB8 pulls in signals from 2 very different headings, even though it isn't directly aimed at either one of them (rather somewhere in between). These broadcast sites are more than 80 arc degrees apart, but I aimed the DB8 so that the the furthest site is only about 60 degrees off heading. One of those sites is relatively close (Toronto), while the other is quite far and crosses Lake Ontario. And yet, even without a rotor, I am getting very good and stable signal strength for almost all the channels that are broadcasted from those sites. To me, that makes the DB8 a multidirectional antenna. Your mileage may vary.

I also want to reiterate that I have no preamps on my line, and I live in a mature neighbourhood with plenty of 100+ year old trees in direct line of sight to both broadcast sites. However, I am still pulling in almost all channels from both sites, and occasionally pulling in ABC from a tower in Rochester, which is 100+ miles away. In my book, that makes this antenna oustanding.

My best advice is to use TVFool.com or Antennapoint,com to locate broadcast sites and determine heading, distance and broadcast power relative to your position. At bare minimum run a signal analysis. But to get an accurate estimate of reception to specific channels, check the coverage maps. This will give a good approximation of where to point (i.e. your heading). Then during installation, you can fine tune the heading (+/- 5degrees at most). A sighting compass works best, but GPS with a heading/compass function will do as long as it's accurate (any GPS with better than 3 meter/ 10 feet resolution is preferred)

This antenna is definitely capable of receiving signals within at least 60 arc degrees, and is sensitive enough to pull signals from over 100 miles under the right conditions. This is where the high gain sensitivity really earns its keep.

If your position lets you point to towers within this area, then this antenna should be great for you. Otherwise, consider ganging 2 smaller antennas (e.g. DB4e or DB2 even) pointed in different directions, or install a rotor.

Cons: manual is poorly written. Transformer could use beefier weather protection - a few layers of electrical tape should do just fine.

Other Thoughts: Performance of any antenna is hugely dependent on the installation. Height and azimuth are critical, so take the time to get it right.

Avoid attic installs unless you are within 40 miles of the tower. Attic installs cut power by up to 40% right off the top.

Avoid splitters because they cut signal strength dramatically - up to 70% on low quality splitters. If absolutely necessary, install a splitter with a good 1MHz or greater chip board, and with as few splits as possible. (i.e. don't install an 8 way splitter if you only need 3, because each subsequent split reduces signal strength even more). The more you split, the more likely you'll need a pre-amp, which has its own set of issues.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/23/2012 11:37:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsgreat sensitivity, wide angle range

Pros: This is an excellent multi-directional antenna.

Mine is roof mounted, approx 35 feet from the ground. Approx 70feet of RG6 cable with nothing but a grounding block on the line (i.e. no splitters, pre-amps, diplexers, combiners, etc.)

From my home, the two main sites are Toronto (heading = 53degrees, 16 miles) and Buffalo and surrounding area (furthest tower heading is 133 degrees and 78miles). From my home, these sites are almost a right angle apart from each other - about 80 arc degrees.

With my antenna pointed at a heading of about 115 degrees, I am pulling *almost all* channels from these sites, so I don't know why some owners are claiming operating ranges of 10-15 arc degrees. My operating range is about 60 degrees (i.e. 115 - 53= 57 arc degrees)

I can get up to 22 channels, including 1 weak signal from Rochester on good weather days. To be clear, Rochester is about 12 arc degrees and 104 miles away from my antenna's position and heading. In the future, I'd like to try a 10ft extension (for a total of 45feet off the ground) to see if I can stabilize the Rochester signal.

On bad weather days, I lose up to 3 channels - all of them are from a similar heading in Buffalo. I lose NBC partially to weather, but more likely due to the fact that the NBC tower has had fluctuating broadcast power for quite some time now. Other than that, all channels are stable all the time.

This is a great design... very light and wind resistant. Not monstrously large, but still sensitive enough to pick up a signal over 100 miles away. I'll bet with the right set up and conditions, this would be capable.

Cons: As some have said, Installation manual isn't great. Would have been better if the antenna was labelled with letters and/or arrows and cross referenced with the manual. I had to re-assemble both cross braces because I put them on the wrong side of the mesh.

Also, the transformer didn't seem as weather resistant as I would have liked - no visible gaskets or weather sealing. I wrapped it in several layers of good quality electrical tape. So far no issues.

Packaging is average. I would have preferred more styrofoam molds or peanuts.

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  • Matthew W.
  • 9/6/2012 5:48:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPeople are confused.

Pros: This is a very good top of the line DIRECTIONAL antenna.

Cons: Miscategorized by newegg. This is a directional antenna, not multi-directional.

Other Thoughts: The people giving this a poor review are attempting to use it as a multi-directional antenna. The shield on the back reflects the signal back over the bowtie antennas to double the signal quality, but it prevents signal from coming in from the back. If you want this to be a multi-directional antenna, remove the shield from the back... but that will cut your reception in half. Basically, you have either a 35 mile multi-directional antenna, or a 70 mile directional antenna.

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  • Brent L.
  • 7/18/2012 11:56:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsdb8

Pros: Greatest HD Antenna I ever used picks up everything very strong without fade and without a preamp on a 100 foot cable...

Cons: This antenna is not multi-directional at all you really have to dial it in..

Other Thoughts: Best to have person spotting on the tv on the inside versus placing it at the specified compass position it says on the internet as there are many variables

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