Antennas … Again

August 21st, 2011

I spotted a commercial version of my DIY HDTV antenna in Costco. You can also find it in Target’s web site. It’s called ClearStream. What I saw is the C2 version that has only two rings.

The C4 version is actually parallel-connected Doppler ring pairs, while my version is series-connected. The main difference between series-connected and parallel-connected version is the beam angle. The series-connected Doppler rings will have narrower beam angle and theoretically stronger signal.

Both ClearStream C2 and C4 feature reflector mesh (that will make their gain boost quite a bit) and commercial grade packaging. I did not see any guiding ring in the design, which I think it should have. They did not have in-antenna preamplifier, what a pity! The size of these antennas are perfect fit to be mounted in attic and leverage existing house wiring.

To mount these antennas outdoor will require a real pro that helps with proper grounding (so that it won’t be fried under thunderstorm). I personally won’t do that since Californian sun is the most corrosive source for anything that has plastics.

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