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Old 07-08-2009, 05:26 PM   #1  
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Default Wade Antenna has discontinued the Delhi antenna line

During a talk today with the Sales Manager of Wade, i was told that Wade has haulted construction of their line of VHF and UHF consumer antennas. I will personally shed a tear for the loss of ther terrific VIP-306 and VIP-307 antennas, whih were the standard of the industry in the VHF only market, as well as their VU-937SR, the biggest and baddest VHF-UHF antenna on the market.

I understand that their antennas mounting equipment and towers will remain available.
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:34 PM   #2  
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I got one a few weeks ago. High quality antenna, its a shame they didnt have better sales department to market to the public.

Edit: I think there reason was the diminish of VHF and the digital switch.
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DANGIT......why of why does all the good stuff die!!!?! I'm glad I got my stuff when I did....just hope it lasts 50 years or so now....or until vhf disappears if it does

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DANGIT......why of why does all the good stuff die!!!?! I'm glad I got my stuff when I did....just hope it lasts 50 years or so now....or until vhf disappears if it does
all i ever wanted was an antenna BIGGER than smdp1 's. i'll never get all the channels he does.no more vu-937sr with uhf superzoom.20 foot long. what has this world come to ? why can't a man have an antenna bigger than his house? i need one where i live.i'll have to get by with my winegard 8200.what could of been.tigerbangs tell'em bring them back!
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all i ever wanted was an antenna BIGGER than smdp1 's. i'll never get all the channels he does.no more vu-937sr with uhf superzoom.20 foot long. what has this world come to ? why can't a man have an antenna bigger than his house? i need one where i live.i'll have to get by with my winegard 8200.what could of been.tigerbangs tell'em bring them back!
You'll just have to make your own!
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:32 AM   #6  
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you know I found a place on the web once (died now) that would help you build your own antenna, but it didn't help you find the materials....or tell you the details about insulating and all.....you could specify the gain you wanted and it would tell you how to get it.
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you know I found a place on the web once (died now) that would help you build your own antenna, but it didn't help you find the materials....or tell you the details about insulating and all.....you could specify the gain you wanted and it would tell you how to get it.
build an antenna? i couldn't build a bird house. antennacraft is building a copy of the gray-hoverman super antenna.uh-4500 i think.100 mile range.wait....you already have that. lol.get a vip 307,gray-hoverman,channelmaster titan2 7777 amp, 68 foot tower,and watch smoke roll off my tv so many channels come in. i wonder what tigerbangs thinks bout that set up.
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. antennacraft is building a copy of the gray-hoverman super antenna.uh-4500 i think
The U-4500 is not a Gray-Hoverman. It is a new commercial variant of the Hoverman antenna that was first patented in 1959 (with no reflector) and again 1964 (with a reflector) by Doyt Hoverman. The Gray-Hoverman variations came much later and represent an ongoing project among do-it-yourself enthusiasts.

FYI, I have a 39-year old Winegard-made Hoverman antenna that was sold for many years by Radio Shack until it was discontinued in the mid-1980's. It is still functioning and it is not the only Hoverman from that era still in use in my neighbourhood. AntennaCraft also sold a Hoverman antenna at the time. Gray had nothing to do with the design of either antenna.

As far as Wade-Delhi is concerned I have their 10 element channel 13 yagi that I have not yet had a chance to put on the roof. It is a very ruggedly built antenna that should stand up to harsh winters for many years. It's a shame that other antenna manufacturers don't build their antennas as ruggedly as Wade.

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Old 07-12-2009, 06:10 PM   #9  
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I agree about the Wade stuff being robust: the Sales Manager told me that they decided to discontinue the products rather than cheapen them to meet the current market. Looking at how well their stuff was made, I will mourn their loss...
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The U-4500 is not a Gray-Hoverman. It is a new commercial variant of the Hoverman antenna that was first patented in 1959 (with no reflector) and again 1964 (with a reflector) by Doyt Hoverman. The Gray-Hoverman variations came much later and represent an ongoing project among do-it-yourself enthusiasts.

FYI, I have a 39-year old Winegard-made Hoverman antenna that was sold for many years by Radio Shack until it was discontinued in the mid-1980's. It is still functioning and it is not the only Hoverman from that era still in use in my neighbourhood. AntennaCraft also sold a Hoverman antenna at the time. Gray had nothing to do with the design of either antenna.

As far as Wade-Delhi is concerned I have their 10 element channel 13 yagi that I have not yet had a chance to put on the roof. It is a very ruggedly built antenna that should stand up to harsh winters for many years. It's a shame that other antenna manufacturers don't build their antennas as ruggedly as Wade.
didn't know that. all i do know is those do it yourselfer people talk bout how great they are all the time and when people say they can't build one themselfs they say get a u-4500.they also say the gray-hoverman blows the wade-delhi vu-937sr out of the water on uhf.with or without uhf superzoom.
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Tigerbangs-- with Wade out of the market, what would recommend as your "second best" for VHF/FM? Thanks!
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By default , it comes down to the Channel Master Crossfire 3671 or the Winegard HD-8200u: both are good antennas, with great VHF reception. All combination antennas compromise UHF reception to some degree, but, for the time being, if you need low-band VHF or FM from an antenna, these are the best game in town. I know that AntennaCraft makes their HD-1850, which appears to be almost a dead ringer for the HD-8200u, but I have never had my hands on one, so I can't tell you how good or bad they are.

If you are one of the people who can live with no FM and need only VHF-high-band and UHF, the combination to beat at the moment is the AntennasDirect XG-91 UHF antenna along with a Winegard YA-1713 VHF high-band antenna. I am not 100% sold on the Winegard YA-1713, but it is one of the best of the currently available VHF-high-band yagis.

I am awaiting an evaluation copy of the new Funke PSIP-922a antenna from the Netherlands, which replaces the PSP-1922 which was so popular with DXers for a while. It's specs look a lot better than the YA-1713, and Funke has a reputation for innovative design. if it is as good as they tell me that it is, I may import some of them, as a lot of people are sick of VHF now playing second fiddle to UHF in the digital game. I suspect that the PSIP-922a will become the great VHF equalizer if it's performance is as great as it's promise.
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Where did you find out about the 922A, I can't find anything about it on the internet?
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Old 07-19-2009, 03:32 PM   #14  
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I have a copy of their advance specifications for the Funke PSIP-922: I have it in PDF form, but it is too big to post here
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This is a real bummer. One less set of good VHF antennas on the market.
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