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Antennacraft HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna

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HBU55

 | Catalog #: 15-279
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  • Heavy-gauge driven elements
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Product Summary

Own the airwaves.

Pull in a clear HD signal, even in rural areas, with Antennacraft's HBU55 antenna. This streamlined and powerful antenna delivers channels 7-69, where most stations are now located. With a range of up to 100 miles for Hi-VHF (Ch. 7-13) and 60+ miles for UHF (Ch. 14-69), you can depend on it for clear reception in rural and fringe areas. It also offers extra UHF elements, so even distant UHF stations will come in clear.

  • Optimized for channels 7~69
  • Up to 100 mile high-VHF range; 60+ mile UHF range*
  • Easy "snap-open" assembly
  • Includes "no-tilt" U-bolt clamp and 300/75 ohm matching transformer
  • Electronic elements: 53
  • Gain (dB): VHF high: 9.3; UHF: 9.0
  • Half-power beamwidth: VHF high: 48.5°; UHF: 34.0°
  • Front-to-back radio (dB): VHF high: 19; UHF: 17.7
Pricing and availability: Please note that all prices are subject to change without prior notice. Prices advertised on this site are for online orders only. Prices on some items may differ from those advertised in RadioShack stores. All merchandise may not be available at all stores, and all stores may not participate in all sales promotions. We recommend you contact the store to confirm product availability and price.

Disclaimer: *Mileage based on optimum conditions over flat, open terrain. Transmitting antenna height and power and receiving antenna height and placement, will also effect overall results.

What's in the box

  • Antennacraft® HBU55
  • U-bolt
  • 300/75 ohm matching transformer
  • User's guide
 

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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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December 02, 2009 Antennacraft® HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna (Specifications)
December 02, 2009 Antennacraft® HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna (User's Guide)

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Antennacraft HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna
 
3.5

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (10)
  • Strong signal (7)
  • Attractive (5)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Bad reception / weak antenna (5)

Best Uses

  • Attic/roof mount (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (6), Enthusiast (5), Casual user (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Reviewed by 15 customers

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works Great. Now a cable cutter!!!!

By Chris the Cutter

from Eastern NC

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Strong Signal

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Attic/Roof Mount

    Comments about Antennacraft HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna:

    Wanting to cut the cable for good I went on the hunt for a good antenna. I first bought one of these "150 Mile Amplified 360* Rotating Antennas" That you see all over online. A very unfortunate waste of time and money. I live 30-70 miles out from the broadcast towers. I hooked up that cheap piece of plastic and got very discouraging results. Signals strengths of 40%-60%. After messing around with that for about a week I decided to bite the bullet and go down to Radio Shack an pick up HBU-55 and paired it up with the RadioShack® High-Gain HDTV-FM Signal Amplifier 15-259. The results were amazing to say the least. 17 channels all signals of 90%-100%. Thanks to that and Hulu Plus, I am officially a cable cutter.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works Great When Set-up Right

    By Snow

    from Buckley IL

    About Me Power User

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Strong Signal

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Attic/Roof Mount
      • On The Roof
      • On The Roof With Amplifie

      Comments about Antennacraft HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna:

      I live 90 miles south of Chicago and 40 miles north on Champaign IL and I have it pointed towards Chicago cause I get Champaign on Satellite. I get almost all the Chicago stations 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 20, 23, 26, 32, 38, 44, 48, 50, 60, 62, 66 all day long + I can get Rockford, South Bend, Milwaukee, Madison channels at night! Also I can get Indianapolis if I face it that way. In all works great! Now I am using a preamp with amplifier rotor for direction witch is always a must when using a large antenna so you get the reception and great distance!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      HBU 55

      By Will

      from Richmond, MO

      About Me Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Strong Signal

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Attic/Roof Mount

        Comments about Antennacraft HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna:

        Anyone that reads my review of this antenna should consider visiting www.tvfool.com and click on the "check your address for free TV" link. Fill in the required information and then decide if this antenna is right for you.Often times novice users or those that are inexperienced with installing antennas will berate a good antenna like the HBU 55 or MXU 59 because they have not installed it correctly or are not using it in a situation that requires a Fringe or Deep Fringe antenna.I live in a Fringe area and this antenna has very good VHF Hi reception of weak signals when they skip in at my location. The UHF section is good but not quite on par with the superior UHF performance found on the MXU 59 Yagi that Radio Shack also sells.In many cases if you live in a fringe or deep fringe area and have nothing but weak signals then you should add a good pre amplifier to the antenna and use a quality RG 6 or RG 11 coax cable to minimize signal loss.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Returned it the same day I bought it.

        By juergen

        from New Prt Rchy. Fl.

        About Me Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Reception

          Best Uses

            Comments about Antennacraft HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna:

            Florida. Would not get many channels on my test pole. I restored two older models radio shack sold and it did not compair at the same test height.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            modifications needed

            By JimmyR 893

            from Benson NC

            About Me Power User

            Pros

            • Attractive Design

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Attic/Roof Mount

            Comments about Antennacraft HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna:

            There are too many VHF driven elements. The length of them need to be shortened. From the boom measure out 10" on each VHF element with tin snips cut the rest. As far as the Isolation network Cut it off. The folded dipole UHF element already does the job for you. by cutting the VHF elements to 10" you are making this antenna Bi-directional it will receive equal or nearly from the back side by using the UHF Corner reflector elements because they are longer. Get some Goop plumbers glue also & apply them to the joints this will prolong the life. Many engineers just sit behind a desk & use a computer to do the work for them. I actually do the mechanics myself. The best one of the bunch is the HBU22 & it is the least expensive

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            not good not wide enough to pick up any

            By antennabummer

            from chatham_nj

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Reception

              Best Uses

                Comments about Antennacraft HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna:

                we had an old antenna that was better than this thing that claimed to be in range, doesn't receive stations that are 10 miles away. forget 60 miles

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                poor poor poor

                By B.S.E.E

                from Pacifica, CA

                About Me Power User

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • NONE

                Cons

                • Flimsy
                • Poor Reception

                Best Uses

                • NONE

                Comments about Antennacraft HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna:

                This was a huge waste of [$] total including taxJust does not pull in signal like it should. I replace my antenna every two years or so due to wind storms breaking elements. tvfool dot com will show you how to point it. This unit is not anywhere near the reception it claims. I replaced it with a Winegard HD7697P. Almost identical specifications, the TV signal meter tells the story. I am only 11 miles from the tower. I also want a refund, how do I get it after this is put together sitting in my side yard rotting.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great antenna-in Central Nj

                By Darlana

                from Central NJ

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to assemble
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Fox 5 hd poor
                • Increased stations
                • Strong signals

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Living Room

                Comments about Antennacraft HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna:

                Still have cable, this is a backup and able to see NFL,Fox 5 while Cablevision fights it out with News Corp-Fox 5.1 and 9.2 stinks- signal keeps dropping out, xmtr problems I assume.All other stations plus Fox 5.2 and 9.1 a solid signal

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works fantastic

                By Eric

                from Detroit Lakes, MN

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Strong Signal

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Attic/Roof Mount

                  Comments about Antennacraft HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna:

                  I'm not a power user by any means. All I know is this...I have a house at the lake that is 19 miles from the Fox tower, 57 miles from the PBS and ABC towers, and 71 miles from the CBS and NBC towers. Before installing the antenna, I received Fox. Now I receive every channel in full strength. I just installed this 2 days ago, and even during a strong rainstorm I was able to pick up every channel in full strength. What an awesome antenna and this allows me to not purchase cable TV!

                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  WOW!!!!

                  By bill parr

                  from upstate, New York

                  About Me Power User

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Strong Signal

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Attic/Roof Mount

                    Comments about Antennacraft HBU55 High-VHF/UHF Antenna:

                    THE BEST in upstate new york. its so hard to get any local tv here.. even if you have dish or direct, they dont offer locals in ALOT of places. But this antenna is by far the best i have ever used. picking up all stations from major networks now and than some...

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