Originally Posted by Ron in BC
How about the political answer, "it depends".
The first thing that I'd do is go to TVfool and put in your location. If the direction to the major stations that you want is in one direction then the directional antenna would be the way to go. If not, then the omnidirectional might be better. But again, "it depends". I often check TVfool for the location I'm stopping for the night. Most of the time I point my antenna in the compass heading for the nearest stations and can put in one and get the news. Except when there's no stations for a long way.
I shouldn't get any reception at home because I live in a valley and there's a 300' escarpment right between me and the TV transmitters. However, antennas being somewhat of a black art, I do get strong signals with the King and my 8 bay antenna. This antenna is really two 4 bay antennas hinged on a center point. If I had two clusters of stations in different directions I could aim each 4 bay at a cluster.
I used to use a 4 bay on my boat and my Scamp. But they're pretty fragile to be packed up and moved every day so the King is much more durable.
In my case, on my roof, the amplified King and the unamplified 8 bay came out about equal.
So I think one factor for you would be confirming the direction the signals are coming from.
Ron checking on things . Went through my antenna file and compared the old specs from tv fool and the new one . Cbs has gone from the grey area to just gone for me . Yes things have changed for me . Omni antenna is no good for me . I need the big directional I have . I am going to try one more thing , getting antenna moved a little and higher . I ordered a tripod to move it . I do have a smaller second Wineguard on other end of roof that gets CBS and other channels on 3 tv's . The big Wineguard was on main tv , alone . Can't connect to the better working antenna , too much cabling length. . So much to learn and lots of variables . According to tvfool I shouldn't get CBS but I do on one antenna . So will try moving and height . Thanks anyway . Pat