I did not say that the gain on the Stellar Labs antenna was exaggerated. Only that some clarification is needed.
I honestly don't know what you need clarified, but if you need it, go get it! I wrote MCM/Stellar asking for clarification on something related and they were very helpful.
Solid Signal has helped us with that on the models they sell by showing us that the gain is in dbi, and peak gain on some models is outside the current US band.
We know that. dBi is clearly marked in the spec sheets for several of the Stellar Labs antennas, as well as the gains at various frequencies. Almost everyone except CM uses dBi rather than dBd, which makes perfect sense. The question is: what is the gain within the U.S. range and how does it compare to the other antennas being recommended?
Since we now know their figures are in dBi, we know they weren't exaggerating in the spec sheets. The only inflated number, IIRC, was 20 dB in the ad copy for the first tri-boom MCM sold. That 20 dB figure was directly contradicted by the spec sheet posted on the same page, and they subsequently changed it to 15.5dB "maximum." They also added the word "nominal" to their range figure, which shows they are doing their best to keep it honest, IMO. Stellar Labs HDTV 60 Mile Fringe Yagi Television Antenna | 30-2155 (302155) | Stellar Labs
I think I first commented about the gain claims of the Stellar Labs antennas on this forum before I was a member. I'll have to look that one up. I found it. Is This For REAL? I was the guest. The eleventh post in that thread.
Man, that thread is from a YEAR ago! Hopefully, we've moved ahead in terms of clarifying all kinds of stuff since then.
While there have to my knowledge never been any published gain claims on the RCA ANT751 I would expect the high VHF gain to be quite similar to the Winegard HD 7000r, and the Stellar Labs VHF/UHF antenna to be very close if not slightly better.
Long discussion here on ANT751 gain: http://www.dtvusaforum.com/dtv-hdtv-reception-antenna-discussion/3177-rca-ant751-how-vhf.html
Consensus, if you read to the end, was about 5 dBi gain for VHF. The Stellar Labs I linked to is 7 to 10 dBi. The figures for the ANT751R on UHF would be about 2 dB higher than those quoted for the ANT751, because the R version is tuned for the lower frequencies now enforced in our country. That would not affect VHF. My source for this is "Denny" who sells the identical EZ HD antenna. I guess
he could be making it up. At some point you have to believe SOMEbody!
The O.P. clearly needs a bit more antenna.
The numbers we have would indicate my Stellar Labs antenna is a "bit more" than the antennas you guys are recommending!
Those long Yagis make a heckova wind mast too, you know. I don't have any stake in MCM or Stellar Labs. It just seems we need to get off the Winegard/CM merry-go-round. And I hate
to see people throw away money.