Accuphase T-100 antenna update: I am very happy
First, thanks again to those of you who offered helpful suggestions when I requested insights into choosing an indoor antenna for my newly acquired Accuphase T-100. I fully appreciate that no indoor antenna can compete with a good outdoor model, but the latter is out of the question in my case.
My initial effort came to a rather worrying conclusion. I tested the tuner with one of the simple ($3.00) dipoles which, from what I understand, should work reasonably well when there are strong signals around. I live on Long Island, not far from NYC, and while I expected multipath issues, I did not expect such a reputedly fine tuner to be unable to bring in a single stereo signal during this initial test! So I was a bit concerned that something might have happened to the tuner during shipping, etc., as it had recently been aligned by the previous owner.
As I am an optimist, though, I decided to forge ahead. After considering the thoughtful suggestions I had received, and weighing them against the research I had done, I purchased a Godar Model 1 antenna. Mike (Godar) was helpful on the phone and easy to deal with. I received the antenna yesterday, and could not be more impressed. I am now receiving very strong signals from every one of the local stations which interest me, and beginning to appreciate why the T-100 has such an exalted reputation.
I have used a good whip antenna (albeit with a different tuner in a different area), and these early results suggest to me that Godar's unit is better. The two telescoping antennae allow fine calibrating in order to receive the best signal for specific stations. The unit also provides the option of either 75 ohm coaxial connection (which I am using) or 300 ohm connection with the included adapters.
I know, as most of you do, that the performance of individual components can vary tremendously depending on the associated components, etc. However, given what I have read of others' experiences with the Godar antennas, coupled with my early impressions, I feel comfortable recommending them strongly to anyone who requires a fine indoor antenna.