We replaced our 04 era Star Trek Enterprise looking fixed OTA with two different units.
We do not use OTA that often, but like it for times when Direct TV is blocked, and or we can not get a useable signal to stream off of.
I went with:
>Winegard Rayzar Auto - I is not raise it off the roof, but have seen others that have bought a white 5 gallon bucket and cut it to about 6" high, they turn it so the bottom is up and use three L brackets to attached the bucket to the roof, then mounted the Ryzar Auto to the top of that.
But even flat mounted, as TV signals do bounder around some, we've receive excellent channel reception. (See note at end on comparison between both antennas)
> Winegard Sensar IV - I wanted a risible mast, more so for getting a Yagi Cellular antenna up a it higher in the air, then for TV OTA signal. Found a used mast and crank, but the inside handle was in pretty sad looking shape, and the WAF would made that a no go. So, bought a new Senar IV.
The shop I was working at, had just received the Auto, and wanted to see how they hooked up, and get my opinion on how it performed. As they will not recommend products to customers that they do not get good feedback on. So, they cut me a deal on the price of both antennas, and I paid actual shop rates for the install of the Auto, which was about a $40 discount from the normal overhead and profit standard Shop Rates.
I had the shop A/B the antennas in, so I can choose between which antenna is feeding the signal to the TV.
Note: I tested these extensively back to back in the locations, for the first months. I found the Auto worked very good, and a one button push to check and lock in channel is as easy as it gets. Near city and or broadcast antenna locations, the Auto received every channel that the Sensar IV did. In some fringe area testing, I'd find the Sensar IV, with directional rotation aiming, could pull in a few channels that the Auto could not lock in on. (And note, the Auto has a tuning feature and will show you where other channels are, so you can adjust the direction of the Auto to take advantage of possibly other channels.) When I reported back to Eric, at Temecula Valley RV, I told him:
"95% + of the time, the Auto gets every channel that the Sensar IV does. Those other times, the auto gets about 90% of the channels that the Sensar IV does."
Very possible if the Auto was raised up that 6" or so higher, it might receive more of the channels the Sensar IV was able to pull in too.
For our limited OTA demands, if only wanting one antenna, I'd go with the Auto due to the KISS approach of operation. Yes it costs more, but if you're keeping a rig for say at lest 4-5 years, that costs amortizes out to be not such a bad difference over the Sensar IV. If you want a risible mast for other reasons, well then the Sensar IV is the way to go. If you want to maximize the amount of OTA channels you might receive in fringe areas- the Sensar IV is the way to go.
Opinions will vary
Best to you, and all,