It has been more than a year since I last posted. The antenna has been working great! I purchased a tripod and mounted it on the highest peak of our roof. Inside the house, the signal is split three ways to two PC based tuners and the tuner in my TV. The antenna is aimed directly at Buffalo and I use SnapStream BeyondTV to record a regular schedule of TV programming, averaging 6+ hours per day. The system has beem rock solid, and is just as reliable as StarChoice was - seldom missing a recording.
For safety's sake, I installed an 8 foot grounding rod which I tied to the common ground via the water piping. Just before entering the house, I installed a lightning arrestor, which I attached to the grounding rod.