Model: XPS-1000 - (note this is the Standard Duty Version, also see our store for new Heavy Duty version).
This Range Xperts HDTV Antenna has an exceptional up to 500% more UHF antenna gain than our powerful indoor flat TV antennas and 300% more UHF gain, than many of the tiny antennas advertising 150 and 180 mile range online! Don't be duped by tiny outdoor tv antennas and flat antennas advertising crazy range, it's impossible due to their geometry and size.
This model has an up to 250 mile "tropo" UHF range (since the US digital TV conversion, VHF is or near extinct in most areas, in most cases TV stations just keep their old channels virtually only on your TV set) and up to 100 mile Line of Sight UHF range (longer than 100 mile line of sight is not possible, due to the earth's curvature) and some moderate VHF range (under 40 miles line of sight). Don't be fooled by tiny antennas advertising as 150 and 200 mile, these antennas typically have a tiny fraction of that. It's impossible, as they have tiny booms (those antennas only have 12 inch long booms). Ask any antenna engineer, antenna gain is directly proportional to boom length (like a telescope, long length allows it to focus the signal stronger).. Additionally, signal amplifiers are useless, unless the antenna is capable of picking up the signal to begin with. If the antenna isn't already picking up the signal above the noise floor, they simply flood your install with more noise and harm SNR.. There's no replacement for real antenna gain.
Directional antennas have more range in the direction their aimed, due to their high gain / more focused patterns and they often pick up less noise too. However as a consequence. they will be weaker at their sides and back of antenna in comparison to a Omni directional (which means non-directional) antenna. Max performance will have a pattern width of approx 1/10th of a circle (35 degrees), however this antenna can pick up stronger stations in all directions too, but will be limited to under 35 mile range max in other directions if mounted outside (or under 20 mile range in other directions if mounted in the attic).
Note: If your area has heavily scattered of weak TV stations in multiple directions, you will need to either add a rotor, or add multiple antennas with a coax switch (sometimes a combiner works), or second best option is to simply purchase a quality outdoor rated Omni Directional antenna (also in our eBay store).
VHF & UHF Performance:
Note: this model also has some moderate VHF performance, but is unstoppable on UHF (most HDTV antennas are UHF centric designed today, because with the digital conversion in the USA, there has been a major shift in moving stations from VHF to UHF frequencies). For most areas of the U.S. the vast majority of TV stations, real frequencies are now on UHF (they typically keep their old channel designation virtually on the TV set) or they at least have a duplicate UHF station now. This model is also highly UHF centric as well for the best UHF line of sight range possible. At 44 inches in length in conjunction to being much more UHF centric, its UHF performance outperforms even 8ft long old style VHF/UHF Yagi TV antennas!
VHF is Also Upgrade-able:
Need Long Range VHF too in your area? No problem, we got you covered with our patented optional Long Range VHF kit (learn more).
Note: For most areas, this model's moderate VHF performance may be adequate, however if after installation you end of having trouble with stations that haven't migrated from VHF, if your area requires weak signal VHF reception too (this model is most focused on UHF performance) and/or have terrain obstructions, we do have two methods to seriously upgrade the VHF performance. 1). Add the optional Long Range VHF upgrade kit or 2). Simply by stacking a powerful Long Range VHF centric TV antenna we also sell on the same mast (at least 3ft below this antenna), and both can be easily combined with a VHF/UHF combiner.
Line of Sight Range Explained:
Despite many antenna claims, it's impossible to obtain more than 100 mile true Line of Sight (tropo conditions being the exception) range with a TV antenna, due to the curvature of the earth preventing a longer line of sight. This antenna guarantees the maximum possible UHF line of sight range (100 mile) possible, but this assumes the antenna is mounted outside on top of, or above roof height, & correctly orientated towards the station(s) correctly (this antenna is directional, but is still capable of picking up strong stations in all directions, up to 35 miles away), they're not low power stations, and there aren't significant terrain or man-made obstructions blocking the path of that station to your home.
Per the TV Signal Page at the industry standard TVfool dot com website, 1edge and 2edge are stations whose paths have a significant amount of terrain blocking the path. This antenna, however is Deep Fringe Capable and is often strong enough to pick up even stations that have terrain obstructions (1edge and 2edge) too that other TV antennas fail at, however reduced maximum range to be expected when there is indeed terrain blocking the path (as they greatly attenuate / block the main signal path) or if it's a low power station vs a full powered commercial TV station.. If you have extreme terrain obstructions (such as a large mountain range directly in between), there are times when over the air reception simply isn't possible. This model will be your best chance of getting such UHF stations however.
250 Mile Range Explained:
It's impossible to obtain more than 100 mile true Line of Sight range with a TV antenna, due to the curvature of the earth. However, an up to 250% extended range is "occasionally" possible, but only when "TROPO" weather conditions are enhancing the signals path. This range enhancement typically only happens seldomly, during very late nights through early mornings in the summer months and sometimes in the fall months, but very rarely in winter and spring months. It typically happens during a temperature inversion in the sky, during very late summer nights through early mornings This phenomenon happens much more frequently during these times in the summer, as the earth and sky cool back down at different rates from the previous day's heat. Depending on the present Tropo conditions, sometimes 25% to 250% further than normal range can be experienced when this skywave propagation happens.
ATTIC Mounting - Note: if you must install indoors, our fully adjustable indoor / attic tripod is superior to stationary attic mounting solutions or limited movement mounting, as they'll reduce likelihood of getting the optimum signal indoors and you may find you have to mount too close to your homes walls or roof (thus adding loss). No tools needed for our tool-less tripod and no drilling whatsoever into your expensive home. It's superior to fixed mounts, as it installs instantly and both the height and direction are fully 360 degree adjustable at anytime, and you can place it away from home materials to prevent them from detuning it (via a simple hand tension knob to alter it's height or direction instantly).
*IMPORTANT RECEPTION WARNINGS* - Not recommended for apartment or condo building installs. Also not recommend for inside homes that use brick, rock/stone, and/or concrete walls or with metal/aluminum siding, as these signals will shield out radio and tv signals. Poor reception expected if mounting inside of apartments or condo buildings or buildings/homes that use brick,concrete, metal, or aluminum walls or exterior siding as these materials shield out tv signals... Note: TV signals cannot penetrate through any metal, brick, or concrete barriers! If you mounting indoors or below roof height, be aware of walls or neighboring homes composed of brick, concrete, and/or metal / aluminum siding, if the antenna isn't mounted above them and they're in between the path toward the TV stations.
Northeast USA & Areas with Weak Stations in Different Directions - Higher gain antennas are consequently also more directional. This item's maximum strength is approx 35 degree wide, however can often pick up full power stations up to 35 miles away in all directions too, (assuming they aren't weak stations and/or blocked heavily by terrain), however If you reside in the Northeast part of the USA and/or in an area which has weaker stations (such as due to mountains or large hill ranges in the way (also known as 1edge or 2edge paths on the TVfool tv signal reference site) in different directions, a rotor or second antenna with a coax switch (a combiner sometimes also works well) may be needed to pick up stations in different directions. In the northeast part of the USA, this area is especially common to have weak stations heavily scattered in different directions and blocked by mountains and/or heavy hill ranges, thus a rotator is almost always necessary for this part of the USA.
Please Note, to avoid confusion, this is our standard duty (XPS-1000) version. For a few dollars more, we also offer a more durable Heavy Duty XPS-1500 version.