This Model, the Range Xperts Insane Gain XPS-1000 - is the Standard Duty Version, (VHF range is not upgradeable on this model). Please also see our store for new Heavy Duty version) and its VHF ugprade kit.
This model has an excellent up to 100 Mile Line of sight UHF range, and an up to 250 mile "tropo" UHF range when exceptional atmosperic / skywave conditions exist (tropo is an occassional summer and early fall skywave condtion that at some rare times can greatly extend the normal range. It's generally rare, but happens more frequenctly during late summer and early fall nights).
Being UHF centric, this item will have an under 35 mile line of sight VHF range (VHF is or near extinct in most areas, but may be more prominent in rural, or hilly / mountainous areas, and the NE and West Coast parts of the country).
Note: This is a UHF centric antenna, with only some moderate VHF abilitis, If your area has some weak VHF channels due to terrain obstructions (shown as edged paths instead of LOS as shown on the TV SIgnal Locator page on TVFool dot com) or distance, we recommend our Heavy Duty model instead, with the Optional VHF Kit however.
Don't be fooled by tiny 12" antennas advertising as 150 and 200 mile, these antennas typically have a tiny fraction of that. It's impossible via ground wave propagation, especially with tiny antennas with tiny booms. Ask any antenna engineer, antenna gain is directly proportional to quantity of tuned antenna elements and 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.
*Note: Signal Amplifiers (see our SIgnal Boosters page) are recommended to restore high loss, if your install is high (such as if using splitters or long coax runs), otherwise most of your signal will be lost from these components. As a generally rule of thumb, if you're running 50ft or less of RG6 coax cable and only to one TV, they're usually not beneficial. Hoewver if you're running longer coax runs (i.e. over 50ft of coax cable) and ther are splittlers or multiple TVs, adding one is recommeneded to resolve the high install loss.
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 abilities only, 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!
*Note, never go by an antenna's advertised gain or range.
For example, most import antennas quote exaggerated ranges and gain to sell tiny sized antennas, such as adding to it the gain from a built in cheaply made signal amplifier's (which is not at all the same as antenna gain), to this figure. Although a quality made signal amplifier is good at maintaining a signal through high loss components such as splitters, they don't actually increase the maximum range of or change the pattern of antenna. If your install doesn't have high loss, you may not even benefit at all from asignal amplifier and they can decrease the quality of the signal by adding extra noise to the system. On the other hand if you need to run your antenna to multiple TVs and/or have a long coax run that is dropping some signal after the antenna, we also sell some affordable, name brand RCA signal amplifiers (in te $12 to $30 range) in our store, if you do need to run mulltiple TVs off a signal antenna, however for most installs, they're simply not necessary.
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 provides deep fringe / long UHF line of sight range (up to 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.
Won't Other Brands Advertising 150 Mile, or even 1,000 Mile Range Have More Range?
Unlikely, if they're smaller. These antennas are commonly imports that grossly exaggerate their claims. Never go by claimed ranges alone. A much better sense of antenna gain is how large the antenna is in conjunction to how many tuned antennas it has (a 24" long antenna with 10 UHF elements will have more gain than a 12" long antenna with only 5 x UHF antenna elements).
Does This Antenna Guarantee 100 Mile UHF Range?:
No, absolutely not! No antenna can guarantee that or any range for that matter because of the multitude of factors involved. Ranges are assumed as a best case scenario. Although some customers experience ranges as high as 90 to 100 miles with our insane gain models, this is in a best case scenario with a line of sight path. Terrain and man-made obstructions, the power of station and broadcast tower elevations / heights, antenna tower heights, or if the TV antenna is mounted indoors, or such a way other homes or dense trees are in the way all highly influence and will degrade range.
For example, customers in many parts of rural flat Kansas may experience 80 to 90 mile range, whereas other areas with bad terrain (such as found in many parts of the northeast USA), with mountains in the way, may be lucky to see half the range of someone in rural, flat Kansas due to the severity of the terrain blocking the signals for example.
Note: If you need help or in an area that falls in one of these hilly areas, feel free to contact us, we're happy to evaluate a tv signal report over the phone with our opinion before you buy.
Why Are Farther Ranges "Sometimes" Possible:
This sometimes happens due to "Tropo" which occurs dueing some late nights (and sometimes early mornings) in the summer and early fall, the signals can ride and bounce off the atmosphere. This can be a rare occurence and range may be extended 10 to as much as 250%. This is not a reliable phenomenon however.
Tropo 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.
Signals Drop or Break-Up After Adding Splitters for Multiple TVs or a Very Long Coax Run:
Signal amplifiers usually aren't needed (or even helpful) unless the install loss is quite high (such as adding splitters or every long coax runs), however if your install does have high loss, this is easily remedied with an inexpensive, low-loss signal amplifier. You should add a signal amplifier prior to high loss components. We also carry very reasonably pried RCA brand (in the $15 to $36 price range) to resolve high loss scenarios. See our Signal Amplifier page.
*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 materials effectively 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. We sell rotors in our store, but they can be a bit pricey. If a rotor is undesirable, a second best option would to add one of our quality Outdoor Omni-Directional antennas.
ATTIC Mounting - Attic Mounting will always have lower range than outdoor 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).
HIGH INSTALL LOSS WARNING - Long coax cable runs (more than 50ft of RG6) or running your antenna to more than one TV (or adding splittlers) creates high install loss that can greatly weaken the signal and reduce channels found, unless a quality, low noise "Signal Booster" is added. View our store for name brand Signal Boosters for only $10 to $30.
- EXTREME PERFORMANCE SERIES HD TV VHF/UHF ANTENNA - Deep Fringe Capable Yagi Design pulls in stations that other models don’t even know exist!
- LONG RANGE UHF PERFORMANCE – Made by Range Xperts, so you know it's good, this is our strongest outdoor model yet with an outstanding up to 250 Mile (Tropo) range, and up to 100 Mile Line-of-Sight HDTV UHF Range, (up to 35 mile maximum line-of-sight VHF Range (in most areas of the US, since the digital conversion, approx. 90 to 100% of stations have moved to UHF now, and only display their old VHF channel designation virtually).
- OUTPERFORMS THE COMPETITION - Designed from the ground up for the best possible HDTV performance, this model’s UHF performance outperforms all UHF Only TV Antennas 42” or shorter in size, and compares favorable on UHF than even 8ft long VHF/UHF combo Antennas.
- DEEP FRINGE CAPABLE - Perfect Solution for picking up even the weakest of signals at far off distances!
- ATTIC & INDOOR MOUNTING – If you absolutely can't mount outside, the best indoor solution would be a mount wiht lots of placement and adjustment variability, such as our tool-less (absolutely no drilling into your home) indoor HD-T200 tripod to this order and you can mount the antenna instantly and anywhere. It also yields better signal than standard indoor mounts, as it’s height is telescoping and it’s 360 degree rotatable (even after antenna is installed) and locks and unlocks with a very simple tension knob!
- SUPER EASY ASSEMBLY - Comes 95% pre-assembled, Easy 4 Step Assembly (assembly manual included). - Requires no tools to assemble.
- 2-Year Warranty Included!
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.
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