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Antenna Comparison Tool

COMPARE THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF EACH MODEL:

Range Term Definitions Used in the Chart Below:

Range Off "Sides" of Antenna - This refers to the maximum range of each model (in a best case scenario) when pointed off-axis (in the wrong direction) toward the stations.  Meaning, the comparison shows which antenna has more range (least directional) , when pointed in the wrong direction.  Stronger antennas will actually have lower range at their sides, as increaing antenna gain is accomplished by focusing the pattern into one direction.  So a higher gain antenna, should have lower range at its sides.  Note: some models such as the XPS-1500 however, are actually designed to be adjustable in this regard, (the end user can increase or reduce its directionality) for their area, by not installing the first boom section, so you will see two numbers for this model.

Max Range (UHF) - This shows the maximum (up to) range (in a best case scenario) for Line of SIght distances (LOS) and Skywave enhanced ranges (Tropo) on the UHF TV Band under an ideal scenario (i.e true line of sight, with antenna mounted outside above neighboring roof heights and without hills, homes, walls, trees in the way and max Tropo range refers to when tropo skywave conditions are highly exceptional (rare times during late summer nights), antenna is properly mounted outside, above roof height, and the TV station isn't a low power station, etc).

Max Range (VHF) - This shows the maximum (up to) range (in a best case scenario) for Line of SIght distances (LOS) and Skywave enhanced ranges (Tropo) on the VHF TV Band. under an ideal scenario (i.e true line of sight, with antenna mounted outside above neighboring roof heights and without hills, homes, walls, trees in the way and max Tropo range refers to when tropo skywave conditions are highly exceptional (rare times during late summer nights), antenna is properly mounted outside, above roof height, and the TV station isn't a low power station, etc).

What is LOS Range: Max" line of sight" range possible, (assumes line of sight without terrain or man made obstructions) in a best case scenario (this range can be reduced if there are terrain and/or man-made obstructions, the TV station isn't a full power station, etc for example).

What Does TROPO Range Mean?: This is only a rare occurence,when the TV stations sometimes experience an increase of their normal ranges, due to atmopheric enhancement (can be rare, but tends to happen moreso during very late summer nights and sometimes early mornings).  The signals at times can basically ride / channel through, and/or bounce off the lower atmosphere (Troposphere), under these skywave enhancement conditions, ranges can extend their normal ranges 10 to up to 250% (in an exceptional csse) farther than their normal distances.

*Note: the XPS-1500 (insane gain heavy duty model) also has an optional VHF Kit option, which is why you'll see it listed twice in the chart with two different VHF ranges.

 

Model Number:

Range Off "Sides" of Antenna:

MAX RANGE (UHF):

MAX RANGE (VHF):

Omni OB-130

BEST: Due to being an Omni Style, when pointed in the wrong direction, its off-axis range is still nearly as great as its aimed direction.

Up to 60 Mile LOS (up to 130 Mile Tropo)

Up to 60 Mile LOS (up to 130 Mile (TROPO Range)

Dual Stack 200

Medium Directionality with Wide 60 degree max gain width, up to 40 Miles at Sides

Up to 65 Mile LOS, (up to 150 Mile Tropo) 

Up to 20 Mile

INSANE GAIN XPS-1000 (Standard Duty)

Highly Directional - Up to 35 Mile Max Range at Sides. (note its range at its sides is only about 1/3rd of it's pointed max range position).

 

TIED BEST: Up to 100 Mile LOS, (up to 250 Mile Tropo) 

Up to 35 Mile

INSANE GAIN XPS-1500 (Heavy Duty)

ADJUSTABLE - From Medium to Highly Directional (you have the option of not using all elements / booms with this model), with an up to 35 miles max at its sides, if all elements are installed (up to 45 miles if set in low gain mode) side/rear range, depending on setting).

TIED BEST: Up to 100 Mile LOS, (up to 250 Mile Tropo) 

Up to 40 Mile 

INSANE GAIN XPS-1500 with VHF Upgrade Kit Option

 

ADJUSTABLE - From Medium to Highly Directional (up to 35 to 45 miles side/rear range, depending on antenna's assembled setting (meaning its range at its sides can be increased if not all parts are assembled).

TIED BEST: Up to 100 Mile LOS, (up to 250 Mile Tropo) 

BEST: Up to 80 Mile LOS, (up to 200 Mile Tropo)