Option 1: Long Range on UHF Only, with 18 x UHF Elements! (this option has an up to 100 mile line of sight UHF range, but less than 35 mile VHF range so is great for most, because the digital stations have moved largely (if not all) to UHF or only moderate VHF range is necessary in most areas since the analog to digital shift. Choose this option if your area only has UHF stations and/or easy to pick-up stronger VHF stations only).
Option 2: Long Range on "BOTH" UHF and VHF (18 x UHF elements plus 12 x VHF elements)! Option 2 features the same up to 100 mile UHF line of sight range as option 1 above, but VHF is also heavily upgraded to long range too (up to 80 mile VHF high range) via our patented long range VHF upgrade kit).
*Note: If you're unsure if you need only moderate VHF or long range VHF performance in your area, as a general rule, Option 2 is recommended for most rural areas, but also hilly or mountainous urban areas, such as in the West Coast & Northeast parts of the USA
Option 1 has the same deep fringe UHF performance as Option 2, but only has some moderate VHF performance (under 35 mile VHF line of sight range "without" the optional VHF upgrade kit), whereas Option 2 greatly upgrades its VHF high band performance, via including the optional long range VHF upgrade kit, which drastically increases its VHF range to 80 miles.
Don't be duped by tiny 12 inch antennas advertising as 150 and 250 mile range, those small antennas have only a fraction of that. Ask any antenna engineer, antenna gain is directly proportional to both the amount of tuned elements for its designed frequency and its size (like a telescope, long length allows it to focus the signal stronger). A small antenna with only 5 elements will have less antenna gain than a longer antenna with twice as many elements for example. Our option 1 has 18 x UHF elements and is 44 inches long (option 2 is approx 60 inches long and has both 18 x UHF elements and 12 x VHF elements.
Even our more robust antenna (which often has twice the UHF elements as these small antennas advertising these crazy ranges), with a an unobstructed line of sight path. will max out at up to 100 miles on UHF and up to 35 miles max on VHF (up to 80 miles with VHF Upgrade Kit option). under an ideal scenario (ie. full power staiton flat terrain with line of sight path, without nearby homes/buildings, or dense trees blocking the path). Farther than 100 miles is rare and will require Tropo conditions (read more below about what Tropo is and when it typically happens) to exceed the curvature of the earth limitation.
The VHF kit is added to the back of the main antenna so that the robust 8 x UHF corner reflector elements double their use as also work as parasitic VHF elements too (for 12 x total VHF elements and 18 x UHF elements)!
*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.
If Most Antennas Exaggerated Gain and Range, how do I know if I'm getting a better antenna?:
A more true method to determine an antenna's actual range, is by it's size and how many tuned elements, for the frequency of operation. For example, Our Option 1 (long range UHF antenna) has 18 x UHF tuned elements for the US UHF TV Band and is 44 inches long this would have much more UHF antenna gain than a small imported 24 inch long TV antenna (often claiming 250 mile range) with only 8 x tuned UHF elements.
Then there are VHF/UHF combo antennas. You must remember that not all of the antenna or elements are devoted to one band for combo antennas. A 6ft long 20 element VHF/UHF antenna that split's it's boom and elements between VHF hi and UHF will likely have less UHF gain than a 44" 18 element UHF antenna, since not all of combo antenna or its elements are tuned or devoted to UHF.
Another example, is old style, large 10ft long TV antennas with 30 plus elements but designed to cover three bands: VHF-Low (which is rarely used today), VHF-HI, and UHF. So if this 10ft antenna elements are divided equally amongst the three bands (VHF-low, VHF-Hi, & UHF), then in this example a 10ft three band TV antenna would likely actually have less UHF range than a smaller UHF only antenna with 18 x UHF element elements (on UHF), since all its elements are devoted to UHF.
So on the surface this example of a 10ft old style VHF-low/VHF-high/UHF antenna with 30 elements may seem like the best antenna, however for many areas today that have moved almost entirely to UHF, in reality it may actually have less UHF gain and range than this 44 inche model with 18 x element UHF antennas, due to having less elements devoted to UHF.
As a side note, our Option 2, although it adds long range VHF capabilities, oowever still retains all 18 x UHF elements (none of the UHF elements are reduced), you'll still have 18 x UHF and also a total of 12 x VHF tuned elements.
Our heavy duty insane gain model has 500% more UHF "antenna" gain (option 2 also has long range VHF as well, with 12 x VHF elements) than our powerful indoor flat TV antennas and up to 200% more UHF "antenna" gain (not to be confused with signal amplifier gain), than many of the tiny 12 inch outdoor antennas advertising 150 and 250 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.
You Get More Aluminum For Your Money!
WHY MORE ALUMINUM (hint: more gain and durability):
1). You Get a Longer Aluminum Antenna with 18 x UHF elements optimally spaced on 44" Boom and an extra large corner reflector (option 2 is 60" long and has an extra corner reflector due to addition of VHF elements) = HIGHER ANTENNA GAIN! Option 2 is the same, but has 12 x VHF elements as well!
2). You also Get Heavier Duty 3/8" Diameter Aluminum Elements = BETTER OUTDOOR SURVIVAL
Tired of replacing cheaper made HDTV antennas frequently due to light duty antenna elements and/or sensitive electronics in them that go bad in a year (sometimes less than a year). This is the antenna for you! This model has no sensitive active electronics inside and also uses upgraded Heavy Duty 3/8" Outside Diameter elements, to last many years and with better outdoor survival! Oh and it has excellent performance too!
Stronger Element Size Upgrade! - Every hear the phrase you get what you pay for? Unlike competitors that use cheaper, tiny diameter tubing with as little aluminum as possible, this models uses heavier duty robust 3/8" outside diameter tubing, to last many years outside!
Very Long Range & Deep Fringe Capable:
Despite antenna claims found online, the max line of sight range possibe is generally 100 miles max. The reason for this is actually simple, the earth is round and its curvature itself prevents a longer groundwave part. The only time this 100 mile range limitation can be exceeded is during occasional skywave events (known as Tropo), which can happen only infrequently and typically only during late summer and early fall nights, and can extend the range an additional 10 to 250%! This antenna helps you achieve the highest line of sight uhf possible with an up to 100 mile line of sight range, (option 2 also adds long range VHF as well), and offers exceptional Tropo range a well (read further down about the Tropo range).
Won't Other Brands Advertising 150 Mile, or even 1,000 Mile Range Have More Range?
These antennas are commonly imports that grossly exaggerate their claims, but sell you the smallest, lightweight aluminum antenna possible. 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).
Additionally a 6ft VHF/UHF antenna with 24 total elements that divides its antenna and elements up between VHF and UHF band, may likely have less UHF gain than a UHF antenna with 18 elements. All 18 x elements on this 44" long model are tuned for UHF.
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.
Does This Antenna Guarantee 100 Mile UHF Range?:
Unfortunately no antenna can guarantee that or any range for that matter because of the multitude of factors involved. 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 to some degree.
For example, customers in parts of rural flat Kansas may experience 80 to 100 mile range, whereas other areas with aggressive, mountainous terrain (such as found in many parts of the northeast USA), with mountains in between blocking the stations, may be lucky to see half the range of someone in rural, flat Kansas
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 during 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.
What Exactly is Tropo Range?
Tropo is a longer than normal skywave path enhancement that sometimes happens to VHF and UHF TV and Radio signals during late nights and early mornings in the summer and early fall months. These longer than normal ranges are sometimes achievable when the lower atmopshere (the troposphere) allows for VHF and UHF signals to ride this atmosphere layer and return back to earth (also referred to by radio operators as VHF / UHF scatter or short skip). When this skywave enhancement is present, it can typically extend range by an additional 10% to as much as 250% in distance (this is where the up to 250 Tropo range refers to). Without Tropo, grond wave range paths are generally considered to be limited to 100 miles in a best case scenario, due to the curvature of the earth itself preventing a longer line of sight path.
WHY THIS ANTENNA?:
Since the digital TV conversion in the US, for most areas, the stations have largely moved to UHF frequencies (for most areas), as such option 1 is an effective solution for many areas today (Option 2 also adds long range abilties to this antenna as well). Both options feature the same amount of UHF elements with an 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 an up to maximum 250 mile skywave (known as Tropo) UHF range with excellent Tropo conditions (note Tropo can be infrequent, but happens sometimes during late summer and fall nights, but very rarely during other times of the year).
You also get a heavy duty, well built, computer optimize antenna.
An important distinction is that Option 2 is the same antenna with the same UHF range, however it also adds an array of multiple VHF elements and an ultra efficient patented VHF/UHF combiner for long range VHF abilities too.
VHF Range is Customizable - Choose Your VHF Range:
Choose Option 1 for moderate VHF abilities (under 35 miles line of sight) or Option 2 to also add long range VHF capabilities (up to 80 miles VHF) , via using the Drop Down Box immediately above the first Youtube video).
*To learn more about ranges, scroll down and read more about LOS and Tropo Range Explained paragraphs and see Reception Warnings paragraphs further down this page for more thorough explanations.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANTENNA GAIN VS SIGNAL BOOSTER GAIN:
Many small amplified antennas are highly exaggerating gain specs by adding signal amplifer gain (or booster gain) numbers to their antenna gain specs, causing confusion when comparing antennas. However signal amplifier) gain doesn't behave the same way and is not the same as antenna gain. Antenna Gain creates the maximum range of an antenna, whereas signal amplifiers work as more of a "signal maintainer", (there must be some signal picked up by the antenna already, otherwise they just amplify noise).
TV Antenna Gain - This is what actually creates longer maximum antenna range, by focusing the signal, it allows the antenna to pick up weaker and weaker signals, that otherwise would not be there (the important distinction here, is a signal amplifier cannot make the antenna change its pattern or increase its maximum range, if the antenna cannot already detect it at its feedpoint). This is because the signal amplifier needs some signal to detect, before it can amplify it (otherwise it just makes the signal noiser). The more gain an antenna has, the more direciional they will also generlally become.
Signal Amplifier Gain - Signal Amplifiers (also referred to as preamplifiers or Signal Boosters) should be thought of as "signal maintainers" not antenna range extenders. This is because the antenna must be able to pick up some signal first and the TV tuner generally has amplification enough, such that SNR (noise) is often the limiting factor Whether a signal amplifier is needed (or even beneficial) will be determined if the install loss is high or not. As a rule of thumb, if there are any splitters (or running multiple TVs off of a signal antenna) and/or well over 50ft of RG6 coax cable, a signal amplifier (or signal booster) before the high loss takes out the signals, should be added to maintain the signal from the antenna.
WHY A PASSIVE / Non-Amplified ANTENNA:
Our antennas are intentionally passive without active electronics inside of them to burn up or go bad and shorten the antenna's life. Generally for low loss installs, a signal amplifier is a waste of money / simply aren't needed, as long as the TV's tuner is up to spec in sensitivity, and there aren't splits or splitters in the coax line and 50ft or less of low loss RG6 cable is involved in the install, (however on the other hand, for high install loss installs, they can be absolutely vital, to act as a signal maintainer through the splits / splitters and very long coax runs).
It's a misconception though that signal amplifiers will always improve a signal or increase its range, they can actually harm reception, if there isn't much loss for them to resolve. Noise and SNR due to an inadequate antenna, or how / where its intalled are often the culprit to poor reception, and signal amplifers can actually worsen this scenario. As such, if you don't have high install loss, they're "generally" not advantageous.
However if your install does have considerable loss, the beauty of a passive antenna, is you can customize and use any brand and quality of signal amplifier you want. By removing active electronics from the inside of t he antenna, this also allows for a longer lasting antenna and more customizable options in this regard.. If you need to add splitters, we sell very affordable (in the $12 to $30 range) name brand signal amplifeirs as well, see our "Signal Boosters Page".
Directional antennas have more range in the direction their aimed, due to their high gain / more focused patterns and they also often pick up less noise too. However as a consequence. they will be weaker at the sides and back of antenna in comparison to a Omni 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 at its sides and back if mounted outside (and under 20 mile range in other directions if mounted in the attic/indoors).
Note: If your area has heavily scattered of weak TV stations in multiple directions, you can add a rotor, or add multiple antennas with a coax switch (sometimes a combiner works). If neither is feasible, a next best solution for areas with scattered directions in several directions is to purchase a quality outdoor rated Omni Directional antenna (also in our store).
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 your area or installation is requires a more powerful VHF solution 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 Patented 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.
Max 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 (many antennas have much less range than that), due to the curvature of the earth itself preventing a longer line of sight path. In fact, This antenna features an outstanding up to 100 mile UHF line of sight range, but 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 weak 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, at some rare times, an up to 250% further extended range is "occasionally" possible, but only whilst "TROPO" skywave propagation 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.
Note: This listing is for the antenna and mast clamp only. Some additional accessories (which we also carry) recommend for some installs under these conditions:
1. You have weak stations in more than one direction - Either a rotor / rotator or second antenna may be needed to cover all the weak stations in additional direciton(s).
2. If you have high install loss due to splittlers (or running the antenna to mulitple TVs) or coax lines well over 50ft, adding a Signal Amplifier is recommended to maintain signals, otherwise such equipment can wipe out a signal quickly. The signal amplifiers don't technically increase the antenna's range, but rather maintain it by cancelling out the effects of high install loss (note, on the other hand, if your install loss is low (no splitters in the line, only one TV connected to the antenna, and 50ft or less RG6 coax cable..), generally a signal amplifier is a waste of money).
3. We also sell roof mounts and mounting poles (if needed).
*IMPORTANT RECEPTION WARNINGS* - Not recommended for apartment or condo building installs, or mounting antenna inside of 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 rotors are 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. You should never indoor or attic mount inside brick, brick, stone wall homes / buildings or if home has metal, aluminum, or stucco siding or any metal or radiant battiers, as (these will shield out TV signals quite aggressively). Note: if you must install indoors without these materials,, our fully adjustable indoor / attic tripod is superior to stationary attic mounting solutions or limited movement mounting, as they mounting is much faster (not drilling) and you can place it in the most optimum spot.
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 (option #2 also adds long range VHF) – Made by Range Xperts, so you know it's good,
- 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 44” or shorter in size, and compares favorable on UHF than many 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 to use a mount that allows lots of placement and movement possibilies, 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! Note Attic installations will have lower range than outdoor mounting.
- SUPER EASY ASSEMBLY - Comes 95% pre-assembled, Easy 4 Step Assembly (assembly manual included). - Requires no tools to assemble.
- 2-Year Limited Warranty Included!
Please Be Safe With Your Install, Also Read & Obey: