THIS ITEM COMES IN TWO VHF/UHF VARIATIONS:
Option 1: Long Range UHF, but with only Moderate VHF (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 (same UHF range as option 1 above, but VHF is also upgraded to long range too via an 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 some urban areas too such as in the West Coast & Northeast parts of the USA, and for most areas in the USA that have hilly or mountainous terrain in the way, as VHF is more commonplace in these areas).
Option 1 has the same deep fringe UHF performance as Option 2, but only has some moderate VHF performance (under 40 mile VHF line of sight range "without" the optional VHF upgrade kit), whereas Option 2 greatly upgrades its VHF high band performace, via including the optional long range VHF upgrade kit, which drastically increases its VHF range to up to 80 miles.
Don't be duped by tiny 12 inch antennas advertising as 150 and 200 mile range, those small antennas typically have 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.
Note a signal amplifier gain (which maintains the signal already picked up by the antenna) is not the same as antenna gain (which determines the antenna's actual max range). Also see more detailed explanation why this is further down.
Our antenna model has 500% more UHF "antenna" gain (option 2 also adds higher VHF "antenna" gain too) 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 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.
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 optimually 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!
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 antennna 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).
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. 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).
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 40 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 paragrapsh 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, which is causes confusion when comparing antennas. However, signal booster (or 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 Booster) 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. Up to 50ft of RG6 cable only has about 3db of loss, however 100ft is double that. A splitter also adds considerable loss. As a rule of thumb, if there are any splitters (or running multiple TVs off of a signal antenna) and/or more than 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 customoize 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..
For installs with high install loss (i.e. due to splitters, running multiple TVs off a single antennas and/or long coax runs over 50ft in length) it's recommended to also add a quality signal amplifier prior to the high loss, to maintain the weak signals prior to the added loss and to realize the full range potential of the antenna. Please see our "Signal Boosters Page" for reasonably priced signal amplifiers / boosters (if your install does fall in that high install loss category).
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, due to the curvature of the earth itself preventing a longer line of sight path. This antenna features an outstanding up to 100 UHF line of sight range (100 mile), 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, 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.
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 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.
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, (under 40 mile Line of Sight VHF Range (note for further VHF range and/or if you do have VHF stations with 1edge or 2edge terrain obstructions shown on TVfool dot com, you'll likely need to add the Long Range VHF Upgrade Kit).
- 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 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 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! Break a part, we'll replace it free of charge!