Destroys Smaller TV Antennas that Advertise as 990 Mile Range (read description) - UHF Version
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Note, you selected the long range UHF version (choose the other version if your area needs long range on both the UHF and VHF TV bands.
Outperforms the various cheaply made small 12 inch to 36" long antennas often advertise as 150 to 990 mile range (note these antennas grossly exaggerate their ranges,even must larger antenans cap out at about 100 mile max line of sight range). Ironically, today it seems that the cheapest, smallest antennas claim the highest, most exaggerated range(s). Truth is, these antennas have only a small fraction of this range. Even the best of TV antennas cap out at about 100 mile range and that is under ideal conditions / terrain.y
Quick Tip: Ask any antenna engineer, the smaller the antenna and the less elements it has, the lower range/gain it actually has. This is why it's a little silly that 12 to 18 inch antennas are advertising as anything over 60 mile range! Our insane gain models feature an outstanding up to 100 mile Line OF SIght UHF range (option 2 also adds long range VHF). Option 1 has some moderate VHF abilities (less than 40 miles on VHF), whereas option 2 provides both long range UHF and VHF.
What determines true antenna gain / range? It's the amount of respective tuned antenna elements it has for it's tuned frequency band (this one has 18 x UHF elements) and the size of the antenna (larger is better). This 44 inch long UHF antenna with 18 x UHF elements helps you get the best UHF range possible (which is where most if not all channels real frequencies are today).
Option 1 vs Option 2:
For those that still have VHF stations in their area, choose Option 2 for both long range UHF & VHF. With option two, our patented VHF upgrade kit will have 12 x elements that resonate on VHF, as well as 18 x UHF elements
*Note: This product will not work well for apartment installs! Nor will it work well inside homes with brick, concrete walls, or metal / aluminum or stucco siding!
Why this up to 100 Mile Model Outperforms Others Claiming 150, 250, 350, and 1000 Mile Plus Antennas:
Don't be duped by small outdoor and indoor antennas. Interestingly, it seems the more gain antennas claim, they also become smaller and smaller iwth less and less actual antenna elements (it's the antenna elements that make the antnena gain and range. As a general rule, the less antenna elements for it's frequency of operation it has, the lower the gain / range the antenna will also have. This is why it's ironic that the smallest of antennas with the least elements tend to advertise as the highest ranges.
For example, a 24" antenna with 10 x UHF elements while have much higher gain than a 12" antenna with only 5 x UHF elements.
Our antenna comes with 18 x UHF elements (the option with the VHF Kit also creates 12 x VHF elements), and has about 3 times the UHF elements and boom length than most antennas advertising 150 to as high as 1000 mile range! Note, not claiming has antenna has the crazy range they're claiming to have (as it's not possible under ordinary conditions0, merely that it's more powerful THAN these smaller / shorter antennas that make such wild claims.
*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.
Should you Add a Signal Amplifier;
Note: This is a passive antenna, and this is a good thing, as it eliminaates sensitive active electronics inside to go bad and shorten the antnena's life in the process. Additionally you have the freedom to use any quality of type of signal amplifier of your choosing with a passive antenna (typically the amplified antennas use a lower quality amplifier inside to reduce costs
The real question is, do you even need one? Well in most cases you don't, and in many cases they will actually make no difference or even harm SNR / reception (as they add more noise than signal).
As a general rule, if your install loss isn't high as long as the TV tuner's sensitivity is up to spec, these devices generally aren't helpful as SNR is the limiting factor, not sensitivity However on the other hand, if you have splitters in the line or running multiple TVs off a signal antenna, and/or well over a 50ft length of RG6 cable in your install, they can be quite effecting in restoring these high loss conditions / devices.
We have you covered though, as we over very affordable name brand siginal ampifiers (if you need one0 If you do have a high loss install as explained above, we sell very affordable name brand indoor and outdoor signal ampliiers (also known as pre-amplifiers or signal boosters) in the $15 to $30 range at our Signal Amplifiers page.
Important Reception Tips:
1. Count how many VHF and UHF elements the antenna has, to ascertain real gain / range (this model's elements are optimized for UHF, only has some moderate VHF abilities).
2. Signal boosters (also called Signal Amplifiers or Signal Preamplifiers) are necessary as "signal maintainers" in situations where the install loss is high (i.e. any splitters in the line, multiple TVs to a single antenna, long coax runs (more than 50ft of RG6 cable), etc). It's recommended to add one, to maintain the signal, befure a splitter or long coax run takes out the signal.
3. If your install loss is low (only one TV or less than 50ft of RG6 coax cable involved in your install) or strong stations in your area, a signal booster may actually reduce reception / channels!
4. NOTE: If you have stations in multiple directions, also buying a rotor / rotator may be needed (espcially common in the Northeast and West Coast areas of the USA). We do sell an "Omni-directional" antenna in our eBay store however.
5. TV antennas (no matter how powerful) will not work well inside apartments, condos as their walls are composed of concrete and/or brick.
6. TV antennas and signals can not penetrate through any brick, concrete, stone, aluminum/metal walls or structures (they'll just bounce off of them).. You must get the antenna outside and above these structures if they're in the way of the broadcst towers.
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