The XPS-1500 with VHF Upgrade Kit Outperforms Smaller TV Antennas that Often Advertise as 150 mile to 990 Mile Range (please read description for clarification) - Long Range VHF & UHF Outdoor Version.
Why Our Up to 100 Mile Antennas Outperform the Small TV Antenna's that Advertise as 150 to 990 Mile Range?:
*This option is the Long Range UHF & VHF version (model: XPS-1500 with the VHF Upgrade Kit), measuring approx 60 inches long, with 18 x UHF elements and also 12 x elements that resonate on VHF, is much more robust and capable than these small sized 12 inch to 36 inch antennas online that often "advertise" as 150 to 990 mile range today (note, that these small antenna's actually range is closer to 30 to 70 miles). Important tip: never go by a TV antenna's claimed range, the best of antennas (much stronger than these small antennas) in a best case scenario at best will have 100 mile range or less, even with optimium line of sight conditions, due to the curvature of the earth preventing a longer line of sight path..
The small antennas advertising as crazy ranges today generally have a limited quantity of antenna elements and size, therefore will have "much less" than 100 mile range (typically their actual ranges are in the 30 to 60 mile range), we'll explain how to get an idea of an antenna's true gain / range further down, but basically small antennas, and/or antennas with only a handful of tuned elements for their tuned frequency of operation will have less true antenna gain and range than a larger antenna with more tuned antenna elements. For example, a 15" long antenna with only 6 x UHF antenna elements, will have much less range than a 30" long UHF antenna with twice as many UHF elements, as it's the elements that creates antenna gain.
Our Insane Gain models have more "antenna" gain (not to be confused with signal amplifier gain) then the various cheaply made small antennas advertising as 150 to 990 mile range online (note these antennas grossly exaggerate their ranges (never rely on these claims, use metrics that can't so easily be made up, such as the size of an antenna and how many elements it has for it's tuned frequency (the more the better)..
Why do they have less range? It's simple, they're smaller and have substantially less elements (these are the actual attributes that creates antenna range / gain). The term amplifier (meaning an a amplifier built in) although is nifty to replenishing high loss (i.e. from over 50ft of coax cable runs or splitters), however the antenna must be capable of picking up the signal to begin with, before it can be amplified. If you have a high loss install, you should however add a quality signal amplifier to replenish the signal from the loss. We also offer reasonably priced, name brand (RCA) indoor and outdoor signal amplifiers on our website for only $15 to $30 (see our Signal Amplifiers page if you need one those), which are vastly better made.
*Important Note: If you're only running your antenna to a single TV (with no splitters in the line) and up to 50ft of coax cable, generally a signal amplifier won't help much (if any) and in some cases reduce the quality of the signal.. So it's recommended to add one only if your install needs one. If your install loss is high, a signal amplifier will likely also be needed to restore the signal from the high losse. We also sell inexpensive name brand indoor and outdoor signal amplifiers for only $12 to $36 (see our Signal Amplifiers Page if this is applicable to your install).
For example a 12" long UHF antenna with only 6 x UHF elements and only 1 x long VHF element at the back will have less range than a 24" long UHF antenna with 12 x UHF elements and 2 x VHFeleement, due to have twice the amount of antnenna elements for each band and being larger in size. Our XPS-1500 with the long range VHF kit option is 60" long with 18 x UHF elements and 12 x elements that resonate on VHF for an exceptional up to 100 mile UHF and up to 80 mile VHF line of sight range!
Ironically, it seems today 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.
Even our more robust antenna (which often has twice the UHF elements as these small antennas advertising these crazy ranes), 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.
Granted, excellent Tropo conditions can sometimes cause extended VHF & UHF ranges beyond 100 miles, but this only happens seldomly (sometimes during late summer nights or very early summer and early fall mornings).
This model with 18 x UHF elements and 12 x tuned VHF elements reaches up to an outstanding 100 mile range and up to 80 miles range on VHF-hi!
Outperforms the various cheaply made small antennas advertising as 150 to 990 mile range online (note these antennas grossly exaggerate their ranges). Ironically, it seems today that the cheapest, smallest antennas claim the highest, most exaggerated range(s).
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 ironic that 12 to 18 inch antennas with few actual antenna elements are advertising as the highest ranges online. These small antennas rarely achieve anything over 60 mile range! Whereas our long range television antenna 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 35 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 (it should be noted that our option 1 features 18 x UHF, and our option 2 VHF/UHF version has 18 elements that resonate on UHF plus 12 on VHF)! and the size of the antenna (larger is better).
Our 44 inch long UHF antenna (option 1 with 18 x UHF elements, and 60 inch VHF/UHF (with 18 x UHF and 12 x elements that resonate on VHF) helps you get the best ranges possible.
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 antenna is mainly UHF designed, but also has some 'moderate" VHF abilities (under 35 mile line of sight range best case scenario on VHF) already, and in most areas, VHF is or near extinct, however we also sell a long range VHF antenna to pair with it, if your area does have VHF stations are too weak for this UHF centric antenna. We recommend trying this antenna without the VHF antenna first though, since in most areas, most if not all stations "real" frequencies have migrated to UHF and this antenna also picks up VHF signals a bit as well (under 35 mile range on VHF however).
*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!
*Note, we made our antennas passive for a reason (so the product lasts longer without sensitive active electronics inside of them and so that customers can have the freedom to add their signal amplifier of choice (if needed). If your install neccessitates one, we also carry inexpensive, name brand signal amplifiers in the $15 to $36 range. This what we suggest as a "general" rule of thumb (in regards to adding them or not):
*Only add a signal amplifier if your install needs it. Generally, if there aren't splitters in the coax line and no more than 50ft of RG6 coax cable is ran from the antenna to the TV, they don't improve reception. However on the other hand, If your loss has high install loss (more than 50ft of RG6 coax cable and/or splitters), a TV antenna should also have a signal amplifier behind it, to replenish the high loss. For these installs, we recommend adding an inexpensive signal amplifier to resolve the higher install loss. If your install loss is high, we also sell inexpensive name brand indoor and outdoor signal amplifiers for only $12 to $36 (see our Signal Amplifiers Page if this is applicable to your install).
*Note, Never Go by an Antenna's Advertised Gain or Range Alone:
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Small antennas do not magically have more antenna gain or range than larger ones tuned for the same frequency.. For example, many (if not most) imported antennas online often quote exaggerated ranges and gain just to sell tiny sized antennas or may be adding in 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 has its purposes and is sometimes even a necessity (namely 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 to begin with, you may not even benefit at all from a signal 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 have you covered there too, we also sell some affordable, name brand RCA signal amplifiers (in te $15 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 eliminets sensitive active electronics inside to go bad and shorten the antnena's life in the process. Addtionally 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.
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