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Why Our Long Range TV Antennas

Why Our Long Range TV Antennas


Comparison of Our VHF/UHF Insane Gain vs 990 Mile TV Antennas:

Models Compared:         

Our Insane Gain VHF/UHF Antenna

Competitor's So Called 150-990 Mile Antennas:

# of UHF Elements:

*Tip: more elements create more antenna gain.

18 Only 5

# of VHF Elements:

*TIP: more elements creates more antenna gain.

12 Only 1

Length (longer size also increases gain)

60" 18" (approx)

Deep Fringe Capable: (very weak signal pickup)

Yes No

Amount of Plastic Content:

Why is this important?:  Plastic usually doesn’t hold up as long outside in the elements / summer UV sun rays, and extreme cold  temps can weaken plastic over time)

Virtually none (only the included combiner box has plastic, however antenna itself, structural components are all corrosion resistant aluminum and corrosion resistant steel hardware.








Lots of Plastic parts (plastic is used for holding antenna elements,  for the housing itself, mounting pieces / knobs etc).









Vulnerable Active Electronics Inside Antenna?

Why is this Important?:

At first it may seem like an amplified antenna is a good idea, but to cheapen costs it's usually a lower quality (higher noise) signal amplifier circuit inside the antenna that can't be upgraded or replaced.  This can greatly shorten the entire antenna's lifespan as when they go bad it typically creates an internal antenna short inside the circuit board and the antenna stops working entirely.

















































Freedom to add, remove, and replace your choice of Signal Amplifier. 

Why is this important?

This creates flexibility, (sometimes a signal amplifier is a good idea, other times not so much, or if it's built into the antenna may reduce antenna's life when the sesneitive electronics go bad (as they can't be replaced), or simply the choice to use a higher grade /q uality model may be preferable)

Yes, fully passive, so no limitations (if needed due to high install loss any signal amplifier of your choosing can be added to remedy it.

Tip: A quality signal amplifeir doesn't have to be expensive.  We sell inexpensive RCA signal amplifiers starting at only $15 for indoor to $30 for outdoor RCA models, however If you're not using splitters in your line and no more than 50ft of coax cable, usually a signal amplifier usually isn't all that beneficial.















No - the signal amplifier is inside the antenna and isn't removable, so antenna's durability/lifespan, and its performance / noise floor is reliant on the built in signal amplifier that's fixated inside the unit and can't be upgraded or replaced.  Adding additional signal amplifiers (as they add more noise than signal) makes the signals noiser yet, so usually not a good idea adding an additional amplifier to an amplified antenna unless install loss is very, very high (i.e. 500ft of coax or several splitters).









US Company: Yes Not Likely
US Support: Yes Not Likely


It's a common mistake comparing antennas by their claimed range and/or gain (nowadays these figures are rarely accurate).  Typically it's the cheaper, smallest sized antenna with the most exaggerated claims in an effort to dupe US consumers.   The reality is smaller antenna with less tuned elements (despite the unrealistic ranges and gain claims) have less antenna gain than larger antennas with more elements.  If your install has high loss from splitters or what not, you can always add your choice of signal amplifier.



Knowing that range and gain claims can't be trusted, the one true method to determine how capable an antenna really is and it's range.  The hard antenna attribute which determines real antenna gain is the amount of tuned antenna elements it has for the band of use.   Often these 150 to 990 mile outdoor antennas will only be 18" to 24" long and only have a handful of antennas for UHF and one single longer element on VHF (not to great).  This of course lowers manufacturing cost so they can sell them as cheaply as possible. 






What about Traditional 10ft Monster Sized Antennas?:



Not many want to deal with these monster sized antennas, and you may be surprised to hear that our 60" VHF/UHF insane gain models often do just as well (sometimes even better) than 10ft long traditional TY antennas.   You are probably wondering how can this be?



Although it’s true that size of and the amount of "tuned" elements are important, but that's assuming an apples to apples comparison.  The large, traditional style of antennas often devoted much of their space and elements to frequencies not used today.  So only 2/3rds of that 10ft antenna is for elements that may matter...  But it doesn't stop there.  Yagi antennas with traditional dipole elements often didn't cover the needed VHF frequency range with a good match.  Often they weren't Yagi antennas at all, but a lower gain Log Periodic directional design was necessary to cover the necessary frequency ranges with good matching.  Ours is unique in that it improved the frequency c overage of the traditional Yagi design, so that we didn't have to resort to a Log Periodic design.  This is an important distinction, as a Yagi directional antenna can have as much gain as a Log Periodic antenna twice its size!  Very important distinction indeed!



Most traditional style, large TV antennas do not all of their space and antenna elements for UHF and VHF-Hi (and VHF-low exists rarely today) and worst yet, they aren't true Yagi designs (they often used a Log Periodic (or hybrid design thereof) directional antenna approach).   



More "tuned" elements versus another antenna of same type should have more gain.  However, you may be surprised to know that our 60" VHF/UHF antennas often do as well if not better than substantially larger antennas.  You may be wondering how this is possible?



Rational huge sized TV antennas often are true Yagi-Uda designs (which are designed for high gain).  They often used Log Periodic (which may look similar to a Yagi, but aren't the same) design, to achieve their necessary frequency coverage.  Thankfully with our patent in tandem to the change in TV frequencies when they transitioned to digital, we're able to create a stronger antenna to meet today's channels.   Our patent allows for a true Yagi-Uda higher gain design (a Yagi can have as much gain as a Log Periodic antenna twice its size), while still covering the current HDTV channels (UHF and VHF-Hi).   Outside of a handful of areas, (Philadelphia being the exception).  VHF low is now extinct



Top Notch Antennas has a patented Insane Gain VHF/UHF Outdoor Antenna line. That maintains a true Yagi-uda element configuration, yet still covers the frequencies in use today (UHF and VHF-hi) for approx. 97% of the US. For the small percentage that didn't transition away from VHF low, this model has a simple VHF-low mod built in as well (outside of Philadelphia market, rarely find customers with VHF low channels of interest however, but NYC and California also has a few non-English and religious stations on VHF-low). 



However, VHF-HI (not to be confused with VHF-LOW) is still used to a degree in many areas still today, so having a well working antenna optimized with its available elements tuned for and focused on for UHF and VHF-hi does however make sense for many areas.






Our 60" VHF/UHF Insane Advantages:









1. True Yagi Design (no lower gain Log Periodic or hybrid design), means much higher gain for its size over traditional style antennas that often used Log Periodic designs - By focusing on digital frequencies still used mainstream in tandem with our patent, (which uses a specialized geometric shape to improve Yagi-Uda frequency range) we were able to maintain a true Yagi style antenna without needing to resort to a lower gain Log Periodic (or hybrid) design.  Note, these designs can look very similar to those not familiar with the differences between, but electrically aren't. 



For example, a Yagi-Uda can have as much gain as a Log Periodic design twice its size!  So this is a significant improvement in gain for its size over older, traditional large TV antennas.  If your antenna used dipole elements and covered VHF-low, VHF-hi, and UHF, they often used a Log Periodic (or hybrid thereof) instead of a true Yagi due to the limited frequency range of a traditional Yagi.  Our patented VHF/UHF model improves the Yagi frequency response in tandem to focusing the elements on frequencies used mainstream allowed for us to create a high gain model without needing to resort to a lower gain Log Periodic design.



The reason previous Traditional TV antennas had to favor a wider frequency design over a higher gain Yagi is the Yagi dipole elements didn't have optimum bandwidth to cover full VHF bands.  Additionally VHF-low was still used heavily prior to the digital TV conversion, but is largely extinct today.  .  



2. All Elements Focused on Frequencies that Exist - Much of monster sized and older, traditional TV antennas are unnecessarily long not only because they often used a Log Periodic (hybrid design thereof) instead of a true Yagi, but must of their size(s) were devoted to elements tuned to frequencies are extinct for approx. 97% of the country.  These largest elements serve no purpose on these 6ft long and larger traditional style TV antennas except for only a handful of viewing areas (namely Philadelphia TV market).   For example, a 10ft analog style antenna may devote a third of that space to VHF-low which is wasted space and expense, since it's essentially extinct for approx. 97% of the country.  We have a more clever approach.  Our antennas space is devoted to the frequencies for are still used, but if you're in a market such as Philadelphia, we have a simple built in mod to lower the antenna's operating frequency down into the VHF-low band.  



So although our VHF/UHF model will operate on VHF low, out of the box it's gain and elements are tuned and focused specifically frequencies that aren't extinct for the majority of the US, however VHF-low (namely used only in the Philadelphia market and a few non-English speaking and religious stations in NYC and California).



This may seem confusing to some, as Ch2s - C6s are still used and shown on our TV, however with the digital conversion these almost never reflect the "real frequencies" they've switched to.  If you're not in the Philadelphia market, it's highly doubtful you'll have VHF-low frequencies still use in their area.  California and NYC has a few lower budget non-English stations and religious stations on VHF-low.  If you're in those areas and they're of interest, we cleverly built in a very simple VHF-low mod you can also due to lower the antenna's operating frequency.  Philadelphia seems to be the exception to the rule (they actually still use VHF low for some major network stations), is very rare to have VHF-low elsewhere in the country.   An online TV signal report can also verify their real frequencies for you.  Contact us if you need help.  



We hope you can appreciate some of the marvel design enhancements we've made to our Insane gain VHF/UHF antenna.  We specialize in offering better made antennas not found in local retail stores today.  If you antenna has failed you in the past, we're happy to review a few signal reports and give you our humble opinion if reception is or is not possible in your area.



We also offer 30 day returns on all our products and have recent upgraded our antenna warranties from one year to two full years at no additional cost.     



One additional note, if your reside in a windy area, our patented VHF/UHF antenna also has excellent wind survival due to heavier duty aluminum parts and two point contact for the crucial driven VHF element (this substantially reduces stresses on the aluminum tubing).