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Our XPS-1500 Destroys Smaller TV Antennas that Advertise as 990 Mile Range (read description) - UHF Only 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.
Why Our Up to 100 Mile XPS-1500 Outperforms these Small Antennas that Claim 150 to 990 Mile Range?:
Our up to 100 Mile UHF model (also see VHF/UHF version to add up to 80 mile VHF hi range), offers superior UHF performance over these small antennas that often advertise as being 150 to 990 miles range (note: If you also need long range VHF for your area, select Option #2 (which adds a long range VHF Kit)). With two to three times the UHF elements, its UHF performance outperforms the various cheaply made small 12 inch to 36" long antennas that you often see advertising as 150 to 990 mile range antennas (note these antennas grossly exaggerate their ranges, even much larger antennas cap out at about 100 mile max line of sight range, due to the curvature of the earth itself preventing a longer line of sight path). It seems many overseas sellers will insert the highest ranges on the cheapest, smallest product, just to sell more product, even though it's highly dishonest.. 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, we sell 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).
*Note: ranges are a "best case" scenario, ranges may be "significantly" less for many areas / install situations / stations, etc.
*Note 2: 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.
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 (some of which are designed so badly that they struggle with as little as 30 miles range in so me cases. So it's important to never go by their range claims alone. Even the best of TV antennas cap out at about 100 mile range and that is under ideal conditions / terrain, and that is by antennas which are far more capable than the tiny antennas that claim such astronomical ranges.
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 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.
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 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 (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).
*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. We sell the RCA brand of indoor and outdoor signal amplifiers for only $12 to $36 (see our Signal Amplifiers Page if this is applicable to your install).
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 wiIl have 12 x elements that resonate on VHF, as well as 18 x UHF elements
*IMPORTANT - This product will not work well for indoor apartment installs (due to walls shielding out signals)! 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.
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 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.
*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.
Amplifying An Antenna / Should you Add a Signal Amplifier;
We offer very reasonable priced, name brand signal amplifiers (which generally exhibit lower noise than those that come with the cheaply made amplified antennas) You can find them in the $15 to $30 range in our store. The question is, however, would a signal amplifier (or preamplifier) offer any significant improvement? In many cases, they do not (we'll explain more below). It should note the antenna and its mounting height and how / where it's installed determine maximum range. The signal amplifiers are more signal loss prevention (they're more meant as signal maintainers, not range extenders).. In other words, if the antenna isn't able to capture the signal to begin with, they can't amplify the signal.
This is a passive antenna, and this is a good thing, as it eliminates sensitive active electronics that often shorten the antenna's lifespan. Additionally, if you have a high loss issue, 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, that when it goes bad, the entire antenna assembly stops working).
The real question is, do you even need one or are they actually beneficial? In many cases they make no difference or even harm SNR / reception (as they add more noise than signal). On the other hand, in some installs they can be detrimental in resolving splitter loss or a very long cable run loss. Since a name brand signal amplifier typically adds a few of more noise than signal, if you're installation loss isn't more than that, you may be wasting your time and money by using one (remember you are also reducing your SNR / signal quality with these devices). 50ft of RG6 coax cable has roughly 3db of loss on UHF (not terribly high, but beyond this, a signal amplifier may be noticeably beneficial)... A 2 way splitter also has approx 3 to 3.5db of loss. If the weakiest of stations in your area begin to drop after adding a splitter or a longer coax run, a signal amplifier can effectively restore the signals that are dropping from high install loss.
As a general rule, if your install loss isn't high (under 3db of loss for example) and the TV tuner is working properly, these devices generally aren't all that helpful as signal above the noise (SNR) is usually the limiting factor, not sensitivity However on the other hand, if you have splitters in the line / running multiple TVs off a signal antenna, or well over a 50ft length of RG6 cable in your install, they can be quite effective in restoring signals dropping due to these high loss conditions / devices.
We have you covered though, as we over very affordable name brand signal 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 broadcast towers.
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