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Destroys 990 Mile TV Antennas (read description) - Long Range VHF & UHF Version
Destroys 990 Mile TV Antennas (read description) - Long Range VHF & UHF Version
Destroys 990 Mile TV Antennas (read description) - Long Range VHF & UHF Version
Destroys 990 Mile TV Antennas (read description) - Long Range VHF & UHF Version
Destroys 990 Mile TV Antennas (read description) - Long Range VHF & UHF Version

Destroys 990 Mile TV Antennas (read description) - Long Range VHF & UHF Version

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OR CONSIDER THE UHF ONLY VERSION (for many areas, most if not all stations real frequencies are on UHF today).  More many areas, Ch2s - Ch13s real frequencies are often on UHF now (even though they still show as Ch2 - 13 on the TV set).  

NOTE:  WE'RE IN PROCESS OF HAVING NEW MOULDS MADE FOR THIS VHF/UHF PRODUCT, SO MAY BE SOME TIME (late summer expected). 


  

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.   

VHF/UHF Model Specs:

  • Freg: UHF = 470 - 700mhz, VHF = 170-220mhz
  • Front to back= 30db
  • UHF gain = 13.5dbi
  • VHF gain = 8dbi

 *Antenna gain will typically be a bit higher on earth / real world.

 

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*NOTE: THIS ITEM COMES IN TWO VARIATIONS (long range on UHF only or this version with long range on both VHF & UHF). 

 

Why Does Our Up to 100 Mile Antennas Outperform the Small  Antenna's that Often Advertise as 150 to 990 Mile Range?: 

This is quite simple to understand once you understand how antenna gain and its range thereof are obtained..   Ranges today on many of the overseas brands are often gimmicks just to sell antennas..  Often, as crazy as it sounds, often the lowest performing antennas make the highest range claims today.

To avoid being duped by whether they're a long range antenna or not, count the actual antenna "elements" and the size of the antenna itself.  How large are the corner reflectors (a corner reflector with multiple elements reduces length but still adds considerable antenna gain). 

See our comparison grid of our Insane Gain VHF/UHF model vs so called 990 mile antennas below:

*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.

COMPARISON OF OUR VHF/UHF INSAIN GAIN vs 990 MILE ANTENNAS:


Models Compared;   

Our Insane Gain VHF/UHF Antenna


Competitor's So Called 150-990 Mile Antennas:

# of UHF Elements, (more elements create more antenna gain):

18 Only 5

# of VHF-Hi 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).

Electricity Required to Function

No, only passive components, damaged parts also replaceable

Yes, typically electronics inside are not replaceable.

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 lifespan as they are generally non-replaceable  electronics inside.

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 amplifier 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 (direct line to a single TV only) and no more than 50ft of low loss RG6 coax cable or better, a signal amplifier may not be beneficial (they're great as signal maintainers through the cabling and splitters, not antenna range extenders).

 

 

 

 

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 high (i.e. 500ft of coax or several splitters).

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

 


Don't be Duped by Cheap Antennas with Exaggerated Range Claims: 

It's an unfortunate common mistake comparing antennas by their claimed range and/or gain (nowadays these figures are rarely accurate and highly exaggerated just to sell a product).  It may be of surprise but often the antennas claiming the highest ranges often have the actual least real range.  Typically it's the cheaper, smallest sized antenna with the most exaggerated claims  in an effort to dupe US consumers in buying their product.   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.  

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.  

True "Antenna Gain" and its maximum range thereof is determined by how many antenna elements for its respective frequency band, along with its size.  Granted  the very large elements are now on the almost extinct VHF low band (most channels have moved to UHF and some to VHF-hi), so more elements can be fit in a much shorter length of antenna today, however with all other things being equal, a 36" long UHF antenna exhibits longer range than a smaller 18 inch gizmo with half the elements.  The physics don't lie.   

These so called antennas that typically claim these exaggerated 150 to 990 miles range actually often have the lowest "real" ranges, due to few elements (lack of aluminum to cheapen their costs).  Don't by duped by any antenna claiming these ranges and be aware an 18" long antenna with only 6 elements will be less capable than a larger antenna with double the elements.. 

Our patented VHF/UHF only model is actually 60" long with 18 x UHF elements in tandem with 12 x VHF elements.  We maximized its performance for its size by adding two sets of corner reflectors and carefully chosen lengths and geometric shaped to maximize its performance in a 60" antenna.   Those that upgrade from those cheaper made 150 to 990 mile antennas are often impressed in the quality differences and the amount of aluminum our antenna has in comparison to their previous tiny plastic antennas with limited metal / elements.   

Amplified vs Non Amplified Antennas:

We also offer inexpensive name brand signal amplifiers from $15 to $30, if your install needs one.  You can freely amplify our antennas, however most customers don't need them.  If you have splitters eating up the signal or more than 50ft of RG6 coax cable, we recommend adding a quality, low noise signal amplifiers (or preamplifiers) to help maintain the signal through high loss components (i.e. splitters, long coax runs can eat away at the signal without one), but it should be noted that amplifying an antenna isn't always beneficial (they actually worsen SNR).  We find the RCA brand offers lower noise than many, but all signal amplifiers add more noise than signal.  There is a mixconception in what these devices do.  They actually don't a change an antenna's pattern in any way or increase its maximum range, they maintain what signal is already picked up by the antenna.  This assumes the TV tuner is also working as it should

Therefore, maximum range is determined by the antenna's gain (how large it is and how many tuned elements it has) and how it's installed, as well as the antenna's mounting height and/or if any obstructions in the way (walls, buildings, large hills/mountains in the way can severely limit range).   

In many cases a signal amplifier may not offer any improvement.  As a general rule, if your running 50ft or less of coax cable without splitters in the way, generally a signal amplifier may not improve things much.  A signal amplifier  should be thought of as a "signal maintainer" not a range extender.  They are excellent however at maintaining a signal through splitters or a long coax run, not at pushing a signal get through an obstruction nor do they increase an antenna's range, unless the signal is being dropped by install loss or the TV used has a poor tuner.

So in a nutshell, amplifying an antenna is for maintaining the signal already picked up by the antenna. and can be detrimental if the install loss is high due to splitters, but otherwise may not be benefical at all.  Most TV tuners have plenty of sensitivity, such that noise often becomes the limiting factor  . T

However we also offer name brand signal amplifiers as well start at $15.00, but it should be noted that amplifying an antenna is more of a signal maintainer not an antenna range externder (antenna elements and size are what determines maximum range).   So although these devices are excellent at maintaining and resolving signal loss through high loss components, they don't actually change the antenna's pattern or its maximum range.  The signal has to be picked up and detectable by the antenna, before it can be amplified.

As a general rule, if your TV's tuners is working well and using no more than 50ft of RG6 coax cable without any splitters in the line, they're usually not all that effective (only about 3db of loss for 50ft of RG6 cable)   On the other hand if your run is longer than 50ft or splitters are in the line, they can often effectively maintain the signal from the antenna through the high loss.  So as a general rule, if you do have a high loss install, they are a worthwhile add-on.  Otherwise "amplifying" the signal from the antenna may not improve things much.(again they're to fix dropped signals due to high install loss not increasing the antenna's range).

If you want to add one to your install, a quality / name brand signal amplifier, we also carry indoor and outdoor signal ampllifers in the $15 to $30 price range owever.  You can view our "Signal Boosters" page for inexpensive, low noise signal amplifiers, if your install loss will also be high.

 

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. 

  

More About This VHF/UHF Antenna:

This model is our Long Range UHF & VHF version (model: XPS-1500 with the VHF Upgrade Kit), measuring approx 60 inches long, it has 18 x full sized UHF elements in addition 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.. 

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 its tuned frequency (the more the better)..  

 

OPTIONAL VHF-LOW MOD (may be helpful in some areas): 

Note: The VHF/UHF version if you follow the included manual assembly guide is highly optimized for the HDTV UHF and VHF-hi frequencies (as VHF-low has been phased out in nearly all areas in the USA, after the digital conversion).  A handful of areas (namely the Philadelphia, PA market) may benefit from the optional VHF-low mod (shortcut to the mod guide is also in the top menu bar).  The mod requires no additional parts and is very easy to do.

 

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 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 its 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 "typically" improve reception in a meaningful way. 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.

 

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 can also 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.

 

XPS-1500 FEATURES with the VHF Kit Option:

  • EXTREME PERFORMANCE SERIES HD TV VHF/UHF ANTENNA - Our patented VHF/UHF version pulls in stations that other models don’t even know exist!
  • LONG RANGE UHF & VHF PERFORMANCE OPTIONS – Made by Range Xperts (a Top Notch Antennas brand), so you know it's good, with a new wide frequency Yagi-Uda design that achieves comparable gain to traditional log periodic style antennas up to twice its size! 
  • OUTPERFORMS THE COMPETITION - Most HDTV antennas on the market are small devices (typically under 2ft long and only 5 to 8 antennas elements (which are necessary for gain), whereas our insane gain models are designed from the ground up for the best possible HDTV performance, our VHF/UHF model is 60" in length and features two sets of corner reflectors for enhanced gain with 18 x UHF and 12 x VHF elements (the UHF only model is 44" long with one corner reflector set and 18 x UHF elements).
  • DEEP FRINGE CAPABLE - Perfect Solution for picking up even the weakest of signals at far off distances!
  • An Extra Long Year of Warranty - We doubled our warranty on our Heavy Duty Antenna models from 1 year to two years at no extra charge!


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