Xtreme Signal Long Range HD VHF UHF FM Outdoor TV Antenna (HD8200XL)
- Brand: Xtreme Signal
- P\N: HD8200XL
- UPC: 700112818356
Good antenna for long distance VHF is good, UHF could be better.
I live in a hilly, rural area with very tall (50+ft) trees, but VHF signals reach here well with a directional antenna and preamp, and NYC and Philly are full of VHF signals. I replaced an older LPDA Yagi at about 30 feet above ground (I'm located at 800+ ft above sea level which helps a lot). The VHF is very good, picking up stations over 75 miles away with a preamp. However, the Yagi (UHF) isn't calibrated for the post-repack channel spectrum (centered on channel 36, 605 MHz). I may dismantle the directors and driven element and re-assemble them for better gain. Adding more aluminum boom and directors to the front-end would help both from a weight-distribution as well as UHF-gain perspective the antenna isn't centered on the mount point and leans back because of the weight of the rear VHF elements. Adding more weight to the front (yagi) side may help counteract this, but it's already a pretty big antenna. I'm in a challenging location and I purchased the antenna at a very good price, but Solid Signal could re-design a better UHF yagi at the front, or at least reposition the mounting point.
Great HDTV antenna - gets stations 81 miles away!
I've tried a variety of UHF antennas, and finally found one that works best. We live almost due east of Baltimore (81 mi) and Washington DC (65 mi), and with smaller antennas, I was able to get about 20 stations. With this one, now we receive 77 stations from both major markets! It is a BIG MAMBO JAMBO! The entire antenna is about 12 feet long and 12 feet wide. Be careful constructing it not to break off the tabs on the matching transformer (I did this by overtightening the screws). I had to strip the wires and solder on new leads, but this was my fault, not the device. The antenna is mounted on my house at the peak of my roof using a 5' mast, properly grounded, and wired with RG-6. I use an amplifier without it, we can't get hardly any signals. Very happy with this product!
Great antenna - great on VHF, pretty good on UHF
This antenna allowed me to pick up 23 channels in an area that all expert technical support staff told me that I wouldn't be able to pick up anything (except one tower 32 miles away). I did install another antenna (bowtie) that picks up MORE UHF channels (increasing my channels to 39 channels) - however I lose some VHF channels with the bowtie antenna. My next step is to install both and join them with a combiner - hopeful that I will be able to receive at least 45 channels. Keep in mind I am more than 65 miles away from all broadcast towers (except the one) and in a heavily wooded area - so I am very well pleased with this antenna. It performs as advertised! (and I've now tried five (5) antennas that didn't...lol)
Great gain. Poor mounting system.
by Big Garage
I was looking primarily for an FM with long range + local TV. This antenna did the trick. My only complaint is the mounting point. More specifically, the center of gravity point of the mounting brackets. They are not at the center balance point of the antenna. The back of the antenna pulls the front up. The mount points should be further back on the boom so the antenna is better balanced so it sits more horizontal without wrestling it straight while tightening the mounting bolts. If you can, attache the mast to the boom on the ground where it might be easier to get it lined up. I will try to re-drill the bracket holes closer to the center of balance to make it an easier installation.
With amplifier - this antenna works great!
I connected this antenna and found a slight increase in channels (8 to 12) that I was able to receive. These channels however tended to pixilate and fade in and out. However, I wasn't really happy with only a very slight improvement for the money spent. However, I then added a mast amplifier to this antenna and the improvement was drastic! I now have access to 35 channels which are extremely reliable during the evening. I don't know why most of these stations go away during the day (towers are in Atlanta) - but that doesn't really matter to me since we work during the day. Either way, we are at a minimum of 62 miles away from almost all of the towers - but yet receiving 35 channels now. Very pleased....
great antenna for the price.
Actually a Winegard 8200 antenna. very strong construction. a deal at twice the price
This Antenna is awesome
This Antenna is awesome we are about 70 mile from the nearest tv tower we are currently getting 30 channels
by Mountain Man
Very well built antenna closest tower about 70 miles away. We live in Adirondack Mountains we picked 30 channels cutting the cord
Absoloutely the best
I was having some trouble sifting through all the misinformation on the web, these folks set me up with great gear and info, I live 50 miles from stations, I get 54 channels, that is just in one direction, I have not explored others yet, good going Solid Signal
I bought this antenna on the recommendation of SS. Because we lost our local news channel on our satellite provider. The antenna picks it up GREAT. Even though the channel's tower is 68.2 miles from me. I'm receiving a signal strength of 75 during the day and high 80's at night. So i would highly recommend this antenna. By the way I've only go it mounted 15ft. It will be going to my shop once the local channel returns. Be ready because this thing is huge!