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5 Best Long Range TV Antennas 2017

ClearStream HDTV Antenna with MountEven though antennas are being phased out to accommodate newer technology, one cannot simply ignore their importance to people living in rural areas.

To people in rural areas, having a good antenna is a must to keep them in touch with the rest of the world and give them access to television channels at no monthly cost. It is with this simple premise that we decided to compile a list of the best antennas of 2017.

 

Top 5 Best Long Range TV Antennas Comparison Guide

NameRangeFull HDPriceCheck Price !
#1
ViewSonic PJD5555W 3300
ClearStream 2V HDTV Antenna

 
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
 
Up to 60 miles
 
 
$$
 
#2
8 Element Bowtie Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna
 8 Element Bowtie HDTV Antenna

 
4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)
 
Up to 70 Miles
 
 
$$$
 
#3
ClearStream 4V Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna
ClearStream 4V HDTV Antenna

 
4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)
 
Up to 70 Miles
 
 
$$$
 
#4
Channel Master CM 3020 UHF / VHF / FM HDTV Antenna
Channel Master HDTV Antenna

 
4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)
 
Up to 100 Miles
 
 
$$$
 
#5
Xtreme Signal Long Range HDTV Antenna
Xtreme Signal Long Range HDTV Antenna

 
4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)
 
Up to 70 Miles
 
 
$$
 

What To Know Before Buying

There are a few things you should know before buying the antenna. They are:

  • Where the nearest digital transmitter is: visit www.antennapoint.com and fill in the information indicated on the site. This information will help triangulate the nearest transmitter from your location. Measure that distance from your home then find a suitable antenna that covers that mile range.
  • Type of Band, UHF versus VHF: The UHF band helps transmit digital channels, and most antennas have a lower mile range for this type of band as compared to the VHF band. Most new models of antennas feature both the UHF and VHF bands, but it is important to check which kind of band is being transmitted to your area.
  • Uni-Direction and Multi-Direction: since in most rural locations the stations are broadcasted in different areas, you might be needed to point your antenna in different directions to receive all the stations. The good thing is that plenty of sites offer directional compass headings to show you which direct the channels are located so that you can adjust your antenna accordingly.

 

How To Setup A Long-Range Antenna?

Here are some important points to keep in mind when setting up your long-range antenna:

  • Location:do a quick survey of your location to determine if there are any obstacles and how far away you are from the transmitting towers. Once you determine this, place the outdoor antenna as high as possible to receive clear signals.
  • Is the antenna multi-directional?:Although multi-directional antennas can receive signals from many directions at once, it is important to keep in mind that they have a much weaker signal than uni-directional antennas.
  • The direction of the transmitting tower(s):it is important to know the direction of the transmitting tower so that you can point the antenna towards that direction. If you come from a more remote place where the signals originate from different transmitting towers located in different locations, it is wise to go with a multi-directional model. However, if the signals originate from a single transmitting tower, go with the uni-directional model which has an advantage of covering more distance.

5 Best Long-Range TVs Antennas Of 2017 Review

Lots of antennae using homeowners are tired of grainy picture quality associated with substandard antennas. They have therefore improved to the new long-range antennas that have an impressive coverage of over 50 miles and receive UHF bands that support full 1080p HD TV for crisp pictures. We tested these new long-range antennas to feature the five models that impressed us the most and represent value for money:

ClearStream 2V Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna

ClearStream HDTV Antenna with MountFiltering out factors that affect reception like the location of the antenna, building materials, and obstructions, the ClearStream 2V is the best performing antennas in the 60-mile category. It features UHF and VHF multi-directional elements that boost range to deliver reception even in remote locations.

The ClearStream includes a powerful 2V antenna that helps increase the coverage range. Its 20-inch mount is an all-weather mount that helps support and alleviate the antenna throughout summer and winter seasons. The ClearStream is compatible with a coaxial cable to submit the signals. With this ClearStream, you will receive free network coverage from television networks such as CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, PBS, and others in full High Definition 1080p where available.

 

Pros

  • Supports full HD 1080p display.
  • All-weather mount.

Cons

  • Some antennas such as the Bowtie offer a better mile range of coverage.
  • Obstructions such as buildings affect reception.

8 Element Bowtie Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna

8 Element Bowtie Indoor/Outdoor HDTV AntennaThis 8-Element Bowtie is among the most powerful antennas available on the market. While it is powerful and covers a 70 mile range, obstructions, location and building materials may affect reception which in turn affects picture quality.

The antenna features a multi-purpose arrangement that provides flexibility as well as easy installation in areas that have stations deployed in different directions. The all-weather mounting hardware and DB8e antenna ensure that you get television networks such as ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and others all year round in full HD.

 

Pros

  • Easy installation.
  • All season mounting hardware.
  • Full 1080p HD viewing.

Cons

  • Some antennas like the Channel Master CM 3020 offer a better mile range.
  • Expensive compared with other antennas that offer a better range.

ClearStream 4V Indoor/Outdoor Antenna

ClearStream 4V Indoor/Outdoor HDTV AntennaJust like the 8 Element Bowtie, ClearStream 4V is an outdoor antenna that is among the best performing among the 70-mile range category. This ClearStream 4V is ideal for rural areas, and suburban areas where the UHF and VHF multi-dimensional elements receive signals in remote areas from broadcast towers over 70 miles away.

The ClearStream 4V comes equipped with all-season mounting hardware and features a 4V antenna that makes 1080p HD viewing on television networks such as PBS, CW, Fox and others possible at no extra cost.

 

Pros

  • UHF and VHF multi-directional elements to boost range.
  • Powerful 4V antenna.
  • High-quality build materials make it durable.
  • Zero monthly TV bill.

Cons

  • Expensive compared with other antennas that offer a better range.
  • Coaxial cable not included in the package.

Channel Master CM 3020 UHF / VHF / FM HDTV Antenna

Channel Master CM 3020 UHFThe CM3020 is among the most powerful antennas out there with a reception range of up to 100 miles. Its receivers are equipped with the latest technology to make the antenna receive great signal in remote locations and make it compatible with VHF, UHF, HD and FM signals.

With dimensions of 152 x 95 x 22 Inches, the CM3020 allows easy installation. This outdoor antenna is optimized for digital FM signals and full HD TV signals that are broadcasted in your area.

 

Pros

  • Pocket-friendly for its mile range.
  • Supports full HDTV and digital FM signals.
  • Picks up signals over a long mile range.

Cons

  • Mount and mast NOT included in the package.

Xtreme Signal (HDB91X) Long-Range Antenna

Xtreme Signal Long Range Yagi Style The HDB91X is a powerful Xtreme Signal antenna. It is renowned for its ability to block interference, directional reception, and its high-gain design. The high-gain design allows for over 70-mile coverage of UHF signals and over 25 miles coverage for VHF signals to allow free HD TV broadcasts.

Mounting hardware for this antenna is compatible with masts of 1.6 inches diameter and smaller. Its built-in weatherproof transformer allows direct 75-ohm coax connection. These features make it an ideal choice for remote areas, and for those who want to get value for their money.

 

Pros

  • Pocket-friendly price compared to models such as ClearStream 2V.
  • Adjustable antenna angle .
  • Equipped with back reflector to reduce interference from signals coming from the back.

Cons

  • Models such as the Channel Master CM3020 offer a better mile range.

Final Verdict

  • It is clear that all the models we have featured offer standard features like HDTV which is a feature you should not miss out on. Some models boast a better mile coverage that may come in handy for people living deep in rural areas to receive signals. Ultimately, this review should help you check your needs against the features of the antenna to help you decide which antenna will serve you best.
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