1byone 85-Mile Amplified Outdoor HDTV Antenna Review

1byone 85-mile Digital Amplified Outdoor HDTV Antenna Review

One of the most in-demand antennas on the market happens to be 1byone’s Amplified Outdoor Digital antenna, and for good reason.

This small, sturdy piece of hardware has a nominal range of 85 miles and receives both UHF and VHF signals.

It’s relatively easy to set up and get going — you unfold the VHF elements and then fix the antenna to the included J mount, before attaching the cable.

The company takes pride in its cutting-edge brands and advanced signal reception technology.

But one of the biggest draws to this antenna is its price and what you get for it (such as built-in preamp, types of channels, etc.).

Read on to find out why I like this antenna so much and believe you should have a closer look.

What’s Included?

Easy Assembly

This antenna is one of the few that comes with a J-mount pole, which means you don’t need to buy a separate antenna mast.

The J mount is rugged and adjustable: once mounted to the top or the side of a house, it can accommodate a variety of different angles.

The J mount is coated in black for better weatherproofing.

The small size and ease of assembly of the antenna makes it easier to set up and change its location around the house to get a better signal.

Amplification

The antenna also has a high-gain, low-noise preamplifier.

This is good news if you need to capture long-range signals or are installing it in the attic.

On the other hand, if you live in or just outside a city that’s relatively close to transmission towers (i.e., less than 10 miles away), you might test reception by initially not plugging in the antenna (thereby not using the preamplifier) to see whether you get good reception.

If your antenna coaxial is longer than 50 feet, the preamplifier will probably compensate for signal loss along the cable.

Coaxial Cable

Speaking of coaxial cables, the antenna doesn’t come with one and I recommend purchasing  MediaBridge Ultra Series, an RG6 tri-shielded cable.

RG6 cables are more modern than RG59 types (which you’ll sometimes find in legacy satellite TV or cable installations), and feature better shielding from interference, along with a larger conductor to up your signal quality.

Keep in mind you’ll probably end up using multiple segments of coaxials when you ground your antenna via grounding block or lightning arrestor, or when using a splitter to hook up several televisions.

Channel and Frequency Types

This antenna can pick up OTA broadcasts in full HD (1080p), as well as 3D channels.

It’s also Ultra HD 4K ready and receives UHF and high and low VHF channels — basically, all RF channels for TV in North America (2-51).

Radio frequency channels are also known as “real broadcast channels,” and are actually allocations of spectrum used by TV stations for broadcasting.

The channels you see on your TV are otherwise known as virtual channels; they’re the ones you see on your TV.

To know which RF channels your TV stations are using, you can get a free single report from TVFool.com.

Reception Range

The antenna box states a reception range of 85 miles.

This value is optimistic however for the majority of households, as the curvature of the earth limits TV signal propagation to 60-80 miles maximum.

The range you’ll get is also greatly dependent on your surrounding geography, as well as interference factors such as multipath distortion (e.g., signal reflections off of buildings), and others.

Reception from Different Towers

The antenna is unidirectional and line of sight so you’ll need to point it in the direction of the closest transmission tower to get channels.

In many instances, towers are built together in a group so they can be received via a single unidirectional antenna like this one.

Other times, the towers may be located in geographically different areas, and thus separated by more than 90 degrees from each other with respect to your location.

In such cases you might consider either using a different kind of antenna (e.g., multi- or omnidirectional) for a wider reception beam, or purchasing an additional unidirectional antenna to point at the separate tower.

You might stack these two antennas using a signal combiner such as the Channel Plus 2532 Two-Way Splitter/Combiner.

Connecting to Several TVs

Since the antenna’s built-in preamplifier boosts signal along the coaxial, it’s probably sufficient to support signal loss entailed by adding a splitter for multiple TVs.

In this instance, you can do a comparison between the two cases: first, by connecting to one TV (and observing the single), and then by attaching the splitter and connecting the other televisions. 

If it seems you’re getting less channels with the splitter attached, you might consider additionally adding a distribution amplifier.

Pros

  • Antenna comes preassembled and is small and lightweight (4.4 lbs)
  • Durable and simple design to withstand harsh weather conditions 
  • Long-range television reception (85 miles)
  • Built-in preamplifier to overcome signal attenuation along coaxial cable to TV

Cons

  • Coaxial cable not included

The Verdict

The 1byone Digital Amplified HDTV antenna is one of the firm’s flagship products.

1byone is known not only for its reliable products and technology; it has a reputation for offering great support and an extended warranty period longer than industry averages.

Customer feedback on this antenna is overwhelmingly positive.

You should consider this antenna if you want to watch a variety of UHF and VHF channels in uncompressed HD, from TV stations that are within an arc of less than 90 degrees with respect to your location.

Its simple design and preassembly both contribute to minimal time for set up and installation.

1byone Amplified Antenna Manual

If you want to see additional technical information about this antenna, have a look at its installation manual.

Specs

Design

Direction

Unidirectional

Coaxial cable length (feet)

Dimensions in inches (H x W x L)

20.7 x 3.3 x 13

Preamplifier

Reception

Antenna range (miles)

85

Channels

3D, Full HD (1080p), Ultra HD 4K

Frequencies

UHF/VHF

Help & Support

Warranty

2 years

Email support

Phone support

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