Pingbingding HDTV Antenna Review

Pingbingding HDTV Antenna Review

Despite its funny-sounding name, the Pingbingding HDTV Amplified Digital Outdoor Antenna is popular with consumers — and for good reason. Affordability and an easy setup top the list of its numerous advantages.

What do I mean, easy to set up? Well it comes with a number of useful goodies straight out of the box, which save the effort of figuring out what you need and having to get these items separately. It also offers tools-free assembly.

The unidirectional antenna has a stated range of 150 miles (although a max range of 75-80 miles is likelier due to the curvature of the earth) and is weather resistant. It has full HDTV support and even comes with a built-in rotator that allows you to turn the antenna towards surrounding stations from the comfort of your couch.

It also offers dual UHF/VHF reception, as the box includes a VHF reflector that you snap on during assembly. Below in the article I discuss in detail the features of this antenna, but rest assured it’ll allow you to get up and running with free, over-the-air television rather quickly.

Features and Benefits

The Pingbingding antenna has a unique design compared with your everyday TV antenna: it sports metal loops in the front, with a big reflector in the back. The front loops are the UHF portion of the receiver, while the back part captures VHF signals.

Rotator and Preamplifier

The antenna is made of both metal and plastic but it’s durable nonetheless. The antenna unit itself houses both a preamplifier and a rotor for turning the antenna 360 degrees.

The built-in preamplifier boosts radio frequency signals received by the antenna, strengthening them before they arrive at your TV. This overcomes both any weakness in received signals, and compensates for signal degradation along the coaxial cable.

Keep in mind this is a long-range antenna so it may not be ideal if you live less than 20 miles away from your nearest stations (you can check TVFool to find where your broadcast towers are located). The reason is that the preamplifier might introduce too much noise to already-strong signals if you live so close to TV towers.

Included Coaxial Cable

The unit comes with 40 feet of RG6 coaxial cable that you connect to the included control box. The control box should sit near your TV since it allows you to control the antenna rotator using the infrared remote control.

You then connect the control box either to your TV or converter box. If the 40 feet of RG6 coaxial cable from the antenna isn’t long enough, you can extend it by adding MediaBridge Ultra Series tri-shielded cable via F-type connectors.

Built-In Splitter

Note also this antenna allows you to connect up to two televisions: the control box has an extra port allowing you to run a coaxial cable to another TV in your house. If you want to connect more than two TVs, you would then need to install a splitter to install between the control box and the TVs.

Antenna Range

Although the stated range is 150 miles, I usually divide such nominal ranges by half in order to calculate antenna range more accurately. Of course the stations you’ll actually get will depend on signal strength at your location.

Also keep in mind that the curvature of the earth limits propagation of VHF and UHF signals to 80 miles tops.

Channel and Frequency Types

The Pingbingding HDTV antenna receives both high VHF (RF channels 7-13) and UHF (RF channels 14-51). You can find out your local RF — or station broadcast — channels by entering your address in TVFool.com. The antenna supports broadcasts of up to full HD (1080i).

Assembly and Installation

The antenna offers tools-free assembly, meaning you can put all the parts together and fold out elements by hand. It also comes with a flexible J-mount, allowing you to mount the antenna in different possible places such as on the top of your roof or side of your house.

In the box you’ll also find several cable ties for securing the antenna coaxial cable to the mast.

You don’t need to separately install elements such as the rotator and preamplifier as these are already built into the antenna. Installation merely consists of mounting the antenna in the best place of your house that you can find, attaching the coaxial cable to the antenna, and running this coax down to the supplied control box next to your television.

To get optimal reception, make sure you orient the antenna to directly face transmission towers. Sometimes a compass or compass app on your smart phone can help you to more accurately orient it. You should also ensure the vertical portion of the J-mount is perpendicular with the ground.

Although the manufacturer states the antenna doesn’t need to be grounded, you should nevertheless ground both the mast and the coaxial cable separately.

Using the Rotator

Once you’ve set up the antenna outside and connected it to your TV, you can use the remote control to turn the antenna towards local stations. Antennas ideally need a direct line of sight to transmission towers to get optimal signal.

For this reason the best place on your house will have the least line-of-sight obstructions to stations — and don’t forget, the higher you mount your antenna the better.

Pros

  • Can rotate antenna 360 degrees with remote control
  • Sturdy and weather-resistant design
  • Includes preamplifier, coaxial cable, and built-in splitter for two TVs

Cons

  • Must purchase extra coaxial cable if length of supplied cable isn't sufficient

Conclusion

This is a good antenna for those wishing the least amount of hassle to get free over-the-air TV programming. In fact, it’s hard to think of anything else this Pingbingding HDTV Amplified Digital Outdoor Antenna should include in terms of parts you’ll need to set it up in short order.

Unlike other long-range antennas on the market, this is more of a kit to get started with your OTA experience rather than a single antenna.

It’s also highly affordable for most people, as all the included parts are offered in one package for you to set up.

NOTE: For a comparable product that comes with a rotator and preamplifier, you might want to check out the Vansky Outdoor Amplified HD antenna.

Specs

Design

Direction

Unidirectional

Coaxial cable length (feet)

40

Dimensions in inches (H x W x L)

 13 x 4.5 x 17.5

Preamplifier

Reception

Antenna range (miles)

150 (likelier max 75)

Channels

Full HD (1080i)

Frequencies

UHF/VHF

Help & Support

Warranty

1 year

Email support

Phone support

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