RCA ANT751R Compact Yagi HDTV Antenna Review

Yagi RCA ANT751R Compact HDTV Antenna with 70-Mile Range Review

The RCA ANT751R Compact Yagi HDTV Antenna is an outdoor unit that offers a sturdy frame and preassembled parts for ease of set-up and installation.

This unidirectional antenna is based on the Yagi design, a powerful receptor that combines both UHF and VHF dipoles with a signal reflector to boost antenna gain. Yagi antennas offer quality reception but need to be oriented towards signal sources. They’re ideal for receiving signals of low strength and they filter nearly all noise coming from the opposite direction.

Features and Benefits

The ANT 751R is built of aluminium and stainless steel parts, along with smaller components made of plastic and nylon. A majority of customers have expressed satisfaction with the antenna’s rugged construction and weather-proof durability.

In fact, the antenna has received overwhelmingly positive reviews for its ease of set-up, and has gained a reputation as a device that “just works” after installation.

Although chiefly intended as an outdoor antenna, many users report successfully installing and using it in their attic.

Due to its long-range reception, this antenna doesn’t include a built-in preamplifier. You might consider purchasing a preamplifier such as the Winegard LNA-200 Boost XT HDTV Preamplifier if:

  • You’re located farther than 20 miles away from transmission towers
  • You’re using a long coaxial cable (greater than 50 feet)
  • You intend to purchase a splitter to run multiple TVs from the antenna
  • You’ve set up the antenna in an indoor space such as the attic

If you install a preamplifier, make sure to install it as close as possible to the antenna in order to strengthen signal along the length of your coaxial cable.

You should also consider grounding the antenna, either via a coaxial grounding block or a lightning arrester. Grounding doesn’t only concern safety and the health of your equipment; it might also be mandated by local building codes in your area.

Channel and Frequency Types

The RCA ANT751R Compact Yagi HDTV Antenna receives both UHF and high and low VHF over-the-air television signals. It provides a picture quality of up to full HD (1080i).

Assembly and Installation

The antenna comes with preassembled parts; after unpacking it from the shipment box, you unfold the various elements until they lock into place. You attach the transformer (300 to 75 Ohm) to the antenna using hex nuts and washers and set up the mast and clamp.

You need to purchase RG6 coaxial cable for the ANT 751R antenna separately in order to connect it with your TV or to any other device such as a preamplifier or set-top box. I recommend MediaBridge Ultra Series tri-shielded cable.

The package includes a J mount with U clamps for attaching the antenna to a pole. The manufacturer’s website offers FAQ and troubleshooting information for setting up the antenna.

Of course before buying any antenna, you should first check with the TV Fool website to know where the nearest towers are located and their distances from your location. During installation, make sure to point the antenna in the direction of towers — using a compass and the magnetic azimuth heading of tvfool.com’s signal report.

You should also use a level (either a carpenter’s level tool or the level feature of a smartphone app like Measure on iPhone) on the vertical portion of the J mount to ensure it’s truly perpendicular with the ground.

If the signal report indicates that towers are separated by an angle greater than 90 degrees, then you should consider either:

  • Buying a different type of antenna rather than a Yagi unidirectional one (e.g., multi- or omnidirectional), or
  • Purchasing an additional ANT 751R antenna and mounting them on the same pole. If you do this, I’d recommend having 2-4 feet of vertical separation between the antennas to minimize mutual interference

Signal Reception

The antenna is certified to pick up signals within a range of 70 miles. As with most Yagi-type antennas, a transformer is necessary for reducing the impedance between the antenna’s elements and the coaxial cable. This transformer doesn’t use a power outlet; you just attach it in the correct place.

When used outdoors, the transformer is exposed to the weather and some users have found it to have quality issues. If required, you can purchase a replacement transformer (300-75 Ohm): the RCA Matching Transformer -VH54R.

Pros

  • Very positive feedback from verified customers
  • Sturdy and weather-resistant design
  • Ease of installation with preassembled parts
  • Detailed troubleshooting information on the manufacturer's website

Cons

  • Unidirectional antenna with great reception, but if aiming for multiple towers then these should be less than 90 degrees apart
  • Some report the transformer connecting with the RG6 cable is of poor quality; customers can obtain a replacement separately

Conclusion

What I especially like about this antenna is the fact it offers strong reception and is easy to assemble and get working. The RCA ANT751R Compact Yagi HDTV Antenna is recommended for a variety of situations where the transmitter towers aren’t too far apart.

Its reception characteristics are known to overcome typical signal distortion and interference in attic spaces, as many users report.

It’s relatively compact, and at only 2 pounds’ weight, it can be feasibly installed on a wall or on the side of the house, as well as on a dedicated pole on the roof. The metal frame of the antenna is durable and can withstand a wide range of climates and weather.

Specs

Design

Direction

Unidirectional

Coaxial cable length (feet)

Dimensions in inches (H x W x L)

34.5 x 33.1 x 24.2

Preamplifier

Reception

Antenna range (miles)

70

Channels

Full HD (1080i)

Frequencies

UHF/VHF

Help & Support

Warranty

1 year

Email support

Phone support

2comments
Lorena - May 5, 2019

Hi, my husband was thinking of getting the RCA antena but is there a possibility (or are there situations) where it reaches out past 70 miles, as you wrote in the review? Most stations closer, but we have a few further out. Thanks very much, Lorena

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    Greg - May 6, 2019

    Hi Lorena, if you want to get stations further out than 70 miles then I’d look at another antenna with a longer range. You didn’t say how far out the stations are, but have you thought about the Channel Master CM-4228 or Antennas Direct DB8e? (they’re multidirectional to boot.) My own rule of thumb when looking for an antenna is to halve the antenna’s nominal range and check whether your stations still fall within this. Do this, and you’ll get a conservative (but safe!) estimate of how well your new antenna will pick up local stations. Good luck!

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