Some antennas come packed with literally everything you need to set up and receive your favorite channels.
The Vansky Outdoor Amplified HD Antenna is one of those products. It includes a preamplifier, a 32.8 foot coaxial cable, and a motorized rotator that lets you rotate the antenna 360 degrees, via remote control.
It also includes a mounting clamp for mounting the antenna in different contexts (e.g., on the side of your house or fixed on top of a pole), as well as a built-in splitter for connecting two television sets.
This is a long-range antenna with a nominal range range of up to 150 miles.
Keep in mind that manufacturers sometimes inflate their antenna ranges and so my general rule is to divide this figure by half in order to get a maximum nominal range.
This puts it at about 75 miles, which is consistent with the limitations imposed by physics and the curvature of the earth on propagation of UHF and VHF signals.
Of course your local situation will ultimately determine the effective range of your antenna, as obstructions such as hills and trees in the line of sight to transmission towers can introduce interference or block signals altogether.
As already mentioned, it has a built-in rotor that allows you to change channels on your TV by changing the antenna’s orientation.
While this doesn’t make the antenna “omnidirectional,” it does allow you to effortlessly adjust the antenna’s direction from the comfort of your couch.
This is especially useful when your local transmission towers are wide apart (i.e., greater than 90 degrees), and saves you the trouble of, say, buying and installing a second unidirectional antenna to point towards the other towers.
The rotator doesn’t require any extra cables as it’s powered by the antenna’s coaxial cable, which is connected with a control box (this cable carries both the television signal and electric current).
Channel and Frequency Types
The Vansky receives both UHF and high and low VHF television signals.
This corresponds to pretty much all possible RF channels in North America: 2-51.
Radio frequency channels are not the normal channels we think of, but are allocations of frequency used by stations for broadcast.
Each RF channel contains one or more virtual channels (the channels you see on your TV screen).
You can find out which RF channels your local stations are using by getting your signal report from TVFool.com.
The antenna can receive pictures up to full HD (1080p); to get this you’ll need an HD television or an external ATSC tuner or converter box (if your TV isn’t HD ready).
Assembling the Antenna
The antenna is relatively simple to set up; you’ll just need a screwdriver for the assembly.
The manufacturer recommends you mount the antenna at least 30 feet off the ground for optimal reception.
Although it’s primarily for outdoors, some customers have reportedly installed it in the attic with little or no reception issues.
For assembly, you’ll separately insert the UHF, VHF, and reflector elements by hand (tightening them into place with a screwdriver), as well as attach the motorized rotor and coaxial cable.
The antenna comes with an AC-powered control box with outputs for connecting two separate televisions (the built-in splitter mentioned earlier).
You can connect more than two televisions by attaching a separately purchased splitter to one of the TV outputs on the control box.
The control box also powers both the built-in preamplifier and rotor.
If you’re experiencing poor reception and you’re at a close distance to transmission towers (e.g., less than 10 miles away) you may consider unplugging the control box (which powers the preamplifier) and check channel reception.
Sometimes amplification can introduce additional noise to already-strong signals from nearby towers.
Coaxial Cable and Mounting
You run the supplied coaxial cable from the box to your television or set-top box.
The antenna also comes with a mounting bracket allowing you to place it on top of a pole and secure it with hand-tightened screws.
The pole isn’t included but Vansky recommends a J mount if needed.
What I like about the Vansky antenna is the fact it comes with just about everything you need, including a motorized rotator that allows you to adjust the antenna’s orientation via remote control.
The coax cable between the antenna and control box is also lightning protected, as the coaxial is shielded against power surges.
All this amounts to an easy assembly and installation, with minimal time spent on experimenting and ordering new parts. Customers have reportedly installed this in many places in their homes, including on roofs and in attics.
Vansky stands by its products, offering a 45-day money-back guarantee, and one-year warranty.
NOTE: For a comparable antenna design that also comes with a rotator and preamplifier, you might want to check out the Pingbingding HDTV Amplified Digital Outdoor antenna.
Vansky 150-Mile Outdoor Antenna Manual
You can find additional technical details about the Vansky antenna in the installation manual
Coaxial cable length (feet)
Dimensions in inches (H x W x L)
10 x 6 x 1.6
Antenna range (miles)
150 (likelier 75 miles tops)
Full HD (1080p)
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