Vansky Outdoor Amplified HD Antenna Review

Vansky Outdoor Amplified HD Digital HDTV Antenna Product Review

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.

Features

Nominal Range

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.

Rotator

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).

Installation

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.

Control Box

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.

Pros

  • Weather resistant with waterproof parts
  • Includes preamplifier, coaxial cable, and built-in splitter for two TVs
  • Can rotate antenna 360 degrees with remote control

Cons

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

Conclusion

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

Specs

Design

Direction

Unidirectional

Coaxial cable length (feet)

32.8

Dimensions in inches (H x W x L)

10 x 6 x 1.6

Preamplifier

Reception

Antenna range (miles)

150 (likelier 75 miles tops)

Channels

Full HD (1080p)

Frequencies

UHF/VHF

Help & Support

Warranty

1 year

Email support

Phone support

10comments
charles kelson - August 11, 2019

Which end of the antenna picks the frequency up.

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    Greg - August 12, 2019

    Hi Charles, the Vansky is directional so the front of the antenna axis should be aimed at towers. The front of the axis is the part with the small loops which are UHF dipoles. The back of the antenna has the 2 wing-like VHF dipoles as well as that big reflector. So you can say that both front and back pick up frequencies, but it’s just a question of orienting the antenna so that its front is pointed towards the source of TV signals. In these days of digital broadcasting, many TV antennas also sometimes pick up signals from the sides, but that’s not necessarily by design.

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Charles Kelson III - August 17, 2019

Do you have an antenna that will support 4 TVs from a 4-way splitter? I need one how much?

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    Greg - August 17, 2019

    Hi Charles, nearly all antennas can support multiple TVs with a splitter device (you may need to install a distribution amplifier to compensate for signal loss, though). Only question is, which antenna is best for your needs in terms of directionality, range, etc. Clicking on any of the product links in the review articles will show their prices.

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Charles Kelson III - August 19, 2019

We have an HD TV Outdoor Antenna, Model No.: OD102 which works very well. Could that accommodate 8 TVs and if so, what kind of amplifier do I need? Do you sell them? Where would the splitter and amplifier go? Could you send me a diagram or sketch of the installation? Thanks so much!

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    Greg - August 19, 2019

    I don’t sell antennas directly but only recommend them. Have a look at this article: https://longrangesignal.com/do-i-need-an-amplifier-for-my-tv-antenna/ . It contains diagrams and recommendations. You could also buy an 8-port distribution amplifier along with extra coaxial cable (RG6) that you need and try it out. Check the vendor’s return policy to make sure that you can send it back in case this set up doesn’t work.

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Charles Kelson III - August 19, 2019

Thanks it helped a lot.

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    Greg - August 20, 2019

    Glad it was helpful.

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Emma - September 1, 2019

How do you delete channel duplicates. Seems like example 5.1 has the same programs. Would like to delete the extra channels.

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    Greg - September 1, 2019

    Hi Emma, that’s actually not an antenna function but depends on your brand of television or set-top box. Most devices should let you either delete or hide duplicate channels, but I’m afraid I can’t be of much help here.

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