Monoprice Foldable Long Range HD8 Outdoor HDTV Antenna, 80 Mile Range
Product # 24172
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Can this antenna be installed in an attic?
BEST ANSWER: Yes I installed mine in the attic and it works great. I am anywhere from 20-60 miles from the local towers and all come in great. Be aware that if you have a brick house, or a brick front, you will not get good reception, at least I wasn't able to. Fortunately my towers are in a southwest direction and the brick front of my house faces west. I was able to aim through the side of the house from the attic, which works great as that side is siding only.
Are cables included?
BEST ANSWER: This a great antenna. However, cables are not inluded.
What type of mounting brackets comes with it?
BEST ANSWER: Brackets that are included are the type that would attach to a tubular rod, similar to the one shown of the antenna on the website. I have screwed a 5 foot, 1 1/4 inch diameter rod against an attic 2 x 4 rafter, and attached this antenna to it. Bracket has 2 long u joints with butterfly screws and 2 serrated bases that holds itself against the rod.
Is this antenna passive?
BEST ANSWER: Yes...antenna is passive.
I assume the grid is on the back side of the antenna with the ears pointed towards the tower first???
BEST ANSWER: Yes the grid is the reflector and the bowtie elements are in front of it. It works very well for me. I am 40 to 50 miles from the transmitter towers on top of a mountain range
If the home is wired for cable outlets in multiple rooms will this antenna work on multiple TV sets or is it limited to 1 set?
BEST ANSWER: You can use this in place of cable. I have several tv's hooked to it. You just have to find the junction point where they all hook up to, and insert the antenna instead. You may need to buy a cable splitter in order to accommodate the number of sets in your case. I also have an signal amplifier installed. Don't know if I really need it though. Get almost 70 channels with the antenna. Just pay for internet service now.
Is this a directional antenna? Does it need to be aimed?
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is directional (depending on distance to the towers) but it is a GREAT small outdoor antenna! I have mine on PVC piping mounted in a tripod stand. We have towers in three directions so I have the antenna pointed in the direction of the longest distance. All channels come in without a hitch.
Can you purchase two and install them back to back for additional reception?
BEST ANSWER: yes I have 3 in my attic spaced apart and pointing north and south where the tv stations are
Is this antenna suitable for a 4k TV and 1080P TV?
BEST ANSWER: It's an antenna -- it receives whatever signal the broadcaster transmits. If the station you are tuning in broadcasts in hd/1080, then that's what you will receive. If the broadcaster's signal can reach the antenna with sufficient strength, and if your TV can decode the signal and display it, then you will see a 1080 picture. The antenna just captures the available TV signal/waves and sends it down the coax cable where the inline amplifier boosts the signal and pushes it on to your TV. The picture resolution has no impact on the antenna at all - it's just capturing and moving the signal. However, the higher the picture resolution, the more data is contained in the signal and the stronger the signal needs to be to maintain an uninterrupted data stream. These are really good antennas that can help you capture weaker signals at a greater distance from the broadcast tower. But as good as these antennas are, they are not magic. If the signal is too weak and/or you are too far from the tower, then you can expect a degraded signal or no signal at all. We are 45 miles from our tower cluster in Atlanta and it receives just fine, unless the weather is particularly bad. The signals hate obstacles like *very* heavy rain, dense foliage, and concrete & steel.
how do you connect the existing cable to the antennae ??? (I didn't see a wiring interface on the images.)
BEST ANSWER: In the last photo on the web site, you can see a black "box" on the left side. This likely has a "balun" inside to convert the twin wires to the antenna to a Coax. So use regular Coax wire (same as used for other antennas) to go to your tuner.
Does the antenna connect via standard coaxial "F" connector? I can't tell from the pics, so I thought I'd better inquire.
BEST ANSWER: has an F connector
is this antenna uhf only?
BEST ANSWER: Yes.
Can use two antennas on one TV so as to avoid re-aiming one frequently?
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is commonly done. Stack the antennas on a single mast and couple their outputs with an inexpensive passive device called a combiner. MP likely sells such a part. Once prepared, connect just one antenna at a time to accurately aim it at the target transmitter.
Because it is omni-directional antenna, I would like to use two of them installed in perpendicular direction to each other to pick stations from each direction, which is needed at my location. I would use splitter/ combiner to combine signals from each antenna into one and feed it through one cable from the attic to TV. Would this set up work without any problems with combining two signals?
BEST ANSWER: Hi, although this sounds like it should work in theory, we have not designed or tested this antenna to work in such a way so we cannot recommend this application. There might also be a lot of variables other than the Antenna that could affect if this would work or not.
Is it omnidirectional?
BEST ANSWER: No, but, in my case, it was very forgiving of not being aimed exactly. Gave good reception almost 45 degrees either left or right of exact.
Will this antenna work when mounted in an attic that has radiant barrier deck on the house?
BEST ANSWER: How well the antenna works depends on your distance from the broadcast antenna. My antenna works well if placed on the roof, facing the signal source, and it's stationary. Most of my broadcast antennas are between 50 and 100 miles away. If you're close to the broadcast antenna, it will probably work in your attic, depending on outside factors that block the digital signal. Digital does not travel through buildings or trees as easy as the old type signals.
I'm thinking of purchasing one of these two antennas. I want to mount it to a 1.75-inch diameter pole. Are the U-Bolts big enough?
Monoprice Foldable Long Range HD8 Outdoor HDTV Antenna, 80 Mile Range
BEST ANSWER: I have the HD7 antenna and am approximately 40 miles from the broadcasting towers. I use it indoors placed in a ground floor window, and when carefully oriented, get all available stations in my market. I’m very happy with it. As for the brackets, I just measured and they should accommodate up to a 2” pole.
Is this a 300 ohm or 75 ohm antenna? TIA
BEST ANSWER: It is a 75 ohm antenna (has a coax cable), and by the way, I'm happy with it. Worked good for me.
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what wiring is needed to connect?
BEST ANSWER: The RF connector is included, but a coax cable is not. This is a passive antenna and no electricity is required. Your installation may require electric booster.
Can this antenna be used for multiple TVs? I understand it would take splitters etc, but with them would it work for multiple?
BEST ANSWER: Presently being used with 3 TVs and distance to stations is over 60 miles with 2nd story roof mount. Of course, the signal gets weaker the more you split it, but, since it is digital, as long as the 1s and 0s can be interpreted, there is no apparent degradation.
I got this antenna which works great without any preamp. However, it does not work with three preamps that I tried (RadioShack, RCA). With the preamp, the signal strength drops to 0. My previous home-made antenna works with those preamps. Is there anything on transformer that prevents it from working with a powered preamp?
BEST ANSWER: Speaking as an Engineer, I know of no technical reason for for pre-amp not working. That said, and in general, pre-amp's are only useful if driving a long cable from the antenna to the TV. If a signal is weak coming out of the antenna, it will be noisy and the pre-amp amplifies both signal and noise. Thus providing little to no benefit. My general comment on this antenna is that it is an excellent value providing excellent gain in the UHF band where most digital TV signals reside. I would recommend it with the understanding that getting more than about 30-50 miles is highly unlikely due to the curvature of the Earth.
What size pole is this designed for?
BEST ANSWER: I used a EMT 1 inch electrical conduit piece secured vertically to the roof end wood facial board with two 2 hole EMT metal straps.