The Truth About A 100 Mile Antenna!

  • By John Pearce
  • 02 Jul, 2017

Will it realy get signals from 100 miles away?

The Truth About A 100 Mile Antenna!

When shopping for a HDTV antenna, you want to be sure you get one that will receive all the channels that are available in your local area.

Do you need a 100 Mile Antenna? A 150 Mile Antenna or just a 70 Mile Antenna?

The Truth About A 100 Mile Antenna!

Well the truth is, antennas aren’t rated by miles!

A slick electronics salesman back in the 60s put up an antenna and noticed that it would receive channels from 50 miles in one direction, and 50 miles in another direction. It was a great marketing tool and the 100 Mile Antenna was born. Since then, just about every con and huckster in the industry has taken advantage of the consumers lack of knowledge, and sold everything from a set of rabbit ears that look like a satellite dish, to some really fancy, low cost antennas with built in amplifiers and rotors claiming that they will get signals from up to 175 miles away.

Don’t get me wrong here. I sell and use some of these low-cost antennas, and they do work. But, I always make sure that my customers understand what they are buying, and try to set reasonable expectations for what they may receive, and how long the product may last. In most cases, you get what you pay for in the long run.

Antennas are rated by gain, not miles and the best antenna for your location may not be the one with the highest gain.

The distance the signal reaches, in mostly determined by the power of the signal coming from the transmission tower. Many times, we hear radio stations bragging about the power of their signal; “100,000 Watt of Power”! This, along with terrestrial and atmospheric conditions will determine the distance the TV signal reaches.

The FCC regulates the television by Designated Market Areas (DMAs). The networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and the likes) have a designated area of service, and usually provide an adequate signal to cover these areas using a single tower, or multiple towers. In some areas, a television station may be required to block their signals from encroaching into an adjacent markets signals.

There are also Low Power Television Stations that may not cover an area as large as the major networks. There are also many new channels, like ME TV, THIS Tv and others that are being added to the digital channel lineup, and are being transmitted alongside the major networks signals

In summary, if you are interested in learning more about the principals of antenna gain, go to one of the many HAM Radio Antenna sites on the web. These guys deal with signal gain every day as they try to reach out to the world with their signals, but if you are just looking to get the best television signal for your money, I recommend you talk to your local HDTV antenna dealer. After all, he has been installing antennas in your area and should have the greatest knowledge about what works, where, even if you live 100 miles from the TV station tower!


The above are just my opinions, and I am sure that there are many out there that have a greater understanding of how antenna gain affects signal reception; but with 30 plus years of installing and repairing antennas, this is some of the information I have relied on when selecting antennas for my customers. John Pearce, Founder of International Satellite & Antenna Service, Ocala, Florida.

International Satellite & Antenna Service Blog

By John Pearce 28 Oct, 2017

Ocala, Florida, October 27, 2017 – DISH recently designated International Satellite & Antenna Service as a “Premier Local Retailer,” the company’s highest honor for businesses that demonstrate excellence in performance and customer experience.

 

Following a highly selective process, International Satellite & Antenna Service joins the top five percent of authorized DISH retailers in the Premier program. As a result, customers in Central Florida have a front-row seat to experience the latest products, announcements and offers available from DISH.

 

“International Satellite & Antenna Services truly tuned in to the needs and preferences of customers in the greater Ocala area, and we are proud to have them join our Premier program,” said Amir Ahmed, DISH senior vice president for Indirect Sales. “Premier Local Retailers are a crucial part of our business, serving as trusted partners who help us better serve our customers, together.”

 

“Our goal is to provide our customers with the best entertainment and home technology experience at the greatest value,” said John Pearce, President of International Satellite. “We could not have reached Premier Local Retailer status without the support and loyalty of our customers, and your voice will continue to be the most important as we partner with DISH to deliver the best experience possible.”

 

To learn more about International satellite & Antenna Service or to demo the latest offerings from DISH and Sling TV, visit www.newdish.tv .

 

About DISH

DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides approximately 13.528 million pay-TV subscribers, as of March 31, 2017, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. DISH offers a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com .

 

 

About [International Satellite & Antenna Service

International Satellite & Antenna Service is one of the Nation’s Oldest and Largest Satellite TV, Satellite Internet and HDTV Antenna Dealers.

Founded in 1983 by John Pearce, a pioneer in the direct to home satellite industry, International Satellite was among the first U.S. satellite companies recognized by the United States Department of Commerce for publication in Commercial News U.S.A.

International Satellite has received numerous awards and recognition from companies like DirecTV, Dish Network, WildBlue, Uniden and General Instrument for being one of the Nation’s Top Retailers. Recently, International Satellite & Antenna Service received the Ocala Star Banner’s Best of the Best, Voters Choice Award for 2017 in the IT division.

International Satellite & Antenna Service’s showroom is located 3 miles west of I-75 in State Road 200 in the Jasmine Plaza. Their phones are answered after hours by their on-duty technician 7 days a week/ 365 days a year.

 

For additional information about DSIH or International Satellite & Antenna Service contact John Pearce at 1-800-331-8295 or email isa@mfi.net

By John Pearce 28 Oct, 2017

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By John Pearce 28 Oct, 2017

HughesNet Gen5 Delivers True FCC-Defined Broadband, Attracts New Customers In Every Continental U.S. State

Germantown, Md., June 5, 2017—Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) today announced its recently launched HughesNet Gen5 satellite Internet service has reached a major milestone in just two months – now serving more than 100,000 homes and small businesses, including both new subscribers and upgrades, and subscribers in every continental U.S. state have been connected to the service.

Launched in late March 2017, new customers to HughesNet Gen5 are experiencing faster speeds, more data, built-in Wi-Fi and an overall improved Internet experience. HughesNet Gen5 is the first and only U.S. satellite Internet service to offer Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defined broadband speeds – 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload – from coast-to-coast.

“The new HughesNet Gen5 is meeting the need for high-speed Internet in households and small businesses across the country – especially in areas underserved or unserved by ‘traditional’ wired Internet,” said Mike Cook, executive vice president at Hughes. “Everyone has the right to high- speed Internet access and Hughes is proud to bring fast, reliable Internet to all households coast-to-coast across America, no matter where they live or work.”

Early customer responses show they are enjoying higher satisfaction and improved performance from the new HughesNet Gen5 service. According to Joe K. from Illinois, “I’ve seen a big boost in performance with HughesNet Gen5, giving me the true broadband speeds I’ve wanted. The overall experience is just a lot better.”

HughesNet is America’s #1 choice for satellite Internet with more than one million subscribers nationwide. HughesNet Gen5 is available in a variety of affordable consumer and business plans to suit customer’s specific needs. Plans range from 10 to 250 GB/month of data with the same fast speeds of 25 Mbps on every plan. Additional features include: 

• Built-in Wi-Fi to easily connect wireless devices
• No hard data limits – if monthly plan data is exceeded, service continues at a reduced speed until the next billing cycle
• Video Data Saver to watch more videos using less data
• Bonus Zone – 50 GB of free data per month to use during off-peak hours (2 a.m. - 8 a.m.)

HughesNet Gen5, recently named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Consumer Services category in the 15th annual American Business Awards, is available through a nationwide network of dealers and sales agents, as well as directly through www.HughesNet.com .

About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Its flagship high-speed satellite Internet service is HughesNet®, the world’s largest satellite network with over 1 million residential and business customers across North America and Brazil. For large enterprises and governments, the company’s HughesON® managed network services provide complete connectivity solutions employing an optimized mix of satellite and terrestrial technologies. The JUPITER™ System is the world’s most widely deployed High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) platform, operating on more than 20 satellites by leading service providers, delivering a wide range of broadband enterprise, mobility and cellular backhaul applications. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 5.5 million terminals to customers in over 100 countries, representing over 50 percent market share, and its technology is powering broadband services to aircraft around the world.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations. For additional information about Hughes, please visit www.hughes.com  and follow @Hughes_Corp  on Twitter.

About EchoStar
EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments. For more information, visit echostar.com . Follow @EchoStar  on Twitter.
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©2017 Hughes Network Systems, LLC, an EchoStar company. Hughes and HughesNet are registered trademarks and HughesON and JUPITER are trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

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