Stellar Labs Antennas From MCM Electronics - Review

MrPogi

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View attachment 3367 Recently, some members of the DTVUSAforum.com have been recommending "Stellar Labs" TV antennas from MCM Electronics. You may be wondering why so many of are recommending products from a relative newcomer to the TV antenna industry. If I had to sum it up in a single word, it would have to be value. There are lots of good antennas. There are even more inexpensive antennas. But finding good and inexpensive TV antennas has always been a problem.

As a professional installer, I have probably seen or installed more types and brands of antennas than most people will see in a lifetime. I've used eveything from coat hangers and aluminum foil to $150 monster antennas. I regularly research and make antenna recommendations for readers on DTV USA Forums. I started using Stellar Labs antennas in my installations in 2012, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality and performance of this antenna line, and MCM Electronics quickly became my preferred supplier. I know that there is no universal antenna solution, no "magic antenna" that works for every situation. While there isn't a Stellar Labs antenna for every situation (yet?), the 9 antennas listed at the end of this post have been suggested for about 80% of all locations, either as a total solution or part of a multi-antenna installation.

I have not tried every one of these antennas, nor have I done any testing other than to compare their real world performance and construction to other brands. And since I have been using them for less than 2 years, I don't know how long they last. But I feel that even in windy and icy conditions, they should hold up as well as any other consumer quality antenna available today.

Pros:
  • Inexpensive
  • Well constructed
  • Good performance
  • Easy assembly
  • Reasonable shipping charges
Cons:
  • No stand alone antenna for VHF-lo or VHF-hi
  • No "all channel" (2-51) antenna
  • The boxes may not handle the abuse that UPS gives their packages.


I really would like to see both an all channel antenna and/or an antenna that does JUST VHF from Stellar Labs. All in all, I give Stellar Labs antennas a solid 4+ out of 5 stars.
View attachment 3368 Stellar Labs Antennas

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[TD="class: description"]30-2155 - HDTV 60 Mile Fringe Yagi

  • Nominal range: 50 ~ 60 miles
  • Frequency range: 460 ~ 862Mhz
  • Maximum gain: 15.5dB
  • Maximum front/back ratio: 35dB
  • Horizontal beam width: 38°
  • Impedance: 75ohm, female “F” connector
  • Overall length: 42”

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[TD="class: stocklevel"] $19.99
(MSRP $59.95)[/TD]


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[TD="class: description"]30-2410 HDTV 40 Mile Yagi

  • Nominal range: 40 ~ 50 miles
  • Frequency range: 460 ~ 862Mhz
  • Maximum gain: 13dB
  • Maximum front/back ratio: 25dB
  • Impedance: 75ohm, female “F” connector
  • Overall length: 24”

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[TD="class: stocklevel"] $15.99
(MSRP $39.95)[/TD]


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[TD="class: description"]30-2415 - HDTV 70 Mile Deep Fringe Yagi

  • Nominal range: 70 ~ 80 miles
  • Frequency range: 460 ~ 862Mhz
  • Maximum gain: 18dB
  • Impedance: 75ohm, female “F” connector
  • Overall length: 56”

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[TD="class: stocklevel"] $34.99
(MSRP $79.95)[/TD]


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[TD="class: description"]30-2416 - HDTV 80 Mile Deep Fringe Yagi - with 14dB Amplifier

  • Nominal range: 80 ~ 100 miles
  • Frequency range: 460 ~ 862Mhz
  • Maximum antenna gain: 18dB
  • Impedance: 75ohm, female “F” connector
  • Overall length: 56”
  • Power requirements, 12VDC, 100mA

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[TD="class: stocklevel"] I $59.99
(MSRP $129.95)[/TD]


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[TD="class: description"]30-2420 - HDTV 30 Mile Bowtie

  • Nominal range: 30 ~ 40 miles
  • Frequency range: 460 ~ 862Mhz
  • Maximum gain: 8dB
  • Maximum front/back ratio: 22dB
  • Horizontal beam width: 60°
  • Impedance: 75ohm, female “F” connector
  • Overall height: 15.75”

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[TD="class: stocklevel"] $9.99
(MSRP $29.95)[/TD]


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[TD="class: description"]30-2425 - HDTV 60 Mile Fringe Bowtie

  • Nominal range: 60 ~ 70 miles
  • Frequency range: 460 ~ 862Mhz
  • Maximum gain: 14dB
  • Maximum front/back ratio: 22dB
  • Horizontal beam width: 60°
  • Impedance: 75ohm, female “F” connector
  • Overall height: 31.50”

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[TD="class: stocklevel"] $19.99
(MSRP $49.95)[/TD]


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[TD="class: description"]30-2430 - HDTV 80 Mile Deep Fringe Bowtie

  • Frequency range: 460 ~ 862Mhz
  • Maximum gain: 25dB (both sections aimed together)
  • Maximum front/back ratio: 22dB
  • Horizontal beam width: 60°
  • Impedance: 75ohm, female “F” connector
  • Height: 31.50”. Width: 32.75"

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[TD="class: stocklevel"] $39.99
(MSRP $99.95[/TD]


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[TD="class: description"]30-2435 - Outdoor Omnidirectional FM Antenna

  • Frequency range: 87.5 ~ 108Mhz
  • Maximum gain: 4dB
  • Impedance: 75ohm, female “F” connector
  • Diameter: 17.75”
* Note:

Vertical mast pipe shown is not included[/TD]
[TD="class: stocklevel"] $9.99
(MSRP $29.95)[/TD]


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[TD="class: description, align: left"]30-2440 - VHF/UHF HDTV 60 Mile Fringe Yagi Antenna
VHF Specs:

  • Frequency range: 174~230MHz
  • Max gain: 10dB
  • Max front/back ratio: 16dB
  • Horizontal beam width: 66°

UHF Specs

  • Frequency range: 470~862 MHz
  • Max gain: 14dB
  • Max front/back ratio: 30dB
  • Horizontal beam width: 43°

Overall length: 43.5”[/TD]
[TD="class: stocklevel"] $29.99
(MSRP $69.95)[/TD]


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MrPogi

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*Use source code 12D401 when ordering to get 20% savings.
Sale ends December 17, 2014 at Midnight ET.
 
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Just thought I'd ask you're impressions of the Stellar Labs (30-2475)
7-13 vhf hi only antenna compared to the antennacraft y10-7-13 if you get a chance to mess with one
 

MrPogi

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#4
I would like to point out that AntennaCraft antennas are no longer available - one more reason these Stellar Labs antennas are being recommended more often. You can't buy a REAL TV antenna at Radio Shack anymore - And they wonder why they are failing!
 

MrPogi

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#5
alane;bt2100 said:
Just thought I'd ask you're impressions of the Stellar Labs (30-2475)
7-13 vhf hi only antenna compared to the antennacraft y10-7-13 if you get a chance to mess with one
I have not had a chance to check out that antenna, but the Antennacraft Y10-7-13 is no longer available. Seems we have no choice but to use the 30-2475, buy one of the more expensive brands, or build your own.
 
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