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Terk "Q"

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Power up your radio reception! With two selectable FM modes (wideband and narrowband) Terk's Q lets you lock in on frequencies perfectly! For strong stations, use its wideband mode to enhance reception of all broadcasts in a 360-degree range. For weak stations, the narrowband mode employs Terk's "Pin-Dot Pre-Tuning" circuitry to zero in on a precise frequency: Once you've matched the frequency, simply adjust its low-noise amplifier (-20 to +44 dB gain) for optimum signal strength.

The Q's AM wing swings back 90 degrees to prevent any interference between the separate AM and FM antenna elements. FM gain is achieved through active amplification. AM gain, fixed at +15 dB, is achieved through a passive (non-amplified) antenna element.

Details:

  • dual-function LEDs (amplifier gain/signal strength)
  • 75-75 ohm transformer
  • AC adapter
  • 5-7/8"W x 4-5/8"H x 6-5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
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  • Antenna w/ 5' 2-wire AM lead and 5' FM/power lead attached
  • DV-1220DC AC adapter (6' wire/200mA/tip +)
  • 75-75 ohm transformer
  • Manual

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Features

AM Gain: The Terk Q (AF-1) antenna provides a +15dB gain for AM, however, the signal is not boosted or amplified.

FM Gain: The antenna's gain control for FM signals can be adjusted from -20dB to +44dB. The further away from the radio signal, the more you should increase the gain. If you are close to a radio signal, you should decrease the gain to reduce distortion.

Tuning Modes: The antenna has two tuning modes:

  • Wide Band: Wide band tuning works best in most situations. The 8 LEDs on the font panel will turn from green to red as the gain is increased. The gain should be set to where there is the least amount of noise.
  • Narrow Band: For tuning to a specific station, you should switch to Narrow Band tuning with its Pin-Dot Pre-Tuning feature. The gain control and the LEDs will guide you to find the best signal possible. The left-most LEDs represent the lower end of the dial (88 MHz), while the LEDs on the right represent the upper end of the dial (108 MHz).
 
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5 out of 5

Terk AF-1 AM/FM Q

Written By Robert K, San Antonio, TX on Monday, February 13, 2012
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I have been very pleasantly surprised with the Terk AF-1 AM/FM antenna. Frankly, I have been through several omnidirectional antennas with very poor results. Admittedly, I am on the first floor of a two story building with lots and lots of metal which does not help. However, there are two features of the Terk which worked as advertised and helped me to receive stations I had not been able to before, and also "cleaned up" my favorite classical station. Those features are the control that enables you to internally direct the antenna to the desired frequency response. This really does help and you can see the results on your signal strength meter. Furthermore, there is a gain control that really works. Believe it or not, you CAN have too much gain, and again by simply monitoring your signal strength meter you can see what is the proper setting. I would recommend this for anyone who does not want to install an outside directional antenna, has limited space, and wants a nice-looking omnidirectional FM antenna with a small footprint. I did not use the AM component so I cannot comment on that.
Pros:
Works as advertised both in regard to particular settings for different frequencies and gain control; small footprint.
Cons:
Still will not overcome lots of metal around your building completely, but that is not really the fault of the antenna.
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4 out of 5

Terk "Q"

Written By Bruce, Massachusetts on Sunday, October 02, 2011
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Worked pretty good for being in a aluminum clad mobile home.
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1 out of 5

The worst.

Written By joel, San Francisco on Thursday, April 14, 2011
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It doesn't work for me. Aggravation, having spent all that money for nothing. I have tried positioning the thing all over the place but so far I get tons of static, no matter what.
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3 out of 5

Terk "Q"

Written By Rick, Bayport,NY on Monday, February 28, 2011
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Didn't work well when placed near the receiver. FM reception improved markedly once I
ran a coaxial cable up to my attic and placed the antenna up there, 2 floors above my
receiver. I think I had problems when the antenna was in the same room as my receiver
because of all the electronics nearby (home entertainment system) as well as my
wireless router. Also possible interference from foil covered insulation in the exterior
walls. Still Couldn't get my wifes favorite station from New York City (55 miles) so I
upgraded to the TERK FM Pro which gets NYC loud and clear. Since we don't listen to AM
I can't evaluate that aspect of the antenna.
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5 out of 5

Terk "Q"

Written By ROD, MAUI, HAWAII on Sunday, February 20, 2011
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LOVE IT, IT WORKS WELL!
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5 out of 5

Terk "Q"

Written By FayeW, Florida on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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The product was exactly as advertised and was what we were looking for.
I would recommend it to any buyer looking for this type of item.
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1 out of 5

Terk "Q"

Written By david montana, camden, ny on Sunday, January 30, 2011
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this is made very cheap.
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4 out of 5

Terk "Q"

Written By Dave, Eastern, PA on Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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Good value for the money, but not magic. You need to set your expectations, read the manual, and understand that radio waves can be difficult at times.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great little antenna.

Written By Doug, Huntsville, AL on Tuesday, September 02, 2008
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I would definitely recommend this, especially if you would like to listen to high definition radio. It really brings in the signals and makes it sound so clear that you would naturally think you were listening to a CD.
16 out of 16 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Terk "Q"

Written By Phil, High Point, NC on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
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I was reluctant to buy the Terk-Q after reading the reviews on the Crutchfield web site. I had been using my old TV antenna as my FM antenna for years but I was having trouble recieving a weak FM station in our area. I bought the Terk-Q and I immediately took down that old antenna from my chimmney. The FM reception was great and what little I listen to AM it picks up the local stations just fine. I hooked the Terk-Q to the back of my reciever so it just comes on when I turn my reciever on so the lights are not always on. I am very satisfied with my purchase.
Shack
33 out of 34 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Still doesn't work

Written By David, Connelly,NY on Tuesday, January 30, 2007
 
My previous review left out an important detail. I was trying to get a classical station which I had no trouble getting from my car parked outside my house, but to my horror, I got loud and clear, the nearby Christian station! Pin dot tuning is for Zippy (the Pinhead!). It simply didn't work.
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1 out of 5

Does not work

Written By David, Kingston, NY on Monday, March 20, 2006
 
I was trying to get the classical station from NYC (which I can get in the car), and to my horror, I got, loud and clear, a different local non-Classical station. Yikes!
The AM reception was totally non-existent. In both cases, AM, and FM, the antenna supplied with my Onkyo receiver worked better.
3 out of 16 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Made The Denon Turner (from Crutchfield) Sound Great!

Written By Richard, Hattiesburg, MS on Sunday, February 12, 2006
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I could not receive many stations until I purchased the Terk AF-1 AM/FM Q Antenna. It works great. The units LEDs really enhanced my stereo component system. We do not have many AM stations here, however it did bring in one station with full signal and sound, no static!
Thanks Crutchfield, for selling a great product!
27 out of 28 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Big Apple Music

Written By Thomas, New York City( Manhattan) on Monday, December 12, 2005
 
The difference in reception and sound quality is fantastic.Brings in a strong signalfor FM.

In fact for example TV reception is un-viewable. The only way for TV is a cable subscripition

I wanted the best, made a made choice.

11 out of 16 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Simply does not do the work for me - real disappointment

Written By mod, Bay Area,CA on Tuesday, October 11, 2005
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I live in a large metropolitan area and purchased this item hoping to receive high quality FM signal for my music listening pleasure. To make a long story short this piece of equipment is simply doing nothing. I was hoping to enjoy listening to one of the local Smooth Jazz station (and other stations as well) in my brand new audio system but unfortunately I can not even tune in (tried moving it around but nothing helps).
I can get a great sound in the car parked in the garage though (30 feet away).
The one good thing I can say about this item is that it looks very nice with all its green/red LED indicators. looks really 'high-tech'.
Really sorry I purchased this item and was too quick to throw away its packaging, I would have returned it otherwise. Good thing I have an XM radio subscription - no problems there.
16 out of 27 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

The Best

Written By Olivia, Atlanta Georgia on Wednesday, March 16, 2005
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I live in a type of valley where I can not receive satellite T.V. but this F.M. antenna works great; I had another Terk antenna which was less expensive and did not work even half as well.
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