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Amplified indoor AM/FM antenna

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by Ralph Graves
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The Terk Tower antenna is the affordable and easy way to improve both short and long-range radio reception. The Tower serves as two antennas in one. Mounted vertically, it becomes an omnidirectional antenna for great reception from all directions. Place it flat, and the Tower becomes a directional antenna that can be positioned to zero in on weak or distant stations.

Performance of the Tower is enhanced by its unique AirCoil™ technology that electrically isolates the AM and FM elements from each other for increased selectivity with dramatically reduced static and noise.

The antenna comes with everything necessary for installation, including a non-skid, scratch-proof pedestal, and a universal slip-on connector and matching adapters so you can use the Tower with almost every receiver, tuner or compact music system.

The Terk Tower uses active amplification to boost FM signals (+10 dB minimum). AM gain, fixed at +15 dB, is achieved through a passive (non-amplified) antenna element.

Details:

  • non-skid, scatch-proof pedestal
  • universal slip-on connector and matching adapters
  • 3-1/4"W x 16-15/16"H x 3-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
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  • Amplified indoor AM/FM antenna (has attached 74" AM and FM leads)
  • AC adapter with attached 6' cable
  • 75-ohm matching transformer
  • Owner's Manual
  • Antennas and Accessories booklet

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Features

Overview: The Terk AM/FM Tower is a high-performance antenna that is ideal for anyone who wants superior short and long-range radio reception. The Tower is designed to be an omnidirectional or directional antenna. When placed vertically, it equally receives signals from all different directions. When placed flat, the antenna becomes directional and can be pointed at hard-to-get stations for better reception.

Built-in Amplifier: The Tower's built-in amplifier strengthens weak and distant signals giving you greater control over the quality of your reception. The Tower uses active amplification to boost FM signals (+10 dB minimum). AM gain, fixed at +15 dB, is achieved through a passive (non-amplified) antenna element.

Air Coil Technology: The Air Coil technology isolates the AM and FM elements from each other, for increased radio reception and minimized static and noise.

Installation: The antenna comes with everything necessary for installation, including a non-skid, scratch-proof pedestal, and a universal slip-on connector and matching adapter so you can use the Tower with almost every receiver, tuner or compact music system.

Specifications

Electrical Specifications:

  • FM Section:

    • Reception Pattern: Omni-directional

    • Frequency Range: 88 to 108 MHz

    • Amplifier Gain: 10 dB min

    • Gain Control: 20 dB min

    • FM Output Impedance: 75 Ohm

    • VSWR (Voltage Standing Wave Ratio): <1.2:1

  • AM Section:

    • Frequency Range: 540 to 1700 kHz

    • Gain: +15 dB min

    • AM Output Impedance: 300 Ohm, Twin-lead

 
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5 out of 5

It solved my FM reception issues

Written By mauidoug, Maui, HI on Sunday, July 13, 2014
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I got FM reception at my location with a rabbit ear antenna that could be adjusted with a dial to fine tune the reception. I no longer need to make any adjustments when I change stations with the Terk Tower antenna. All the stations I like to listen to are very clear with excellent reception. I find that the amplified feature of this antenna is necessary for excellent reception. I also like the way it looks.
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5 out of 5

Terk antenna

Written By Anonymous, Lake Monticello or Palmyra, Va on Sunday, June 29, 2014
 
Recommend by Sean. so far aright, glad to have it
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4 out of 5

HAVE NO IDEA

Written By NO WAY, LAKE WORTH FL on Saturday, June 28, 2014
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WORKS VERY WELL ALLOWS ME ACESS TO RADIO STATION I WAS UNABLE TO LISTEN TO WITH ANTENNA
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3 out of 5

Better reception

Written By mingus, illinois on Saturday, December 14, 2013
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I live in a rural area and noticed a decent improvement in FM and AM reception. In particular, annoying noise and interference has been reduced. Being used on my office receiver, I'm not looking for anything too special and in this situation the antenna has worked out well.
Pros:
Looks "interesting". Works for my situation.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

FM/AM Antenna Upgrade

Written By TerryS, Portland, OR on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
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Replaced the stock FM wire and AM loop on my Denon AVR1911 with this 2-in-1 upgrade. Cleared up reception on both bandwidths and improved aesthetics. Simply set it next to my HDTV in "omnidirectional" mode and forgot about it. Performs better than I expected. Very happy with money well spent.
Pros:
Directional/Omnidirectional flexibility. Small in stature. Pleasing presence. Adjustible gain if needed. Cheap upgrade.
Cons:
Used a "wire" for years before exploring my upgrade options--doesn't shout "buy me!"
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Not a very good product

Written By Will, Montclair on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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The Terk Tower did not perform well. As a matter of fact a simple line of wire pulled in more FM stations. I was disappointed; however Crutchfield happily refunded my money when I returned the product.
Pros:
None.
Cons:
It doesn't work.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

junk

Written By kevlar, philly burbs on Thursday, June 13, 2013
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complete waste of money. I am constantly adjusting placement of this piece. do your self a favor and don't bother. it wont even pull in a single am station. I hate this thing!!! a regular 18 gauge piece of wire is just as good! I live less than 20 miles outside of Philadelphia too. inferior product again!
Cons:
wish I spent the money on a case of beer
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5 out of 5

Terk Tower

Written By Mike, Woodstock CT on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
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Work as advertised and a fair price
Pros:
Works, cheap
Cons:
None, worth a try
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good for FM - AM???

Written By GSRider2up, Wisconsin on Saturday, April 20, 2013
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This antenna works pretty well on FM, but I can't even pull in local AM stations. Might be a problem with my Sony receiver - it doesn't pull in much with the provided AM antenna.
Pros:
Adjustable strength. Fits in small places.
Cons:
Poor AM performance
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bang for the $$$

Written By Will, Lowell Ma on Thursday, January 31, 2013
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I was in search of a new high powered antenna for my brick wall apartment to work with my Tivoli Radio. So far it is complementing the radio very nicely, Good buy for the price! I have nothing but good things to say about the Crutchfield Customer support.
Pros:
Good Reach
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Terk tower

Written By tom, Jacksonville on Saturday, January 05, 2013
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I have to admit I was somewhat disappointed. The antenna really wasn't any better than a powered tv antenna I was using. My problem might just be the quality of the signal is strong but lousy. I also live in an area with many trees so it might not be possible to get a better signal.
Pros:
Looks great.
Cons:
Not much difference with what I was using.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Terk Tower

Written By Techpat, Grand Blanc, mich. on Sunday, December 23, 2012
 
I found no appreciable improvement, so i am back to the original antenna that came with the system.
Pros:
Compact size
Cons:
Reception not improved. Coax cable works as good.x
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2 out of 5

Terk Tower - About as good as a long wire antenna

Written By Lee, Athens GA on Saturday, December 08, 2012
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I bought the indoor antenna in hopes that I could get better AM and FM on my stereo tuner. For FM The antenna seems to perform about as well as a straight wire antenna made from lamp cord. I don't yet see where the antenna is superior. For AM reception the Terk seems to be about equal to the clip-on rectangular AM antenna that came with the stereo receiver. I have tried the Terk with two different receivers: An Onkyo 8555. and a Yamaha RX 300U. . For FM reception before the Terk, I used a long piece of wire attached to the wall on both receivers. I tried the Terk to see if it was superior in "pulling power" to the straight wire. The Terk may help FM some, but there is no dramatic gain. Sorry to sound negative, but the Terk provided limited, if an improvement. Were I was where I could not string wire and attach it, the Terk would be better by far than no antenna at all.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Terk Tower

Written By Dallas B., Painted Post, NY on Sunday, September 30, 2012
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Very nice antenna, but in my area it does not work well, to many hills.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Looks can be deceiving

Written By Johnny, Riverside, Illinois on Sunday, September 23, 2012
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Good looking unit. Stands tall and has a pale green glowing dial. Other than that, my old flat wire FM behind the curtains did a better job in picking up stations. I live 6 miles from downtown Chicago and constantly have to move or adjust the antenna everytime I change a station. So much for omni-directional. Doesn't matter whether I have the gain all the up or down. Same deal. The Am side isn't much better. The stations are scratchy and have background static. I've tried moving it, lights on / lights off, TV on / off. Nothing helps. And the connecting wire is only about 3' long. It should be 6' and/or trimmable. My receiver is on the lower coffee table shelf and the antenna on top. Barely enough play to move the antenn from side to side. .
Pros:
I haven;t found one yet
Cons:
Read my review again.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

works good

Written By dj, pensacola, Fl on Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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picks up stations i couldnt get before.
Pros:
works good
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

works very well

Written By pelotasdad, mountain view, ca on Tuesday, August 07, 2012
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really helped me get some radio stations not possible with normal small loop antennae, even right next to the uverse wireless remote and other possible electrical interference. the gain is easy to use and helped dial in the best signal strength. the only thing i think it needs is an on/off button so that it doesn't stay on while the stereo is off.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

good price, good product

Written By kenC, laramie, wyo on Saturday, July 14, 2012
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I don't need additional stations which a more expensive antenna might produce, I just wanted my few stations clear and hiss free. My old recevier sounds great now. This antenna is easily placed out of the way, the connection options fit my wire connectors and the dial on the antenna tunes out the hiss of a station with a strong signal.
Pros:
hides easily, doesn't take up space
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Effective Performance, Good Value

Written By Rick M., Long Beach, Ca on Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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Living in a metropolitan area with several FM and AM stations close by, I did not require extraordinary performance. The only measure that I have to evaluate performance is that every station that I wanted to receive is now available to my Denon AV Receiver at sufficiently strong levels to permit locked-tuning without distortion. I simply set the variable amplification level to bring in the weakest station and checked that the strongest station was not distorted. I believe the device combines unamplified-AM and amplified-FM features which simplifies the rat's nest behind the unit in one regard but the amplification requires a small AC/DC converter to power the unit, thus adding wiring. The power and signal wires are probably long enough for most applications. It was convenient to plug the power converter into the switched outlet at the back of the receiver, otherwise it would be a big problem to switch the unit off to conserve power when not operating the unit. The device occupies a small footprint but is quite tall; a fact which should be considered by the prospective buyer before purchase.
Pros:
Inexpensive performance meets all expectations.
Cons:
Tall size may be an issue for buyers who care.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

It Works!

Written By SteveinPA, Avondale, PA on Saturday, April 28, 2012
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It just didn't seem right to have a rabbit ear-type antenna sticking out of our expensive unit, so I had the another retailer rig up an adapter and plugged in this Terk Tower, and voila, reception in our rural PA area improved considerably. Certainly worth what we paid for this and more.
Pros:
Modern looking, easy to hide and it works
Cons:
None I can find.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Works Fair

Written By JeffJ, Cleveland, OH on Thursday, April 26, 2012
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I picked up one FM station and no Am stations without the Terk. I now get three to four FM stations and still no AM staions with the Terk.
Pros:
Easy hookup. The gain control actually works. It looks good.
Cons:
Only slight improvement in reception.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works Great

Written By Carolyn, Cedar Park on Thursday, March 08, 2012
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This worked good for my situation. Fast deliverly
Pros:
Easy Hook Up
Cons:
Short Cable
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Works for me

Written By Scipio.V., Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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I live at the bottom of a valley where the reception is dismal. The stations that I did pick up are less than in my SUV but at least when I listen to them the static is eliminated. My other option would be an external antennae which is out of the question for now so the TERK did the job.
Pros:
Pinpointing various stations
Cons:
Short cable lengths to move it away from equipment and RFI.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Terk Tower

Written By Doug, Indiana on Monday, February 06, 2012
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I live in rural Indiana. The tower brings in the stations FM & AM stations I enjoy. Performs as advertised.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

works for me

Written By DWMcGee, Hot Springs Village AR on Sunday, October 16, 2011
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Looked for a solution to bad reception. This woorked for me
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Terk Tower

Written By Marsden, Salisbury CT on Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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Better than the wire antenna that came with the radio - but the purchased amplified antenna must be moved around the room to get weaker stations in this rural area surrounded by iron-filled mountains.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Terk Tower

Written By ray, boothbay harbor,maine on Friday, April 08, 2011
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good for rural areas, looks good also and has good adjustment knob
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Terk Tower

Written By Tom, Southern Central New York on Sunday, December 05, 2010
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Rural type area. Picks up signals well. Easy hookup with good instructions. Would give
this product a good rating.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Terk Tower

Written By blueboy714, Madison, WI on Thursday, June 24, 2010
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I purchased it because I wanted to pick up a radio from the west side and I live on the east side. It worked no better than the atenna that came my receiver. Unfortunately the cost of the product vs. returning the product makes me debate whether to keep it or return it.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Terk Tower

Written By Randall, Santa Cruz, CA on Friday, February 26, 2010
 
This item did not improve the FM or AM reception at all. Was for a Boston Acoustic radio located in our masterbathroom. Purchased to increase the Am reception which it didn't do. Did receive more static hiss though.
4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great Upgrade

Written By Anonymous, Al, Pasadena CA on Monday, September 21, 2009
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Not 100%, missing one of my favorate channels, but this was a big improvement form the wire Antena that came with the receiver.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Terk Tower

Written By steve, west georgia on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
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Wow! We have tried almost everything. This works! Doesn't pick up all Atlanta channels but alot of them. We are getting more than we ever have. Love it!
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Worked for me

Written By Janet, Houston, TX on Friday, June 13, 2008
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I just needed to replace two old antennas on a mini stereo system I was too cheap to replace and the cost of a new antenna compared to a whole new system was an easy choice. My primary interest was AM reception for morning news/traffic/weather kind of stuff.

AM comes in fine now. Used to cut in and out.

Mine was a mild case, my system is facing a window but about 12 feet away.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Slightly Improved Reception

Written By G-Man, Yorba Linda, CA on Tuesday, May 31, 2005
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After moving into my new house I was disappointed to find that my Yamaha RXV-1000 factory antennas were not up to the task of pulling in my favorite stations. Hoping for a low cost solution I bought the Terk Tower. Reception of both AM and FM is definitely better (cleaner) than with the factory antenna, but still poor since some stations are still absent. I get better reception in my Jeep parked in the garage. It looks like I am going to need an external or attic antenna.

The variable gain on the FM channels SOUNDS like a good idea, but I didn't realize that the gain would ever be smaller than a factor of 1. It seems to me that if I turn the gain all the way down I should get a non-amplified signal (x1); at worst I would get the same thing as the factory antenna. But no, I get no signal. Turn the gain up a bit and PRESTO! the signal comes back. In practice the FM reception is improved about as much as the non-amplified AM signals.
38 out of 42 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Terk Tower

Written By adam, appleton, WI on Thursday, March 31, 2005
 
i live in the basement at my parents house i have tried many diffrent antennas the terk tower is the only one i have found that worked
36 out of 43 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

It might work...

Written By Christopher, WV on Wednesday, March 16, 2005
 
Well I bought this to increase the antenna range on my sony STR-DE915 however it will not work with it. Although it came with a bunch of different adapters not one of them would hook up to my reciever. I have not found one antenna on the market that connects to any of my three recivers, I guess Im stupid, but every antenna I can find has a co-axial cord and every reciever I own has a plug type in-put. So this antenna actually worked when I hand spliced an RCA cord onto it, but the connection is choppy.
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1 question already asked

It seems there are mixed reviews. Is it fair to say that it works better if placed in a particular area relative to walls, enclosures, etc. or can it be mounted on top of the receiver inside a cabinet? [ Russ  Jun 30, 2014 ]
6 answers
  • Terk Tower works satisfactorily in our area, not known for strong FM signals. We moved the antenna around into several positions, until we found a spot where it meets our needs. It has been sitting there for several months without deterioration of receptions. [ B   Jul 03, 2014 ]
  • It seems to work better near a window. [ ALAN   Jun 30, 2014 ]
  • every good [ DAVID A   Jun 30, 2014 ]
  • Placed mine on top of the speaker next tp a wall. Provided some improvement to a weak signal Placement is dependent on the signal source and is not a solution if there is no signal Performance did vary by source, one signal did gain some modest improvement another did not. Regarding the standard T antenna, I did not want to run that antenna up the wall and across the ceiling and that was the optima solution but, again, performance may vary by source. Overall, likely to be a hit or miss solution with modest performance gain, if signals are weak. [ Michael   Jun 30, 2014 ]
  • Regardless of where I placed this device, it did not improve my FM reception. I live about 20 miles south of DC. The house is situated in a depression so most FM signals go way over its head, so to speak. The Tower may work better for you if you are closer the the signal source. [ WILLIAM   Jun 30, 2014 ]
  • Never bought it...don't know. [ E T   Jun 30, 2014 ]

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