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Terk FDTVO

Amplified outdoor HDTV antenna

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by Loren Barstow
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If you want reliable over-the-air TV reception, but can't install a large rooftop antenna, check out Terk's FDTVO. This compact antenna pulls in standard and high-definition digital broadcasts, and includes an amplifier to improve the reception of weaker signals. And with its multi-directional design, you don't need to worry about pointing the FDTVO in a specific direction to get a clear picture.

You can install the FDTVO either outside or in your attic. It includes a mounting base, arm, and the necessary hardware. If you prefer, you can also mount it to an optional mast.

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Highlights:

  • receives digital and analog UHF/VHF TV signals (channels 2-69)
  • 360-degree reception
  • external fixed-gain amplifier (+10 dB)
  • AC adapter for the amplifier
  • mounting base, arm, and hardware included
  • can accommodate 1-1/4"-1-1/2" mast (not included)
  • 10-1/4"W x 3-1/2"H x 21-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • RG-6 cable is recommended

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  • Flat digital outdoor antenna
  • AC power adapter with attached 6' DC cord
  • Amplifier insert
  • Mounting arm
  • Mounting bracket
  • 4 Plastic endcaps
  • Rubber boot
  • 2 U-bolts
  • 2 Clamps
  • 4 Wing nuts
  • 4 Mounting screws
  • 2 Mounting bolts (star-washer and hex-nut installed on each one)
  • Owner's Manual

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Features

Overview: The Terk FDTVO Omni-Directional Amplified Flat Digital Outdoor Antenna is engineered to receive 1080 HDTV off-air broadcasts for outstanding high-definition and clear digital TV reception.

Omni-Directional: The FDTVO's patented multi-directional reception technology provides outstanding reception from any direction (360-degree reception pattern), producing clear, clean signals from a compact, unobtrusive design that blends well with any home decor.

Low Noise Amplifier: The FDTVO's extremely low noise (ELN) amplifier provides high-gain pickup of further stations and improves picture quality without saturating the signal.

Connection: The FDTVO Digital Flat Outdoor Amplified Antenna plugs into your television using the supplied external amplifier. The included external amplifier plugs into your television's RF coaxial input and then connects to the antenna using RG-6 coaxial cable (sold separately). The external amplifier also includes an AC power adapter which will need to be plugged into an AC wall-outlet.

Indoor/Outdoor Mounting: The FDTVO's weatherproof, hermetically sealed housing offers ultra-reliable performance. The FDTVO comes will all necessary mounting hardware for flexible placement indoors or outdoors.

Note: The FDTVO usually performs best when mounted horizontally. It should be mounted on the side of your house that faces most of your local broadcast towers.

Mounting Bracket: The FDTVO's mounting bracket gives you the flexibility in mounting the antenna. The FDTVO can be mounted to a surface, such as a rooftop, eves, siding, or rafters in an attic. It can also be mounted to a standard mast (sold separately).

Specifications:

  • Operating Bandwidth:
    • VHF 174 MHZ to 216 MHz
    • UHF 470 MHz to 698 MHz
  • Amplifier Gain: 10dB typical
  • Connection: F-type (RG-6)
 
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5 out of 5

Free from DirecTv at last

Written By KirkinDallas, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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So, far I really like this antenna. Small and light, it pulls in great signal. Very simple to set up and use.
Pros:
Excellent value. Easy to set up. Pulled in great HD signal from over 20 miles away
Cons:
Plastic mount seems a little flimsy. Not sure how it will do on a very windy day.
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1 out of 5

piece of junk

Written By curtis c, lakecity fl on Thursday, August 11, 2011
 
i bought this antenna on the reviews , everyone said it was a verygood antenna , well they were wrong . my indoor antenna works better than this piece of junk. it didnt work at all . i get more stations with my in door antenna than this anttena ever will im sending it back . i give it no stars...
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1 out of 5

Didn't work

Written By Dan, Manitou Springs, CO on Thursday, May 05, 2011
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First off I want to give an A+ five stars to Crutchfield customer service. They tried to help me troubleshoot the antenna. When nothing helped they offered to replace the antenna or give me a refund. Excellent company! The product itself did not work for me even after trying several trouble shooting adjustments. I believe that my house is too close (7mi) from the TV transmitters and even when I did not use the preamp the channels still did not come in. I bought a 30$ indoor antenna with rabbit ears that had a gain adjustment. Now I get every available station in my area. I write all of this just to say don't hesitate to buy from Crutchfield as you will have a good buying experience with lots of tech support. Just know that if you live close to the TV transmitters too much antenna might actually prevent you from receiving the stations.
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4 out of 5

Helps

Written By Chris, Browns Mills, NJ on Monday, March 28, 2011
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I am new to this type on Antenna. Just recently moved into my current apartment. Mounted the unit outside. I am getting more channels now than with my old Internal Amplified unit. Note this antenna does not work with FM radios. using the old one for that.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Terk FDTVO

Written By RonS, Gretna, NE on Friday, February 11, 2011
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Received the antenna on the promised date, it was easy to install in my attic, I get a great
pricture for the area broadcast channels; and I'm not paying monthly fee to a cable or
satellite company. thanks.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Stylish functionality

Written By Anonymous, Baton Rouge, LA. on Thursday, March 04, 2010
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I bought this antenna in order to get our local CBS channel for the Super Bowl. I had previously purchased a non-amplified antenna and was unable to get the signal. With this one, I had no trouble. The channel came in very clearly. This antenna is also more asthetically pleasing than the others I was considering. I was able to mount this antenna on the roof and it looks like it was meant to be there. Anyone looking for a cheaper solution for recieving HDTV signals will not be disappointed with this product.
64 out of 69 people found this helpful
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