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Terk FM Pro (FM-50)

Indoor/outdoor amplified long-range FM antenna

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Terk FM Pro (FM-50)

Overview

Our take on the Terk FM Pro (FM-50)

The FM Pro is Terk's most ambitious FM-only antenna yet. It is a long-range amplified antenna designed for demanding FM listeners. Mounted indoors or outdoors in an unobstructed location, the FM Pro combines remarkable reception and installation ease.

The FM Pro can be mounted indoors or outdoors, on a rooftop or the side of your house, upstairs in the attic, or on the wall above your audio components — it's as versatile as it is powerful. (The sleek, weatherproof housing is even paintable.)

The amplifier is housed inside the antenna and is powered via an included power injector that sends voltage directly through the coaxial cable and into the antenna's amplifier.

For optimum performance, the FM Pro should be mounted horizontally with the front facing the general direction of the broadcast signal.

Details:

  • amplifier provides +11 dB gain (remotely switchable)
  • antenna attaches with 3 mounting screws (included)
  • 75-ohm to 75-ohm & 75-ohm to 300-ohm coax to spring clip adapters
  • AC adapter
  • 58-5/16"W x 4-1/2"H x 1-7/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Note: cables not included (see "Accessories")

I'm 80 miles from PBS FM station. I've tried various inside antenna with no luck. The TERK FM Pro, after a little experimentation to find the best direction, works like a champ....clear reception. I'm very happy. I mounted it under my wooden deck.

Steve, Gulnare CO

What's in the Box:

  • FM-Pro antenna
  • 75-75 ohm 75-300 ohm coax to spring clip adapters
  • 3 mounting screws
  • Power Injector with attached AC adapter (12vDC/100mA output with 6' cable) and coax out and coax in connections
  • Instruction sheet
  • Survey/Registration
  • Promotional literature
Reviews

Terk FM Pro (FM-50) Reviews

Average Customer Review:

20 Reviews

The only one that works

Written by: Mountain man from Swall Meadows CA on June 1, 2016

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Our house was destroyed by a wild land fire a year ago and this is a replacement. We live in a mountain canyon and I have tried half a dozen other FM antennas and this is the only one that has ever worked in our location. Connected to our stereo receiver it enables us to have crystal clear FM reception. After owning this antenna for 8 years I was happy to find that Crutchfield had it available for purchase. In the rebuild we ran a coaxial cable through the walls to its permanent mounted spot which was found easily by orienting the bar shaped antenna til we achieved the optimum signal and then fastening it in place with two screws.

Pros: Clear and vastly improve FM signal

Cons: Antenna is a 3+ foot bar which may not fit into everyones lifestyle, but it works !

Excellent Antenna, Great Improvement

Written by: senojnad from Lehigh Valley, PA on May 13, 2016

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My home is in a valley, about 60 miles north of Philadelphia, PA and 80 miles west of NYC. FM reception in my basement wood working shop has been bad to weak. I spent a LOT of time in my shop so I really wanted to improve things. Moving that radio (Sangean table model) to the second floor of the home yielded OK results -- I was able to get FM stations from Philadelphia and NYC. Therefore I assumed that locating an antenna in my attic would solve the reception problem in the basement. I ran RG6-Quad cable from the basement to the attic and connected it to an inexpensive (<$10) dipole antenna. Reception on local stations improved, but I still could not get any Philadelphia or NYC stations. The Terk FM-Pro made a HUGE improvement. All of the stations I hoped to get now come in loud and clear. I installed a splitter in my workshop and ran a cable (RG6-Q) to the receiver on our stereo system, which previously had extremely limited FM reception. That showed the same dramatic improvement. Our home was built 13 years ago. During construction I installed empty 1.5" conduits from the basement to the attic for "future needs". This made installing the RG6-Q relatively easy. Installing the antenna in the attic was also easy -- I mounted it on a horizontal cross beam connecting roof rafters. The "amplifier" included with the antenna requires electrical power. So I located it in my workshop next to the radio. So far it does not seem to have a

Pros: Excellent product -- it has made HUGE improvements in my FM reception. The amplifier included does not seem necessary -- it does not improve reception on Philadelphia stations (60 miles). Reception is excellent with the amp turned off or on. I haven't experimented with NYC stations yet.

Cons: None.

Terk amplfied FM antenna

Written by: Mike C. from South Carolina on September 6, 2015

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Purchased the Terk amplified FM antenna through a product exchange roughly one month ago. The FM antenna that came with my Denon AVR-2311 just didn't cut it. I purchased a quality RG6 audio cable, and pre-painted the antenna to match my exterior trim. I installed the antenna horizontally as instructed, and made all connections. My FM reception has improved dramatically, VERY happy with product!

Pros: Ease of installation, improved reception across FM band.

Cons: If any maybe large size....

It's enormous

Written by: Tom T from Houston on August 2, 2015

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This antenna is 4 feet long! My fault I didn't read the description but if you're thinking this is a good indoor antenna you'd best live in a basement or have an ugly house. It's really an out door use only

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antenna terk fm pro

Written by: Steve from Gulnare CO on February 16, 2015

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I'm 80 miles from PBS FM station. I've tried various inside antenna with no luck. The TERK FM Pro, after a little experimentation to find the best direction, works like a champ....clear reception. I'm very happy. I mounted it under my wooden deck.

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Terk Pro

Written by: Anonymous from SAV on May 5, 2014

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If you have the space this antenna will bring the weakest signals in to clarity

Pros: good construction

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Excellent

Written by: Rose E. from Mineral, VA 23117 on March 21, 2014

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We were having trouble with our FM connection where we live (out in the middle of nowhere) and after hooking up the Terk antenna and now we can listen to our favorite FM stations without interception of airwaves.

Pros: ALL

Cons: NONE

Recption Results

Written by: Lewis from Pensacola, Florida on December 29, 2012

After trying several indoor installation locations I moved outside. I mounted the antenna on a pole on the top of my house,40 ' above the ground wit a 350 degree rotation capability. Trying ALL ORENTATIONS in 5 degree increments resulted in (at most locations) dead air or extreme niose throughout the band, The best that I could obtain was only 1 staion in the FM band with no hiss but which faded inand out due to the time of day and the amount of cloud cover. Diffrent orentations were better for diffrent stations. I could never opbtaion more than one station with acceptable recption at a time BUT even that faded in and out thought the dat.

Pros: easly mountable

Cons: Very poor reception and does not lock on to a station.

Terk FM Pro (FM-50)

Written by: Anonymous from Uniontown PA on November 16, 2012

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Hardly any difference than indoor ant. that was supplied with reciever. It s not worth the time I spent mounting it to my roof eve, to take down and return.

Pros: None

Cons: No increanse in signal strenght.

Packaging terrible

Written by: Susan from Taos, NM on July 6, 2012

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Had to return first antennae for another as was packed so poorly that the box arrived open -- not even taped shut. Just received replacement and not yet installed, so can't comment on performance. Crutchfield was fantastic about getting a new antennae shipped out with better packaging. Terk's packaging was the problem.

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Terk FM Pro (FM-50)

Written by: Mike from NY on March 22, 2012

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A very slight improvement over the 50 cent throw away dipole I had before. Even this seems only to be because the long cable (not included) allows greater placement options. The antenna itself did not seem to be any better than the throw away. Also turning the amplifier power on and off has absolutely no effect on performance.

Pros: Can be located anywhere.

Cons: Very expensive. Very poor performance.

TERK FM PRO AM/FM Antenna

Written by: Chuck from Cedaredge, Colorado on November 15, 2011

We have weather extremes in my area. Lots of snow and ice and wind. I wanted to keep my antenna in good condition and had to mount it outdoors for best reception because my home has metal siding and a metal roof. I decided to enclose the antenna in PVC pipe and seal it to protect it from weather. I am happy to say that the plastic PVC pipe did not interfere with reception and is keeping my antenna in good condition and keeping it out of exposure to harsh winds, ice, snow and wind. I mounted the PVC pipe on top of a fence post and painted it with camoflauge paint to blend it in with the bushes and it can't be seen by passersby.

Pros: The TERK PRO AM/FM antenna gave me great FM reception. I live in a very small town (900 people) in very rural Colorado. Before installing the antenna I had no FM reception. With the TERK PRO I am pulling in 17 FM stations!!! I had great customer service, prompt delivery and even a coupon discount. I am very pleased.

Cons: I am not getting AM reception despite the AM/FM designation on the antenna. I am disappointed in the product in this regard. However, I was after the FM reception primarily. I will shop for an AM antenna as a separate item and try that.

Waited way too long for great sound

Written by: Dave from Pittsburgh, PA on November 5, 2011

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My media room is surrounded on three sides by a metal fire place flue, plumbing to the second floor and kitchen plumbing and appliances. I tried 3 different tuners and not one of them could pick up a clean FM signal for my favorite digital classical station. The static was unbearable and even then the sound would cut in and out. I put up with this for several years trying all types of powered antennas. Frustration! I finally decided to try the FM Pro and even before I hung it and plugged in the power supply the sound out of my Denon and Klipsch speakers was crystal clear. No background hiss or crackle at all. I find myself standing in the center of the room marveling at the sound which is so crisp and clear I can't believe my ears. I couldn't run the coaxial cable up or out of the house so I just installed the antenna on the wall and will eventually get around to painting it. I am thrilled.

Pros: It works perfectly, is very light weight and sleek; since I couldn't run it up to an attic or outside it is just mounted on the media room wall and looks fine.

Cons: The large size surprised me.

Great antannae

Written by: tim from pa on August 4, 2011

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I never write reveiws but I am so impressed that I am taking the time to write one for this product. This is a great outdoor fm antannae. My folks moved into a retirement community and could not get any FM reception due to the concrete and steel building. I tried 3 other antannaes, including an outdoor one, and none worked. This antannae works great. My mom gets her favorite FM station with NO static. Excellent product. Plus, very simple to install.

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Terk FM Pro (FM-50)

Written by: TomC from fredericksburg,Va on June 20, 2011

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Works great. Well worth the money. Pulls in stations I didn't know were there and clears up the ones I knew about. Don't waste your money on indoor antennas no matter what their claim is. Easy install. The hardest part is figuring out where and how to get the wire into the house but if I can do it, so can you.

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Terk FM Pro (FM-50)

Written by: Paul from Brewster NY on April 8, 2011

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I live about 50 miles from the city and I was having trouble getting a few stations that broadcast from there once I hooked up the Terk antenna they came in clear.

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TERK FM-50 PRO

Written by: Gene from METAIRIE,LA on February 6, 2009

WORKS GREAT, BRINGS IN LOCAL AND DISTANT STATIONS WITH VERY GOOD CLARITY AND STEREO SEPARATION. PICKS UP BATON ROUGE,LA (85) MILES, GULFPORT,MS (60) MILES,HATTIESBURG,MS (100) MILES. I LIVE ON THE SEVENTH FLOOR OF CONDO, BUILT WITH STEEL SUPPORT COLUMNS, THIS WILL EFFECT FM RECEPTION, DIDN'T BOTHER THIS BABY. FOR MY SITUATION THIS IS THE PERFECT SOLUTION. PRICEY BUT WORTH IT. I LOVE THIS ANTENNA

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Terk FM-PRO

Written by: Karl Schraut from Dushore, PA on November 8, 2008

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The nearest/best classic rock station is over 60 miles away. The FM-PRO brings in a crystal clear signal. It's well worth the price.

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Great reception with the Trek FM antenna

Written by: Rebecca from Lexington, Va on May 16, 2008

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We ordered the Trek FM antenna on Thursday and received it on Friday and put it up immediately. We have a favorite radio station that plays the big band music along with the oldies. We could not get it in because of living in the mountains and our old antenna had given out. This Trek FM antenna is fabulous. We now get great reception and especially get our favorite radio station. The service was great also.

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Terk FM Pro Antenna

Written by: Joel from New Braunfels, Texas on June 17, 2006

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All I want is to pull in the modest signal of a classical station 40 miles away. A new digital receiver and "powered" antenna system didn't do it. This antenna pulls the signal just fine into my 35-year-old receiver so all the new stuff went back to the dealer. Now I just wish the old system had a remote.

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Details

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What's in the box?

Download the Terk FM Pro (FM-50) manual

  • FM-Pro antenna
  • 75-75 ohm 75-300 ohm coax to spring clip adapters
  • 3 mounting screws
  • Power Injector with attached AC adapter (12vDC/100mA output with 6' cable) and coax out and coax in connections
  • Instruction sheet
  • Survey/Registration
  • Promotional literature

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Features
Specifications

Features

FM Signal Boosting: This unit amplifies FM signals only, the antenna isn't designed to receive and amplify AM signals.

Weather Resistant: The antenna is made with a co-polymer and resistant to weathering.

Indoor/Outdoor Design: This antenna may be mounted either inside the house or outside, using the three screws provided. For optimum performance, the antenna should be mounted horizontally, with the front facing the general direction of the broadcast signals, and it should be mounted as high as possible.

Mounting Note: The antenna should not be installed on a metal surface since that will degrade reception quality. A ground wire (not included) should be installed to a grounding block (not included).

Simple Operation: The only control is a power on/off switch.

Connections: The Power Injector must be connected to an AC outlet, and the attached coax output cable is made to be connected to your FM tuner (coax to spring clip adapters, which are supplied, may be needed). A 75 ohm coaxial cable (not included) must be run from the coax output of the antenna to the "TO ANTENNA" coax input on the Power Injector.

Specifications

Specifications:

  • Operating Bandwidth: 88 MHz to 108 MHz
  • Amplifier gain: +11dB (switchable on/off)
  • Input Impedance: 75 Ohms

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

we live far from the stations [ CONRAD M  Dec 12, 2015 ]

2 questions already asked

no it not directional [ James  Dec 09, 2015 ]
yes, somewhat. [ Scott  Dec 09, 2015 ]
We are using it insider a building to enhance the reception of our College Radio station... Not being exterior to our building I'm not sure... We are using the antenna vertically [ SEINA  Dec 08, 2015 ]
No. It is best placed in the direction (perpendicular to) the signal. I listen to only one station that was weak but now get a good clear signal. [ John  Dec 08, 2015 ]
I have not tried my unit with a splitter. Mine has a 2-prong AC plug near the input end which I power off the auxiliary power outlet at the back of my receiver/amplifier. Any power source will do for that and the coaxial input should work with a splitter. Since I have NOT tried splitting the signal you assume any risk if you do try this special connection ! [ CLAUDE E  Jul 23, 2015 ]
put it on a splitter and see how you do [ DENNIS  Jul 20, 2015 ]

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