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Terk TV55

Amplified slim-line indoor/outdoor HDTV antenna

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The Terk TV55 is engineered to provide optimal reception of both digital and analog over-the-air TV broadcasts. A unique helical-coil reception element gives this compact unit the power of a larger antenna. An impedance-matched amplifier precisely calibrated for digital TV provides a clear, consistent picture at all times. The amplifier can be set to high-gain mode for boosting weak signals, or can be bypassed for optimal reception of strong signals.

The slim design of this antenna allows unobtrusive mounting on a wall, in a closet or attic, or along a window sill. The silicone-sealed, weatherproof construction ensures reliable performance even when mounted outdoors. The TV55 comes complete with power supply and all mounting hardware.

Details:
  • receives digital and analog UHF/VHF TV signals (channels 2-69)
  • broadband helical-coil single element
  • ultra-low-noise, impedance-matched amplifier (gain is +10 dB for UHF/VHF)
  • threaded F-connector for connection to RG-6 cable
  • rustproof, high-strength aluminum body, silicone-sealed for maximum weather resistance
  • includes power injector, sill and mast mounting brackets, flat coax cable
  • 46-5/8"W x 4"H x 3-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor
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  • TV-55 amplified UHF/VHF/Digital TV antenna
  • D9300-04 AC adapter with 5.6' cord terminating in a coax connection to the antenna and a coax connection to TV (9VDC
  • 100mA)
  • 3' RG-6 coax cable with weather boots on both ends
  • 2 wall mount cam locks
  • 1/4-20 x 1-1/2" Hex-head bolt
  • 1/4-20 x 2-1/2" Hex-head bolt
  • Mast Mount Base
  • Mast Mount Cover
  • two 1/4-20 x 3/4" Hex-head bolts
  • 1/4-20 wing nut
  • 2 window mount brackets
  • two 1/4"-20 Hexagon nuts
  • two #10 x 2-1/2 flat-head screws
  • Channel insert
  • two #8 x 1-1/2" pan-head screws
  • 9.75" flat coaxial cable
  • two 1/4" split washers
  • two #10 and two #8 plastic wall anchors
  • Owners manual (English and Spanish)
  • Registration/Survey card
  • Terk Promo

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Features

Helical Technology: Wraps the reception elements in coils instead of stretching them out allowing the antenna to be much more compact.

Patented Dual-Mode Amplifier: The unit's ultra-low noise amplifier design lets you select high-gain mode (10 dB gain) for best reception of weak signals or to by-pass amplification for best reception of strong signals.

Ultra-durable weatherproof housing: Allows the unit to be mounted indoors or outdoors.

Operational bandwidth: 54 - 806 MHz allows this unit to be used to receive HDTV and UHF/VHF signals.

Range: As with all antennas, actual usable range will vary greatly depending on location, where the antenna is mounted, etc. A program is available on Terk's website (Terk.com) which can help you select TV antennas suitable for a United States address.

Construction: The antenna is made with a co-polymer making it resistant to weathering.

Mounting: For optimum performance it should be mounted horizontally with the front facing the general direction of the broadcast signals, and as high as possible. It should not be installed on a metal surface since that will degrade reception quality.

Mounting hardware supplied: The supplied hardware allows this unit to be wall mounted using the supplied wall mount brackets, mounted on a window ledge using the supplied window brackets and flat coaxial cable, or mounted on a 1-1/4" or 1-1/2" mast (a mast is not supplied) using the supplied mast bracket and mask bracket cover. Although this unit can be used with DBS systems note that two diplexers (not included) will be required.

Connections

  • Antenna: Attach coax cable from the antenna to the coax jack marked (to antenna) at the end of the AC adapter cord.
  • TV: Attach coax cable marked "to TV" at the end of the AC adapter cord to TV. Note: If TV does not have a 75 Ohm Coax input , a 75 to 300 ohm adapter (not included) will be needed.
  • Connecting when using a DBS system: When used with a DBS system you do not use the included AC adapter since the DC voltage needed by the TV55 will be provided by the DBS system's receiver.  You will, however, need two diplexers which are not supplied with this unit.

Specifications

  • Operating Bandwidth: VHF: 54MHz to 806MHz
  • Amplifier Gain: +10dB (can be turned off/on with a switch located on the AC adapter)
  • Output Impedance: 75 ohms
 
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5 out of 5

Works great

Written By RJ, Taylorsville, ky on Saturday, March 21, 2009
 
Rabbit ears with amplification did not pick up all channels. This product mounted in the attic of single story home brought in all channels perfectly. Easy to install.
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5 out of 5

TV-55

Written By Patricia, Walsenburg CO on Friday, February 06, 2009
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The Terk didn't work in our area. We needed a high gain antenna instead. I am totally satisfied with the customer service given and I would rate that five stars. They stand behind their product, as well as their customers. I will definitely shop with Crutchfield again in the future for my electronic needs"
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5 out of 5

Performs as Advertized

Written By fergusonline, Rock Hill, SC on Friday, August 01, 2008
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Easy to set up and install. I mounted it on a rafter in the attic of my 2-story house. I get strong signals from Charlotte, NC stations up to 30-40 miles away. And that's through other 2 story houses, trees, a hospital, airport and who knows what else.
23 out of 23 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Terk TV55

Written By J. Loren, Dallas on Wednesday, April 04, 2007
 
This antenna works great. With this antenna I replaced an older model similar to the Terk HDTVi, and the TV55 is a big improvement. I was able to successfully split the signal to two HD TV's -- the trick is to place the amplifier between the antenna and the splitter, as illustrated in the instructions. The TV55 is long and lightweight and I suspended it from the rafters of my attic using household string. The Terk website is useful in finding the direction of the broadcast antennae for best placement. For best results, carefully follow Terk's instructions.
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5 out of 5

Terk TV55

Written By Barry, Tucson, AZ on Friday, December 01, 2006
 
This is by far the best antenna I've used for both analog and digital channels. Reception here in Tucson is very difficult as each station is broadcasting from a different angle, a different elevation and at a wide variety of distances. I feed the antenna into my HD DirecTV receiver and all the over the air HD feeds are beautiful with clear 5.1 audio. Each shows a strong signal on the receiver (over 14 HD feeds). All the analog channels are very clear except for one and the HD feed for that station is perfect.
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3 out of 5

Terk TV55

Written By trifly, Davis, CA on Thursday, March 02, 2006
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The antenna is sleak and very easy to set up (and larger than I expected- its about four feet long). It only helped pick up marginally better reception, however, even after being mounted outside, on the roof, and tested in a variety of positions. We still get the same number of channels as when we had a simple indoor "rabbit ears" antenna above the tv, but the reception is now somewhat better (still not great).
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4 out of 5

Good for 1 room HDTV local channels

Written By Mauricio, Morgan Hill, CA on Thursday, February 24, 2005
 
I installed this antenna about 5 months ago and even though the HDTV box shows the reception is around 70%, the image is always clear and consistent. It was easy to install and to use. It does have a signal booster, which does help the reception. However I tried to split the signal to a second TV and I was not successful, it could possible be because of the cable of length 100 feet. I was using a signal splitter, maybe I need a diplexer.

It is a good product with a high-tech look.
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