Channel Master CM-3000HD SMARTenna

Omnidirectional indoor/outdoor HDTV antenna

  • Channel Master CM-3000HD SMARTenna


  • Channel Master CM-3000HD SMARTenna

    Mounted to a pole

  • Channel Master CM-3000HD SMARTenna

    Mounted to an exterior wall

  • Channel Master CM-3000HD SMARTenna

    Mounted under an eave

Item #: 6593000HD

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The Channel Master CM-3000HD SMARTenna is one of the most versatile HDTV antennas we've seen. Whether you use it indoors or outdoors, it can pull in stations up to 35 miles away — in any direction. The CM-3000HD comes with a simple tabletop stand for indoor use, plus a mounting bracket for easy outdoor mounting. Its omnidirectional design provides reliable signal reception from multiple directions without having to move or rotate the antenna. The SMARTenna is a quick and easy way to receive free local high-def broadcasts on your HDTV or computer with a TV tuner.

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  • designed for indoor and outdoor use
  • weather-resistant construction with UV-stabilized plastics (paintable to match your decor)
  • receives digital and analog TV signals — high-band VHF (channels 7-13) and UHF (channels 14-51)
  • 360° omnidirectional reception
  • range is 35 miles
  • passive gain is 5-8 dB
  • designed for horizontal mounting
  • includes tabletop stand plus outdoor mounting bracket and hardware
  • 11-5/16"W x 13-7/16"H x 1-9/16"D
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Indoor/outdoor antenna (with 2 flat washers and 2 Hex/Phillips head screws installed)
  • 4 Black plastic feet (for table top mounting)
  • Four 10mm Self-tapping screws for attaching feet
  • Mast/wall-mount bracket
  • Four 55mm self-tapping screws for wall mount
  • Metal mount
  • 4 U-bolts for mast mounting
  • 4 "Butterfly" wing nuts (attached to U-bolts)
  • 2 Mast brackets
  • 2 Round head screws
  • 2 Flat washers
  • 2 Split lock washers
  • 2 Hex nuts
  • 12' Mini-coaxial cable (with male "F" connectors on each end)
  • Rubber connector boot
  • Right-angle F-type adapter
  • User Guide
  • "STOP" sheet (technical support contact info)

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Indoor/Outdoor Antenna: The Channel Master CM3000HD SMARTenna is a high performance HDTV antenna designed for indoor or outdoor use. It has a range of up to 35 miles when used indoors or 50 miles outdoors. The CM-3000HD has been technologically enhanced to provided improved performance while reducing the size and eliminating the need for amplification in most installations. The SMARTenna boasts an omnidirectional design allowing for reliable signal from multiple directions without the need of rotation. The SMARTenna is ideal for anyone that is relatively close to their local broadcast stations.

Weather Resistant Design: The Channel Master SMARTenna CM3000HD uses UV-stabilized plastics and a weather resistant design for added durability outdoors. The antenna can also painted to match the decor of your home.

VHF/UHF: The Channel Master SMARTenna CM3000HD receives VHF/UHF digital and analog channels from 174 to 216 MHz (Channels 7-13) and 470 to 700 MHz (Channels 14-51). The antenna has a passive gain of 5-8 dB gain.

75-ohm RF Connector: The SMARTenna CM3000HD features a 75-ohm RF-coaxial connector. A right-angle "F"-type adapter is included.

Mounting Options: The SMARTenna is designed to be mounted horizontally. There are multiple mounting options:

  • Indoors: Using the included mounting feet, it can be placed on a table top
  • Outdoors: The unit can be mounted to a wall.
  • Outdoors: Using the included U-bolts and hardware, it can be mounted to a pole of an antenna mast. It can also be mounted to some satellite dish masts.
  • Outdoors: It can be mounted to the front of the eaves of a house, or concealed underneath the eaves.
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4 out of 5

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Written By Tony, Reno, NV on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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In the Reno area there are 6 OTA networks available... CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, FOX, and KAME. I had fairly good results with the CM SMARTenna in that I was able to receive 5 of the 6. It was disappointing that my TV couldn't locate FOX at all even thought FOX is actually the closest station at 4.6 miles. I am using the antenna indoors since we can't have outdoor antennas in the development. The five stations I could get came in very well most of the time, but at times the picture/sound would not come in. I tried playing with the antenna outdoors with it mounted on a ladder, but that didn't seem to help. Anyway, I'm not sure it the antenna will be able to replace my cable TV, but I'll probably keep it for backup in case the cable goes out and it's not too expensive.
Nicely packaged antenna which can sit up on my TV cabinet. It was able to pull in 5 of the 6 stations in my area.
The reception wasn't consistent 100% of the time. Maybe 5% of the time, one of the stations picture/sound would fall apart into digital noise. That didn't seem to be a function of the weather.
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5 out of 5

SMARTenna in Torrance, CA

Written By Margie, Torrance, CA on Thursday, August 07, 2014
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We are very happy with our SMARTenna even though it didn't work well enough indoors, once we mounted it on our roof antenna we get all the free channels we want. We used to have four TV's hooked up to our roof antenna and on the 40" Sony we watch like 98% of the time we got a lot of pixilation. We have solely dedicated the SMARTenna to this main living room TV and rarely get any digital disruption now. Totally worth the investment.
Looks great and compact and glad it could be mounted outdoors.
Mildly disappointed that it didn't pull in all our channels from indoors.
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4 out of 5

channel master cm3000hd antenna

Written By mervdog, Baltimore MD on Friday, June 27, 2014
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I am using this on my boat. The location is on the Potapsco River surrounded by high rise buildings. The antenna brings in many more stations than the old rabbit ears. However it will sometimes lose the station intermittently.
Improved reception. May be left outside.
Intermittent lose of station.
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5 out of 5

Third Try Is A BIG Charm!!!

Written By Skip, Wilmington, North Carolina on Thursday, May 29, 2014
After having recently relocated to SE NC, I decided to try 'cutting the cord' to avoid the frequent QoS problems of cable and the ever-increasing costs of satellite - not to mention we only watched about 3-4 channels of the 18+ advertised. I first tried a big-box antenna - an Antennas Direct Clearstream worked okay but was a little squirelly for certain channels. Next I tried a Trrk from Crutchfield. It actually gave me better pictures, but was also lacking from certain transmitters and left a little to be desired because of the top-heavy structure (liked to turn and tip a little). Finally, I tried a ChannelMaster CM-3000HD and BOY(!!!) what a great little performer! No added amplification, omnidirectional, and it gets all 18 transmitted channels up to about 30 miles away -- and this is from inside my home, sitting beside my TV. Crystal clear reception, NO hiccups or blank reception, and we are completely satisfied with this powerful package! It is definitely a keeper, and I will be outfitting the other TV's in the house asap! My biggest problem now? What to do with the $150 odd dollars PER MONTH I am saving on subscribed services, fees, and taxes with this little beast! Highly recommended!

BTW, Crutchfield go my order on both antennas one day, and I received the shipment the next day. BOTH TIMES!! And my return of the Terk was easy, quick, and painless! It just doesn't get any better than that!
Best pictures of all antennae I tried out. Very little pixelation - only on a distant PBS transmission Great night time performance (sometimes things get a little different at night around here). Visually unobnoxious - almost invisible on the table beside the set Can be mounted on the wall and painted to blend in with non-metallic paint (that's my next adventure). Indoor/Outdoor......
None Yet.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Little Antenna!

Written By Todd, Atoka TN on Sunday, May 18, 2014
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I have the antenna on my balcony facing Memphis from about 30 miles away. I am on the 3rd floor so there are no walls or trees blocking the signal. Works fantastic. Ditch the dish and use online products and free tv.
Easy to install. Inexpensive.
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5 out of 5


Written By Jim S., Keller, TX on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Received the antenna and connected it to the TV downstairs and performed autochannel. Did not have time to mount outside prior to Survival show. Antenna is indoors and 35 miles from Cedar Hill. Antenna picked up all channels, 51 to be exact from Dallas and Fort Worth. Great antenna and will leave on old cable box wall mount.
Will probably by another. It is as cheap or cheaper than trying to connect either pre-amp or post-amp to deliver signal to remaining TV sets in the house. Works great indoors! Light and small.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Does What it Claims to Do

Written By JD, New York, NY on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Mid-Manhattan on a low floor can be tough. This antenna seems to do a good job of finding strong signals and rejecting interference, even just inside a window. If it could be mounted just outside, the results would probably be perfect.
Delivers a clear signal.
Not quite sensitive enough for difficult indoor conditions.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent, great antenna.

Written By D.Velez, Hatiilo, PR on Friday, April 11, 2014
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Clear pictures, great value, light weight.
Easy installation, light weight.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great antenna!

Written By Mark, Raleigh on Friday, September 20, 2013
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Great antenna.. using it for our outdoor television set. Very clear pictures and range is awesome. Great buy!
Nothing but Pros.. so far
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent, does what it is designed to do.

Written By Lloyd, Mobile, AL on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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There are twelve available channels in my location; this unit found ten of them and one of those missed is a VHF Hi-V. The most distant transmitter is 35 miles and the closest 14. The antenna is sitting about 15" above the floor and jammed up behind a Sony 42" TV.
Excellent picture quality, does what it is advertised to do, attractive, priced very reasonably.
No Hi-V reception, although an outside mount at a greater elevation may solve that.
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great way to beat cable bills!

Written By Deschutes On the Fly, Bend, Or on Saturday, August 10, 2013
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Great reception at a great price. I got this for our vacation home in central Oregon and it works great inside picking up crystal clear HD from towers 30 miles away w/o the need to hang an ugly antenna outside.
Easy to hook up. Great indoor reception. Stylish slim design.
None yet
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent value and performance with an attractive non-intrusive desig

Written By ThominCville, Orlando FL on Friday, June 07, 2013
Great value and performance! Simple installation and compact design. Easily mounts to soffit, fascia or pole with included hardware. Simple one wire hook up. (I suggest using a grounding block (Item# 6593274) with outdoor installation.) My installation and channel search were done during tropical storm Andrea. The antenna pulled in 51 channels with the unit inside near a window during torrential downpour . In one month the antenna will pay for itself. My basic cable package only had 35 channels and I was paying $50/month.
Design - Ease of installation - Value
No cable included. Base should have been weighted. Poor packaging.
17 out of 17 people found this helpful
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how good is the VHF reception? [ Angelo  Feb 02, 2014 ]
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  • Sorry for delayed response, I was out of town. I settled for this solution after trying several other options. This antenna provided the best response for my situation. The reception was consistently 20-30% better than other antenna's I tried. I ended up mounting this antenna under the eve outside. I still have occasional problems with a couple of channels - but consider that OK given I have a house and trees blocking line of site to those transmitters. [ DANIEL R   Feb 14, 2014 ]
  • i have HD tv and only watch pbs..I mounted on a mast but only about 10 foot above roof line of the addition room the tv is in. The primary house has a higher roof. Reception is in out especially when the wind blows even though the stations are 1 and about 3 miles from me. I have not been able to get decent reception....soon I'll give up and buy internet. [ ELAINE   Feb 03, 2014 ]
  • Excellent. Probably the best "Non-amplified" antenna on the market today. [ JOEL   Feb 02, 2014 ]
  • Awesome! [ BENJAMIN L   Feb 02, 2014 ]

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