Channel Master 3020

Long-range outdoor rooftop HDTV and FM antenna

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Channel Master's model 3020 antenna can receive digital and analog over-the-air TV signals in the UHF and VHF bands. The 3020 is recommended for "deep-fringe" applications — its large size and numerous reception elements help it pull in signals from distant transmitters. For even clearer reception, try adding the 7777 preamplifier. Also, if you'd like to pull in signals from two or more different locations, you may want to consider a rotor to aim your antenna in the right direction.

The 3020 is classified as a Large Directional antenna. For tips on selecting an antenna, and links to websites that help you locate HDTV signals in your area, check out our article on how to choose and install an antenna for HDTV.

Product Highlights:

  • receives digital and analog UHF/VHF TV signals (channels 2-51), plus FM radio
  • range is 100 miles for VHF/FM, 60 miles for UHF
  • split-boom design with 50 elements
  • 95"W x 152-1/4"D; maximum height is 22"
  • 95" turning radius (if used with an antenna rotor)
  • includes 300-ohm-to-75-ohm adapter
  • accommodates 1-1/4"-1-1/2" mast (mast not included)
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • RG-6 cable is recommended

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No difference

Written By Rick, Maine on Friday, November 06, 2015

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I was hoping this antenna would outperform my "Antennas Direct" product and get Public TV channels but it did no better and is far more cumbersome to handle, mount and maintain.

Pros: Easy to assemble, relatively light despite its size

Cons: Very large once completely assembled and awkward to handle. Did not realize a mast was not included but found an easy solution.

Exceeded my hopes!

Written By J Maxwell, Nelson, Va on Sunday, October 25, 2015

This antenna was very easy to install. Instructions were clear. I live in a rural area and only had hopes of pulling in a couple stations. This antenna, paired with a booster, pulled in seven different stations which all included sub-channels. I was a happy customer when I received so many more stations than expected. I would recommend this antenna to anyone who may be in a rural area like me, or trying to pull in a distant station.

Pros: Works great! Easy to install.

Cons: None

Free TV!

Written By Anonymous, California on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Living in the Sierra Foothills, in between two mountain ridges, we managed to pick up 40 channels using this antenna, along with the Boost XT preamplifier and some updated cable. Of course about half of those channels are of no interest to us, but we still have 20 channels we use. Works well for us.

Good antenna

Written By GH, Michigan on Monday, June 08, 2015

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Very easy to put together. Light and easy to install on antenna rotator. Getting channels as far as 88 miles without a preamplifier. Signal that far is intermittent and would probably get a preamplifier for fringe reception. Using it for TV and FM. Most channels I watch are within 40 miles and it is great for them.

Pros: Works as described. Easy to install.

Cons: None

Wow! It does make a difference.

Written By e, New Mexico on Sunday, December 07, 2014

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We had a smaller antenna that was half the size of this one. We thought we had a clean and clear picture from over the air digital TV. But once we installed this bigger antenna we can see a big difference in the quality of the picture. Much more clear tighter pixels. Really can see HD TV now. I am glade I upgraded. I live about 35 miles from the Sandia Mountains and had a 60+ mile antenna and it worked alright picked up all the channels available. But this new 100+ mile antenna receives much better.

Pros: Receives cleaner clearer picture much better, Really easy to assemble. Light weight. Inexpensive compared to Cable or Satellite. And it all free TV now.

Cons: It is large up on the pole, I have placed guy wires to stabilize it better up on the pole. Wind turns everything so I had to make a better anchor for it.

Channel Master 3020

Written By jfk, willis,tx on Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Well it didn't work for me. I'm surrounded by trees and live on a dip in the land. All I got was white.......

Pros: All was there and it looked good and was easy to put together.

Cons: couldn't say

Did not increase reception

Written By Peg, Itasca, TX on Friday, November 07, 2014

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I gave this product a 3 star because it was easy to put together and to install, however, it did not increase my reception. I chose this particular antenna because it had a 100 mile radius. I live in a rural area about 70 miles from the towers. I have no mountains or obstruction and have a booster also and still do not have decent reception.

Channel Master 3020

Written By Penny, Elizabeth, CO on Saturday, October 25, 2014

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I am now getting several more channels than before and several others are much clearer. A very good buy.

Pros: Several channels are clearer and others I am getting that I couldn't get before.

Cons: Oddly, one channel that I was getting before with an indoor antenna, now only comes in on one tv.

Channel Master 3020

Written By sallier, Louisiana on Thursday, September 11, 2014

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get the channels I been needing to get

awesome antenna

Written By Anonymous, Puxico, MO on Monday, August 18, 2014

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This antenna is truly awesome. I live in a rural area with trees around and after putting this antenna at 20ft in the air, I have so far picked up 16 channels on it, without a preamplifier. Now given a couple of them are weak and I will be putting an amplifier on it, this is astounding considering my area and that its only 20ft up in the air. Full coverage now ladies and gentleman! I have my Directv service and coverge for the local channels and their subchannels that they dont have

Pros: Great performance

Cons: Instructions aren't real clear on how to set the antenna up

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Written By dennis d, norwalk, iowa on Saturday, August 16, 2014

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no mast included and instructions are not the greatest

Pros: good range

Cons: very large and somewhat hard to handle

Channel Master 3020

Written By VickieD, Appomattox, VA on Monday, August 11, 2014

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Large antennae but very easy to assemble and erect. We live in a rural community and immediately received 22 channels. The antennae provided high quality pictures from a wide range of stations. I am very pleased!!!

Pros: Functionality, delivery, ease of installation

Cons: Instructions were a little vague - generic for all two and three part antennas.

channel master 3020 HD antenna

Written By JIMMY D, mcminnville,tn on Saturday, June 07, 2014

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I did not think being 80 mi away from the closest transmitter that this antenna would preform this well,although I took the advisors advice and matched it with channel masters 7777 amplifier,this combo is pulling in 35 cable clear channels.I am now getting more selection and overall channels than my basic sub. to cable.I am very pleased with antenna and cant say eneough about the friendly advisors at crutchfield which walked me through this selection.THANKS

Cons: none what so ever

Channel Master 3020

Written By Low Rider, N.C. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Works great! Easy one man assembly and installation. Worth every penny. Great service from Crutchfield

Pros: As stated above

Cons: None

Channel Master 3020

Written By QuackEliminator, Wisconsin on Monday, September 23, 2013

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Finally got tired of extended satellite outages with almost any weather event. Shipped fast, easy to assemble and it works great. I am able to get three separate markets with use of rotor. As usual, Crutchfield representative was really helpful. I am very happy with this purchase.

Pros: Works great and the price was right.

Cons: None

Excellent Antenna

Written By Carl H., Pilesgrove, N.J. on Monday, April 15, 2013

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I ordered this to replace my old antenna that was giving me spotty reception & boy what a difference. Installed it in my attic with no amplifier & boy what a difference. All my channels come in crystal clear. This is a large antenna, it came in three sections, but went together easily & hook up was a breeze.

Pros: works great

Cons: none

Excellent performance

Written By Pmgrnvl, Greenville, SC on Sunday, January 27, 2013

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Pulls in all local-market HDTV plus a few out-of-market stations. Seems well made, and performs very well on FM, too.

Pros: Solid performance, construction.

Cons: None I can find.

great antenna

Written By happy Customer, St. Charles, MO on Thursday, September 27, 2012

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I put my antenna in my attic, no amplifier, and it works great. It is huge, taking up half my open attic space. I get all channels listed for my area on All the channels show the highest reception on my tv tuner. Also, Crutchfields service is second to none. The first antenna I got was bent and the box was open with missing parts, Crutchfield got me a replacement within 3 business days.

Pros: great reception

Cons: huge, but I suppose that is necessary for the best reception

So far so good

Written By Tom, Fort Collins, Colorado on Monday, April 02, 2012

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Our UHF and VHF stations all originate from Denver which is 70 miles from my home. My old Winegard antenna struggled pulling in the VHF stations. This Channel Master - no problem. The construction and quality also seem to be better than the Winegard. I did discover one thing that greatly helped my signal: If you have a preamp on the mast but are not using the amp inside the house, you will diminish your reception significantly. Only have items installed in the coax line that are being used and are in good working order. I am using without a amp / preamp now and get a very strong signal.

Pros: Quality seems good. Easy to set up and install. Great reception.

Cons: The four nuts for the two mast brackets are not the correct size or were not well made. They are too loose on the u-bolts and if you tighten them up they might strip the threads on the u-bolts. They fit, but they don't fit well - just be careful when tightening.

Excellent Reception

Written By Alex, Lake Forest, Illinois on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Got the antenna a month ago finally got it hooked up..I am using a channel master booster..great reception get Chicago Stations(thirty miles away) very sharp and clear ..Same the other the direction, Milwaukee 50 miles away. Great for FM radio. Price was pretty decent ....It, was cheaper elsewhere.but free shipping from Crutchfield..... made up for it...

I am usinig a channel master rotator, a must to get the best picture.

Channel Master 3020

Written By Robert, San Antonio, Texas on Monday, March 28, 2011

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I'm very please with the Channel Master 3020 antenna. My reception has improve greatly.

Good antenna

Written By Matt, Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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This is a good antenna. I bought it to replace another Channel Master, similar in size but
maybe 30 years old. I had to order this antenna twice. On the first antenna, the plastic
bracket holding the diapole was broken. I sent it back only to find the exact same piece
broken on the second antenna. Frustrated, i glued it back together and it seems to work
fine. I think Channel Master could use stronger plastic fastening parts in building their
antennas. All in all, I get one more channel than I did with my old antenna. Other than the
broken brackets it seems like a good and fairly strudy antenna. I would buy it again.


Written By Dave, Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday, November 14, 2010

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My wife's grandmother had been using just a powered, set-top antenna with a digital
converter (refuses to pay for TV) and had been getting maybe 6-7 channels at best,
which would continually break-up. I mounted this antenna, with a Channel Master 7777
AMP in-line in her attic and she's now receiving 20+ channels, all with crystal clear
picture and no break-up. Without the amp, she was still getting several more channels,
but the ones she really wanted would break-up (go figure) - amp solved that. She also
lives in a very hilly area and the antenna was in her attic. Didn't need a rotor either. Plenty
of instructions and hardware included although it's pretty simple to figure out yourself.

Channel Master 3020

Written By Anonymous, tucson (s/w) tucson on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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it was very easy to assemble and did everything i wanted it to do..John

Noisy Neighbor

Written By Paul, Hawaii on Saturday, February 07, 2009

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As an antenna, the CM3020 performs very well, pulling in clear stations from 30 to 60 miles away on another island. It still needs some help on a few and a 7777 preamp does the trick.

As an attachment to my home, it's terrible; making a loud whistling noise when the trade winds pipe up (which is most of the time at this windy location). Not sure how long the thing is going to last before I tear it down in a frenzy. The whistling seems to come from the UHF section...not sure if its the slits in the corner reflector elements or the director elements out in front of the folded dipole element. It's a good thing my neighbors aren't close as in suburbia or I'd be in big trouble with the Association already.


Written By Jay, Greenville, SC on Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Assembly and installation were a breeze, but the reception is not as expected. Won't hold signals that are well within advertised range on the clearest of days. Never, ever, lost a signal with the old analog antennae and the old antenna's reception of the digital signal was as good as this new one and it was not supposed to be a digital capable antenna. Hopefully there is a simple solution, so I can only rate this as fair and hope a preamp will fix the problem.

Great antenna

Written By tsandecl, Eclectic, Al on Saturday, September 06, 2008

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I already had an antenna, but could only receive one hd channel through the existing antenna. When I finally called one of the local tv stations I was told that I probably could not get all the hd channels and would more than likely need a rotor along with a new antenna to get most. I called my
brother and he said he had purchaced an antenna locally that worked great, but he still could not get one of the digital hd channels. I did not want to take a change with them and decided to call Crutchfield. Man I am glad I did. I purchaced this antenna and the channel master 7777 pre-amp.
I now get all of the hd channels, without a rotor and even get the hd cannel my brother can't get. Also I need to point out I am located about 30 miles from the nearest station and no line of site because of the trees.

Wonderful product.

Good buy

Written By Stan, Owego, NY on Saturday, July 05, 2008

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Pulls in brilliant analog channels from 15mi away through a mountain (with massive ghosting in my area.) Digital channels are pristine.

Very easy to assemble, three parts slide and bolt together. Footprint is that of a small car... but it doesn't look THAT big on a roof.

From 15mi away, signal is split to four TVs with no preamp and pulls maximum signal strength from each digital channel (three with external tuners and one Sony Bravia integrated tuner)

Highly recommended. Get 2 masts from Crutchfield .

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What's in the box?

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  • 3 Antenna components (unassembled)
  • Transformer
  • Weather boot
  • S clip
  • 2 Saddle brackets
  • 2 U-bolts
  • 4 Nuts
  • 4 Split lock washers
  • Two 1-1/2" Bolts
  • 6 Wing nuts
  • Installation instructions
  • Electrical wire danger pamphlet
  • Electrical wire danger warning sticker

Product Research


Overview: The Channel Master 3020 antenna is a 50 element split boom design and receives FM, UHF, and VHF frequencies, both digital and analog. It can be mounted on a roof, to the chimney, on a wall, or in an attic.

Mounting: The saddle brackets, crossarm bracket, and U-bolts are used to mount the antenna to the mast. The outer diameter of the mast should be between 1-1/4 and 1-1/2 inches.

Turning Radius: If using a rotor on the antenna mast, make sure a 95" turning radius around the antenna is clear of obstruction.

Grounding: The antenna and mast should be properly grounded. Grounding provides lightning protection for the antenna and your TV set. Note: No grounding hardware is provided with the antenna.

Connections: The included transformer is connected to the antenna tap-off points using the included wing nuts. The other end of the transformer has a female F-type connector. The included waterproof rubber weather boot should be installed over the cable connection to guard against corrosion. Note: Coax cable is not provided, RG-6 is recommended.

Operating Range: all distances are approximate, actual performance depends on too many variables to predict accurately

  • UHF Channels (14-69): 60 miles
  • VHF Channels (2-13): 100 miles
  • FM Radio: 100 miles

Gain: The average gain across the frequency band:

  • VHF Lo: 3.6 dB
  • VHF Hi: 8.6 dB
  • UHF: 9.5 dB

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