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Channel Master 3020

Long-range outdoor rooftop HDTV and FM antenna

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Channel Master 3020

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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.

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.

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.......

jfk, willis,tx

What's in the Box:

  • 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 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
Reviews

Channel Master 3020 Reviews

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29 Reviews

Cheep construction

Written by: JPN from Montana on November 30, 2015

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The Antenna worked just fine the issue I had was the low build quality, I know my way around nuts, bolts and mechanical things, with very low torque I striped one of the mounting U bolts, not that big of a deal that can be fixed but 2 days after installing that antenna we had a snow storm, after the storm I went on the roof to double check the antenna and found one of the aerials was ready to break off, the aluminum was tearing. So I took the antenna down and found that I could not collapse the antenna lead with out breaking that particular aerial lead. I'm returning the item hopefully they will take it back as that it technically broke when I had it. Super cheap construction.

Pros: It worked very well

Cons: Low construction quality on all components Very Large

No difference

Written by: Rick from Maine on November 6, 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 from Nelson, Va on 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 from California on 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.

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Good antenna

Written by: GH from Michigan on June 8, 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 from New Mexico on December 7, 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 from willis,tx on 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 from Itasca, TX on November 7, 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.

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Channel Master 3020

Written by: Penny from Elizabeth, CO on 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 from Louisiana on September 11, 2014

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get the channels I been needing to get

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awesome antenna

Written by: Anonymous from Puxico, MO on 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 from norwalk, iowa on 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 from Appomattox, VA on 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.

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Written by: JIMMY D from mcminnville,tn on June 7, 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

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Channel Master 3020

Written by: Low Rider from N.C. on 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 from Wisconsin on 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. from Pilesgrove, N.J. on 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 from Greenville, SC on 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 from St. Charles, MO on 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 tvantenna.org. 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 from Fort Collins, Colorado on April 2, 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 from Lake Forest, Illinois on 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.

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Channel Master 3020

Written by: Robert from San Antonio, Texas on March 28, 2011

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

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Good antenna

Written by: Matt from Dayton, Ohio on 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.

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Great!

Written by: Dave from Pittsburgh, PA on 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.

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Channel Master 3020

Written by: Anonymous from tucson (s/w) tucson on January 20, 2010

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

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Noisy Neighbor

Written by: Paul from Hawaii on February 7, 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.

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Fair

Written by: Jay from Greenville, SC on February 4, 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.

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Great antenna

Written by: tsandecl from Eclectic, Al on September 6, 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.

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Good buy

Written by: Stan from Owego, NY on July 5, 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?

Download the Channel Master 3020 manual

  • 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

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Features

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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Why did you buy this?

Product features and price. [ Charles  Jul 25, 2016 ]
I need to update the antenna we use. This had both the range and the channel coverage we needed along with being a known brand that gets the job done! [ JOHN  Apr 11, 2016 ]
Range and FM capability. [ WILLIAM G  Feb 25, 2016 ]

4 questions already asked

Yes, with the proper splitter, I have 3 TV's and a fm stereo receiver. [ Gilbert  Nov 13, 2015 ]
Yes it will. [ Daniel  Sep 19, 2015 ]
In my case, yes. I ran the cable some 30 feet to a splitter in my attic, and then 25 feet to TV 1 and 35 feet to TV 2, and then added another splitter to go another 10 feet to my FM Stereo Receiver. I did not need a signal booster. -David H [ david  Sep 15, 2015 ]
I have mine connected to 2 tv's now with the capability to hook it to 4 or more through a splitter. It works great. There's no reason you can't use it for multiple tv's. [ t  Sep 13, 2015 ]
I have one that is supplying a signal to four (4) televisions. I do have a signal amplifier boosting the signal. [ Thomas A.  Sep 13, 2015 ]
i am not sure what the limit is as to the number of "splits" you can have before you see a loss in signal strength...but i would not hesitate to use a splitter with sufficient number of ports to feed a couple of TVs plus your FM stereo. [ Kirby  Sep 13, 2015 ]
We use it with three televisions, one in the basement, one in the living room and one in an upstairs bedroom. Two are flat screen and one is older and uses a converter box. All three get the same reception. [ Dawn  Sep 13, 2015 ]
Any antenna will operate an almost limitless amount of tv's. The coax cable you attach to it will just need to split to run to the other tv s. [ eric  Sep 13, 2015 ]
This is a directional antenna, so if your city(ies) are east or west that will work. [ Robert  Jan 10, 2015 ]
For best reception its important that the antenna be pointed directly at the transmitting stations. From the internet, I was able to obtain the transmitter location and proper angle of direction from my house. I used a simple compass to adjust the antenna direction and locked it down. [ ROBERT D  Jan 09, 2015 ]
for the size of the antenna i would not even think of putting it in the attic. i installed mine outside on a pole. and it took two of us to get it up, plus all the turning we had to do to get it directed. years ago i put one in the attic, and it never worked as good as the ones i put outside. [ ROBERT  Jan 06, 2015 ]
It needs to be directed to where the TV Stations are at. [ BEATRIZ  Jan 05, 2015 ]
I also have this in the attic...and it is huge!...this antenna DOES need to be directed. In my case, I believe I would receive MANY more channels if this unit was outside. Even without a rotator. In the attic, I only receive 5 or so channels without a rotator on the antenna. Recommend this antenna but you will need a lot of attic space for it to live in. Even more space if you wish to put a motor on it (so it has room to rotate). Good Luck! [ Kirby  Jan 05, 2015 ]
I have this model. It is directional I would not want to place it where I could not move it for best reception. Thanks [ Daniel  Jan 05, 2015 ]
The antenna must be aimed in the general direction of the stations that you wish to receive. Many stations now try to group their transmitter locations to make it simpler for the viewer to aim their antenna. If your attic permits the antenna to be aimed properly then you're in luck and the attic installation should work (not so well if you have aluminum siding, however). If you can't aim the antenna toward the station tower location then you'll have to install it outdoors. It is quite large! [ Michael  Jan 05, 2015 ]
David, there is no way anyone can answer your question since it all depends on where the TV stations broadcast tower is located. My folks put one in the attic of their ranch home and reception wasn't too bad, but they only got 6-7 channels. Mine is mounted on top of the garage and I can get 20-30 channels with a rotor and an amplifier. But mountains stop me from getting even more stations. I'm located 60 miles from Boston, 50 miles from Portland and 40 miles from Manchester on the NH/ME border. Not sure this helps but if you know where your stations are, you can estimate your reception on your east west direction and try it. Bill [ WILLIAM  Jan 05, 2015 ]
It depends on if you are trying to get far away radio or tv stations. If you are, then the antenna needs to be directed towards those areas of broadcast. The antenna is quite large, you'll need a large attic. [ DEBORAH  Jan 05, 2015 ]
I installed in my attic, but had enough room to rotate 90 degrees... Amount of rotation required will depend on distribution of target signals, if you have the direction/degrees for the stations you want to pull in, you can determine if the direction will work. It definitely pulls in stations from 40-60 range, and an amp allows distribution to 3-4 tv's.. [ ROBERT  Jan 05, 2015 ]
Yes It needs to be aimed . [ MITCH  Jan 05, 2015 ]
Not that big by the dimensions that u read,yes it is a large antenna,I dont kno w the actual size,but it is no larger than any other antenna on the market.I will say it is the very best u can go with , and if I had to choose another it would be nothing but this.Great reception,you wont besorry on this selection. [ JIMMY  Aug 12, 2014 ]
Its massive. Those dimensions sound about right. We're in a slight valley behind a hill and somewhat far from the source of the broadcast so we went with the larger antenna. It works great. If i wasn't behind a hill i would have gone with the next size down. [ JOHN  Aug 06, 2014 ]
Yes that is fairly accurate. Mine is mounted on a roof tripod on a fourteen foot mobile home and it comes close to spanning the width. It is lightweight however, and was not that difficult to handle, you do need to assemble it on the ground and then have someone help with lifting it to the position you will be installing it to. If you are mounting it to a rotor, it helps to install the short stub of mast on the antenna and then you can simply set it into the rotor and tighten the clamps. Also make sure you follow the instructions closely and fold out all of the arms it mentions. We live 50 miles from the nearest transmitter and we pick up all the available channels with this antenna so it is a good unit. Have had no problems with wind damage so far and have been through several storms that took trees down in close vicinity to us. Good luck with your purchase. [ ROY A  Aug 06, 2014 ]
Mitch, It is good size but doesn't weigh very much. It all comes knocked down and is very simple to put together. We had ours for over a year and we're very happy with it. We bought the rotor and amplifier to go with it and we get good reception. We're 50 miles west of Portland, ME and 70 miles NW of Boston. We able to get over 30 channels and they are all crystal clear digital. Not like the old days with snow and poor picture reception. We're picking up stations that are roughly 100 miles away to the northeast but the mountains to our west stop us from getting stations in VT. [ WILLIAM  Aug 06, 2014 ]
Yes, definitely a large antenna, but comes in two sections that fold out so relatively easy to handle. The large size paid off as I'm in a rural area and signals ranged from 30 - 70 miles away. I installed mine in my attic, so it only fit in one section that was large enough to handle, with some room to orient to the sources. [ ROBERT  Aug 06, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question Donna. I'd recommend having a quick call or online chat with an Advisor. They will be able to help you figure out what pieces you will need to make sure you get HD on all your sets. [ Jeff  Dec 09, 2013 ]  Staff
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