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Channel Master 3020

Long-range outdoor rooftop HDTV and FM antenna

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Our take on the Channel Master 3020

by Steve Kindig

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.

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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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

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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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5 out of 5

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
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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 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
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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.
15 out of 15 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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.
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3 out of 5

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.
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great!

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.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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
4 out of 8 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

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.
16 out of 20 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Fair

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.
13 out of 17 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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.
35 out of 38 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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 .
79 out of 83 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

I live in remote area, currently on sat. tv. My 3 tvs are hd or hd ready. I have a metal roof so I assume a large outdoor antenna but do I also need converters, or amps? How do I figure that out? Thanks. [ Donna  Dec 09, 2013 ]
1 answer
  • 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 Staff  Dec 09, 2013 ]

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