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Channel Master 4030

Amplified indoor HDTV and FM antenna

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by Loren Barstow

Enjoy free over-the-air television broadcasts with the Channel Master 4030. This amplified indoor antenna pulls in both analog and digital TV signals, including those in high-definition.

The VHF dipoles and UHF loop tilt and rotate, letting you fine-tune the antenna for individual stations. The 4030's built-in amplifier helps it pull in weaker signals. The 4030 also pulls in FM radio stations. And dual outputs let you connect the antenna to a TV and FM tuner at the same time.

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Highlights:

  • receives digital and analog UHF and VHF TV signals (channels 2-51), plus FM radio
  • built-in amplifier for TV signals (15 dB for both UHF and VHF)
  • telescoping 40", 7-section VHF dipoles tilt and rotate in any direction
  • UHF loop tilts and rotates for maximum reception
  • dual 75-ohm outputs for connecting to 2 devices
  • 72" coaxial cable included
  • AC adapter
  • 9-3/4"W x 9-5/16"H x 5-7/16"D (VHF dipoles retracted)
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Indoor UHF/VHF TV and FM Stereo antenna
  • AC adapter with attached 6.5' DC output cord (DC Output: 18V/70mA)
  • 6' Length of RG-6 coaxial cable
  • RF terminator cap
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Caution sheet

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Features

Overview: The Channel Master Model 4030 indoor antenna is designed to provide optimum reception of UHF/VHF and FM signals, including digital HDTV signals. It has dual 75-ohm outputs to allow connection to multiple TVs, or VCR, DVD recorder, DVR, or FM receivers. It includes a 6' coaxial cable and an AC adapter.

Design: The antenna features two 6-section telescoping masts for VHF reception (Channels 2 through 13). Each mast is 7" long when retracted and 34" long when extended. The masts can tilt and rotate for best reception. For UHF reception (Channels 14 through 69), the Model 4030 has a loop antenna that tilts and rotates for best reception.

Amplification: The 4030 amplifies incoming signals 10 times (15 dB gain).

Fine Tuning: The antenna is equipped with a rotary fine tuning knob. The knob can be turned to one of six positions for best reception.

RF Terminator: Included with the antenna is an RF Terminator cap that should be used when only one 75-ohm output is used. It prevents leakage of radio frequencies that can negatively affect reception.

 
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5 out of 5

Channel Master 4030

Written By Bill G., New Orleans, LA on Thursday, March 15, 2012
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So far, this antenna is working great for me. To my surprise, I can get 27 channels in an around the New Orleans. I had no idea there were that many here! The reception I am getting is crystal clear, and vivid. I couldn't ask for better.
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4 out of 5

Channel Master 4030

Written By Tom E, Alexandria, Va. on Thursday, March 01, 2012
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The antenna gives me access to all VHF and UHF stations in the Washington, D.C., area, and one in Baltimore. My previous antenna did not, at least not with any consistency. This one took an hour or two of initial adjusting (fiddling with antenna extension and placement), but since has been highly consistent. A huge change, and much better than paying monthly for cable, or a lot more for an outdoor antenna.
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5 out of 5

As promised.

Written By Steve H, Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday, May 07, 2011
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I ordered this antenna after checking TVFool.com via a link on Crutchfield's
website. TVFool estimates which channels you can receive when using a particular
antenna type. Bottom line, the estimate was on the money, and the antenna
performed as promised; I can pick up 19 broadcast stations (including the major
networks). Of course, you may have to readjust the antenna for a particular channel
in order to receive it, just like using the old analog "rabbit ears." But once a station
is tuned in, the picture is outstanding.
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5 out of 5

Channel Master 4030

Written By JohnB, Norfolk, VA on Wednesday, February 02, 2011
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The picture quality of the over-the-air HDTV signal for the local stations that are in range surpasses the quality of cable. It gives you a nice alternative.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Channel Master 4030

Written By Tex, Sterling, VA on Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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This antenna was the worst of 3 antenna's I tried. I can not recommend it even in the DC area where there are clear lines of sight to most channels.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Antenna

Written By Jethro, Central VA on Friday, October 15, 2010
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This is a great antenna. I have it hooked up to a new Sony Bravia 32" LCD TV (EX500) and to a 1978 TU-317 tuner. I get about 15 over-the-air stations with this antenna, and about half of those are HD and look really good. What is amazing about digital over-the-air stations is that you get onscreen program information, just like cable or satellite, so over- the-air TV doesn't feel cheap and inferior. As for radio, I couldn't notice a huge difference from the cheap dipole antenna I was using, but dipoles are incredibly ugly and this antenna is not. It is solid black, metal (not plastic) and fairly heavy. The two extending antenna poles are also black, and it looks really good with black AV equipment. One of the reasons I wanted this particular model is that it has two coaxial outlets on the backside (one for TV and one for radio). This is actually quite gimmicky and leaves you with two coaxial cables cluttering the place up and not looking so good. You can just use one coaxial out and get a splitter to use the antenna for radio and TV. I am a Gen Xer and grew up in the 1970s with rabbit ear antennas, so this antenna has a real "back to the future" feel. Overall, I am really happy with this antenna and would recommend it. If you don't care what the antenna looks like or the materials used to make it (plastic vs. metal), I would be inclined to try a cheapie first to see if it works (make sure you can return it if not happy).
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4 out of 5

Channel Master 4030

Written By Linda, Springfield, VA on Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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I had purchased other antennae before, but still got terrible TV reception unless I moved the TV out of its corner (even then reception was very snowy). I purchased this Channel Master antenna in conjunction with a DTV converter (I can't get cable in this location) and, though I do still have a bit of distortion on some channels, I finally get numerous channels clearly when the antenna is placed in a window. Results are significantly enhanced by the ability to "dial in" the most favorable setting for this location. I don't believe I could have received such an excellent result with any other product.
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