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Channel Master 4228

Long-range outdoor rooftop UHF HDTV antenna

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by Steve Kindig

Channel Master's 4228 antenna can receive digital and analog over-the-air TV signals in the UHF band only (over 90% of digital TV signals are in the UHF band). The 4228 is optimized for "deep-fringe" reception of HDTV — it's one of the highest-gain antennas available.

This antenna features a highly directional design that will provide best results when most or all of the desired stations are transmitting from the same location. For clearer reception, pair the 4228 with the 7777 preamplifier — several Crutchfield employees are receiving digital stations from 50+ miles away with this setup. Also, if you'd like to pull in signals from different areas, consider a rotor to aim your antenna in the right direction.

The 4228 is classified as a Large Directional antenna. Its space-efficient design is suitable for roof and attic installations (mast recommended). For tips on selecting an antenna, and links to websites that help you locate HDTV signals in your area, check out our article on Choosing & Installing an HDTV Antenna. The article also includes a brief hands-on review of the 4228.

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Highlights:

  • receives digital & analog UHF TV signals
  • range is 60 miles
  • reception "beam width" is 15 degrees
  • 8-bay bowtie dipole design
  • 39-1/2"W x 5-1/4"D x 36-3/8"H
  • 20" 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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  • Antenna
  • Transformer
  • Weather boot
  • S clip
  • 2 Nest brackets
  • 2 U-bolts
  • 4 Nuts
  • 4 Split lock washers
  • 2 Wing nuts
  • 2 Flat washers
  • Assembly instructions
  • Installation instructions (English/Spanish)
  • Electrical wire danger warning sticker

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Features

Overview: The Channel Master 4228 antenna is designed for UHF frequencies only, both digital and analog. It can be mounted on a roof, on a wall, to a chimney, or in an attic.

Nest Brackets: The nest brackets and U-bolts are used to mount the antenna to a mast. The outer diameter of the mast should be approximately 1-1/4 inches.

Turning Radius: If using a rotor on the antenna mast, make sure a 20" 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: The rated range of the 4228 is 60 miles, but the distance is approximate, actual performance depends on too many variables to predict accurately

Gain: The average gain across the UHF frequency range is 12dB.

 
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5 out of 5

Simple! Perfect! the BEST!

Written By PRO1, Baltimore, MD on Monday, October 06, 2008
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This is the second "HD" antenna I have installed. First, a "dish style" works OK, but has trouble maintaining signal on windy and stormy days, so I decided to try this one, placed on the opposite end of our Rancher. Local stations are within 5-7 miles, but I can now also get Washington, D.C. and other stations (23 total) with a rotator. Shipping was FAST, installation EASY, and the signal stays strong so far, despite the weather.
I would HIGHLY recommend this unit to folks interested in acquiring OTA digital signals. I bought it based upon reviews, and my review confirms what others have already have said.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

outstanding product!!!!!!!!!!

Written By art5409ben, New Mexico on Saturday, September 06, 2008
 
This antenna outperforms traditional uhf and vhf directional antennas. I bought a brand new yaggi style antenna a few days before buying this one and could only pick up three channels in digital (I am located around 75+ miles from the signal source) read the reviews here and decided to buy this channel master it works perfect now im picking up 23 channels all in hd and digital with and average signal of around 30 pretty good for being 75+miles only need around ten to watch a channel. antenna is only mounted ten feet from the roof top and here in NM its not a straight shot to the tv source.....Mountains and hills in between.. A+++ for this antenna
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5 out of 5

CM4228 Is A Great Antenna!

Written By Len, Dover, NJ on Friday, August 29, 2008
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My mom in Dover NJ (30 miles west of NY City) was receiving 7 analog NY stations (2,4,5,7,9,11,13)quite well on her analog TV. I then hooked up a digital to analog box to her existing outdoor antenna and only recived 6 digital stations (25.1, 25.2, 63.1, 63.2, 63.3, 63.4, 63.5). I then replaced her antenna with a CM4228 antenna and CM7777 amplifier from
Crutchfield. The results are astounding. She now gets 40 stations! All of the local major NY stations plus! All with a great picture and sound!
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

DickieBlue

Written By Don, Owingsville, Ky on Wednesday, July 02, 2008
 
Purchased new Sharp HD tv., at same time, purchased a channel master 4228 with amplifier.

I purchased this for my son and it is absolutely stunning the HD quality received.
I personally have Direct TV W/HDTV package and the over the air HD picture received with antenna at my son's location was better than that I receive with my sat. dish and receiver.
Couldn't be happier with purchase.
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5 out of 5

Onetooth

Written By Onetooth, Catawba , North Carolina on Thursday, June 12, 2008
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I had been looking for this type of antenna for a while
I live around 45 to 50 miles from Charlotte NC . I am picking up all the HD channels plus the digital channels Going to cut my cable off tomorrow . Put a booster on it and all stations are crystal clear . I have in bedroom right now . May be even better outside . This is the one to buy . Shipping was fast . Crutchfield rocks .
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Channel Master 4228

Written By Bob, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
 
Excellent antenna for DTV / HDTV. I replaced a standard 17 element UHF
antenna that only provided marginal reception. I now have perfect
reception on all local channels. No proof yet, but I expect this antenna will
hold up well to ice and wind.
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5 out of 5

WORKS MUCH BETTER THAN EXPECTED

Written By kleetus, Sugar Hill, GA on Sunday, April 20, 2008
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I live amongst large
trees, cell towers,
rolling hills, and
about 35 miles from
the transmitters. I
mounted the 4228 in
my attic behind foil
HVAC ducts and it
still pulls signals
in the 90 range. It
also pulls analog
and VHF stations
just fine (with some
ghosting). This
worked WAY better
than I ever dreamed.
I could not believe
it. I also used the
amp with it, which
probably makes a
difference. Now I
can kick my charter
cable TV aside. This
antenna is paying me
back as I speak.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Highly Reccomended

Written By Micah, Dothan, AL on Tuesday, April 08, 2008
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Great reception paired with the 7777 pre-amp. I was able to pull in digital channels from 70+ miles away with the antenna sitting on my attic floor.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Channel Master 4228

Written By Alain, Kennesaw, GA on Saturday, March 22, 2008
 
We live about 25 miles from most transmitter (UHF and VHF). With the 4228 antenna and the 7777 preamp the reception is amazing. I am able to watch all the channel available in my area. I am now going to buy the digital converter box and can't wait for the coupon to come in the mail. I install the antenna in the attic and used a RG 6 cable . I also ran a ground wire (insulated #12 copper wire) that is attach to the mast and then to a rod in the ground. I positioned the antenna according to antennaweb's instructions. Once everything install and the preamp plug in I was very please with the result.
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5 out of 5

Great Reception

Written By Luke, Brentwood TN on Sunday, February 24, 2008
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After trying several other antennas for my new HD tv this one worked like a charm. One of the HD channels in Nashville is in the VHF range and even it came in well with this antenna. The compactness and shape has allowed me to install it outside against a 6' privacy fence - out of sight and less prone to winds etc.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Channel Master 4228

Written By Todd, Knoxville, TN on Wednesday, February 13, 2008
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I purchased this antenna because we just bought an LCD TV. We had basic cable w/o digital. I ditched the cable and put this antenna in the attic. I went online to get the best orientation and made a mount the would place it at the correct angle. It works fantastic. We get all the local broadcasts as well as one from at least 60 miles away. I used the in-house cable to distribute. I also bought the Channel Master 7777 to boost the signal. I really could have gotten by without the amp, but it did improve the signal strength for some channels. I wish I would have done this earlier.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent Antenna

Written By Robert, New Bern, NC on Tuesday, February 05, 2008
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I purchased the Channel Master 4228 antenna to get local digital HD signals off the air. I did not want an antenna outside my house so I placed it on a chair in the attic. I performs flawlessly. I receive the channels I desire with no problems. I am very happy with my purchase.
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5 out of 5

WOW! 17 Channels with lots of mountains and obstacles!

Written By Jerome, Rogersville, TN on Thursday, November 15, 2007
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I use Dish Network and the local channels are prettly poor quality compared to the other SD channels (no HD versions of local channels through Dish Network.) Anyways, I checked the reviews and did the whole "Find your best antenna based on Longitude/Latitude webpages". Actually, there wasn't an antenna listed for my location after going though all that. I decided to try this beast and actually placed in my attic. 17 Channels pulled in! Most have HD flavors... PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and even FOX from Knoxville I beleive. I keep a strong signal most the time except today when it got REALLY cloudy, but maintaining about a 60 signal strength (through Dish Network Tuner meter). I'll get an amplifier for days like today, but I'm REALLY happy with this.

BTW, there are several mountain ranges between me and the Tx towers. Plus, I live in downtown Rogersville, surrounded by mountains and many hills.

If I put this on the roof elevated, might do better, but I don't want an antenna on the roof. An amplifier will work for these heavy weather days.

Thanks Crutchfield and the many reviewers!
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

OTA HDTV without the monthly charges

Written By Scott, Danville, VA on Sunday, November 11, 2007
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After sinking big bucks in a 50" HDTV and more bucks in an HD satellite system, I still did not have local channels in HD and what I did have from satellite looked terrible on the HDTV. The website showed that I should be able to receive several area HD stations, but all but one were 60 miles or more away. The stated range for this antenna is 60 miles maximum. I expected that this rating was under ideal conditions and line of sight, so I did not think I would receive anything at my location. It was only after a discussion with the station engineer at one of the area stations that I decided to try it. I bought from Crutchfield because of their liberal return policy, so I had nothing to lose in trying it. I ordered the antenna, the CM7777 pre-amp, and the 9521A rotor. I now get beautiful HD programming from Roanoke (60 miles), Lynchburg (45 miles), Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point, NC (all about 60 miles), PLUS Raleigh/Durham, NC (80 miles). Most signals are at 90-100% except Raleigh/Durham at 60-80%, which is still a perfectly clear picture. This was without the pre-amp, which I returned to Crutchfield.

Before ordering from Crutchfield, I checked all local stores for antenna equipment. They looked at me like I had a third eye in the middle of my forehead. (Antenna? You mean like they used to put on the roof before they had cable?) I predict that the rooftop antenna will soon make a comeback. Hopefully, it may someday help reign in skyrocketing CATV and SATV costs. After all, cable got started because it supplied a clearer signal than a rooftop antenna. Nothing you can pay a monthly fee for can beat the quality of a good (free) OTA signal.
20 out of 20 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome antenna!

Written By CvilleHoldem, Ruckersville, VA on Monday, September 17, 2007
 
I posted this same review under the 7777 pre-amp product but it applies equally to this antenna:

I bought the Channel Master 4228 antenna and the 7777 amplifier at the same time. I installed the antenna first (which was surprisingly easy to install) and it worked pretty well all by itself - although a few times during a the USC-Nebraska game it went in and out a bit. I did a signal meter test on all the stations I could pick up. The best was 100% while the worst was 23%. Then I installed the amplifier and the the 23% signal became 74%! My primary market is Charlottesville (16 miles away) and all of the stations there com in beautifully. I am also getting CRYSTAL clear reception from all of the Richmond stations as well (60 miles away.)

I am very pleased with the Channel Master 4228/7777 pre-amp combo.
17 out of 17 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent antenna

Written By Pedro, Duluth, MN on Friday, August 17, 2007
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This antenna solved my signal strength and multipath problem when even if the antenna is placed in the attic. Now I get all channels at 100% signal strength without signal drops. Excellent product.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Channel Master 4228

Written By Holmes, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, May 19, 2007
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First one that shipped got really beat up but Crutchfield was great about getting me another one shipped asap. It arrived in good shape. I live less than ten miles from most of the transmitting towers and have this antenna installed in a crawl space in a 1.5 story cape cod. I am getting all local digital channels w/o an amplifier. Some of the channels only come in at around 50% as they are blocked by a house across the street but still come in clear w/o breaking up. Previously I had a small amplified indoor antenna installed and it would not pick up anything w/o the amplifier on and would not lock on to the stations I am getting now at 50% with this antenna.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Unique Situation

Written By mecro, Lafayette, IN on Friday, April 13, 2007
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I bought this antenna to pole mount on my second floor apartment balcony. The CM 4228 brings in ABC all the way from Indianapolis (60 miles) reliably, which is better than I could have hoped for. I seem to get better reception at night, but since my line of sight is completely blocked by the apartment building, this isn't a surprise. I was hoping for a miracle with the CM 4228, and I got more of a blessing.

Two channels is better than one, right? If the stars align, I can get NBC and FOX, but that's only happened once :(

Oh, and the box is massive. The antenna comes fully assembled (around 40" x 40") and it most definitely wouldn't fit in my car when the UPS guy missed me...
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Antenna

Written By roog, Orange, VA on Sunday, March 04, 2007
 
I'm receiving HDTV channels from 60 miles away using this antenna and a Channel Master 7777 amplifier. This antenna can be installed outside because it meets the FCC requirements allowing satellite dishes and over-the-air antennas of 1 meter or less to be installed regardless of local restrictions (my HOA approved mine).
13 out of 13 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great HD Reception - All Through The House

Written By Kaj, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, January 20, 2007
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I am very pleased with this antenna. Although I am only ~15 miles from the network transmitters, I didn't want to have the antenna outside for asthetic reasons. It's in my attic, and is providing high 90% signal ratings for all the local HD channels.

Besides being free (after you buy the antenna), an additional benefit of getting HD over the air is every TV location in the house can take advantage (if it has an HD tuner) without any settop box.

The picture is incredible (even on standard definition shows), and I feel like I'm stealing not having to pay the cable or satellite company each month.
19 out of 19 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Channel Master 4228

Written By dshiffman, Fairfield (Cinn) OH on Saturday, December 09, 2006
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Great antenna. Picking up 90% of my local channels in High Def. Well priced as well.
9 out of 12 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Channel Master 4228

Written By Lee, Town Creek, AL on Saturday, December 09, 2006
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My experiance is similar to the review on the Crutchfield web site. Our set up is dish and antenna for local HD channels. We live 50 miles from the transmitter (all UHF) and HD reception was spotty or non existant with the old antenna. With the 4228 antenna and 7777 preamp the HD picture is always there and does not break up. The install took less than two hours, was in the attic and used the R6 cable from the previous antenna. I positioned the antenna direction according to antennaweb.org instructions.
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