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by Steve Kindig

For optimum reception of TV signals from more than one direction, it's hard to beat the combination of a good mid-range or long-range directional antenna and an antenna rotor like Channel Master's 9521A. This sturdily-built design can handle wind and weather for rooftop installations, and works great with attic-mounted antennas, too. You'll love the convenience of being able to control your antenna with pinpoint precision without leaving your chair.

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The 9521A has three parts: the rotator motor, controller unit, and wireless remote control. The rotator unit attaches to your antenna mast, and a special 3-conductor wire connects the rotator to the controller unit (controller wire is not included). The controller unit is located indoors, away from the elements, typically near your TV. It has a digital display for channel and diagnostic info, and includes an AC power supply that powers the 9521A system. The supplied remote control is easy to use, and this system can also be operated using many universal remotes.

Highlights:

    Rotor unit
    • heavy-duty rotator motor
    • cast-aluminum housing
    • mounts to antenna mast (max. mast diameter 2")
    • 9-3/8"W x 10-5/16"H x 4-5/8"D
    Controller unit
    • auto synchronization ensures accurate positioning
    • direct access via channel number or compass location
    • digital channel display
    • 69-channel programmable memory
    • compatible with most universal remotes
    • includes wall-plug AC power supply
    • control wire not included
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    • Rotor
    • Controller
    • AC power supply
    • Wireless remote
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Installation and operation instructions

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    Features

    Overview: A Rotor or Rotator is a mast-mounted, motor-driven device that permits you to conveniently rotate (orient) the outdoor antenna in any direction to optimize reception of a desired TV channel. A rotor should be considered when TV signals are being broadcast from towers in different directions and a single antenna cannot accommodate all locations. The rotator consists of two parts; an indoor control unit and an outdoor drive unit. The two are connected via a 3-conductor wire that carries the voltage and control signals.

    Note: The control unit for the Channel Master 9521A is not backwards compatible with any of the older Channel Master rotors.

    Direction: The compass heading (direction) you want the antenna to point can be entered directly using the included remote, or you can scroll to the correct heading using the up and down buttons on the control unit (example: 90° to point east, 225° to point south-west, etc).

    Programmable: You can program 69 antenna locations (1-69), corresponding to 69 over the air broadcast frequencies. This way the antenna direction preset number can be the same as the channel number. The non-volatile memory will hold your programmed locations during a power failure.

    Synchronize: After moving back and forth many times, a mechanical device can become misaligned with its electrical controller. At any time you can Synchronize the drive unit and control unit. To realign, the motor turns fully counter clock wise and calibrates that direction to 0° (the orientation of the drive unit is fixed at installation). If you prefer, auto synchronization can be turned on and the system will realign itself after each 50 direction movements.

    Drive Unit: The drive unit uses a heavy duty motor in a one-piece cast aluminum housing with a durable powder coat painted finish. It uses a precision cut gear system, built-in steel thrust bearings, and has wind-tested brake pads.

    SPECIFICATIONS:

    • Rotation: 1 RPM
    • Gear Ratio: 3200 to 1
    • Maximum Mast Diameter: 2 inches
    • Maximum Vertical Load: 250 pounds
    • Maximum Balanced Wind Load Area: 3 square feet
    • Operating Voltage: 117 volts AC/60 Hz (rotator and control unit)
     
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    5 out of 5

    Chanel Master Rotor

    Written By SamM, Concord NC on Friday, August 02, 2013
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    The Chanel Master Rotator is the finishing touch for Antenna reception. It allows for fine tuning distant stations.
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    3 out of 5

    Works well

    Written By Pmgrnvl, Greenville SC on Sunday, January 27, 2013
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    Seems to perform well. Would have given it a higher rating except one of the controls on the main control box doesn't work (it does via the remote). A little shocked to find there's not much protecting the motor. When you open up the housing to connect the cable, the motor's guts are clearly visible. Works well, but I am not sure about the longevity of this product.
    Pros:
    Works well, easy to use (once you figure out the setup).
    Cons:
    Seems cheaply made in some spots.
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    5 out of 5

    Channel Master 9521A Remote control antenna rotor

    Written By Fred, Kannapolis, NC on Friday, June 08, 2012
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    Works very well, smooth operation, silent operation.
    Pros:
    simplicity of use, accuracy
    Cons:
    none
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    The 9521A was easy to install and works perfectly!

    Written By WJ, Denver, CO on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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    Just what I needed to enjoy FREE HD signals on my new HD TV.
    Pros:
    Worked perfectly as advertised. But the best part was the programming capability to match antenna direction with the channel number. It is quick and simple to set and makes it so easy for anyone in the family to set the antenna for best reception.
    Cons:
    Can only adjust unit in one room, but only have to readjust antenna for some channels. I found a setting where the most channels come through and leave it there
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Failed as expected, but works great now!

    Written By K, Reading, PA on Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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    This is a sturdy, well-built unit that has more than enough power to handle my 85" VHF-Hi/UHF deep fringe antenna. Right out of the box, the rotor worked exactly one time. After that, the motor did not turn at all. Fortunately, I had read similar complaints on various websites, so I knew what to do. The solution: completely disassemble the unit, degrease all the gears with mineral spirits, regrease liberally with a quality synthetic grease, and oil the motor bearings. Also, the rubber weather bushing fits ery tightly and puts undue excess strain on the motor... greasing it will eliminate this problem and add to it's weatherproofing functionality. I have been using this unit heavily for one week now (I have DTV numerous DTV stations in 6 clusters from 3 degrees to 280 degrees and switch between them frequently throughout the day. So far, so good.
    Pros:
    Very easy to hook up. The remote and numeric display make it easy to reaim the antenna when switching to a different DTV station, to "fine tune" antenna position as signals fade, and to shake birds off the antenna! The motor is very quiet -- I have it mounted to the wall framing of my single-story home right above the living room and can not even hear it through the walls.
    Cons:
    Needs considerable work initially to get it working as it should... not for the novice! The control box and remote are not the highest of quality or craftsmanship, but they do the job.
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Works well

    Written By Chas, Valparaiso IN on Sunday, April 17, 2011
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    Works as advertised. Instruction manual not the best. Still have not figured out how to re-synchronize.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Channel Master 9521A

    Written By Lynn N, Georgia on Tuesday, April 05, 2011
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    We had this remote control rotor hooked up in no time. It works great and it is so
    nice not having to jump up every time and turn the antenna. Would definitely give
    this product a thumbs up!
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Remote control a nice touch

    Written By Malone22, Lake Forest, Illinois on Sunday, March 20, 2011
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    Very impressive, Pre-setting the 69 locations is a little confusing and tedious
    though. Of course you have to do that only once. Because the memories are
    retained even after a power outage
    To the person who said the control box was cheap and flimsy, I disagree..to me
    it's a testament to new technology ie sleek and easy to place.
    I use it with my Tivo's which has antenna connections and has a feature that
    shows you the signal strength of digital signals then you can change the
    direction until you get the best signal. I am using the Channel Master 3020
    antenna..I use it for fm and when the cable goes out. I also use it for exclusively
    for one of my Tivo's becuase I don't want to pay for another cable card.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Non functional remote control

    Written By Bill, Hauppauge, NY on Monday, May 03, 2010
     
    I purchased and install this rotor and the HD antenna a few years back and they still work very well for the application. I get only a fair amount of signals due to my lower elevation not due to this product. The signals I do receive are crystal clear and sharp. I have also noticed the same antenna used at my local store for their HDTV displays. Of course theirs is on top of a tower. Unfortunate for me I must at times rotated my antenna to capture different broadcasts and it does perform well. Being a remote control buff, I am sorry to say that the remote control that came with this rotor never worked and to turn my antenna I have to manually push the buttons on the fragile made cheap in China motor rotators to turn the antenna. I give the rotor and the antenna 5 stars for never failing to function through even the frozen days of winter. But the cheap ass remote control never worked.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Channel Master 9521A

    Written By Dave, Morristown, NJ on Monday, February 11, 2008
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    Definitely an improvement to the old rotor we had. Works quickly, and is easy to re-calibrate.
    9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    It's not your father's antenna rotor

    Written By Scott, Danville, VA on Sunday, November 11, 2007
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    I expected the big old clunky box that I remember on top of our TV when I was a kid. The size of the roof mounted unit was about what I remember, but the control unit is about the size of a small LED alarm clock. It fits nicely under the edge of the TV pedestal and disappears from sight when it times out or you hit the power button on the remote and the display goes blank.
    Ah, yes, the remote. No more having to get up from the recliner to reposition the antenna because you changed channels. Also, the remote allows you to fine tune the antenna 1 degree at a time while watching the signal meter on your TV or satellite DVR (if equipped with an OTA antenna input).
    Once you finish fine tuning, enter the settings into memory, either by channel number or by degree heading. Then just push the channel number on your TV remote and the same number on your antenna remote.
    Installation is also simplified now by use of spring terminals for the wiring, both at the controller and the roof unit. This unit uses only three wires instead of four like the old ones.
    31 out of 35 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    antenna system

    Written By Tim, Pittsburgh, PA on Wednesday, October 10, 2007
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    I installed this rotor, 4228 UHF antenna, and the 777 preamplifier in my attic I had a 20 element VHF antenna that I have fixed mounted in the attic also ( tied to roof rafters) The UHF antenna is rotated and goes to the UHF antenna input and the VHF antenna goes to the VHF only input of the preamp in the attic. The signal goes to the cellar via RG6 to the power supply and to a 4 way splitter for 2 HD tv's and 2 vhf/uhf analog tv's. The preamp takes care of splitter loss and roof loss thru shingles( mine are fiberglass). I receive currently 12 HD tv stations + 10 vhf only (close stations) all perfect with this set up. I use this as ALL of my tv signals and NO monthly cable fees for this reasonably priced system.
    14 out of 17 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    easy to install, works great

    Written By JOhn, Baltimore, MD on Saturday, October 07, 2006
     
    very easy to install, i installed with a new antenna to get hd over the air signals. Works great
    60 out of 68 people found this helpful
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    1 question already asked

    how far does the remote signal go and thru what type of home building materials ? I have a single family wood cons home would ineed to go outside to opreate [ Dennis  Apr 13, 2014 ]
    3 answers
    • Dennis: Even though the unit has a remote control, you still have to hardwire the indoor control box to the outdoor rotor unit with a three conductor wire ( read the product instructions). If you have no experience in electrical wiring you might want to hire a professional to install the unit. The remote control works on an infrared wireless signal and is pretty much line of sight from the indoor box to your remote control. I would suggest placing the indoor box close to your television location. Distance is usually limited to approximately 20 ft. as are most remotes for TV's, home theaters, etc. This is a good unit, have had mine for about a year now and no problems even in fairly high winds, 50 mph and up. Good Luck! [ ROY A   Apr 14, 2014 ]
    • I've been as far as 30 feet away without a problem. I doubt it penetrates through anything solid. It did work through the glass of a patio door. [ STEVEN   Apr 14, 2014 ]
    • Not our product. [ STEVE   Apr 14, 2014 ]

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