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Channel Master 9521A

Remote control antenna rotor

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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.

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.

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.

works great

Anonymous, spring valley, CA

What's in the Box:

  • Rotor
  • Controller
  • AC power supply
  • Wireless remote
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Installation and operation instructions

Product 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
    System specs
    Reviews

    Channel Master 9521A Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    24 Reviews

    Not for Long Term Use

    Written by: DA from Syracuse NY on April 14, 2016

    Worked OK for a year or two. When it worked, it did not work well. It was hard to program. It would not respond to the remote after it was programmed. Button got stuck. Then It would just quit at random. We would reset it by unplugging it and plugging it in again. A few months ago, it completely stopped working. Bottom line: This is yet another poorly made piece of junk. Unlike the one I bought 20 years ago (and is still working quite well) for our my main TV antenna, this thing is obviously junk. Don't count on it lasting for more than a year before the problems begin. If you can find the older mechanical control, buy it. Don't buy this thing. I opened this thing up to find a poorly made card inside. junk junk junk

    Pros: None

    Cons: Poorly made

    works great

    Written by: Anonymous from spring valley, CA on January 21, 2016

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    works great

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    Written by: Paul O. from Illinois on October 21, 2015

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    Very good product; easy to install and works very well. Much better quality than the rotor I had before.

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    Max Michigan

    Written by: Spartan from Michigan on October 2, 2015

    This product replaced an inferior product of a different company. It was very easy to install and program. It is on a 40' tower with a large antenna. It is holding position even in high wind. I would recommend this product.

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    Great buy

    Written by: Hutt from Michigan on September 20, 2015

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    Great product. I would recommend it

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    Channel Master 9521A

    Written by: Frank L from Fawn Grove PA. on July 18, 2015

    Best set-up I have had in 20 years

    Pros: Very easy use

    Cons: None

    Need 2 antenna masts

    Written by: GH from Michigan on May 25, 2015

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    It was easy to set up. It worked. A separate 2-3 foot antenna mast is needed. After receiving an antenna, antenna mast, chimney mount, and the antenna rotator, it was apparent that an additional mast was needed to attach to the rotator. I purchased a 4 ft RCA antenna mast extender and cut shorter. The RCA mast was kind of flimsy and deformed when I tightened the U bolts. The antenna mast from Crutchfield is more durable and would have worked better. I did not want to wait, so I bought the 2nd mast at a local hardware store. This is not a problem with the rotator itself so I gave it 5 stars.

    Pros: Works. Not too hard to set up.

    Cons: Had to buy a second antenna mast.

    Channel Master 9521

    Written by: Anonymous from Ohio on March 25, 2015

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    This is very high quality with easy installation and straight forward instructions.

    Pros: Seems to fit most common mast sizes

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    Written by: Arthur from Ogden , Il on March 16, 2015

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    works just fine

    Pros: nice unit

    Cons: none

    Works well

    Written by: SylviaS from Fayetteville, NC on March 12, 2015

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    set up channel master antenna with rotor, amp, preamp & dvr...get 40 channels on chimney mount, 1 story house...old neighborhood with many large trees obstructing signal. Pixelation during bad weather & hard to zero in northern stations due to curvature of the earth, southern stations are more clear. Can zero in stations with the remote that goes with the rotor box. DVR has all the features of a cable/satellite dvr, could have an extra tuner that only watches channels but does not record. If you record 2 shows at the same time you can't watch a third, 1tb storage & can connect external drives only if not recording.

    Pros: Turns by degree to zero in on stations

    Cons: skips some degrees while trying to pull in station

    Rotator is a great idea but doesn't last

    Written by: Subaru Lou from New Jersey on December 31, 2014

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    Crutchfield was great in sending a replacement rotator when the first one we purchased stopped working. After less than a year of the replacement being near the roof, it stopped working too. Because two failed, each in short time, I would not recommend this unit. It appears that the black rubber gasket wears quickly, possibly allowing moisture into the unit causing it to fail. We did not rotate the antenna often but that did not translate into working for a long time. The only reason I give 2 stars instead of 1 is that the rotator worked well for a little while and when it did work it worked well.

    Pros: Cool that it rotates the antenna to different positions. Relatively easy to set up. Mast mounts easily into unit.

    Cons: Not made to last. Two units failed with a year of each other. Rubber gasket wears quickly.

    Chanel Master Rotor

    Written by: SamM from Concord NC on August 2, 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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    Works well

    Written by: Pmgrnvl from Greenville SC on 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.

    Channel Master 9521A Remote control antenna rotor

    Written by: Fred from Kannapolis, NC on June 8, 2012

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    Works very well, smooth operation, silent operation.

    Pros: simplicity of use, accuracy

    Cons: none

    The 9521A was easy to install and works perfectly!

    Written by: WJ from Denver, CO on 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

    Failed as expected, but works great now!

    Written by: K from Reading, PA on 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.

    Works well

    Written by: Chas from Valparaiso IN on April 17, 2011

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    Works as advertised. Instruction manual not the best. Still have not figured out how to re-synchronize.

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    Channel Master 9521A

    Written by: Lynn N from Georgia on April 5, 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!

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    Remote control a nice touch

    Written by: Malone22 from Lake Forest, Illinois on 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.

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    Non functional remote control

    Written by: Bill from Hauppauge, NY on May 3, 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.

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    Written by: Dave from Morristown, NJ on February 11, 2008

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    Definitely an improvement to the old rotor we had. Works quickly, and is easy to re-calibrate.

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    It's not your father's antenna rotor

    Written by: Scott from Danville, VA on 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.

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    antenna system

    Written by: Tim from Pittsburgh, PA on 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.

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    easy to install, works great

    Written by: JOhn from Baltimore, MD on October 7, 2006

    very easy to install, i installed with a new antenna to get hd over the air signals. Works great

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    What's in the box?

    Download the Channel Master 9521A manual

    • Rotor
    • Controller
    • AC power supply
    • Wireless remote
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Installation and operation instructions

    Product Research

    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 (not included) 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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    Why did you buy this?

    recommended on several review sites [ Bob  May 03, 2016 ]
    we have had channel master before and this one had good reviews. [ Bernice  Mar 17, 2016 ]

    3 questions already asked

    It does not. [ Dominick  Jan 23, 2016 ]
    No [ Jeffrey M.  Jan 16, 2016 ]
    No you must purchase the wire your self. [ Willikam  Jan 16, 2016 ]
    Yes but the wire is very rigid, should be stranded. [ Jim  Jan 16, 2016 ]
    No wire included. [ Chris  Jan 16, 2016 ]
    I was replacing the exact same unit that I had previously installed. Therefore, I did not need to run the "3 conductor wire". To the best of my recollection, it does NOT come with the wire. Hopefully this helps. Joel [ JOEL D  Jan 15, 2016 ]
    I am unfamiliar with the configuration of the 8 bay antenna, but usually length of the post that is used to support the antenna to the top of the 9521A determines the clearance. Hope that helps. [ JOSEPH  Sep 01, 2015 ]
    THe rotor mounts to your main mast and then you use a shorter mast to mount the antenna to. They recommend less than 5 feet for the second mast, but that should be more than enough to keep the rotor away from the antenna. [ David  Sep 01, 2015 ]
    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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