Channel Master CM 5020 Masterpiece
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With a moniker like "Masterpiece," Channel Master's CM 5020 antenna had better be pretty good — and it is. It's recommended for "deep-fringe" applications — its large size and numerous reception elements help it pull in signals from distant transmitters. It pulls in over-the-air TV signals in the UHF and VHF bands — probably more channels than you knew were available.
To get the most channels possible, try adding Channel Master's 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 CM 5020 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 choosing the best HDTV antenna.
Nicole, Manteca, CA
Average Customer Review(s):
Impressive reception from towers 80 miles away. Was told by many that in northern Minnesota with hills and trees in the path over the air would not work - well it does. Along with the channel master signal amplifier and careful aiming, we are getting all the broadcast stations with this antenna. Canceled dish the next day.
Pros: easy to install
Cons: big - not sure my old dish roof mount is strong enough.
Pros: Great reception
Cons: Mast sold separately
Antenna works well and was easy to install for its size. I live 35 miles from the TV station towers. I went for the powerful antenna because I split the signal 6 ways to 6 TVs and FM receivers. I do not use powered splitters because they often quit after a couple of years and they cost $60 and they cannot be put in a 150+ degree attic and they use a few dollars worth of electricity per year. So I bought an antenna that will pull in very strong signals that can be divided many times over 200 feet of high quality quad shielded coax wires and still end up with a strong signal. The first 4-way splitter comes after 100 feet of coax wire. My antenna is mounted 5 feet above my roof line and about 5 feet north of the solar panels with the antenna aimed south right across the solar panels. Solar panels with micro inverters do not seem to affect the TV/FM signal. I probably get all 50+ TV stations that are available in my area, all with good signal strength and I get all of the FM stations that I want to get. I would expect that if I lived much further from the TV stations, I would have to have a signal amplifier to split the signal 6 ways. I think all stations here are UHF digital or FM radio, no VHF.
Pros: Just as powerful as many of the antennas that are much longer and wider. Very sturdy and should hold up well in a 90 mph wind storm.
Cons: Has black plastic parts, should be white for our hot desert sun. Black plastic does not last long here, so I am worried. My old antenna lasted 20+ years before the plastic parts crumbled.
Works as advertised and as always fantastic customer service! Didn't realize just how massive the box was going to be!
Although, I did not expect perfection due to distances, trees etc, I am pleased at how many good clear stations I do receive. Of course including a rotor and pre amp always helps. I know some stations are over 85 miles and am still finding more by obtaining info from stations on distance and degree settings from my location.
Works fantastic.. Easy to install. Only better if it came with mast.
Pros: Easy to install.. Came very quickly.
Cons: Needs mast.
The instructions booklet covered 3 models, mostly for safety, grounding etc., and lacked assembly instructions. I had to scratch my head several times and figure things out for myself. I did not use a wider toothed clamp, but tried like heck thinking it must have been included for a reason. I hope things are sound. Reception without amplification was good. The quality seems good.
Installed this antenna with a pre-amp and without a rotor at our camp in a remote area of the Adirondack Mountains. TVFOOL.com projected 6 channels, we're receiving 18! All over 60+ miles away. Greatly exceeded our expectations.
Pros: HD TV for free! Quality built antenna
Cons: Could have been easier to gather everything you need for installation. Some items from Crutchfield, some from other retailers. (Mounting pole, brackets, grounding block, grounding stake, wire and strap, rg6 crimping tool, cable clips, etc) But worth the effort it in the end!
Works so much better than the huge old wineguard.
Pros: 100 mile reception with the amplifier
I live approximately 85 air miles from the TV station. I attached the CM 5020 to a 40' tall tower with a signal booster and all of the digital channels were crisp and clear. The quality of the antenna was good and the price was a on the high side but for the quality and performance is a good deal.
Pros: Easy to assemble.
Was easy to install and works great. Live over 75 miles from signal. Able to receive 15 channels.
Pros: Easy to install
Easy to put up and just flip open. Built pretty sturdy. Should last for years. Again the best feature is the ease of putting it together.
Pros: Ease of use
Cons: None yet
Long-Range Outdoor Antenna: The Channel Master CM-5020 is a directional, line-of-sight outdoor antenna that receives high definition and digital signals from a single direction. This antenna has a reception range of up to 100 miles and is designed to withstand extreme outdoor conditions.
UHF/VHF/FM Signals: The CM-5020 long range antenna receives digital & analog UHF (channels 14-51) and VHF (channels 2-13) TV signals. It can also pick up FM frequencies from 88 to 108 MHz.
Heavy Duty Construction: The Channel Master CM-5020 long range antenna features a tough powder-coated finish, UV stabilized plastics, bifurcated rivets for strength, and 0.5" (12mm) aluminum elements.
Quality Finished Edges: The Channel Master CM-5020 offers a quality look and feel. All ends are crimped and machined which reduces risk of cuts and scratches.
Snap Out Reflectors: The CM-5020 long range antenna features snap out reflectors that fold out and click into place, so its quick and easy to assemble on site. There are no loose nuts, bolts, or reflectors.
High Performance F-Type PCB Balun: The CM-5020 employs a high performance F-type PCB balun that ensures quality connection with low through loss and high return loss. The F-type PCB balun face down to minimize water ingress. A rubber "F" boot is also provided for extra protection.
Turning Radius: The CM-5020 antenna has a 72" turning radius if used with an antenna rotor (sold separately).
Mounting Options: The CM-5020 long range antenna can be roof, attic, mast, eave, or chimney mounted using the included hardware (pole mast not included).
Grounding: The antenna and mast should be properly grounded. Grounding provides lightning protection for the antenna and your TV set. No grounding hardware is provided with the antenna.
Reception: up to 100 Miles
Gain VHF L: 4.5 dBi
Gain VHF H: 10 dBi
Gain UHF: 16 dBi
F/B dB VHF L: 12 dB
F/B dB VHF H: 10-17 dB
F/B dB UHF: 15-20 dB
Angle VHF L: 63
Angle VHF H: 34
Angle UHF: 39
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Long range [ Wayne Aug 24, 2018 ]
Quality reputation. Needed range [ Frank Aug 22, 2018 ]
It is replacing an older antenna that has seen better days. After researching a number of options this seemed the most suitable as I am definitely in a "Deep Fringe" location and the weather (wind mostly) is quite a challenge. With it's low profile and hopefully strong build it seems to be more up to the task than any others I've researched. [ David Feb 01, 2018 ]
Channel Master has a good reputation and this antenna should work on our remote farm to pickup broadcast TV. [ Rhonda Jul 20, 2017 ]
Mainly the 16db UHF gain. Like my very old very large antenna, I am wiring it to be split 5 ways without an amplifier. Being 35 miles from the station towers, I am expecting this antenna to pull in very strong signals that can be split to 4 TV's and FM receiver, like my 25 year old radio shack antenna could do before it broke. My small attic antenna can't hold the FOX TV station even with no splitters. This antenna will replace old antenna and be 5 feet above the peak of the roof. [ William May 29, 2017 ]
needed the long distance capability to get Baltimore, and maybe a few DC stations [ Dennis Dec 15, 2016 ]
Highest rated distances according to descriptions. We'll see if it lives up to the description. If not, Crutchfield has the best customer service on the planet so I always buy from them with complete confidence. [ Greg Dec 08, 2016 ]
100 mile radius [ Joshua May 16, 2016 ]
on paper this unit has the longest range with highest gain available. [ clionton May 12, 2016 ]
Recommended by Channel Master for our long-range application. [ TOM Feb 16, 2016 ]
fringe reception ability and reviews [ Monte Feb 06, 2016 ]
If you want that type of protection it will require using an inline surge protection module that must be purchased separately for that. Then you will ground the module to prevent any down stream surges. Use in an attic should help with lightning but nothing is as good as a good protection unit near the TV. [ Jeffrey Jul 26, 2017 ]
Yes. I recommend a search of your address on the site, TVFool. This is a great resource to help you decide what type of antenna is best for your home. By the way, I couldn't be happier with my Channel Master CM5020. It pulled in even more channels then TVFool expected. [ KEITH Jul 06, 2017 ]
Yes. [ jamie Jun 14, 2016 ]
I am not sure if, or how much RF, the foam will block. Your main concern with an attic installation, provided no signal loss, will be having enough room to aim the antenna. Mine is outside on a pole with a rotor. [ Michael Jun 13, 2016 ]
Hi Chad, you will have to buy a pole separate to mount it. All you will receive will be the antenna. Depending on the distance from the towers, you will want to consider a signal booster as well. Good luck!! [ Antony Dec 24, 2015 ]
Even though an antenna mast is shown with the CM 5020, none is supplied. I used the Channel Master 1805 mast to mount the Channel Master 5020 in my attic. I used "U" bolts from a local hardware store to mount the mast to the ceiling joints. It works well. [ Maurice Dec 15, 2015 ]
BTW, I live about 70 miles from most stations, but was even able to get one from close to 90. [ Jim Dec 14, 2015 ]
Chad, the antenna comes ready to bolt onto something. I had an old aluminum pole that I saved from a patio furniture umbrella. The antenna will accommodate a small range of sizes, so my "repurposed" alum pole worked great. Of course then you will have to attach that pole to something to hold the antenna. I also purchased an amplifier from Crutchfield to use the antenna. It did not work without it, but I am completely satisfied with my purchases.NOW it works great. ( I think this is starting to sound like a paid ad) I want commission from them! Jim [ Jim Dec 14, 2015 ]
We did not get a pole. The U bolts, nuts & washers are included so you could probably attach it directly to a vertical 2"x 4" brace that's in your attic. You might have to drill some holes in the 2"x 4" to accommodate the U bolts or buy a 2"x 2" x 8' and cut to the length you need and secure it to that. [ MICHAEL Dec 14, 2015 ]