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Terk HDTVa

Amplified indoor HDTV antenna

98 Reviews | 3 questions - 13 answers


Our take on the Terk HDTVa

When an outdoor antenna just isn't an option, you can count on the Terk HDTVa for crystal-clear over-the-air digital TV reception. This compact indoor antenna can pick up both high-definition and standard-definition local digital channels, and will look great sitting next to your TV. It sports a high-gain design for receiving both UHF and VHF broadcasts, plus an amplifier that boosts its ability to pull in weaker signals. And you can position the UHF antenna element either vertically or horizontally to aid reception.

This is by far the very best indoor antenna I have ever owned . We live 50-70 miles from the nearest TV stations and it comes in clear and we get 22 stations. Would highly recommend!!!

Anonymous, Fertile, MN

What's in the Box:

  • UHF Antenna
  • Antenna base with integrated VHF antenna and attached 6' coaxial RF cable
  • AC adapter with attached 6' DC cable terminated by an RF-connector
  • Owner's Manual
  • Addendum
  • Customer Service/Tech Support note

Product Highlights:

  • receives digital and analog UHF and VHF TV signals (channels 2-51)
  • log periodic and extendable dipole elements
  • fixed-gain amplifier (12 dB for VHF, 11 dB for UHF)
  • pre-attached 66" coax cable
  • VHF/UHF band separator with 75-300 ohm matching transformer
  • AC adapter
  • 13-3/8"W x 9-1/8"H x 16"D (41-1/2"H with dipoles extended)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Overview: The Terk HDTVa is optimized for both UHF and VHF HDTV reception (channels 2-69) and engineered to receive 1080i HDTV broadcasts (HDTV compatible TV with built-in HD tuner required). The antenna features a high-gain amplifier to increase reception range. The antenna's high directional UHF element reduces signal interference.

Placement: The UHF antenna element can even be mounted vertically or horizontally to aid in better reception.


Operating Bandwidth:

  • VHF: 40 MHz - 230 MHz (Channels 2-13)
  • UHF: 470 MHz - 806 MHz (Channels 14-69)

Amplifier Gain:

  • VHF: 12 dB typical
  • UHF: 11 dB typical

Output Impedance: 75 ohms

Weight = 2 lbs

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Why did you buy this?

Have one. Bought one for my girlfriend. [ O  Apr 11, 2017 ]
I want to "cut the cable" on a couple seldom used TV's. This looks like a good solution. [ Joe  Apr 01, 2017 ]
The reason I picked this item is my son has one and he allowed me to use it while his tv was down. I was very pleased with the way it showed in hd for the tv I was using.You do have to move it around to get the channels to lock in that are available in your area. Now I had to give it back to him I need my own. It is very useful to me. Thanks Ronald [ Ronald  Feb 15, 2017 ]
The "Terk HDTVa antenna provides excellent "HD" reception [ James  Feb 13, 2017 ]
Because of the reviews. [ Alfredo  Dec 20, 2016 ]
Seemed to be the best option that did not require outside or attic installation. [ Steven  Nov 17, 2016 ]
Best seller; good reviews; low cost. Also, Blake reassured me that this was all I needed. Blake's Bio: [ D  Sep 04, 2016 ]
Many good reviews and the price is right. [ Gregory  Aug 26, 2016 ]
Already had one. It worked great. Got another to aim in other direction [ Robert  Aug 07, 2016 ]
Buzz recommended it after hearing the issues that I was having Buzz's Bio: [ Steven  Jul 14, 2016 ]
Had a couple before and installed them for others to cut the cable. My last one got taken out by a lightning strike through the coax in the house. This is one of the few that get good VHF reception if you adjust the rabbit ears correctly. [ CHARLES  Jun 28, 2016 ]
Info on site and conversation with Brooke Brooke's Bio: [ David  Jun 17, 2016 ]
Already own 2 of TERK HDTVa antennas. They work better than anything else I have tried. [ william  Apr 17, 2016 ]
Previous experience with unit [ CLINTON  Feb 27, 2016 ]
A friend has one and highly recommended it. My friend is receiving 50+ channels, while I'm currently receiving 28 channels with my current hdtv antenna. I'm hoping to improve the digital picture quality and receive 50+ channels too. [ James A.  Jan 29, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

The Terk HDTVa is designed to pick up over-the-air digital TV signals and would not pickup FM radio stations. If you'd like to find an FM antenna to use at home, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat so they can help you pick one out. Hope that helps! [ Larry  May 19, 2017 ]  Staff
I installed mine on the 2nd floor and it works fine. I'm in a large metro area. I put another in a friends 1st fl in Barneget nj and it didn't work well at all. He was in an area where their weren't stations nearby. I put another in the 1st floor and it too worked well. If your close to the broadcast (20 miles ) I THINK IT SHOULD WORK. Good luck. [ Michael J.  May 21, 2017 ]
Yes! We use one on the first floor and get great reception. Just follow all directions . We place ours near a window and move slightly for best reception . It's amazing ! Judy S. [ judith  Apr 25, 2017 ]
Every situation is different but it should work fine. It is an indoor antenna. [ Randy  Apr 24, 2017 ]
I'm on the 2nd floor of a 3-story building, but this antenna works well for me. The Terk owner's manual does say "for houses with aluminum siding/insulation or stucco, place the antenna near a window to minimize interference" {on Crutchfield's page for this model, you'll see a link for "Owner's manual"}. Hope this helps--Bill W [ William  Apr 23, 2017 ]
Yes. We have ours in a downstairs bedroom and it works great. [ AIMEE  Apr 23, 2017 ]
Yes, it will still work. It helps if you can get it close to a window, but it will get a signal through an exterior wall. [ Danny  Apr 23, 2017 ]
It might not. I got it to work for some channels in a normal room, but have never gotten it to work for all over air had channels in area. I ended up just getting PlayStation Vue and not using this [ PETER  Apr 23, 2017 ]
All radio waves, including TV are line of sight, meaning that as the earth curves, you begin to loose signal. Mountains and buildings in the way will effect the signal, however the waves also bounce off the atmosphere. Generally 12 to 20 miles, will be a very strong signal. Farther than that and a clear signal decreases rapidly depending on terrain and the atmosphere [ Danny  Apr 23, 2017 ]
I can't even get my question to register, so all I can answer is my own question. That means going elsewhere of course. Guess I'll purchase my antenna elsewhere too. [ Barbara  Aug 18, 2014 ]
This will all depend on your local areas broadcast distance, I believe you can Google the coverage areas for your location. Currently I receive channels from NY city and the antenna is inside on the North New Jersey Shore. Maybe 30 miles, and it's still spotty. [ JEREMIAH  Dec 31, 2013 ]
Dear Malinda: I can't answer your questions with exactness. I, however, have used these particular Terk HDTV antennas with multiple TVs over the past 13 years with good results. These Terk HDTV antennas would be my first choice among such antennas. Hope that this might be of some help, Malinda. Good luck. [ STEVEN R  Dec 31, 2013 ]
The maximum range is 45 miles and its range depends on your location. Our location was in a low-lying area, we could only reach a tower 14 miles away. [ WILLIAM  Dec 31, 2013 ]

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