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Channel Master 2018
Mid-range outdoor rooftop HDTV antenna
Our take on the Channel Master 2018 by Crutchfield's Loren Barstow
Channel Master's 2018 antenna receives digital and analog over-the-air TV signals in the UHF and high-band VHF ranges. The 2018's space-efficient design is suitable for roof and attic installations.
The 2018 is a "directional" antenna design, which means it will provide the best results when most or all of the desired stations are transmitting from the same location. If you'd like to pull in signals from different directions, consider adding a rotor so you can easily aim your antenna for the best reception.
The 2018 is classified as a Large-sized Directional antenna, with a maximum range of 45 miles for UHF signals and 60 miles for high-band VHF signals. 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 and installing an antenna for HDTV.
It is an excellent product with very good quality of reception, both in audio and video.
Giovanni, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
What's in the Box:
- Long range HD Digital/UHF/VHF high TV antenna (2 pieces)
- Matching transformer
- U-bolt and clamp assembly
- Bolt (Length=1-3/8")
- 5 Wing-nuts
- Installation Instructions (English/Spanish)
- "Danger" sticker
- receives digital & analog UHF and high-band VHF TV signals
- range is 60 miles for high-band VHF (channels 7-13) and 45 miles for UHF (channels 14-51)
- 77-5/8"W x 22"H x 60"D
- 57-1/2" turning radius (if used with an antenna rotor)
- 75-ohm output for coaxial cable
- can accommodate 1-1/4"-1-1/2" mast (not included)
- warranty: 90 days
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- RG-6 cable is recommended
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Overview: The Channel Master Digital Advantage Model 2018 is a compact outdoor TV antenna that covers an area of 1.24 square feet. With a total of 24 elements, it is engineered to receive high quality UHF/VHF high band frequencies. It is classified as a large directional antenna by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Reception Range: This antenna receives only VHF channels 7-13 (VHF high band) and UHF channels 14-69. It does not receive VHF channels 2-6 (VHF low band). To receive channels 2-6, an oversized antenna is required. The reception range and average gain for this antenna are as follows:
- VHF Channels (7-13):
- Reception Range: 60 miles
- Average Gain: 7.5dB
- UHF Channels (14-69):
- Reception Range: 45 miles
- Average Gain: 8.4dB
Note: All distances are approximate, actual performance depends on too many variables to predict accurately.
Mounting: It can be mounted on a roof, wall, chimney, in an attic, or on a tripod. The manufacturer's suggested height limit is 10 feet above the rooftop.
Turning Radius: The Model 2018 has a 57-1/2" turning radius. If using an antenna rotor, you must make sure there are no obstructions around the antenna mast that would interfere with the antenna's rotation.
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.
Grounding: The antenna and mast should be properly grounded. Grounding provides lightning protection for the antenna and your TV set. A #8 or larger aluminum or copper wire connected between the antenna and grounding rod should be used. In addition, the Channel Master Grounding Block (item 6593274) is recommended for grounding the coaxial transmission lines.
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Support helped with my choice [ Larry Feb 12, 2016 ]
1 question already asked
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Channel Master 2018 has several colors that it has been classified for by the CEA. It has Green, Light Green, and Red classifications without a use of an amplifier and Blue and Violet when an amplifier is added. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Apr 14, 2014 ] Staff