Channel Master 3020
Directional long-range outdoor rooftop TV and FM antenna
Our take on the Channel Master 3020 by Crutchfield's Steve Kindig
Channel Master's model 3020 antenna can receive digital and analog over-the-air TV signals in the UHF and VHF bands. The 3020 is recommended for "deep-fringe" applications — its large size and numerous reception elements help it pull in signals from distant transmitters. For even clearer reception, try adding the 7777 preamplifier.
The 3020 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.
- receives digital and analog UHF/VHF TV signals (channels 2-51), plus FM radio
- range is 100 miles for VHF/FM, 60 miles for UHF
- split-boom design with 50 elements
- 95"W x 152-1/4"D; maximum height is 22"
- 95" turning radius (if used with an antenna rotor)
- includes 300-ohm-to-75-ohm adapter
- accommodates 1-1/4"-1-1/2" mast (mast not included)
- warranty: 90 days
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- RG-6 cable is recommended
What's in the Box:
- 3 Antenna components (unassembled)
- Weather boot
- S clip
- 2 Saddle brackets
- 2 U-bolts
- 4 Nuts
- 4 Split lock washers
- Two 1-1/2" Bolts
- 6 Wing nuts
- Installation instructions
- Electrical wire danger pamphlet
- Electrical wire danger warning sticker
With this "old school" antenna we've experienced far fewer signal interruptions than the Antennas Direct configuration we had prior...and it was less expensive.
Glen, Midland, VA
Channel Master 3020 Reviews
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Overview: The Channel Master 3020 antenna is a 50 element split boom design and receives FM, UHF, and VHF frequencies, both digital and analog. It can be mounted on a roof, to the chimney, on a wall, or in an attic.
Mounting: The saddle brackets, crossarm bracket, and U-bolts are used to mount the antenna to the mast. The outer diameter of the mast should be between 1-1/4 and 1-1/2 inches.
Turning Radius: If using a rotor on the antenna mast, make sure a 95" turning radius around the antenna is clear of obstruction.
Grounding: The antenna and mast should be properly grounded. Grounding provides lightning protection for the antenna and your TV set. Note: No grounding hardware is provided with the antenna.
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.
Operating Range: all distances are approximate, actual performance depends on too many variables to predict accurately
- UHF Channels (14-69): 60 miles
- VHF Channels (2-13): 100 miles
- FM Radio: 100 miles
Gain: The average gain across the frequency band:
- VHF Lo: 3.6 dB
- VHF Hi: 8.6 dB
- UHF: 9.5 dB
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Why did you buy this?
I have had this kind of antenna for 25 years. It works the best for me in rural area. My old one was damaged by wind storm, tree fell on it. I think its one of the best. James [ James Aug 25, 2018 ]
Channel master is the name for antennas,I'm building an ota system then cutting the cord. [ Joshua Mar 18, 2018 ]
i bought one like this 4 months ago, storm took it out [ dahn Jul 17, 2017 ]
This item was just what I was looking for [ harry t. Mar 27, 2017 ]
Needed greater range than my current Channel Master 4228HD is giving me. [ RevDerek Jan 21, 2017 ]
to watch tv [ DOUG Oct 22, 2016 ]
Product features and price. [ Charles Jul 25, 2016 ]
I need to update the antenna we use. This had both the range and the channel coverage we needed along with being a known brand that gets the job done! [ JOHN Apr 11, 2016 ]
Range and FM capability. [ WILLIAM G Feb 25, 2016 ]
7 questions already asked
The Channel Master 3020 is an over-the-air antenna, designed to pickup (both UHF & VHF) HDTV signals in your area; and not something you'd connect to a DISH Network satellite receiver. Generally, you'd need a DISH satellite antenna in order to pickup DISH's satellite TV programming. If you're a current DISH subscriber, I would recommend contacting their support for more details on what's needed with your DISH receiver. You can also contact a Crutchfield Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat to discuss further. Hope that helps! [ Larry Oct 10, 2017 ] Staff
Not at all, I mounted the aentenna on a 15 ft. Pole and the reception is great. Actually, the reception with this aentenna is better than what I had with cable. So for me it has not affected reception at all. Hope this helps with your decision! [ Ryan Sep 23, 2017 ]
As long as nothing interferes with the connection from the antenna to the wires which provide the signal to the TV, you should be fine. [ William Sep 23, 2017 ]
This antenna is awesome for OTA HD tv as well as super long range FM reception. It is rather large, but I assembled it in my attic, got it aimed and was able to cut the cable completely! [ Mark Jun 10, 2017 ]
Yes, with the proper splitter, I have 3 TV's and a fm stereo receiver. [ Gilbert Nov 13, 2015 ]
Yes it will. [ Daniel Sep 19, 2015 ]
In my case, yes. I ran the cable some 30 feet to a splitter in my attic, and then 25 feet to TV 1 and 35 feet to TV 2, and then added another splitter to go another 10 feet to my FM Stereo Receiver. I did not need a signal booster. -David H [ david Sep 15, 2015 ]
I have mine connected to 2 tv's now with the capability to hook it to 4 or more through a splitter. It works great. There's no reason you can't use it for multiple tv's. [ t Sep 13, 2015 ]
I have one that is supplying a signal to four (4) televisions. I do have a signal amplifier boosting the signal. [ Thomas A. Sep 13, 2015 ]
i am not sure what the limit is as to the number of "splits" you can have before you see a loss in signal strength...but i would not hesitate to use a splitter with sufficient number of ports to feed a couple of TVs plus your FM stereo. [ Kirby Sep 13, 2015 ]
We use it with three televisions, one in the basement, one in the living room and one in an upstairs bedroom. Two are flat screen and one is older and uses a converter box. All three get the same reception. [ Dawn Sep 13, 2015 ]
Any antenna will operate an almost limitless amount of tv's. The coax cable you attach to it will just need to split to run to the other tv s. [ eric Sep 13, 2015 ]
This is a directional antenna, so if your city(ies) are east or west that will work. [ Robert Jan 10, 2015 ]
For best reception its important that the antenna be pointed directly at the transmitting stations. From the internet, I was able to obtain the transmitter location and proper angle of direction from my house. I used a simple compass to adjust the antenna direction and locked it down. [ ROBERT D Jan 09, 2015 ]
for the size of the antenna i would not even think of putting it in the attic. i installed mine outside on a pole. and it took two of us to get it up, plus all the turning we had to do to get it directed. years ago i put one in the attic, and it never worked as good as the ones i put outside. [ ROBERT Jan 06, 2015 ]
It needs to be directed to where the TV Stations are at. [ BEATRIZ Jan 05, 2015 ]
I also have this in the attic...and it is huge!...this antenna DOES need to be directed. In my case, I believe I would receive MANY more channels if this unit was outside. Even without a rotator. In the attic, I only receive 5 or so channels without a rotator on the antenna. Recommend this antenna but you will need a lot of attic space for it to live in. Even more space if you wish to put a motor on it (so it has room to rotate). Good Luck! [ Kirby Jan 05, 2015 ]
I have this model. It is directional I would not want to place it where I could not move it for best reception. Thanks [ Daniel Jan 05, 2015 ]
The antenna must be aimed in the general direction of the stations that you wish to receive. Many stations now try to group their transmitter locations to make it simpler for the viewer to aim their antenna. If your attic permits the antenna to be aimed properly then you're in luck and the attic installation should work (not so well if you have aluminum siding, however). If you can't aim the antenna toward the station tower location then you'll have to install it outdoors. It is quite large! [ Michael Jan 05, 2015 ]
David, there is no way anyone can answer your question since it all depends on where the TV stations broadcast tower is located. My folks put one in the attic of their ranch home and reception wasn't too bad, but they only got 6-7 channels. Mine is mounted on top of the garage and I can get 20-30 channels with a rotor and an amplifier. But mountains stop me from getting even more stations. I'm located 60 miles from Boston, 50 miles from Portland and 40 miles from Manchester on the NH/ME border. Not sure this helps but if you know where your stations are, you can estimate your reception on your east west direction and try it. Bill [ WILLIAM Jan 05, 2015 ]
It depends on if you are trying to get far away radio or tv stations. If you are, then the antenna needs to be directed towards those areas of broadcast. The antenna is quite large, you'll need a large attic. [ DEBORAH Jan 05, 2015 ]
I installed in my attic, but had enough room to rotate 90 degrees... Amount of rotation required will depend on distribution of target signals, if you have the direction/degrees for the stations you want to pull in, you can determine if the direction will work. It definitely pulls in stations from 40-60 range, and an amp allows distribution to 3-4 tv's.. [ ROBERT Jan 05, 2015 ]
Yes It needs to be aimed . [ MITCH Jan 05, 2015 ]
Not that big by the dimensions that u read,yes it is a large antenna,I dont kno w the actual size,but it is no larger than any other antenna on the market.I will say it is the very best u can go with , and if I had to choose another it would be nothing but this.Great reception,you wont besorry on this selection. [ JIMMY Aug 12, 2014 ]
Its massive. Those dimensions sound about right. We're in a slight valley behind a hill and somewhat far from the source of the broadcast so we went with the larger antenna. It works great. If i wasn't behind a hill i would have gone with the next size down. [ JOHN Aug 06, 2014 ]
Yes that is fairly accurate. Mine is mounted on a roof tripod on a fourteen foot mobile home and it comes close to spanning the width. It is lightweight however, and was not that difficult to handle, you do need to assemble it on the ground and then have someone help with lifting it to the position you will be installing it to. If you are mounting it to a rotor, it helps to install the short stub of mast on the antenna and then you can simply set it into the rotor and tighten the clamps. Also make sure you follow the instructions closely and fold out all of the arms it mentions. We live 50 miles from the nearest transmitter and we pick up all the available channels with this antenna so it is a good unit. Have had no problems with wind damage so far and have been through several storms that took trees down in close vicinity to us. Good luck with your purchase. [ ROY A Aug 06, 2014 ]
Mitch, It is good size but doesn't weigh very much. It all comes knocked down and is very simple to put together. We had ours for over a year and we're very happy with it. We bought the rotor and amplifier to go with it and we get good reception. We're 50 miles west of Portland, ME and 70 miles NW of Boston. We able to get over 30 channels and they are all crystal clear digital. Not like the old days with snow and poor picture reception. We're picking up stations that are roughly 100 miles away to the northeast but the mountains to our west stop us from getting stations in VT. [ WILLIAM Aug 06, 2014 ]
Yes, definitely a large antenna, but comes in two sections that fold out so relatively easy to handle. The large size paid off as I'm in a rural area and signals ranged from 30 - 70 miles away. I installed mine in my attic, so it only fit in one section that was large enough to handle, with some room to orient to the sources. [ ROBERT Aug 06, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question Donna. I'd recommend having a quick call or online chat with an Advisor. They will be able to help you figure out what pieces you will need to make sure you get HD on all your sets. [ Jeff Dec 09, 2013 ] Staff