|Item Weight||12 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2 x 8 x 8 inches|
|Item model number||FMW|
|Warranty||36 Day money back|
C. Crane FM Reflect Antenna
|Price:||$34.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details|
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- Quick and easy way to improve FM reception
- Works well with HD Radios
- 8-foot feed line
- Indoor Use
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Since this antenna has received mixed reviews from other users I decided to be as "scientific," as my skills and equipment would allow. I used my training as an FCC licensed broadcast engineer to compare it to the standard twin-lead dipole antenna that was included free with my tuner. I had already oriented my existing dipole antenna for optimum reception, using my tuner's signal-strength indicators. I then used my tuner's scan mode to see how many stations it could find and I carefully wrote down the frequency and signal strength for each of the many stations that I can receive. Since I live about halfway between New York City and Philadelphia, my FM dial is crowded with stations.
After establishing a base-line of performance with my ordinary dipole antenna, I replaced it with the C. Crane FM Reflect Antenna and experimented with dozens of antenna positions to obtain best reception. Remarkably, mounting the C. Crane FM Reflect Antenna in the exact same position and location, that my twin-lead dipole antenna had been installed, gave me the best performance. After this optimum positioning, I once again used my tuner's scan mode to see how many stations it could find.Read more ›
1. This antenna is NOT rigid! It will not stand up on its own, hold its shape on its own, etc. The description and other reviews suggest this antenna will hold its shape on its own; it will not. The cable is thick and somewhat stiff, but it is not rigid.
2. This is a simple dipole antenna made of high-quality coaxial cable, the same kind used for cable TV. It has the same basic length as a 300-ohm dipole antenna you would buy at Radio Shack or Wal-Mart.
3. The cross-T section is basically two lengths of coaxial cable, one atop another. Its ends are plastic with pinholes, which would allow you to hang the ends via a tack or brad inserted through the hole.
4. The connector is a standard 75-ohm F-type screw-on, the same type of connector used for cable TV connections. If your radio uses the smooth-type 75-ohm connector or the twin-lead, 300-ohm type connector, you'll need to purchase an adapter. I am using a 75-ohm to 300-ohm adapter I got from Radio Shack.
This antenna is basically a more powerful version of a dipole antenna. In my area -- suburban Maine, atop a ridge -- this antenna did an extraordinary job of pulling in distant stations and a great job of isolating the strongest frequency (depending on where the antenna was placed and how it was shaped) in places where station signals overlapped.
Because it is so powerful, how you position this antenna has significant effect on how well it works for the station you want to tune. That is true for all dipoles but especially for this one. Something as simple as whether the center cable has a loop in it, or curves on the way up, can have a huge effect on whether a particular station comes in well.Read more ›
Based on the reviews on Amazon, I bought antenna with skepticism. Worst case scenario, I would return it. I live in Orange County, California, which is about 25 miles away from all the major broadcasters in Los Angeles. There is a lot of opportunity for interference between here and LA. I tried the fancy power antennas, and they pulled in far fewer stations than the simple, $1.99 dipole antenna from the local electronics shop. Don't waste your money on the powered antennas--you'll only frustrate yourself.
I tried several thin, copper dipole antennas, and they all seemed to work pretty well. I had to try several because the cat kept chewing through them no matter how well I hid them.
The C. Craine FM Reflect dipole antenna does pull in more HD stations than the cheaper dipole antennas. Trying different placement options, I found that I could pull in almost all of the HD stations available in the area. I was not able to pull my favorite station, KCRW, in as HD--but this is not a failure of the C. Craine antenna--the station's HD broadcast just isn't strong enough to reach my radio.
This antenna has two distinct advantages over other dipole antenna: (1) with careful placement, it does pull in HD stations that other antennas do not; (2) it's thick, durable construction is impervious to cats.
The $30 price tag is a bit steep for a dipole antenna, but all things considered, it's still cheaper than paying the vet bill because the cat swallowed copper wire.
As long as you understand that this antenna does not work miracles, you won't be disappointed with the C. Craine FM Reflect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great antenna! Has increased my reception in a fringe area.Published 1 month ago by David L. Hamiter II
It didn't work out for me. The FM antenna that came with my Bose worked just as well, if not better. However, I live out of town, so reception can be iffy here.Published 2 months ago by laverne
This antenna made a big difference in the volume of distant radio stations. The radio was able to isolate them at low volume, the antenna enabled us to listen atuch higher volume.Published 5 months ago by Mike Jordan
I'm in a poor reception area. This antenna did no better than the single wire that came with my receiver. Maybe I can find somebody else to give it to.Published 7 months ago by Richard C. Porter
Doesn't do much at all to boost the signal. I should have tested before I built it into the wall because now I can't replace it with something better.Published 7 months ago by Scott Redfern
Works great! For Inside a apartment its the next best thing to a outside antenna. Very flexible.Published 9 months ago by Alan D
I am using this as an HDTV antenna. I'm not sure why, but it works fine. I have a tri-level home and use two of them, one for my downstairs HDTV which scanned 48 channels... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ron
As other reviewers suggest, this antenna will not do better than a di-pole, but what it does do because it is relatively stiff, is allow you to bend it into a shape which gives you... Read morePublished 11 months ago by j ferguson