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C. Crane FM Reflect Antenna

by C.Crane

Price: $34.95 & 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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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight12 ounces
Product Dimensions2 x 8 x 8 inches
Item model numberFMW
Warranty36 Day money back
Additional Information
Shipping Weight1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJanuary 30, 2006

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: C.Crane
  • Model: FMW

Product Description

Our best indoor FM Antenna that also works wonders with HD Radio. A quick and easy way to improve the FM reception of your portable radio or stereo receiver is with an affordable FM Reflect Antenna. The FM Reflect can be bent and shaped to get the best reception from the circular polarization now used by many FM stations. If you've made the leap to HD radio, the FM Reflect is also one of the few antennas that tested well with the new digital signal. Compared to other indoor FM antennas, the FM Reflect achieves a high signal-to-noise ratio and is less susceptible to interference from surrounding objects and people. The dipole design is more powerful than a standard dipole antenna, and delivers maximum gain across the entire FM broadcast band. Unlike ordinary dipoles, with the FM Reflect Antenna there is no fall off near the end of the FM band. In other words, this is a good FM antenna. National Public Radio Labs has performed some HD Radio reception tests using the FM Reflect and other FM antennas Size: 54" all-copper element with an 8-foot feed line. Weight: 8.5 oz. Comes with "F" connector, balun spade connector and alligator clip. Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Customer Reviews

Stations that were fuzzy now come in clear.
J. Mcdaniels
To understand why the results turned out as they did, it might be helpful to understand how antennas work.
Happy Traveler
The C. Crane FM Reflect Antenna has given me 100% reception, rain or shine, day or night.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

441 of 449 people found the following review helpful By Happy Traveler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2007
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Amazon's price for this antenna was the best I could find. I ordered it on a Sunday before a Monday holiday and it was delivered the following Wednesday via their Super Saver free shipping, which I considered to be excellent service. This antenna looks better than a twin-lead dipole antenna, appears to be well-made, comes in an attractive box with a balun coil (matching transformer) for connecting to screw terminals and also an alligator clip for hooking it to a built-in antenna.

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.
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196 of 203 people found the following review helpful By D. Vanderweide on October 31, 2007
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A couple clarifications, first, over previous reviews and the product description:

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.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 6, 2007
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I hoped to "clean up" my fm reception a bit with this antenna. I replaced my $2 indoor dipole antenna with this $30 antenna and discovered absolutely no difference in fm reception. The strong fm stations were still strong but the weak fm stations showed no improvement. Save your money or test it and return it as I did.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Book Jones on December 29, 2008
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So many people left either great or horrible reviews about this product, that I had to weigh in with the real story.

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.
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