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C. Crane Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna

by C.Crane
31 customer reviews

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  • Works with any AM radio
  • Doubles daytime AM reception
  • Reduces nighttime fadeout
  • Can eliminate heavy static
  • Can work with batteries
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  • Brand Name: C.Crane
  • Model Number: TCA

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Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna - AM radio is filled with interesting music and talk radio shows, but it's reception leaves much to be desired. Thankfully you can do something about that, by picking up this twin coil ferrite antenna. It doubles your daytime AM reception range, dramatically reduces nighttime fade out, and cleans up the heavy static and distortion. Doubles Daytime Reception Include - Tuner control, Antenna element, Ferrite stick with 1/8 inch Mono to RCA connector patch cord, RCA Female Patchcord to two bare wire ends, AC adapter, 5 ft connection cable Dramatically Reduces Nighttime Fade Out Helps Eliminate Heavy Static & Distortion Tuner Size - 3.3 (w) x 4.3 (h) x 2 (d) Antenna Size - 8.5 (w) x 2.5 (h) x 1.3 (d)


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Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions2 x 9 x 3 inches
Item model numberTCA
Warranty35 Day money back
  
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Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2001
  
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Mike Walsh on February 11, 2007
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To be honest, I tried an "orphaned" TCF antenna and returned it, though not due to any fault in the unit itself. The extra tweaking needed was just not justified given the area I listen in, which already has pretty decent AM reception.

If your radio is in the free and clear, like the top of a wood-structure house, the TCF might not be for you. Bear in mind that there's no magic with radio antennas, and a powered device especially will amplify signal and noise equally, often yielding little or no audible improvement in listening quality.

Where a unit like this really shines is in an environment with compromised AM reception - like a basement or a steel-framed building - where you are able to put the antenna head out in the clear and run a cable to it. In such cases the TCF is an excellent solution to an old problem, and because it was designed by Chris Justice of C. Crane Co., it actually works as advertised, not like those photo-op pieces of plastic injection-molded junk from Terk and Radio Shack.

ONE CAVEAT - bear in mind that if you tune around a lot, you'll always be tweaking this thing, so decide ahead of time if that's for you. For extended program listening it's not really an issue.

And by all means go to CCrane's website and read up on AM reception. Those people are on the level.

I'd give you my opinion of Terk, but I just ate.

Hope that helps.

Postscript, May 26, 2008 : I just re-read my own review and think it was potentially misleading of me to suggest that the TCF is primarily useful when the antenna head is located remotely from a radio-frequency-shielded listening spot.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By RbwNY on January 23, 2008
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I've owned a Terk AM Advantage passive antenna for several years, and always wondered if the hype generated by the TCF was worth the purchase. In most cases... I guess it is. But its performance will be HIGHLY dependant upon the users location. (no suprise there)

To compare it with the Terk(when used with the CC Radio); In my experiences, I've always used the Terk Advantage "passively" by NOT connecting the lead wires to the AM ant jack on the radio. I found it the least amount of nuisance that way, & it got better results! With the TCF, I say just the opposite. This DOES work better when connected to the AM ant terminals. First of all alot of adjusting is required, if you're like me and you like to flip channels seeking out the goodies. Again, location is the key. This is also true of the receiving antenna unit. A few inches or feet makes alot of difference. Second; I am unfortunate to live within about 2 miles of a 50,000 watt blowtorch!! THIS scenario can cause issues! Also within a few miles, is a 1000 kw signal on 1240. Other oddities include our local 1460 signal which also appears on 560! (this only occurs with the TCF)

Under certain circumstances the TCF can't tune past varying causes of electrical interference the way the Terk can. But, I CAN pick up some long distance stations during the day much better than I ever could with the Terk. So again it highly depends on alot of individual circumstances and conditions. Bottom line... it does reasonably well, but as another reviewer pointed out, it would be spectacular in the boonies where only the odd 1kw signal stood in the way.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Merc on April 2, 2008
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Yes, it is expensive but this antenna woks and it works great. In my office there is almost no AM reception so I bought a new Sangean Sonido radio (also very nice) for its superior AM reception. It definitely helped, especially if placed by the window, but reception was still horrible so I purchased this antenna. Wow, crystal clear reception in a steel and concrete (secure) building. The Sonido has no antenna input so I stuck the ferrite stick to the back, set the tuner (with a battery installed) at the edge of my desk and ran the antenna unit to the window (a triple pane monster with steel bars on it). Set my station, dialed in the tuner and crystal clear. I even get ESPN, which has the weakest signal possible in my area, almost pefectly.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By drfishstick on May 13, 2007
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Has to be tuned in to every station. So first you adjust the radio dial then you adjust the antenna dial. but it does improve reception.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Homer1952 on December 4, 2010
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I have been looking for a good am antenna for some time & finally bit the bullet for the CC TCF AM Antenna. I bought an "orphan" from CCrane. This is my second disappointing purchase from them. I could not get it to work very well & I tried it on a number of AM radios (GE, Hammarlund, Sony HD) & in a number of locations. It just never worked nearly as well as a simple long wire extended outside. I expected the preselection would isolate & amplify the signal, but most of the time it would just take a weak station just make it louder without removing the noise. A louder but still unlistenable station wasn't what I was after. Perhaps if you are in a location where a long wire isn't permitted, then this my be very expensive alternative. It cost me $20 (all shipping) to learn this lesson.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Searcher on December 9, 2007
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This amplified, 2 coil ferrite AM antenna really pulls in those faint stations. It Works! For example, as your local npr station faded recently and their new HD service was being hawked send your donation to get this antenna instead to npr. They told you how sundown and weather is interfering. Well, you'll be surprised how service is restored by you and your new antenna.
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