|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||2 x 9 x 3 inches|
|Item model number||TCA|
|Warranty||35 Day money back|
C. Crane Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna
|Price:||$99.99 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought it on an orphan sale. I tried hooking it directly to my CCradio, and indirectly using the induction head. I go no noticeable improvement. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ronald D Diderich
I got a "new" 1941 Philco Model 41-265K AM radio recently and I wanted to try to improve reception in my living room. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Douglas J. Barnum
I purchased a Sangean WR-2 AM/FM walnut tabletop radio as an added piece of equipment to complete my home entertainment's center set up. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Mantzefield
This antenna booster definitely made my favorite, but weak, AM radio station more listenable, but I was hoping for even better reception. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Missoula woodworker
worthless, overly complex, did not provide any improved AM signal - finally gave away to Salvation Army, won't buy Crane againPublished 22 months ago by bryan jentsch
I use it in inductive mode, i.e. I haven't direct-connected it in to my AM radio.
I placed the little bar emitter within the small hoop (loop) that came w/ my AM radio. Read more