ChannelMaster CM3018 antenna reviews: 7
ChannelMaster CM3018 average rating: 3.9
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|ChannelMaster CM3018 Review #0|
|Rating: 5 (excellent)||Nickname: Cliff T||Date: 2014-03-20|
|Summary: Bit bulky but wonderful reception|
|Being a novice cord cutter, I purchased a CM3018 online so that I can drop DirecTV and cable. The antenna is a lot bigger than it looks in the photos. I should have read the specs to get the size. However, I wanted something serious so that I would not get any pixelation as I mounted in in the attic rather than outside. They claim that this is good for 60 miles outside and I am 30 miles from the transmitters. It took me about an hour to install it as I tried to avoid putting my foot through the kitchen ceiling. Remember to only open it up once in the attic as there is no way youll get it through the opening once deployed. I used a piece of 2x1 as a mast which is not the smartest move and I will replace it with a rod when I get a chance. The problem with the 2x1 is that I cant point it accurately and it is currently just in the general direction. Even so, the signal is great. I am getting 58 channels and on all of the main networks I have a signal strength of 80-95% according to my Tivo across the whole VHF-lo to UHF spread. I am very happy with the purchase!|
|ChannelMaster CM3018 Review #1|
|Rating: 5 (excellent)||Nickname: antenna man||Date: 2009-05-01|
|Summary: Great, jproven performance|
|I have had this antenna in use for the past four or five years. There is no rust, everything is still straight, and the digital performance is great. Couldn't ask for better.|
|ChannelMaster CM3018 Review #2|
|Rating: 5 (excellent)||Nickname: jtallarico||Date: 2008-02-26|
|Summary: Good fit for attic installation, adequate for suburban reception.|
|I've had good luck with the ChannelMaster CM3018 that I dragged home from a swap meet. The antenna can be installed in an attic (hint, unfold the elements AFTER the antenna is in position in the attic). With standard truss spacing, the antenna fits snugly in the peak of the roof, between the roof trusses, and aimed perpendicular to the roof ridgeline. Being in the attic shields the antenna from the sun and wind weathering effects, noted in other reviews. For me, the attic install also allowed a very short cable run to the TV. The antenna seems to have some drop off in the low VHF (chan 2 - 6) which won't be an issue after Feb 2009. The antenna had noticible gain and improvement on several channels. A GAIN CHART FOR CHANNEL MASTER ADVANTAGE SERIES UHF/VHF/FM TV ANTENNA can be found at http://starkelectronic.com/cmg4.htm Additional antenna info can be found at http://www.hdtvprimer.com/ANTENNAS/comparing.html|
|ChannelMaster CM3018 Review #3|
|Rating: 5 (excellent)||Nickname: ahmed_reda||Date: 2008-06-09|
|Summary: Great antenna|
|Initially I bought the db8 antenna which did great on UHF and the upper VHF. I was able to get channel 2 with some drop-outs but once I used an amplifier (DB8) and a splitter, I completely lost the channel. That channel had about a <50% signal strength before the amp or the splitter. I decided I wanted to go with a better VHF antenna since the cm-7778 amp will allow me to combine inputs form two antennas. Once I connected it, it worked flawlessly. The strength after the amp and the splitter jumped from 23% to 79%. The only drawback is that channel 7 which used to be 85% with the DB8, dropped to about 75% which is fine with me since with a digital signal you either receive a channel or you don't! I believe that is due to the fact that the 3018 is directional and it wasn't exactly facing the channel 7 towers.
I am assuming a lot of folks are trying to do the same thing that I did which is get a good VHF/UHF to 4 different TV outlets so I am going to list what I used.
First problem would be which amp and how would I power the amp. I went with the channel master 7778. The great thing about it is that you can put the power supply inside the house and it will send the power through the cable line to the amp outdoors. The trick is you have to use a "power pass through splitter". The one that I used is sold by amazon. Do a search for "4-Way Digital Cable and Satellite Splitters". If you live very far from the tower, you can try the CM 7777 which has a slightly better gain but could result in an overload if you live close.
For the antenna choices, it depends on your location. In my case I am about 40 miles away from the towers. I went with the DB8 for the UHF channels and the Channel Master 3018 for the VHF. I recommend going with two antennas because the DB8 is not directional and it does not have to face the towers and the 3018 is. The DB8 has about 75 miles range for UHF. The 3018 has 35(as per the box). For VHF, the DB8 is unclear, and the 3018 has a 60miles. If you only care about UHF (channels 14 and up), the DB8 would be just fine. If you live far from the towers, you can go with one of the higher end deep fringe antennas from channel master. It doesn't do any good to spend more money on a bigger bulkier antenna if you really don't need it.
|ChannelMaster CM3018 Review #4|
|Rating: 5 (excellent)||Nickname: anonymous||Date: 2007-12-14|
|Summary: Works very well for me|
|I live in Northwest AR. I pull in all locals digitally (in HD if available) with this antenna in my attic from the Rogers Area. I have the dishnetwork VIP 622 DVR showing at least 85% on one channel (usually 90%) and 100% on the rest. I have the signal split with two other receivers, both analog and they look very good on everything but Fox??? I have no amplifiers and about 50' of coax. Your luck with the antenna in the attic will depend on your specific location and building type. My eves are wood siding and asphalt shingles on the roof and an open field in the direction of the further transmitters. Due to the proximity of most of the transmitters, I was able to aim the antenna at the most distant and receive all locals without rotating. You still have to pay for locals on dishnetwork if you want the guide to show anything but digital programming. If you receive channels out of your "local area" it will still read digital programming. This makes it difficult to record the programs.|
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