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Channel Master CM-2020

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by ESA1178, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. ESA1178

    ESA1178 AllStar

    Dec 3, 2011
    Anybody recommend the Channel Master CM-2020 antenna?
    Along with a preamp. For long range digital?


  2. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2004
    It depends entirely on what you mean by "long range digital".

    First - there is no such thing as a "digital" antenna - an antenna is an antenna is an antenna.

    Now, TV reception and especially digital reception is more of an art than a science, so within certain parameters it is usually governed by trial and error.

    CM rates this antenna for reception up to 60 miles. That would be over flat, level (is that a redundancy) ground with no obstructions.

    I consider this CM2020 to be a midrange antenna, not a long range antenna.

    If you are in the LA area and have a view from 60, maybe more, miles away of Mt. Wilson, this antenna will probably work for you.

    As a general rule the larger the antenna is, the more elements it has, the further it can receive stations.

    Channel master has quite a few larger antennas that would get more signal out of the thin air than the CM2020, and If you are looking at VHF high /UHF combo antennas Winegard makes a complete line of them from the HD7694 to the HD7698 which is a monster, all of which are stronger at collecting signal than the CM2020.
  3. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Not knowing where you are, if you are in So Cal you probably don't need an antenna that big. I live 55 miles from Mt. Wilson and an indoor antenna works surprisingly well.
  4. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2004
    Stable OTA reception from 55 miles with an indoor antenna is truly remarkable.

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