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TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

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TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

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Re: TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

Post by sfpcc » Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:18 pm

Our house switched to cable in 1982. Before that I kind of remember a device that turned the antenna from inside the house. It made a distinctive grinding noise. can anyone else out there recall such a thing or am i confusing it with something else?



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Re: TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

Post by CK-722 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:39 pm

That was the rotator control box. It coordinated the movement of the control box knob or indicator and the rotator motor.


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Re: TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

Post by tapeisrolling » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:56 pm

There was a Channel Master rotor on the roof when we bought the house (83) and used it till it died after got parked upside down during a roof replacement in 94. I could get Cleveland to watch the Monday Night Football Game blacked out in Detroit. It was the greatest invention for TV watching back in the day.



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Re: TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

Post by HD74 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:27 pm

A rotator is still just as valuable, antennas still work the same way as they did back in the monochrome days.
I’ve got an Antennas Direct Clearstream 4 45’ in the air with a Channel Master rotor and can pull 5 markets. (Not the LP’s) :hat


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Re: TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

Post by Big Signal » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:26 am

I have a Channel Master fringe antenna with a rotor that I've had up at 43 feet for 28 years years with a signal amp on it and it works great for off air HD. Toledo looks like local TV from Livonia. I can also pick up Lansing in HD.


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Re: TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

Post by CK-722 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:13 am

Big Signal wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:26 am
I have a Channel Master fringe antenna with a rotor that I've had up at 43 feet for 28 years years with a signal amp on it and it works great for off air HD. Toledo looks like local TV from Livonia. I can also pick up Lansing in HD.
Which model do you have?


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Re: TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

Post by Big Signal » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:59 pm

I can't remember the model number but it is the 100 mile range antenna. I see that the ones for sale currently are model # CM 3020.


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More Antenna Links

Post by CK-722 » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:23 am

The amazing thing is how some designs have changed very little, and some have returned after falling out of favor, even HDTV designs.

https://www.earlytelevision.org/antennas_1950.html


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Re: TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

Post by organman95 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:14 pm

My grandparents had a rotator for the antenna. As I recall, grandpa got rid of it (and got DirecTV) when a lightning strike literally caused it to explode.



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Re: TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

Post by CK-722 » Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:32 am



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Re: TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

Post by audiophile » Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:05 am

LOL, but those of conflicts aren't all bad. I had an armstrong rotator - open window and turn pipe. It was and Radio Shack FM-6 and HH Scott tuner.


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Re: TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

Post by k8jd » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:13 pm

I just bought a rotor for my HF and VHF small yagis (50 and 28 MHz) that is a few steps above the small TV antenna models, cost near $300 plus shipping. Some of the Bigger HF antenna arrays need a rotor with some horsepower, costing over $ 1000 !
For a while I had a small TV rotor for my 6 elememt FMBC antenna I used for DX listening !



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