MCM Electronics

UHF/DTV/HDTV/VHF Indoor Amplified Antenna By Stellar Labs (A218-003)

4 stars 13 reviews
$4.19 
Reg. Price: $11.99
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Amplified Set Top TV Antenna
Stylish indoor TV antenna receives digital and analog UHF and VHF television signals as well as FM. Internal amplifier features adjustable gain allowing perfect compensation for both strong and weak signals. Attached 52" coaxial cable is terminated with standard male "F" connector. Auxiliary "F" input accepts signal from cable, a separate antenna or VCR, and may be selected via front panel control.

Specifications Top

    Specifications
  • Frequency range: 46~230MHz, 470-860MHz
  • VHF gain (46~230MHz): 0~28dB variable
  • UHF gain (470~860MHz); 0~26dB variable
  • Output: 75Ω RG59 cable with molded F connector
  • Aux input: 75Ω female F connector
  • Operates on 120VAC/60Hz, 3.5W or 12VDC, 100mA
  • Attached 48" AC power cord
  • 12VDC input jack: 2.1/5.1mm, tip positive

Part Numbers
MCM Part #:30-2160
Stellar Labs Part #:A218-003
Package Specifications & Dimensions
Weight:1.73 lbs.
Hazardous:No
Warranty:90 days
Need to Return?
Length:10.75 in.
Width:9 in.
Height:5 in.
Shipping Information
Extra Shipping Charge:No
Drop Ship:No
Catalog Pages
Catalog/Page:
MCM Cat 57, Page 250
MCM Cat 56, Page 106
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Product Reviews Top

  • by antennaantenna

    on 5/3/2015

    Abysmal Quality

    Overall: 2 out of 5
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    Before I start, I did pay 12 dollars for this with shipping, so I expected a cheap product. This thing was already broken when received despite being handled properly by Fedex. The plastic piece holding the bowtie onto the wire grid was hanging on by one of the two screws that were present (the space between the edge of the plastic piece and the screw hole was so small it had simply cracked). The left VHF dipole no longer stands freely as of today (had it about 2 weeks).

    Now, the amplifier does not help with digital TV as much as it does with analog. It seems to just send more amperage to the TV tuner rather than add more gain to the antenna aerials. This helps slightly with analog, but not with digital. I can pick up most of the stations I normally do with any other antenna, but this thing is so directional you have to do major adjustments and get it just right to get a usable picture out of a specific station. I really haven't found any redeeming qualities of this product. It is cheap, very cheap, in fact so cheap it isn't made properly. This could be a good thing if made properly. I say pass on this one, try one of these flat antennas (even though it will go against people like me that are looking for something non- mainstream), or a small outdoor model (they god for 20- 40 dollars now!). I recommend a 60 mile range Yagi.

  • by joetvclinic

    on 12/5/2013

    Won't buy again!

    Overall: 1.5 out of 5
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    got 2 channels and we are in the broadcast area, a piece of wire in the tv antenna jack pulled in more stations!

  • by DaveWilliams

    on 1/30/2013

    Not too bad at all

    Overall: 4 out of 5
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    Top 10 Contributor

    Live just south of Dayton, works great for all Dayton stations. Cincinnati is about 45 miles away, gets one channel, but no others. All in all, can't complain.

  • by NeubaumTurk_DYCA

    on 1/30/2013

    Works Good

    Overall: 5 out of 5
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    Top 10 Contributor

    Very happy. Works as well as others I have tried costing twice as much. I'd buy again.

  • by johnmi4455

    on 11/5/2012

    NA - Did not work in my Application

    Overall: 3 out of 5
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    I don't if it worked or didn't put my reception for my old analog TV

  • by billst

    on 2/23/2012

    Bill

    Overall: 3 out of 5
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    The antenna works great, easy to use. My only problem I'm about 20 miles outside the city and get most of the channels and miss some of the weaker. Woould like a little more power.

  • by jessievallad

    on 2/8/2012

    Not that good...

    Overall: 2 out of 5
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    I wasn't impressed at all. It pulled in 1/8 of the channels as my home made antenna does. I built several with as board, balun, and copper wire. Google it if you've never seen one. They work good. The plastic cracked almost immediately. I super glued it and plugged it in, scanned, and was let down by the results. I tried re-aiming it and anything else that I could think of. Nothing against MCM, I think they are a great company. However, I cannot recommend this antenna. They sell a nice indoor booster on here for about 10 bucks. Grab one of those, build yourself an antenna, and you will be pleased with the results.

  • by rschmidt

    on 2/4/2012

    I must have a dud. I'm not as impressed as others

    Overall: 3 out of 5
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    I bought this antenna because my wife is on bed rest and we don't have cable in the bedroom. I initially connected a much larger, but awkward amplified antenna (10dB gain for VHF, 9dB for UHF) in the room, but it wouldn't pull in a few stations and due to the size, I couldn't reposition it. Based on other reviews and the specifications of this antenna, I was expecting this to be the answer. I expected to set this up on the dresser aim it, and the 26dB of gain would have no problems pulling in stations. WRONG. It did a better job pulling in stations with the gain stage turned off, but even then it is sub par compared with the awkward, lower gain antenna. I could hear something rolling around inside so I thought maybe a cap or inductor was loose explaining why the gain made things worse. No such luck, some of the hot melt glue that was supposed to hold the tuner in place had come loose. It did allow me to experience the poor build quality of this antenna. Shielded coax is stripped back way too far and kinked with a ~330 degree bend, solder quality is poor, and the tuner assembly is supposed to be just held in place with hot melt glue with a couple of guide posts. All of the glue in mine was cracked and the tuner is basically floating. I'm glad I paid less than $10 for this, I won't feel bad throwing it away. This is one of the VERY FEW times I've been disappointed with something from MCM Electronics, so no hard feelings.

  • by walkabout

    on 1/18/2012

    HDTV antenna

    Overall: 5 out of 5
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    Excellent product that performed as advertised. Good online experience, will keep them in Favorites!

  • by vstrat

    on 1/11/2012

    Review 30-2160 UHF/DTV/ HDTV/VHF Indoor Amplified Antenna

    Overall: 5 out of 5
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    This Indoor Amplified Antenna, was excellent in recieving network HDTV Broadcasts, the channels came in sharp and clear. What a Value.

  • by Richie99

    on 12/11/2011

    Works Fine For Me

    Overall: 5 out of 5
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    I have my indoor antenna outdoors, and was able to connect my outdoor antenna that I bought through this company and it is bring 31 channels out of 34 channels using this indoor antenna. a good buy, thank you MCM Electronic I made a excellent choice.

  • by jpaulbolcar

    on 10/27/2011

    Good price, reasonable performance..

    Overall: 4 out of 5
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    I live in a rural area. Closest stations are maybe15 to 20 miles as the crow flies. Pointed accurately, I'm picking up 4 or 5 channels. If you are further away than that, this antenna will not likely work for you. I'd speculate this antenna might work fine in an urban area.

  • by lhb1142

    on 7/2/2010

    A Superb Indoor HDTV Antenna

    Overall: 5 out of 5
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    I am very pleased with this antenna. We live about forty miles from the local TV stations' antenna farm yet this unit is able to bring in every one of them clearly and with no dropouts or stuttering. One or two of the stations we are able to receive do require rotation of the antenna but that is no problem at all. (One of them is from another area not located in the aforementioned antenna farm.) Unlike some other indoor antennas, this one is optimized for both VHF as well as UHF frequencies. At least one of our local channels is still using a VHF frequency and it comes in very clearly. It is a real advantage to have the range of adjustment which this antenna offers and which allow an external auxiliary antenna to be attached and controlled by it. While we do not need any antenna other than this one, for many people this feature will be a major advantage. At its low price, it is a 'no-brainer' to buy and I highly recommend it.

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