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Antennas Direct C5 ClearStream 5 High Gain Digital VHF TV Antenna (ClearStream5)

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Incorporating the same compact engineering which distinguishes the ClearStream family, the C5 is targeted specifically for the high VHF band.(Ch7-13 ; 174 -216 MHz). More >
●  174- 216 MHz (Channels 7 -13)
●  No Extra transformers needed
●  Lifetime Warranty
●  Includes special VHF / UHF Combiner (EU385-CF) to easily work with your UHF Antenna
●  Max gain: 8.4 dBi VHF
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FEATURES

  • 174- 216 MHz (Channels 7 -13)
  • No Extra transformers needed
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Includes special VHF / UHF Combiner (EU385-CF) to easily work with your UHF Antenna
  • Max gain: 8.4 dBi VHF
  • Range: 65 Miles +
  • Impedance: 75 Ohm output F connection
  • Size: 29” L x 23” W x 11.5” D
  • 90% efficient at 200 MHz 100% compatible with all ATSC tuners
  • Smallest high gain VHF antenna on the market
  • New Engineering for core VHF DTV frequencies (Ch 7-13)
  • Easy to Assemble

SPECIFICATIONS

This leap forward in efficient design allows up to 90% of the available broadcast signal to actually reach the incoming antenna cable rather than being lost to impedance mismatches. They are engineered for extra strength and durability, using powder coated aluminum for corrosion resistance and are easy to assemble.
Intended to complement existing UHF antennas, the C5 will include a low loss UHF/VHF signal combiner.

With 24% of the American DTV stations moving to a high VHF assignment there exists a need for high VHF antenna that is compact yet powerful.174- 216 MHz (Channels 7 -13)

• Max gain: 8.4 dBi VHF
• Range: 65 Miles +
• Impedance: 75 Ohm output F connection
• Size: 29” L x 23” W x 11.5” D
• 90% efficient at 200 MHz 100% compatible with all ATSC tuners
• Smallest high gain VHF antenna on the market
• New Engineering for core VHF DTV frequencies (Ch 7-13)
• Easy to Assemble
• No Extra transformers needed
• Lifetime Warranty
• Assembly Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a digital antenna?
Analog and digital signals are broadcast on VHF and UHF frequencies, so all antennas can pick up digital signals. Its more a matter of getting an antenna that covers the frequencies that your stations are broadcast on (VHF/UHF). This is a bit confusing when manufacturers list an antenna as "Digital Ready", or "HD Antenna", but whether they are labeled this way or not, all antennas have this ability.

How much signal will I lose if I put this in my attic?
You will lose 40-50% of your signal strength when placing an antenna in an attic that is covered by plywood and asphalt shingles. Even more signal is lost with foil covered insulation, metal roofs and concrete structures. Beyond a range of 30-35 miles an attic installation is generally not recommended. Because of the high signal loss of an attic installation, an antenna with twice the range is needed to receive the same amount of signal. Digital reception has a much higher threshold of signal strength than analog reception.

Do I need a rotator?
It depends on how wide a direction your antenna covers. This feature is called the beam width. The average antenna has a beam width of 35 degrees, out of 360. Go to a site like www.tvfool.com or www.antennaweb.org and look at the compass orientation.  If the difference in degrees between all your desired stations is great than your antennas beam width, then you will need a rotator. Keep in mind that larger antennas that have a boom length over 131 inches need a rotator that can withstand the windload and torque we suggest the CM9521.

What is the difference between a directional, multidirectional and omnidirectional antenna?
Directional antennas pick up from a narrow direction usually around 40 degrees wide out of 360 and is best for long range reception. Multidirectional antennas have a wide beam width usually 60-90 degrees, allowing them to receive stations that are coming from multiple directions. Omnidirectional antennas receive signal from all directions, and have the shortest range. 

DESCRIPTION

Incorporating the same compact engineering which distinguishes the ClearStream family, the C5 is targeted specifically for the high VHF band. (Ch7-13 ; 174 -216 MHz). Purposely built for high VHF, the ClearStream 5’s efficient, compact design offers excellent gain and impedance matching across the whole post 2009 VHF DTV spectrum. The ClearStream 5 is superior to existing combination antennas for receiving VHF DTV signals and offering good directivity with a peak gain of 8.4 dBi.

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Product Reviews for Antennas Direct C5 ClearStream 5 High Gain Digital VHF TV Antenna (ClearStream5)

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Average Rating (7 Reviews):  4 Stars Average Rating
Five Stars:
3 (43%)
Four Stars:
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Two Stars:
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Latest Positive Rating:
Excellent in attic antenna


Latest Negative Rating:
Low Db Gain



All Customer Reviews

Solid performance
- Santa Barbara, anta Barbara - 1/6/2011
  Ive installed this antenna in my attic and am pleased. It was very easy to assemble and install and pulls a solid signal but the signal is a little weaker at the top of the spectrum (Ch. 11-13). I like it for its simple setup and installation combined with a nice compact size/shape. I find I dont fiddle with it.





very good antenna
- sacramento ca., sacramento ca. - 12/4/2011
  have owned this antenna for several months now and am pleased with it. i have it combined with a 91xg uhf antenna along with a cpa19 pre amp and a centronics rotor. one channel (7) is 100 miles away and comes in with absolute regularity. i also use an atenuator (1296f) to dial down the signal if needed or up for that matter. i find this increases signal strength by as much as 10-15% im using 100





Medium range antenna
- Denison, TX - 3/28/2013
  This antenna is great for places where you cannot place a large direction antenna.However it does not replace the recpetion ability of large directional antennas.If you have clear paths to distant transmitters then you can expect 100+ miles.But it will not perform well if there are too many obstacles.





No Huge Yagi
- Livermore, more CA - 3/28/2013
  I wanted to get away from a huge Yagi Chan 2-84 antenna (huge wind load and hard to turn.) I am using the AD C5 with an AD C4 UHF into a combiner and then into AD CPA-19 pre-amp. The combination works very well.Distance to the transmitting antennas are between 40-50 miles and the local multi-path is pretty bad so depending on time of day the reception can become spotty on the weaker signals.I





Works well
- CA, CA - 3/28/2013
  Ive set this up in my attic and am pickup signals from +90 miles away without preamps or filters. I just want to pick up the networks for a couple games and local news. Some signals come and go with conditions but overall Im pleased.





Excellent in attic antenna
- Redmond, WA - 11/8/2013
  I am about 13 miles from the TV stations and on the back side of a hill. My antennas are in the attic. So I really needed a good antenna. The main channels I am trying to receive are 4, 5, 7 and 9. 4, 5 and 7 are UHF and 9 is VHF. I have a DB4e for UHF and a Clear Stream 5 (CS5) for VHF. The CS5 came with a combiner to combine the two antennas together. Both the DB4e and the CS5 recieve well and fit well in the attic. Each antenna is mounted on a T hung from the rafters with a swivel joint, so I can turn the antenna and aim it at the transmitter. On bad days, I can't watch channel 7, but the problem is the signal not the antenna. It seems to have more to do with wind than with rain. I tried adding a PA18 amplifier, but it made no improvement.

TV Signal Strength Meter vs Weather Conditions

Weather Conditions: no wind or rain

UHF DB4e - Aimed at Ch 4
CH 4: 100% Good picture
CH 5: 80-90% Good picture
CH 7: 70% Good picture

VHF CS5 - Aimed at Ch 9
CH 9: 70% Good picture

Weather Condition: Rainy and windy

UHF DB4e - Aimed at Ch 4
CH 4: 90-100% Good picture
CH 5: 80-90% Good picture
CH 7: 40-70% Not watchable

VHF CS5 - Aimed at Ch 9
CH 9: 70% Good picture





Low Db Gain
- Colonial Beach, VA - 7/1/2014
  Says 15 db gain when actually is 7.6 db vhf 4.9 db uhf. Connector broke circuit board for Impedance match, solder connections, now works, but no 15 db gain as claimed.





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