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Outdoor Antenna Rotator

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Product Summary

Dial-a-signal

The 360° Outdoor Antenna Rotator is perfect for rural or suburban areas. With it you can accurately position your antenna for the best TV and FM reception. The rotator automatically turns your antenna to the direction you dial in on the control panel, and then shuts off when it reaches the desired position. Also ideal for Ham and other amateur antennas.

  • Handles large antennas and mast up to 1-1/3" in diameter
  • Marks the best reception points for each channel
  • Stops antenna at desired position
  • Automatically turns antenna to desired position

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  • Rotator Drive
  • Mounting Hardware
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Disclaimer: CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER OR BACK. NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.

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  • Control Box
  • Mounting Hardware
  • Channel label
 

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  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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March 10, 2008 Outdoor Antenna Rotator (Guía Del Usuario)
March 10, 2008 Outdoor Antenna Rotator (User's Guide)

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RadioShackOutdoor Antenna Rotator
 
2.8

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (17)

51%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (26)
  • Durable (14)
  • Fine-tuning (11)
  • Strong signal (7)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

  • Flimsy (10)
  • Unattractive design (4)

Best Uses

  • Attic/roof mount (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (16), Power user (10), Casual user (9), Tech savvy (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)

Reviewed by 52 customers

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4.0

Light duty rotor

By BigAl

from San Gabriel CA

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Set Up

Cons

  • Flimsy

Best Uses

  • Attic/Roof Mount

Comments about RadioShack Outdoor Antenna Rotator:

Gears could be stronger, fine for smaller antennas works well I haven't had that many strong winds yet it's still working great with my Marco Y 10 meter antenna but Im not sure I would use it on any bigger antenna.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Does the Job

By Smiley

from Northern Virginia

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Attic/Roof Mount

    Comments about RadioShack Outdoor Antenna Rotator:

    IF you are going to go with antenna reception for your TV and IF you live in a "fringe" area, today's digital TV signals require accurate antenna pointing. This rotator will do the job. None of these are "easy" to mount, but this one is as straight forward as any. Pointing is fine enough so that once you find your station locations this will bring you back close enough to find them again. What more can you ask, especially for the price?

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Works great!

    By Chas - cable free TV,

    from Suburban Omaha, NE

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Strong Signal

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Attic/Roof Mount

      Comments about RadioShack Outdoor Antenna Rotator:

      We have a medium sized HD antenna in the attic, but stations originate from widely varying compass points (some a couple miles away and some 50+ miles away), so we could not find a good, single antenna position for them all. With digital TV, the signal is either good or none. With this rotator and knowing the origins' compass points, finding good signals remotely (from our TV room) is now super easy.

      After the industry switch to HD, we started with a small indoor amplified, multi-directional HD antenna (from Radioshack), but reception was not good enough for us. So we attic mounted a midsize HD antenna (also from Radioshack), and each individual signal was good, but a fixed antenna position wasn't. Now, with the rotator, we're happy.

      (Note: Only one compass point is available at a time - we have only one TV, so we don't watch more than one station a ta time.)

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Works Fine, But Nothing Fancy

      By Andrew K

      from Akron, OH

      About Me Casual User

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about RadioShack Outdoor Antenna Rotator:

            I've had this product for about 3 years now, and it's still working fine. As other reviewers have mentioned, the tracking isn't perfect, but I can tolerate it. I keep the rotator control next to my TV, and I turn the knob until I get the best signal. So I don't really care about what direction it's pointing to the exact degree, as long as I know it's close enough and I get a good signal. I'm using a large HBU55 antenna with 145" boom length, and the pipe above the rotator MUST be as short as possible!!! Mine is about 12" long. This will ensure that the rotator won't strain too much. One winter, the rotator wouldn't move, but when it warmed up, it was back to normal. The next winter, I had no problems.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Poor Tracking - Same old RS junk

            By Rick

            from Columbus, OH

            About Me Power User

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Uses Exisiting 3 Wire Cab

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about RadioShack Outdoor Antenna Rotator:

                I bought this rotator to replace a 13 year old RS unit that was tracking so badly I could not ever tell which way it was pointed. Out of the box, synchronized and installed, even the new unit tracks poorly. Point it south - it points southeast. Point it east - it points southeast. Unreliable. Repeated re-synchronization exercises do not yield any better performance. Very disapointing. I though after 13 years RS would have gotten it right. They have not.

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                • No

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Won't last long

                By Can foot

                from Ottawa CA

                About Me Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Cheap

                Cons

                • Flimsy
                • Not durable

                Best Uses

                • Tower Roof

                Comments about RadioShack Outdoor Antenna Rotator:

                Failed after 5 years
                Rubber seal fails and lets water in I suggest building a better seal/water deflector over the seal area ... or whole unit.
                Uses loose ball bearings in head which seize up when water penetrates and grease dries up
                Difficult to install ... the antenna on the rotator -- but easy to install the rotator on tower
                [ Rated flimsy AND cheap because it should have used a sealed bearing for 2 more $ and needs a better seal]

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Works well if you follow the directions

                By Clayski

                from Washington

                About Me Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                • Unattractive Design

                Best Uses

                • Attic/Roof Mount

                Comments about RadioShack Outdoor Antenna Rotator:

                This is just a basic rotator with no frills. If you follow the directions it works exactly as described. One review described it as plastic, but the rotator itself is all die-cast metal.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Rotator case subject to failure

                By Blue Collar ElectroGeek.

                from Brick Twnsp, NJ

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Attic/Roof Mount

                  Comments about RadioShack Outdoor Antenna Rotator:

                  The Rotator and TV antenna was mounted using all Realistic products. Heavy Duty 10' Mast was connected to the Rotor. The Heavy Duty 5' mast connected the TV Antenna 5' pole to the Rotor. The motor pulsed and surged when turning during windy days. The Whole side of the rotor that holds the bottom pole brackets(cast metal)broke off during high winds and ruined the Realistic top of the line TV antenna. This may be great for a small (FM) antenna or light duty use.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Worled great for me!!

                  By Marroebone Boy

                  from Eastern Kentucky

                  About Me Power User

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Nice unit for price

                  Cons

                  • Aluminum is better
                  • Unattractive Design

                  Best Uses

                  • Attic/Roof Mount
                  • Tower mount

                  Comments about RadioShack Outdoor Antenna Rotator:

                  Had this unit 4 years with no problems! Dont over tighten things and it will last. People like to torque things super tight which is a problem with plastic! I put a cover over mine to keep the weather off of it the day I put it up and it still works like it did the day I installed it. Yes there are better made rotors but not for the price of this unit. If your only going to be useing a small antenna 5 element or smaller this thing will do the job just try to use your head and remember this isnt a Ham 4, it will not take the wind load od a Lazer 500 or Moon Raker 4. I liked it so well I bought another for my rotatable Dipole. 4 months and still no problems!. Hope this helps. I seen alot of negitive feed back do to misuse. Read and understand the directions and its max use and you wont have some of the problems above or below!

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                  • No

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  They can be repaired!

                  By Victor3770

                  from Bradenton FL

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Inexpensive

                  Cons

                  • You get what you pay for

                  Best Uses

                  • Attic/Roof Mount
                  • Small antennas

                  Comments about RadioShack Outdoor Antenna Rotator:

                  I'm a radio ham. Used one for a 2m 5el yagi, worked great for years. Then put it under a Cushcraft A50-5S 6m 5el yagi @ 20ft. Worked OK for a while but stopped after a few weeks. Thought I burned it out. But motor still hummed. Disassembled rotor completely, not too hard to do if mechanically inclined. Beware of loose ball-bearings on main shaft when removing main gear plate. Took all three gears off. Found first gear off motor shaft was rusted stuck. Cleaned all with WD40. Worked till real free again. Greased up. Reassembled. Works great again now! Only took a couple of hours. YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

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                  • No

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