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Antennacraft Colorstar C290 HDTV/VHF/UHF/FM Antenna

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C290

 | Catalog #: 15-265
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Product Summary

Own the airwaves.

Pull in a solid HD signal with Antennacraft's Colorstar C290 antenna. The C290 features Channel Spanner® Technology that helps eliminate unwanted out-of-phase UHF signals from the UHF drive system and the VHF/UHF Isolation Network with UHF Dipole helps isolate VHF/UHF signals. It's pre-assembled and easy to install.

  • Up to 50 mile VHF range; 55 mile UHF range*
  • Channel Spanner Technology helps eliminate out-of-phase UHF signals, resulting in better reception
  • Easy "snap-open" assembly
  • Includes "no-tilt" U-bolt clamp and 300/75 ohm matching transformer
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Disclaimer: *Mileage based on optimum conditions over flat, open terrain. Transmitting antenna height and power and receiving antenna height and placement, will also effect overall results.

What's in the box

  • Antennacraft® Colorstar C290
  • U-bolt
  • 300/75 ohm matching transformer
  • User's guide
 

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Antennacraft Colorstar C290 HDTV/VHF/UHF/FM Antenna
 
4.0

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (11)
  • Strong signal (9)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Unattractive design (3)

Best Uses

  • Attic/roof mount (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (9), Power user (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Reviewed by 14 customers

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5.0

perfect

By pall mall

from lorain ohio

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Inexpensive
  • Strong Signal

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Attic/Roof Mount

    Comments about Antennacraft Colorstar C290 HDTV/VHF/UHF/FM Antenna:

    this is a great tool, in this area 30 feet would be best mounting height however, I used the bracket my direct t.v. dish was using with a couple poles for height , around 20 25 feet works very well

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good antenna

    By Tom

    from Portage, Mi

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Strong Signal

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mounted On Roof

      Comments about Antennacraft Colorstar C290 HDTV/VHF/UHF/FM Antenna:

      It was easy to install and the directions were clear. I can receive 21 channels and most of them are more than 15 miles away from my house. I haven't even connected up a signal amplifier yet.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Works Great

      By AP

      from Memphis, TN

      About Me Casual User

      Pros

      • All Components Needed
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Strong Signal

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Attic/Roof Mount

        Comments about Antennacraft Colorstar C290 HDTV/VHF/UHF/FM Antenna:

        Just moved to new house and it did not have antenna, so I tried this one out. Radio Schack told me go with the smaller one see if it works and if it didn't I could bring it back and get the bigger one.. Installed in attic and I have lot of trees around my house, reception is very good, about ~30 stations. It seems that most of the major network stations pull in clear, with one having a little trouble when storms are in the area. I live about 30 miles from most of the local TV Stations. I used an old metal closet cloths rod to attach it in the center of the attic. Been cable free for 20 years and still loving it!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Everyone's needs different. perfect 4 me

        By Pro DIYer

        from Ballston Spa, NY

        About Me Power User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Attic/Roof Mount

          Comments about Antennacraft Colorstar C290 HDTV/VHF/UHF/FM Antenna:

          Typical indoor rabbit ears antennas with amplifiers didn't work well as TV stations are 30 miles away. Was getting total signal disruption when used microwave for cooking food. Researched Nat. Electrical Code, in my situation, sensible safety dictated 2 grounding wires and rod for lighting, equipment protection & insurance when mounted on roof. Decided to try mounting antenna inside attic first as grounding is not required and less $120 expenses in materials plus time. If it didn't work, then I'd move it outside, etc.
          WOW!!! The C290 works awesome in my attic without any amplification. I didn't even have to spend time tuning the signal. Even although I'm 10-15 degrees off of the towers (in-between 2 sets of towers), I get great reception for UHF and VHF channels. This won't meet everyone's needs but for me it's worth every dollar! And my wife ecstatic too!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Poor performance, Avg price [$]

          By Terry

          from Utah 84088

          About Me Casual User

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

          • Poor Reception
          • Unattractive Design

          Best Uses

            Comments about Antennacraft Colorstar C290 HDTV/VHF/UHF/FM Antenna:

            Ch 2 poor yet ch 5 great. Swaped out with another brand and all ok.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            "Exceeds expectations"

            By Robanana

            from La Jolla, CA

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Strong Signal

            Cons

            • Bulky
            • Unattractive Design

            Best Uses

            • Attic/Roof Mount

            Comments about Antennacraft Colorstar C290 HDTV/VHF/UHF/FM Antenna:

            Flawless HD reception of major stations
            Pretty good reception of Spanish-language stations, probably from Tijuana

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Antennacraft® Colorstar C290 HDTV/VHF/UH

            By Dallas [...] Cowboys

            from ny

            About Me Casual User

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Attic/Roof Mount

              Comments about Antennacraft Colorstar C290 HDTV/VHF/UHF/FM Antenna:

              get 14 channels in one position two more if turned but lose others

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good antenna for the money

              By Dish_suxs

              from Keller TX

              About Me Power User

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fine-Tuning

              Cons

              • Flimsy

              Best Uses

              • Attic/Roof Mount

              Comments about Antennacraft Colorstar C290 HDTV/VHF/UHF/FM Antenna:

              This is a nice antenna. Not sure it would hold up well if you have to move it as one of my radials broke. But if you are in market (not more that 50 miles from TV transmitters) this antenna is all you need. You might need a larger ant if you are > 50 miles from the market.

              I am so over spending >1200$ a year for paid TV services. You pay top $ for services like that and then have to watch tons of commercials not to mention dozens of channels you never use. Give me HBO and over the air services!

              (2 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Monster

              By Speedy

              from Fountain, CO

              About Me Power User

              Pros

              • Strong Signal

              Cons

              • Flimsy
              • Unattractive Design

              Best Uses

                Comments about Antennacraft Colorstar C290 HDTV/VHF/UHF/FM Antenna:

                I put this up and took it down the signal quality was no better than the Omni Directional. This would be great if you live 100 miles from the source and have no need to ever look at your house.

                (43 of 44 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Antenna

                By Don't like cable

                from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Strong Signal

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Antennacraft Colorstar C290 HDTV/VHF/UHF/FM Antenna:

                    [...] It was light and weighs about 5 lbs. The assembly was easy. I installed it in my garage just under the roof. This is the highest interior place in the house. A wooden dowel was screwed to the beam as the antenna post. Keeping it inside will avoid oxidation in the joints that will occur outside and kill the performance over time. I point it toward LA's Mt. Wilson (35 mi away). I am able to pull in over 90 DTV stations. This is fantastic considering the signals have to go through a tree outside and then a small stucco wall with metal wires inside!

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