Product Review (August 2003) - Terk
TV-38 Terrestrial VHF/UHF/FM Outdoor Antenna

Terrestrial antennas are still alive and well thanks to local HDTV transmissions. While the vast majority of households now have cable or DSS providing local service, many of us have opted to rely on a good old fashioned roof-top antenna. Terk has introduced a new line of terrestrial antennas particularly for today's HDTV consumers. The TV-38 and TV-36 antennas are designed to receive UHF/VHF/FM signals, while the TV-32 is a UHF-only design and is considerably smaller than its bigger brothers. We installed the new Terk TV-38 outdoor antenna with a clear line-of-sight to Mount Wilson, the location where all the major transmitters are located in the Los Angeles area. We mounted the antenna on our existing rotor which allowed us to fine tune the signal for each channel. Installation was simple and all of the hardware needed to mount the antenna was included. As always, we recommend anchoring down the mast using guy wire to prevent the wind from knocking it over during bad weather.

The TV-38 is constructed of high-tensile aluminum, making it ideal in extreme weather conditions where wind, ice and snow might otherwise cause problems. The antenna elements are protected with a high-quality polymer finish to minimize oxidation on the aluminum surface.

The antenna ships in an eight foot long box which is only two-thirds the length of the fully assembled structure. The antenna is very simple to assemble and only requires a screw driver and an adjustable wrench. The package includes pre-assembled segments that need to be bolted together. The elements snap into place creating the large span. The end result is a 9 foot wide by 12 foot long antenna. The package includes the antenna, chimney mount, wall mount, universal mount, 5-foot mast, matching transformer (300 ohm to 75 ohm) and instructions. This rather large 43 element antenna only weighs about 10 pounds.

Performance
We took signal measurements using our Sencore SL754D Signal Level Meter. Measurements were taken directly from the RG-6 cable connected to the antenna 100 feet away. Once the data was recorded we fed the antenna signal directly to a distribution unit which then routed the signal to all three of our set-top boxes and our HTPC. We also ran it to our JVC HM-HD30000U and Mitsubishi HS-HD2000U D-VHS VCRs. All of the analog and digital tuners had absolutely no problem displaying a strong signal. High definition images looked excellent with no signal dropouts.

Conclusion
The performance of the TV-38 exceeded our current 13 foot terrestrial antenna we had purchased from Radio Shack several years ago. We saw the largest increase in the UHF band where all of the current HDTV channels are being broadcasted in the Los Angeles area. The TV-38 installation was easy and included all the necessary parts. When you look at the fact that HDTV signals are free, the antenna pays for itself in no time.
- Kevin Nakano


Review System

Display: Mitsubishi - PD-5010 50" High Definition Plasma (ISF Calibrated)
Preamplifier/Processor: Parasound AVC-2500U THX-Ultra DTS/DD Preamp/Processor
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier
Bass Management: Miller & Kreisel BMC Mini 5.1 Bass Management Controller
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 Tripole® Surround Speakers
Subwoofer: Two Miller & Kreisel MX-350THX MkII THX-Ultra Push-pull Subwoofers
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box #1: Mitsubishi HD-5000 Terrestrial HDTV Receiver with MonitorLink
Set-top Box #2: Samsung SIR-T165 Terrestrial HDTV Receiver with DVI
Set-top Box #3: RCA DTC100 HDTV/DSS Satellite Receiver
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables
DVI Cable: Monster Cable M Series M500DVI DVI-D Cable
Power Conditioning: Panamax MAX® 5500 ACRegenerator
Video Generator: Sencore VP300 SDTV/HDTV Video Pattern Generator
Color Analyzer #1: Sencore CP5000 ISF Certified All-Display Color Analyzer
Color Analyzer #2: GretagMacbeth Eye-One Pro Colorphotometer with ColorFacts Software


Review - At a Glance

Terk - TV-38 Terrestrial VHF/UHF/HDTV Outdoor Antenna

Specifications:
CEA Color Code:   Pink
Operating Bandwidth: VHF: 54MHz - 230MHz (Channels 2-13)
UHF: 470MHz - 806MHz (Channels 14-69)
Fully HDTV Compatible
Elements:   43
Antenna Weight :   10 pounds
Dimensions:   149.75" x 111" x 31.5" (LxWxH)
Turning Radius:   90 degrees
Accessories Included (1) Chimney Mount
(1) Wall Mount
(1) Universal Mount
(1) 5-foot Mast
(1) Matching Transformer
(1) Instruction Manual

Source: Manufacture supplied
Model Number: TV-38
MSRP: $199


Company Information
Terk Technologies
63 Mall Drive
Commack, NY 11725
Support: 800-942-8375
Phone: 631-543-1900
Fax: 631-543-8088
Website: www.terk.com

Source: Manufacturer Supplied

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