About the Channel Master CM-2018 (Digital Advantage 60)
Channel Master's CM-2018 antenna receives digital and analog over-the-air TV signals in the UHF and high-band VHF ranges, with a 60-mile maximum range for each. It's space-efficient design works well for roof and attic installations.
The CM-2018 is a "directional" antenna, which means it will provide the best results when most or all of the desired stations are transmitting from the same location. For tips on selecting an antenna, and links to websites that help you locate HDTV signals in your area, check out our article on choosing the best HDTV antenna.
- receives digital & analog UHF and high-band VHF TV signals
- range is 60 miles for high-band VHF (channels 7-13) and 45 miles for UHF (channels 14-51)
- 77-5/8"W x 22"H x 60"D
- 75-ohm output for coaxial cable
- can accommodate 1-1/4"-1-1/2" mast (not included)
- warranty: 90 days
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- RG-6 cable is recommended
- MFR # 2018
What's in the box:
- Long range HD Digital/UHF/VHF high TV antenna (2 pieces)
- Matching transformer
- U-bolt and clamp assembly
- Bolt (Length=1-3/8")
- 5 Wing-nuts
- Installation Instructions (English/Spanish)
- "Danger" sticker
Channel Master CM-2018 (Digital Advantage 60) reviews
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This is my first antenna experience. Much bigger than expected. Fairly easy assembly. There was just one part I was unsure of how it went together, even though I was looking at the directions. The directions were just a little unclear. Once installed and hooked up to the tv, reception was great! Receiving 61 stations around the metro Detroit area. All are coming in crystal clear.
Pros: Light weight, easy installation.
Cons: Assembly instructions just a tad unclear.
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Product quality is very good. Got the antenna installed two days ago and it works very well. I am able to get 18 stations with the antenna in stationary position. The picture quality is also very good. Should have dropped Direct TV long ago! Thanks Larry for your expertise in recommending the correct product for my application.
Pros: Excellent product. Fast and free shipping. Great customer service. Would recommend this product and company.
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I bought this antenna to get rid of high Directv bill each month. When I got it I placed it on the floor in front of main tv. Wow, I couldn't believe how great a picture I was picking up. Got all channels except local Fox. The next weekend I installed it in my attic. Called Directv and cancel my subscription. Saving $148.00 a month. Highly recommend.
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It is an excellent product with very good quality of reception, both in audio and video.
Pros: Easy assembly
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Not sure why I was paying cable.I have over 60 chanels for free. Most are junk, however I have NBC ABC CBS FOX CW and much more.
Cons: No ESPN but I never watched it anyway
10 of 10 found this helpful
This antenna works perfectly in our attic. We are about 25 miles from the Detroit transmission towers. According to Antennaweb, most stations are Blue, with one Violet. I installed this in the attic, and pointed toward the Detroit stations. I paired this with the Channel Master CM-7778 medium gain pre-amp. All available channels are being picked up crystal clear. Surprisingly, I'm also getting PBS 28, which is at the side of the antenna direction. Very happy with the antenna.
Pros: Lightweight. Easy to assemble, Not too large for attic installation
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I am about 30 miles away from TV stations and needed to install an antenna in my hip roof attic. Information I found said installing an antenna in normal attic can decrease signal strength by 50% (so I would need a 60 mile antenna.) I also needed an antenna that would get a local channel 9 FOX station on the high VHF. And last, I was looking for an antenna that was two pieces in case I needed to carry it up into my attic still folded up and still in two pieces. I was able to assemble the antenna all together before I carried it up into the attic through the pull down stairs, but left it folded up until I mounted it on the pole. I used a free compass app for my phone and used it to position the antenna with info from TVFool.com Almost all the stations I care about are at 100% strength!
Pros: 60 mile strength, comes in two pieces for easier hip roof attic installs, has both high VHF and UHF, is made well.
Cons: Would have been even better if it had cost a little less :)
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As soon as I canceled cable, I first got a small antenna, (the Mohu leaf), because I could get it in a store right away. It said "as much as 50 miles". I only live 25 miles away from the transmitter. Also, there is mostly farm field around me so I have no obstacles. Well, it was a very disappointing, only a few channels (5 ish). I was very suspicious of the claims, since the physics just did not seem to add up. The wave lengths need specific sized devices to capture them. No matter how much amplification added, it does not make up for this. It is just like turning a fading radio station up, it is just louder noise! I later got this much larger 2018. I planned to put this in my garage attic. I set it up easily, and placed it on my kitchen table indoors for a trial. I roughly pointed it in the correct direction (west for me) and I could then get over 50 channels, including several VHF channels that I was targeting (whyy channel 12). The quality of the channels are mostly VERY good, better than my cable. I expect at least as good of a signal once it is 10 feet higher in my attic.
Pros: easy to set up. Powerful reception. well built.
Cons: needs to be installed on roof or in attic, so this is a bit of a pain compared to indoors models.
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I was going to buy a much larger antenna for quite a bit more. By using online tv station searches like tvfool i found that i didnt need an antenna that picked up stations 100 miles away. Most stations are only 30-48 miles from my house! So why pay more for what you dont need? This antenna pulls in any channel i would ever want to watch and they are free! Great antenna. Small enough to carry onto the roof and install myself.
Pros: Size. Quality.
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Very high quality antenna for the price. I would recommend this product to anyone! Very clear, understandable instructions. Good job Channel Master and Crutchfield!
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The Channel Master 2018 is wonderful! I live in the heart of Washington DC, with TV stations in all directions. This antenna has just the right mix of directional and broad reception. By pointing it at Baltimore, i am able to receive over 50 channels from DC, Baltimore and Annapolis without a rotator. It came with all the necessary hardware (I already had a mast), and was easy to install even working on my roof on a cold damp day. And the service was excellent! I ordered this in the morning from Crutchfield and had it the next day!
Pros: Great reception. Easy to install!
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Channel Master claims that the CM-2018 has a 45-60 mile range (I'd guess with perfect line-of-sight this might be possible, I'd go for a bigger directional antenna if you are hoping for reliable quality over 40 miles from the broadcast tower). Following the instructions, the antenna unfolds easily. The antenna elements and assembly are somewhat fragile as it's constructed from lightweight aluminum so take your time and be careful. The most difficult step in assembly was trying to decipher how the coaxial balun attaches to the antenna. My antenna is mounted on a home-made mast 14´ above the roofline. Getting the antenna to that height made a huge difference in my ability to tune the local OTA broadcasts. I would recommend going with a larger antenna if you are in a challenging location. (Maybe the Channel Master 3020)
Pros: The Channel Master CM-2018 is a good value and performs well in my fringe reception area.
Cons: I had one issue with a hinged plastic tab that cracked as I was assembling the antenna. I was able to make a simple repair with a zip-tie and all is fine and functional. The instructions covered a range of models and could have been more clear with diagrams specific to my antenna model.
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More details on the Channel Master CM-2018 (Digital Advantage 60)
Overview: The Channel Master Digital Advantage 60 (Model CM-2018) is a directional (yagi), line-of-sight outdoor TV antenna that receives high definition and digital signals up to 60 miles away. With a total of 24 elements, it is engineered to receive high quality UHF/VHF high band frequencies. It is classified as a large directional antenna by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Reception Range: This antenna receives only VHF channels 7-13 (VHF high band) and UHF channels 14-51. It does not receive VHF channels 2-6 (VHF low band). To receive channels 2-6, an oversized antenna is required. The reception range and average gain for this antenna are as follows:
- VHF Channels (7-13):
- Reception Range: 60 miles
- Average Gain: 7.5dB
- UHF Channels (14-51):
- Reception Range: 60 miles
- Average Gain: 8.2dB
Note: All distances are approximate, actual performance depends on too many variables to predict accurately.
Mounting: It can be mounted on a roof, wall, chimney, in an attic, or on a tripod. The manufacturer's suggested height limit is 10 feet above the rooftop.
Turning Radius: Model CM-2018 has a 5' turning radius. If using an antenna rotor, you must make sure there are no obstructions around the antenna mast that would interfere with the antenna's rotation.
Connections: The included transformer is connected to the antenna tap-off points using the included wing nuts. The other end of the transformer has a female F-type connector. The included waterproof rubber weather boot should be installed over the cable connection to guard against corrosion.
Note: Coax cable is not provided; RG-6 is recommended.
Grounding: The antenna and mast should be properly grounded. Grounding provides lightning protection for the antenna and your TV set. A #8 or larger aluminum or copper wire connected between the antenna and grounding rod should be used.
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