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Six-ElementTriple-DriveFM Antenna

OWNER’S MANUAL — Please read before using this equipment.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Before you begin installation, read this manual and the separate Consumer Product Safety Commission information sheet. For your safety and convenience, plan each step of the installation and purchase the necessary hardware in advance. The hardware required and the order in which you perform the steps depend on the mounting and connection method you choose.

Warning: When you install your antenna, use extreme caution. If the antenna starts to fall, let it go! It could contact overhead power lines. If the antenna touches the power line, contact with the antenna, mast, cable, or guy wires can cause electrocution and death. Call the power company to remove the antenna.Do not attempt to remove it yourself.

Using Coaxial Cable

Lead-InTerminal

 

Spade Terminals

 

 

Main

 

Strain-ReliefTab

Boom

 

 

 

 

 

Flat Washers

Weather Boot

 

Large

 

 

 

Matching

Wing Nuts

F-Connector

Transformer

 

To connect coaxial cable to your antenna:

1.Thread the supplied matching transformer’s spade terminals through the antenna’s strain-relieftab.

ASSEMBLING THE ANTENNA

Assemble the entire antenna on the ground.

1.Use the supplied hardware to loosely attach the supplied mast clamp assembly to the boom, as shown.

Note: To access the mast clamp holes, move the antenna’s elements out of the way as needed.

U-Bolt

Mast Clamp

Boom

Backup Plate

Lock Nuts

2. Press the supplied large end plugs into the boom.

CONNECTING LEAD-INCABLE

TO THE ANTENNA

We recommend RG-6cable and, if you prepare your own cable, a qualityF-connector.You can also use300-ohmflat, twinlead cable. (RadioShack carries a variety of suitable cables and connectors.)

Note: If you prepare your own coaxial cable, be sure to slide the supplied matching transformer’s weather boot onto the cable before you attach theF-connector.

2.Slide the spade terminals around the antenna’s lead-interminals (on both sides of the boom), then secure them with the supplied flat washers and large wing nuts.

3.Screw the cable’s F-connectoronto the matching transformer.

4.Slip the weather boot over the connection. If you use a rebuilt cable without a weather boot, cover the connection with weather-resistanttape.

Using Twin-LeadCable

Lead-InTerminal

 

Main

Strain-ReliefTab

Boom

 

 

Flat Washers

Twin-LeadCable

Large

 

Wing Nuts

To connect flat, twin-leadcable to your antenna:

1.Split one end of the twin-leadcable for a length of about 3 inches. Then strip about1/2 inch of insulation from both leads.

2.Thread the stripped leads through the antenna’s strainrelief tab.

3.Wrap each lead around one of the antenna’s lead-interminals (on both sides of the boom). Be sure there is enough slack between thestrain-relieftab and the antenna terminals to prevent stress on the cable or the terminals.

4.Secure the leads with the supplied flat washers and large wing nuts.

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All Rights Reserved.

RadioShack is a registered trademark used by Tandy Corporation. RadioShack.com is a trademark used by Tandy Corporation.

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UNFOLDING THE ANTENNA’S ELEMENTS

Hold the boom’s elements near the pivot points and pull them away from the boom until they snap into the self-lockingplastic support insulators.

Caution: To avoid damage to the elements, do not pull them near their outer ends. Once the elements are locked into position, do not attempt to unlock them. Doing so might break theself-lockingtabs.

ATTACHING TO THE MAST

For the best FM reception, do not mount the FM antenna on the same mast with a TV antenna. We recommend that you enlist the help of another person before you put up the mast or attach your antenna to it. How you set up your mast depends on your specific installation. Refer to the separate Consumer Product Safety Commission information sheet for recommended methods.

1.Slide the antenna’s mast clamp assembly over the end of the mast.

2.Tighten the mast clamp assembly’s lock nuts to hold the antenna in place. Do not overtighten the lock nuts.

3.Set up the mast, then rotate it so the antenna’s shorter elements point toward the broadcast antennas of the stations you want to receive.

Short Elements

ROUTING THE CABLE TO YOUR FM RECEIVER

If you use coaxial cable:

Use plastic tape or mast standoff insulators to secure the coaxial cable to the mast at about 3-footintervals. Continue down the roof and the side of the house using roof and wall standoff insulators.

Use coaxial cable nail-inclips every few feet to secure the cable between the mast and where the cable enters the house.

Use a 75-ohmgrounding block at the point where the coaxial cable enters the house. Read the Consumer Product Safety Commission sheet for grounding instructions.

Use a wall-throughlead-intube (not supplied) to neatly route the coaxial cable through walls.

If you use twin-leadcable:

Be sure the twin-leadcable remains at least 4 inches away from all metal surfaces.

Use standoff insulators about every 4 feet. Twist the twinlead cable about three turns between standoff insulators.

Read the separate Consumer Product Safety Commission sheet for grounding instructions.

Toward FM

Stations’

Antennas

Mast

Long Element

CONNECTING TO YOUR FM RECEIVER

Connect the antenna’s lead-incable to your FM receiver’s antenna terminals according to the type of cable you used. RadioShack carries a variety of matching transformers, if one of these suits your needs. Below are some sample connections.

Make connections as described if you have:

Coaxial antenna lead-in

Twin-leadFM antenna terminals

Connect to FM Receiver’s 300-OhmScrew Terminals

RadioShack

Indoor/Outdoor

Matching Transformer

Cat. No. 15-1140

Connect

CoaxialLead-In

from Antenna

2

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Make connections as described if you have:

Connect to FM Receiver’s

Coaxial antenna lead-in

75-OhmF-Connector

 

Coaxial FM antenna terminals

 

CoaxialLead-In

from Antenna

Make connections as described if you have:

Twin-leadantennalead-in

Coaxial FM antenna terminal

Connect to FM Receiver’s 75-OhmF-Connector

RadioShack

Matching Transformer

Cat. No. 15-1253

Connect Twin-LeadLead-Infrom Antenna to Screw Terminals

Make connections as described if you have:

Twin-leadantennalead-in

Twin-leadFM antenna terminals

Connect to FM Receiver’s 300-Ohm

Screw Terminals

Twin-LeadLead-Infrom Antenna

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Limited Ninety-DayWarranty

This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under normal use for ninety (90) days from the date of purchase from RadioShack companyowned stores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES CONTAINED HEREIN. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY TO CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY LIABILITY, LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCT OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM INCONVENIENCE, LOSS OF TIME, DATA, PROPERTY, REVENUE, OR PROFIT OR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF RadioShack HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.

In the event of a product defect during the warranty period, take the product and the RadioShack sales receipt as proof of purchase date to any RadioShack store. RadioShack will, at its option, unless otherwise provided by law: (a) correct the defect by product repair without charge for parts and labor; (b) replace the product with one of the same or similar design; or (c) refund the purchase price. All replaced parts and products, and products on which a refund is made, become the property of RadioShack. New or reconditioned parts and products may be used in the performance of warranty service. Repaired or replaced parts and products are warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period. You will be charged for repair or replacement of the product made after the expiration of the warranty period.

This warranty does not cover: (a) damage or failure caused by or attributable to acts of God, abuse, accident, misuse, improper or abnormal usage, failure to follow instructions, improper installation or maintenance, alteration, lightning or other incidence of excess voltage or current; (b) any repairs other than those provided by a RadioShack Authorized Service Facility; (c) consumables such as fuses or batteries; (d) cosmetic damage; (e) transportation, shipping or insurance costs; or (f) costs of product removal, installation, set-upservice adjustment or reinstallation.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

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RadioShack

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