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44P008A
HDTVo
Owner’s Manual
Indoor/Outdoor
Amplified HDTV Antenna
Safety Precautions
HDTVo
Warning!
Use extreme caution when installing or removing an outdoor
antenna that is located close to overhead wires such as power
lines, telephone lines or cable TV lines. If any part of the antenna
makes contact with overhead power lines, touching the antenna
or the antenna cable can cause electrocution and death. If the
antenna is in contact with any type of overhead wires, call your
power company and ask them to send a qualified technician to
remove the antenna. Do not attempt to remove it yourself!
Important Safety Precautions...
Many do-it-yourself and professional antenna installers are
injured or killed each year by electric shock. While anyone can see
the obvious danger of falling, the most resourceful sometimes fail
to recognize overhead wires as being potentially lethal. To touch
any part of the antenna to these overhead wires is the same as
touching the wires with your bare hand. A very serious shock is
almost sure to result when contacting an electrical wire, and in
the case of primary wires on the top of poles, the shock is like
being struck by a bolt of lightning. Many power wires are within 20
to 25 feet of the ground and could easily be touched by an
assembled antenna.
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HDTVo
Please read and follow these important safety precautions:
• Be sure to select an antenna site well away from all overhead wires.
• Do not try to guess which overhead wires carry high voltage.
Check with the Power Company.
• If you notice anything making contact with the overhead wires,
call the Power Company to have it removed safely. Do not run
the downlead cable over power wires.
• Get help from a qualified professional when removing the old
antenna if there is any doubt of clearing overhead wires.
• Never install the antenna outdoors at night, when it is windy, or
during rain or snow.
• Make sure the antenna installation is secure.
• Do not stand on, lean on, hang from or hang anything on the
antenna once it is mounted.
Lightning Protection and Grounding
Always plug your TV and other electronics devices into a quality
surge protector for maximum protection against lightning and
power surges.
• Do not run the downlead cable over power wires.
• Make sure the antenna downlead is connected to suitable
lightning arrestors.
All outdoor antenna installations should be properly grounded. To
effectively protect the installation, the coaxial cable(s) should be
grounded before they enter the house. The grounding of
the coaxial cable is made using a “ground block” and copper
wire (not supplied). For information and the materials
needed to ground your antenna installation, visit your local
electronics store.
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About Your New TERK
HDTVo Antenna
HDTVo
Your TERK HDTVo antenna is designed for both single and
multifamily homes. It’s specifically engineered to provide superior
reception of high-definition (HDTV), digital television (DTV) and
VHF/UHF TV channels in most viewing locations. The HDTVo’s
unique antenna technology and patented Dual-Mode integrated
powered amplifier produce the clearest, cleanest signals available
from a compact, unobtrusive design that blends well with any
home decor. The HDTVo’s weatherproof, hermetically sealed
housing offers ultra-reliable performance year after year. No
assembly of the antenna is required. The HDTVo comes with
all necessary mounting hardware for flexible placing indoors
or outdoors.
Your HDTVo Antenna Includes:
(1) HDTVo Antenna
(1) Power Injector with 110v AC to DC power adapter
(1) Mini Mast
(1) Mini Mast Bracket
(1) Antenna Bracket
(1) 3” partially threaded
bracket bolt
(1) 3/8” screw
(4) 1.75” threaded bolts
(4) washers
(4) nuts
(4) lag screws
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Fig 1.
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Positioning the HDTVo
HDTVo
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The HDTVo MUST be mounted horizontally (See Fig 2.) with the
front of the HDTVo precisely facing the direction of the TV station’s
broadcasting transmitters. (See Fig 2.) The higher the elevation of
the antenna, the better the reception performance will be.
Pointing the Antenna Towards the Broadcast Tower
1. Go to www.terk.com and click on the “Antenna Locator” link.
2. Enter your home address and then “Submit.”
3. Click “View Street Level Map” to see in which direction you
should face your antenna towards.
HDTVo
Right
On the side of the house facing the broadcast tower
Fig 2.
Wrong
Not on the side of the house facing the broadcast tower
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Mounting the HDTVo Antenna
HDTVo
Mounting Options:
For best performance, the HDTVo should be mounted outdoors in
a high location (such as on the roof or high up on the side of your
house). The HDTVo can also be mounted in an attic. Remember
that the HDTVo is a highly directional antenna. As a result, it
needs to be mounted with the front of the HDTVo precisely facing
the direction of the TV station’s broadcasting transmitter.
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Fig 3.
A
B
The HDTVo can be mounted:
–with the included bracket and the included mini-mast (This is the
recommended option. Enables significantly adjusting the
antenna’s positioning to fine-tune reception after installation.)
OR
– with the included bracket, but without the included mini-mast.
OR
– with the included bracket and a standard mast (not included).
NOTE: Do not install the HDTVo on any metal surface, including
aluminum siding. Mounting on a metal surface will seriously
degrade reception quality.
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WARNING: Never hang anything from the HDTVo; never attach
foreign objects to the HDTVo.
NOTE: If you are using the mini-mast, it is recommended that you
first install the mini-mast at the desired location, and then attach
the antenna to the mini-mast.
HDTVo
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To mount the HDTVo antenna on an outdoor wall using the minimast (see fig. 3A):
1. Locate the HDTVo antenna and all included components.
2. Using the four lag screws, attach the mini-mast bracket to the
outdoor wall. Be sure to position the bracket vertically on the
outdoor wall.
3. Slide the straight end of the mini-mast into the mini-mast
bracket, and using the two nuts and the two bolts, secure the
mini-mast to the mini-mast bracket. Be sure to orient the
mini-mast as shown in the illustration
4. Using the four threaded bolts, the four washers and the four
nuts, attach the antenna bracket and the pole clamp to the
curved end of mini-mast.
5. Gently spread open the antenna’s two side reception elements.
6. Slide the back of the antenna into the antenna bracket.
7. Insert the 3” partially threaded bolt and the 3/8” screw into the
holes on the top of the antenna bracket, and partially tighten
the bolt.
8. With the 3” partially threaded bolt only partially tightened,
adjust the antenna so that it is precisely pointing towards the
broadcast tower (see “Positioning the HDTVo”).
9. Tighten the 3” partially threaded bolt and the 3/8” screw,
securing the antenna in the antenna bracket.
10. Skip to the “Connecting the HDTVo to a TV” section to
complete installation.
To mount the HDTVo antenna on an outdoor wall without using the
mini-mast (see fig. 3B):
1. Locate:
– The HDTVo antenna
– The four lag screws
– The antenna bracket
– The 3” partially threaded bolt and the 3/8” screw
2. Using the four lag screws, attach the antenna bracket to the
outdoor wall.
3. Gently spread open the antenna’s two side reception elements.
4. Slide the back of the antenna into the antenna bracket.
5. Insert the 3” partially threaded bolt and the 3/8” screw into the
hole on the top of the antenna bracket, and partially tighten the bolt.
6. With the 3” partially threaded bolt only partially tightened,
adjust the antenna so that it is precisely pointing towards the
broadcast tower (see “Positioning the HDTVo”).
7. Tighten the 3” partially threaded bolt and the 3/8” screw,
securing the antenna in the antenna bracket.
8. Skip to the “Connecting the HDTVo to a TV” section to complete
installation.
HDTVo
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To mount the HDTVo on a roof with 45-90 degree pitch (see fig. 3C):
1. Locate the HDTVo antenna and all included components.
2. Using the four lag screws, attach the mini-mast bracket to the
roof. Be sure to position the bracket vertically on the roof.
3. Slide the curved end of the mini-mast into the mini-mast
bracket, and using the two nuts and the two bolts, secure the
mini-mast to the mini-mast bracket. Be sure to orient the
mini-mast as shown in the illustration
4. Using the four 1.75” threaded bolts, the four washers and the
four 1.75” nuts, attach the antenna bracket and the pole clamp
to the straight end of mini-mast.
5. Gently spread open the antenna’s two side reception elements.
6. Slide the back of the antenna into the antenna bracket.
7. nsert the 3” partially threaded bolt into the hole on the top of
the antenna bracket, and partially tighten the bolt.
8. With the 3” partially threaded bolt only partially tightened,
adjust the antenna so that it is precisely pointing towards the
broadcast tower (see “Positioning the HDTVo”).
9. Tighten the 3” partially threaded bolt, securing the antenna in
the antenna bracket.
10. Skip to the “Connecting the HDTVo to a TV” section to
complete installation.
HDTVo
To mount the HDTVo on a roof with 0-45 degree pitch (see fig. 4):
1. Locate the HDTVo antenna and all included components.
2. Using the four lag screws, attach the mini-mast bracket to
the roof. Be sure to position the bracket vertically on the roof.
3. Slide the straight end of the mini-mast into the mini-mast
bracket, using the two nuts and the two bolts. Secure the
mini-mast to the mini-mast bracket. Be sure to orient the
mini-mast as shown in the illustration (see fig. 4)
4. Using the four 1.75” threaded bolts, the four washers and the
four 1.75” nuts, attach the antenna bracket and the pole
clamp to the strait segment of the mini-mast that’s adjacent
to where the mini-mast begins to curve.
5. Gently spread open the antenna’s two side reception elements.
6. Slide the back of the antenna into the antenna bracket.
7. Insert the 3” partially threaded bolt into the hole on the top of
the antenna bracket, and partially tighten the bolt.
8. With the 3” partially threaded bolt only partially tightened,
adjust the antenna so that it is precisely pointing towards the
broadcast tower (see “Positioning the HDTVo”).
9. Tighten the 3” partially threaded bolt, securing the antenna in
the antenna bracket.
10. Skip to the “Connecting the HDTVo to a TV” section to
complete installation.
Fig 4.
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To mount the HDTVo on a rafter located in an attic where the
roof that has 45-90 degree pitch (see fig. 5):
1. Locate the HDTVo antenna and all included components.
2. Using the four lag screws, attach the mini-mast bracket to
the rafter. Be sure to position the bracket vertically on the
rafter.
3. Slide the curved end of the mini-mast into the mini-mast
bracket, and using the two nuts and the two bolts, secure
the mini-mast to the mini-mast bracket. Be sure to orient
the mini-mast as shown in the illustration.
4. Using the four 1.75” threaded bolts, the four washers and
the four 1.75” nuts, attach the antenna bracket and the pole
clamp to the straight end of mini-mast.
5. Gently spread open the antenna’s two side reception
elements.
6. Slide the back of the antenna into the antenna bracket.
7. Insert the 3” partially threaded bolt into the hole on the top
of the antenna bracket, and partially tighten the bolt.
8. With the 3” partially threaded bolt only partially tightened,
adjust the antenna so that it is precisely pointing towards
the broadcast tower (see “Positioning the HDTVo”).
9. Tighten the 3” partially threaded bolt, securing the antenna
in the antenna bracket.
10. Skip to the “Connecting the HDTVo to a TV” section to
complete installation.
Fig 5.
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HDTVo
To mount the HDTVo on a rafter located in an attic where the roof
has 0-45 degree pitch (see fig. 6):
1. Locate the HDTVo antenna and all included components.
2. Using the four lag screws, attach the mini-mast bracket to the
rafter. Be sure to position the bracket vertically on the rafter.
3. Slide the straight end of the mini-mast into the mini-mast
bracket, and using the two nuts and the two bolts, secure
the mini-mast to the mini-mast bracket. Be sure to orient the
mini-mast as shown in the illustration.
4. Using the four 1.75” threaded bolts, the four washers and the
four 1.75” nuts, attach the antenna bracket and the pole clamp
to the strait segment of the mini-mast that’s adjacent to where
the mini-mast begins to curve.
5. Gently spread open the antenna’s two side reception elements.
6. Slide the back of the antenna into the antenna bracket.
7. Insert the 3” partially threaded bolt into the hole on the top of
the antenna bracket, and partially tighten the bolt.
8. With the 3” partially threaded bolt only partially tightened,
adjust the antenna so that it is precisely pointing towards the
broadcast tower (see “Positioning the HDTVo”).
9. Tighten the 3” partially threaded bolt, securing the antenna
in the antenna bracket.
10. Skip to the “Connecting the HDTVo to a TV” section to
complete installation.
Fig 6.
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HDTVo
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To mount the HDTVo on a traditional mast:
1. Locate:
– HDTVo antenna
– (4) 1.75” threaded bolts
– (4) 1.75” nuts
– (4) washers
– Antenna bracket
– 3” partially threaded bolt
– 3/8” screw
2. Using the four 1.75” threaded bolts, the four washers and the
four 1.75” nuts, attach the antenna bracket and the pole clamp
to the mast. Position the HDTVo antenna as high as possible
on the mast.
3. Slide the back of the antenna into the antenna bracket.
4. Insert the 3” partially threaded bolt and the 3/8” screw into
the holes on the top of the antenna bracket, and partially
tighten the bolt.
5. With the 3” partially threaded bolt only partially tightened,
adjust the antenna so that it is precisely pointing towards
the broadcast tower (see “Positioning the HDTVo”).
6. Tighten the 3” partially threaded bolt and the 3/8” screw,
securing the antenna in the antenna bracket.
7. Skip to the “Connecting the HDTVo to a TV” section to
complete installation.
Connecting the HDTVo to a TV
HDTVo
1. Run the RG6 coaxial cable from the antenna towards your
television set and connect the RG6 coaxial cable to the supplied
Power Injector on the terminal labeled “TO ANTENNA”.
2. Connect the “TO TV” lead on the power injector to the “ANT IN”
on your TV.
3. Plug the Power Adapter from the Power Injector into a standard
AC outlet. Switch the Power Injector “ON” for amplification.
See Fig 7.
Fig 7.
TO TV
Splitting the Signal to Multiple TV’s
Follow the diagram to use the
HDTVo with more than one TV.
A splitter will be required
sold separately).
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NOTE: The Power Injector
MUST be installed between
the HDTVo and the splitter.
Failure to do so could cause
a short circuit. The Power
Injector should always be
located indoors.
TO TV 1
TO HDTVo
BSP-2
Splitter (such as the
Terk BSP-2)
TO TV 2
Avoiding Water Damage
HDTVo
Water Damage Prevention:
At the point where your coaxial cable lead enters the house, you
should allow for some slack in the coaxial cable as a “drip loop.”
This will prevent moisture from running down the coaxial cable
and entering the house.
Run the coaxial cable approximately six inches below the wall
entry point and then turn it upwards towards this spot (see Fig 8).
Any moisture that accumulates on the coaxial cable will drip off in
the bend instead of running into the house. You should seal the
point where the cable enters your home with a rubber weather
insulator or silicone caulking (not included). An “F” connector wall
plate can be used inside the home to cover the inside portion of
the hole. You can typically find an “F” connector wall plate at any
local electronics or hardware store.
Fig 8.
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Installing the HDTVo Antenna
with a Satellite Dish
HDTVo
HDTVo Installation Procedure for use with a Satellite Dish
If you have a satellite dish it is possible to install the HDTVo using
the same wiring as the satellite dish. To do this you will need to
purchase a set of diplexers (Terk model BDS-P1). The instructions
listed below are for a basic satellite system. If you have a more
complex satellite system and wish to install the HDTVo in this
manner please call TERK Support at 1-800-290-6650.
NOTE: The Power Injector should not be installed when using a
satellite system with the HDTVo.
To install the HDTVo along with a basic satellite dish system:
1. Disconnect the coaxial cable from your satellite dish’s LNB.
2. Reconnect this coaxial cable to the outdoor diplexer on the
terminal labeled “SAT/ANT”.
3. Connect the RG6 coaxial cable downlead from the HDTVo’s “F”connector to an OUTDOOR diplexer-port (not included) labeled
“ANT”. Connect the remaining coaxial cable from the LNB to
the diplexer-port labeled “SAT”. (The ports on all of the
diplexers are “F”-connectors.)
4. Disconnect the coaxial cable from your Satellite Receivers
"SAT-IN" Terminal and reconnect it to an Indoor Diplexer (not
included) "TV/SAT"
5. Connect an RG6 coaxial cable from the INDOOR diplexer-port
labeled “SAT” to the “F”-connector port on the back of the
satellite receiver labeled “SAT-IN”. Connect an RG6 coaxial
cable from the INDOOR diplexer-port labeled “TV” to the “F”connector port on the back of the satellite receiver labeled
“ANT IN.”
6. Connect an RG6 coaxial cable from the satellite receiver port
labeled OUT-TO-TV to the “F”-connector port at the back of the
“TV” labeled “ANT-IN.”
NOTE: For assistance locating any antenna accessories not
included with this product please call Technical Support toll-free
at 1-800-290-6650 Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
EST, or contact us at www.audiovox.com.
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Troubleshooting
HDTVo
Q. II am not getting any channels above channel 13.
A. Most TV’s today are cable ready. When a cable ready TV is in the
CABLE or CATV mode and you try to use an antenna with it, you
will not receive any channels above 13. Access the TV’s set-up
menu and switch it from CABLE or CATV mode to ANTENNA or
AIR mode.
Q. I am not receiving channels clearly.
A. Turn the Power Injector on and off. Determine which position
is best suited to receive your channels. NOTE: Some channels
may come in clearer with the Power Injector turned off.
Q. I am not receiving all channels.
A. Reposition the HDTVo to a different location, such as the other
side of the house or to a higher location. Obstructions such as
other houses or buildings, large trees, mountains and water
towers can cause poor reception. As a general rule, the higher
the antenna is mounted the better your reception will be.
Q. I am seeing ghosts or double images in the picture.
A. Ghosting is caused by multi-path. This happens when the
antenna signal reflects off of a tall obstruction and hits your
antenna multiple times. Each reflection causes a ghost. To
solve this problem, try repositioning the HDTVo to a location
where the reflections are prevented from hitting it, such as
the other side of the house or to a higher location.
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Need more help?
Call 1-800-290-6650 for Technical Support Monday through Friday
9:00AM to 5:00PM EST, or contact us at www.audiovox.com.
If your TV has a connection not mentioned in this manual, contact
Terk for the appropriate adapter.