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C. Crane Twin Coil Ferrite Operating instructions
Twin Coil Ferrite™
AM Antenna
By
Operating Instructions
PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY BEFORE USE
AND SAVE THIS MANUAL FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
Before Use
Please read IMPORTANT SAFETY
INSTRUCTIONS on pages 13 - 14
before use. It is important to read
and understand all instructions.
For your future reference:
Serial No.
(found inside battery compartment)
Date of purchase
Name and address of dealer
Optional Accessories:
25 ft. Remote Installation Kit
50 ft. Remote Installation Kit
Kits include 25 ft. or 50 ft. of PS2 cable,
connector grease and coax seal.
Cable Coupler
For Use With Cables 75 ft. in Length
Patent #US 6,529,169 B2
Copyright © 2004 by C. Crane Company, Inc., Fortuna, CA 95540
Phone: 1-800-522-8863 Web: ccrane.com
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means whatsoever, without permission in writing from C. Crane Company, Inc.
Table of Contents
Parts List ........................................................................... 4
Battery Installation ........................................................... 4
Connection to Power ........................................................ 4
Initial Setup ....................................................................... 5
Getting Started .................................................................. 6
Using the Twin Coil Ferrite™ AM Antenna
With a Portable Radio ....................................... 6-7
With a Home Stereo .............................................. 8
With a Loop Antenna ............................................ 9
Remote Installation .................................................... 9-10
Outdoor Installation Precautions .................................. 10
Radio Noise ............................................................. 10 & 12
Grounding the Antenna Element ................................... 11
Frequently Asked Questions ......................................... 11
Safety Instructions .................................................... 13-14
Introduction
Thank you for purchasing the Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna by
C. Crane. The antenna can be used on a small portable or desktop
radio with excellent results. It is also the first AM antenna that can
provide exceptional improvement to a large home stereo system. It
can actually reduce static and radio noise on AM.
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Parts List
1
4
2
5
3
1)
2)
3)
4)
TUNER CONTROL
ANTENNA ELEMENT
FERRITE STICK
1/8" Mono to RCA
Connector Patchcord
5) RCA Female Patchcord to
Two Bare Wire Ends
6) 1" Piece of Hook and Loop
Fastener for FERRITE
STICK (not shown)
7) AC Adapter (not shown)
8) 5' Connection Cable
(not shown)
Battery Installation
Remove the battery compartment cover on
the bottom of the TUNER CONTROL.
Connect the battery. The antenna will run
for approximately 45 hours on battery
power. The 9-volt battery is automatically
disconnected when the AC adapter is
plugged in.
Connection to Power
The AC adapter is simply plugged
into the wall, and then into jack
labeled "9V DC" on the back of the
TUNER CONTROL.
9V DC Input
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Initial Setup
These instructions cover the basic setup.
Attach one end of the 5' PS2 cable to the jack, labeled To Antenna,
on the back of the TUNER CONTROL unit. The arrow on the plug
should face up. Please, DO NOT force the plug into the TUNER
CONTROL. It will plug in nicely when the pins are aligned.
TUNER CONTROL
1/8" Mono x RCA
To Radio
PS2 cable
To Antenna
The other end of the PS2 cable will plug into the jack on the
ANTENNA ELEMENT labeled To Control Box. The arrow on this
plug should also face up.
ANTENNA ELEMENT
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Getting Started
The first time you use the Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna by C. Crane
it takes time, planning, and a little bit of patience. You will need to
re-check and re-tune the unit to find the best position. After you have
found the best spot for the TUNER CONTROL, FERRITE STICK,
and ANTENNA ELEMENT, you can take the time to secure and
make permanent the installation to your liking. The FERRITE STICK
can be fixed to the radio using the included hook and loop fastener.
If you have a problem finding a location for the ANTENNA
ELEMENT that produces good results, be sure to try different areas
within 50' of your radio. If you find a good position, you have the
option of locating the ANTENNA ELEMENT there. If you need to
mount the ELEMENT away from the radio for best reception, you
may order additional cable in 25' or 50' lengths. Please refer to the
inside cover of this manual for optional accessories.
Using the Twin Coil Ferrite™ AM Antenna by C.Crane
With a Portable Radio
To use the Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna with a radio that does not
have antenna connectors:
1. Find the patchcord with the
1/8" x RCA male connector.
RCA
Connector
Ferrite
Stick
2. Insert the RCA plug into the
FERRITE STICK.
3. Insert the other end of the
patchcord into the jack
labeled To Radio on the
TUNER CONTROL. (See
photo on page 5.)
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Using the Twin Coil Ferrite™ AM Antenna by C.Crane
With a Portable Radio
Place the TUNER
CONTROL in a
comfortable location
relative to your radio.
Place the ANTENNA
ELEMENT a few feet
away. If the ANTENNA
ELEMENT is placed too
close to the radio, it will
cause noise on your radio.
LED
Indicator
Light
FINE
TUNE
COARSE
TUNE
TUNER CONTROL
1. Put the FERRITE STICK on top of the radio near the center. The
position shown in the photo (below) is a good position when the
Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna by
C. Crane is used with the CCRadio.
2. For testing purposes, tune your radio
to any weak AM station. It is important
that the station be weak so you can
clearly detect the improvement in
reception.
3. Rotate the FINE TUNE control, it will click on and the red
LED indicator light will come on. Turn the COARSE TUNE control
knob slowly and you will likely notice a change in reception at
some point on the dial. Adjust the control knob until you notice
the most improvement on your signal. Now you can use the FINE
TUNE control for further refinement.
4. Move the FERRITE STICK around the radio to find the position
that affects the signal the most. This position is the “sweet spot”,
or the best position.
5. Again, adjust the FINE TUNE on the TUNER CONTROL for the
best reception possible.
6. Now you can orientate the ANTENNA ELEMENT for best
reception. In most cases, the ELEMENT does not have to be
adjusted again. When radio noise is a problem, try rotating the
ELEMENT in the direction which reduces noise to a minimum.
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Using the Twin Coil Ferrite™ AM Antenna by C.Crane
With a Home Stereo
You can directly connect the Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna by
C. Crane to a home stereo by connecting the 1/8" Mono x RCA control patchcord to the RCA x two wire patchcord, as shown below left.
You can then attach one wire to the GROUND and one wire to the
AM terminal on the back of the receiver, as shown below right. Most
of the time you will find spring clips or screw terminals. It will not
matter which wire you connect to which terminal.
To AM
Ground
Next, plug the other end into the jack labeled To Radio on the
TUNER CONTROL. If you want to experiment or if your receiver
does not have antenna terminals, you can also use the FERRITE
STICK on whatever “loop” or “loopstick antenna” that was supplied
with the receiver.
1. Tune your radio to any weak AM frequency. It is important that
the station be weak so you can clearly detect the improvement in
reception.
2. Rotate the FINE TUNE control, it will click on and the red LED
light indicator will come on. Turn the COARSE TUNE control knob
slowly and you will likely notice a change in reception at some
point on the dial. Turn the COARSE TUNE control until you notice
the most signal improvement.
3. Adjust the FINE TUNE control for the best reception possible.
4. Now orientate the ANTENNA ELEMENT for best reception. In
most cases, the ELEMENT does not have to be adjusted again.
After you have found the best spot for the TUNER CONTROL and
ANTENNA ELEMENT you can take the time to secure and make
permanent the installation to your liking.
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Using the Twin Coil Ferrite™ AM Antenna by C.Crane
With a Loop Antenna
Occasionally a home receiver will
include a loop type antenna. You can
use the FERRITE STICK in conjunction
with a loop, as shown at right. Move the
FERRITE STICK around until you find
the “sweet spot” that works best.
Some older receivers have a ferrite stick
similar to the one we provide. In this
case, for best reception, put them
parallel to each other and find the
“sweet spot”.
In either case, you can use the hook and loop fastener to keep the
FERRITE STICK in place.
Remote Installation of Antenna Element
If after thorough testing, you find the
ANTENNA ELEMENT must be mounted
outdoors for best reception, you may
order additional cable in 25' or 50'
lengths (refer to the inside cover for
optional accessories). Generally, you will
only need to mount the antenna
outdoors if radio noise and static reduce
reception indoors.
When planning your remote installation
try not to make vertical runs with the long cables. If the cable is
vertical, it will pick up more radio noise than if you run it horizontally
because most radio noise is vertically polarized. You can run a
cable up to 75' by using a special order cable coupler (refer to the
inside cover for optional accessories). At 100' you will experience
about a 25% loss in the performance.
Always mount the ANTENNA ELEMENT in a sheltered area to
protect it from water. Two mounting holes are provided on the back
to help install the unit. Refer to page 10 for important information
regarding Outdoor Installation Precautions.
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Remote Installation of Antenna Element (Cont.)
Included with the Optional Remote Installation Kit is Silicone Grease
and Coax-Seal. Apply silicone grease to the cable connector before
plugging into the ANTENNA ELEMENT. Also apply Coax-Seal to the
perimeter seam of the plastic case, screw holes, cable connection
and ground lug. This will provide water resistance.
Outdoor Installation Precautions
Lightning Protection
Lightning poses a serious hazard to you and to your radio
equipment. Your antenna is a conductor. If it is struck by
lightning (or touched by a live power line), it will conduct
this electricity into your home.
Safety precautions require that you equip your antenna with
lightning protection equipment. The equipment needed and
installation methods can vary from area to area.
WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU HIRE A LICENSED, BONDED, AND
EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL TO HELP WITH OUTSIDE
INSTALLATIONS.
An injury, of any kind, is simply not worth it. Please be careful!
Radio Noise
If radio noise and static are a problem, start by finding a place as
close as possible to the radio where the static is absent. This is
done by tuning a portable radio to a point on the AM dial where
there is no station and static is at a high level. Bring the portable
near an outside wall or even outside up to 50' away from your host
radio. When you find a place without static, this is where you may
want to mount the Antenna Element. Please refer to Grounding the
Antenna Element on page 11, and Radio Noise Troubleshooting on
page 12 for additional information.
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Grounding the Antenna Element
If radio noise is present, many times
grounding the ANTENNA ELEMENT will
reduce it significantly. It is not necessary
to ground the antenna if there is no radio
noise. The easiest way to ground the
ANTENNA ELEMENT is to place a #10
solid copper wire three or four feet into
Ground Lug
the ground. The end of the wire is then
connected to the ground lug on the
ANTENNA ELEMENT. The wire can either be wrapped around the lug
or shaped with needle nose pliers first. You can mount the ELEMENT
away from where you have placed the three or four feet of wire into the
ground but it is best to keep the distance as short as possible. If there is
radio noise, the lead from the grounding point to the ANTENNA
ELEMENT may pick up additional radio noise. Moisture content of the
soil may also affect performance. Damp soil is better than dry soil.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does the Select-A-Tenna help with the Twin Coil Ferrite AM
Antenna?
A. The Select-A-Tenna when used in conjunction with the
Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna, produces curious results and in
some cases marked improvement.
Special note to people who love AM radio: I use my Select-ATenna along with my Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna (TCF) for best
reception. Heavy static normally destroys radio reception on my
bedside CCRadio. I now use the Select-A-Tenna to eliminate
noise at the radio by careful tuning. I then import a clean signal
from the Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna head only 15' away. I have
never received a better signal in my life. — Bob Crane
Q. Where can I get more information on the Twin Coil Ferrite AM
Antenna by C. Crane Specifications?
A. Please check ccrane.com for complete technical specifications.
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Radio Noise Troubleshooting
AM RADIO NOISE PROBLEMS
AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
If you hear an annoying buzz when listening to AM radio, it’s most likely
radio noise. Here are some of the usual culprits:
• Dimmer switch (even in an adjacent room).
• Lights: fluorescent light, "touch lamp" type fixtures, automatic
night lights, motion-activated outdoor lights, dying bulbs,
blinking bulbs.
• Nearby television or computer.
• Electronic bug and pest controllers.
• Faulty electrical switch.
• Radios & scanners.
• Dirty insulators on a nearby power pole.
• Electric blanket.
• Smoke detectors that run from an AC current (battery operated
units are OK).
Now what can you do about it?
• Turn off the circuit breakers to see if the noise stops, and if the
source comes from inside your house. Turn off one circuit at a
time to isolate the source of the noise.
• Using a battery-operated radio, check if the interference comes
from the AC 120V line, through the air, or both. To locate the
direction of the noise, turn the radio until you hear the loudest
noise. The front and the back of the radio will point to the noise
origin.
• If the noise comes from outside, carry the radio around the
neighborhood to check for the origin of the noise. Ask your
neighbors if they hear the same noise.
• If you suspect a power pole, call the utility company. Dirty
power pole insulators are sometimes a cause of hard-to-find
radio interference.
• Sometimes grounding can greatly reduce the hum from AC line
noise. Unfortunately, most radios do not have a ground
connection. Finding a good earth ground may also be difficult.
For more detailed information, please visit www.ccrane.com/radionoise
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Safety Instructions
READ BEFORE OPERATING EQUIPMENT
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
1)
Read and understand all safety and operating instructions before
the Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna by C. Crane is operated.
2)
Retain Instructions: The safety and operating instructions should
be retained for future reference.
3)
Heed Warnings: All warnings on this appliance and all operating
instructions should be followed.
4)
Water and Moisture: The Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna by
C. Crane should not be used near water. Do not use near a bathtub, washbowl, laundry tub, kitchen sink, wet basement, swimming
pool, etc. Risk of electric shock may result.
5)
Unplug the Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna by C. Crane from the AC
power adapter before cleaning. Only use a damp cloth for cleaning the exterior surfaces of the antenna.
6)
Do not place the Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna on an unstable
cart, stand, bracket or table. The antenna may fall, causing serious personal injury and or damage to the antenna may result.
7)
Heat: Never put the Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna by C. Crane in
direct sunlight or behind glass such as a car’s interior. The antenna should be kept away from heat sources such as radiators, heat
registers, stoves, or other appliances that produce heat.
8)
AC Wall Adapter: The AC Wall Adapter should be positioned so it
is not walked on, pinched, or items placed on top of it. All power
and connector cables should be routed away from walkways or
areas of foot traffic to avoid being tripped on. Always unplug the
AC power adapter by gripping the adapter unit and pulling it out
of the wall socket. Never pull on the cord. Always operate the
Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna by C. Crane using the correct supplied AC wall adapter. Adapters that are not correctly rated can
damage the antenna. If you are not sure of the correct AC wall
adapter, consult your dealer.
9)
Never insert objects of any kind into the Twin Coil Ferrite AM
Antenna through openings. The objects may touch dangerous
voltage points or short out parts causing damage to the antenna.
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Safety Instructions
10)
If the antenna is stored for long periods of time, unplug it from
the wall outlet and remove the batteries. This will prevent damage
caused by lightning or power line surges and battery acid from
leaking inside of the antenna.
11)
Never attempt to service the Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna by
C. Crane yourself. Removing the cover may expose you to dangerous voltage levels and will void the warranty. Refer all servicing
to authorized service personnel.
12)
The Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna by C. Crane should be serviced
by qualified service personnel when:
a) Objects have fallen or liquid has been spilled into the antenna;
b) The antenna has been exposed to rain;
c) The antenna does not appear to operate normally or exhibits
a marked change in performance; or
d) The antenna has been dropped or the enclosure damaged.
13)
The user should not attempt to service this antenna beyond that
described in the operating instructions. All other servicing should
be referred to qualified service personnel. The symbols below are
to alert you to important operation or servicing instructions that
may appear in the owner's manual.
WARNING:
TO PREVENT FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS PRODUCT
TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK DO NOT OPEN
THE LIGHTNING
FLASH AND
ARROWHEAD WITHIN THE TRIANGLE IS
A WARNING SIGN
ALERTING YOU OF
“DANGEROUS VOLTAGE” INSIDE THE
ANTENNA.
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CAUTION: TO REDUCE
THE RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT
REMOVE THE BACK. NO
USER SERVICEABLE
PARTS INSIDE. REFER
SERVICING TO
QUALIFIED SERVICE
PERSONNEL.
THE EXCLAMATION
POINT WITHIN THE
TRIANGLE IS A
WARNING SIGN
ALERTING YOU OF
IMPORTANT
INSTRUCTIONS
ACCOMPANYING
THIS ANTENNA.
Twin Coil Ferrite™ AM Antenna by C.Crane
PERSONAL STATION LOG
City
Station
Call Letters
Frequency
Date
Time
Please feel free to copy this page.
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Model: TWIN COIL FERRITE™ AM ANTENNA BY C. CRANE
THIS DEVICE COMPLIES WITH PART 15 OF THE FCC RULES.
OPERATION IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TWO CONDITIONS.
1) THIS DEVICE MAY NOT CAUSE HARMFUL INTERFERENCE, AND
2) THIS DEVICE MUST ACCEPT ANY INTERFERENCE RECEIVED,
INCLUDING INTERFERENCE THAT MAY CAUSE UNDESIRED
OPERATION.
Notice: The changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to
operate the equipment.
381C15SA
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