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It's hard to say what over-the-air (OTA) broadcast television audience size is these days, but there must be enough companies making money from advertising adult diapers, electric scooters, insurance, hearing aids, and supervitamins to pay for the service. I put up an old-fashioned Channel Master (still in business) long range, multielement VHF / UHF / FM antenna a decade ago while living in Erie, Pennsylvania, in hopes of watching some local programming with news and nearby company promotions. Boy, was I disappointed when most of what appeared was useless programs packed with the aforementioned type of products and services. It was pathetic. When this Winegard Antenna Systems (still in business) ad appeared in a 1967 issue of Radio-Electronics magazine, it was a different world. Broadcast TV was the dominant entertainment medium, and cable was just beginning to be installed in urban areas - basically where the signal quality was already very good due to proximity to transmission towers. Convincing people to pay for a service they were getting for free, and still having to sit through commercials, was a good bit of marketing savvy. FYI, there are currently 12 VHF (2-13) and 56 UHF (14-69) channels reserved for OTA TV, for a total of 68. The Winegard ad says their antennas covered 82 channels, since back then there were 70 UHF (14-83) channels.

Winegard Antenna Systems Ad

Winegard Antenna SystemsWinegard Introduces Super Compact Total Design Electronic Super Colotrons

Five 82-Channel Models

Four VHF/FM Models

Three UHF Models

... so revolutionary in design and concept, they have 7 patens and patents pending

82-Channel Super Colorton Model SC-82; $54.95

Five super high gain 82-channel models (each with free CS-285 Band Separator); from $21.50 to $69.95

Four super high gain VHF/FM models; from $24.95 to $64.95

Three super high gain UHF models; from $14.95 to $32.95

The World's First Total Design Antennas

New antennas come and go. But there's never been an antenna like the amazing Winegard Super Colortron. 12 models in all - totally designed with more exclusive electronic, construction and performance features than all other antennas combined. It's taken us a while to create and develop and perfect the Super Colortron. But it was worth the time. See for yourself. Read about the Super Colortron's exclusive features. Then call your Winegard distributor. Or write for full color, 8·page brochure.

(A) Total Design 

Cartridge Pre-Amps:

Exclusive solid state, instant-loading cartridge pre-amps drop into totally enclosed, weatherproof cartridge interception. Models for housing at point of signal 82·channel (VHF·UHF) antennas, VHF only, UHF only-plus a color spectrum filter. Custom-match the Super Colortron to any reception requirements.

Total Design

Impedance Correlators:

Exclusive impedance correlators (2 patents pending) automatically increase 75 ohm driven elements to 300 ohms to provide 100% signal transfer from antenna to set. Enables antenna to be 20% more com pact!

(B) Total Design

Vertical Resonant Reflectors:

Exclusive UHF vertical resonant reflectors achieve highest realizable gain on channels 14-83 because of exceptionally large vertical capture area. More UHF gain than any other 82·channel antenna design.

Total Design

Electro-Lens Director System:

Exclusive patented Electro-Lens system (U.S. Patent 2,700,105; Canada 511,984) absorbs entire signal and focuses it directly onto the driven elements to give Super Colortrons pinpoint directivity.

Total Design FM Control Element:

Exclusive FM element provides high gain on FM bands - and enables you to attenuate FM bands in areas where strong FM signals interfere with TV reception.

(C) Total Design

Cartridge Housing:

Exclusive housing is an integral part of Super Colortron - built-in and permanent. Completely weatherproofed to protect solid state cartridge pre-amps and connections.

(D) Total Design

Ellipsoidal Boom:

Exclusive boom is the first aluminum tubing shape engineered especially for antenna use. Proved far stronger than any other existing boom design.

(E) Total Design

Wrap-Around Insulators:

Exclusive low loss dielectric insulators completely encapsulate and weatherproof elements and correlators at point of electrical contact. Hi-impact polystyrene. Provide perfect alignment of elements and eliminate sagging and loosening.

Total Design

High Tensile Aluminum Elements:

Exclusive aluminum alloy has PSI rating of 38,000 as compared to 27,000 PSI for alloys used in other antennas. More than 49% stronger - and 29% more resistant to bend and wind distortion.

Total Design

Wrap-Around Mast Clamp:

Exclusive mast clamp has 4 pair of locking jaws (not just 2) to automatically align antenna on mast and for greater strength and durability. Requires only one U bolt.

Total Design Gold Anodizing:

Exclusive Gold Anodizing is the only permanent gold finish used on any antenna-the only positive protection against corrosion and fading.

Total Design Assembly:

Exclusive construction makes the Super Colortron truly easy-to-install - unfolds in seconds - completely factory pre-assembled.

Winegard Antenna Systems

Winegard Company

3000 Kirkwood Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601

 

 

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