Frequently asked questions
What stations can I receive with the Marathon Plus antenna?
The Marathon Plus is capable of receiving signals from up to 110 miles away from transmitter towers and receives signals from the front and back of the main antenna unit. Typical maximum reception range is between 50 and 70 miles and subject to natural and made-made obstructions, height of the antenna above ground (higher the better), aiming and connectivity (quality of coaxial cable, splitter type and power injector placement).
How do I connect the Marathon Plus to my existing home Coax wiring to replace cable/satellite?
The Marathon Plus is designed to replace cable and satellite service by replacing those services at the point where they enter the home and/or connect to an existing splitter. By switching incoming service from cable or satellite and connecting the feed from the antenna in place of the prior service, the Marathon Plus delivers the captured antenna signals to all TVs that were previously utilizing the prior service. The only other connection required is placement of the provided power injector module in the coaxial cable line ahead of any splitter or TV to power the main antenna unit’s internal amplifier.
Where is the best place to mount the Marathon Plus antenna?
The Marathon Plus can be placed inside or outside and will deliver best reception when mounted as high as possible above ground. Attics, second story rooms or elevated exterior locations offer the best options for placement. However, inside mounting can also work well depending on proximity of transmission towers and line of sight obstructions. The main antenna unit does not need to be located near a window for reception, and can receive signals inside most concrete or wood framed structures. Under metal roofs and locations near any type of RF (radio frequency) transmission sources such as microwaves, FM transmitters or garage door openers should be avoided.
What if I need assistance setting up the antenna?
Free Signal TV offers expert advice for setting up the Marathon Plus by calling Tech Support at 859-250-9538. We also offer customers Nationwide expert in-home installation through our partnership with Geek Squad. Click on the Installation button on the main screen of www.FreeSignal.TV for more information on scheduling Geek Squad installation for your location.
What is your return policy and warranty on products?
Customers can return any Free Signal TV product within 30 days of purchase if they are not completely satisfied with their purchase. The Marathon Plus includes a lifetime replacement warranty for defects in workmanship and premature component failure. The Transit TV line includes a one-year free replacement warranty on all TV units. The remainder of the Free Signal TV product line includes a 90-day warranty for manufacturing defects.
What makes your Marathon Plus different from other antennas on the market?
The Marathon Plus is specifically designed for long distance reception and noise free signal delivery across the VHF Hi/Low and UHF bandwidths. The specific differences between the Marathon Plus and other consumer antennas includes a unique “instant amplification” of incoming signals by the main antenna unit. Most amplified antennas boost the captured signals down the coaxial line where signal loss has already occurred. The Marathon Plus is designed to instantly amplify signals and then deliver them down the coaxial line with 40 dBi gain. Signals are also “scrubbed” for interference by an innovative filtering system that cleans up cross talk static from cell phone towers, FM mid-band signals and other local electronic interference sources that cause pixelation. The aerodynamic shape, element configuration of the antenna and use of metal vs. plastic also sets the Marathon Plus apart from other look alike and off-the-shelf consumer antennas. Lastly, each Marathon Plus (and all other Free Signal TV products) are backed by expert Tech Support and Customer Care Assistance for worry free set up and ownership.
What else do I need to connect the antenna to my home coaxial wiring?
The Marathon Plus system includes all necessary hardware and components (including 25’ coaxial wiring) to connect the antenna to existing home coaxial wiring. The main antenna unit is designed to hang from any vertical surface or be attached to a pole or mast up to 2” in diameter via the integrated swivel bracket attached to the back of the antenna body. Free Signal TV does offer several options for placement of the antenna inside and outside including a J Pipe exterior mount, L bracket and vertical attic pole mounts.
What is the power draw for the Transit TV?
The Transit TV line is built for very low DC power draw to conserve battery reserve and allow long duration use. Total active (On) power draw for each model is as follows: 40” model <65 Watts, 32” model <49 Watts, 28” Model <39 Watts, 22” Model <33 Watts. Standby power draw for each TV is <1 Watt.
How do I connect the Transit TV to my RV power?
Each Transit TV is supplied with a 12V Car Charger connection cord along with a pigtail direct wiring harness for connection into a 12V power circuit. Most mobile vehicles offer either a car charger connection (commonly called cigarette lighter outlet) and/or an available fuse box or connection point for using the pigtail harness. An available Power Brick adapter allows conversion of the TV to 110 Volt power use for in home or in vehicles with a 110V inverter.
Will this TV operate in high humidity/extreme temperatures?
The Transit TV line is designed to perform well in a variety of humidity and temperature environments that are typically experienced with outdoor and extended seasonal conditions in Northern or Southern climates.
Can I connect my streaming device to the Transit TV?
All Transit TV models can decode streaming content from devices such as the Amazon Fire Stick, Roku and Apple TV devices. Simply insert the streaming device into any HDMI input and select the appropriate input to connect to the streaming content.