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Old 09-27-2011, 01:40 PM   #1
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Digital TV confusion

I hope someone here can help me with this.

We have the 32" Toshiba in our 2010 Rockwood 5th wheel. It has a digital tuner built in. (The Toshiba has a HDMI input on it) We also have the ZX700 Concertone, which does not have HD. The TV only receives analog from our winegard batwing antenna. I have been told to buy a digital to analog tuner to receive HDTV. I was into a Leisure Days dealer and they have told me that I don't need the digital to analog tuner if I install a Jack antenna. I have also learned that the new wingman attachment for the bat wing will bring in the signal on my TV, but I don't know if it still requires the digital to analog tuner.

Hope this is making sense to someone. We are probably going to go with the Jack Antenna as it is only $60 to buy, rather than the wingman which is $260 to buy. And as an added bonus, the Jack takes up less room on my roof.

So, my question is, whichever antenna I go with, do I still need the Digial to analog tuner for the TV?
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:57 PM   #2
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If your tv has a built in digital tuner, you do not need to buy anything else. My Winegard antennae brings in digital channels just fine. And before the digital change over, it brought in analog signals. I did add a Wingman, which brought in another station or 2, but the most important thing was it stopped some of the pixelation on some of the weaker channels.

The Wingman add-on for the Winegard Sensar is only about $30 or so....don't know where you priced it at $260.

Make sure your TV is set-up correctly, and that the antennae booster is on, and give that puppy another try.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:25 PM   #3
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if the TV has the digital tuner, your regular antenna will work.
don't need a "special" antennae to work.
the Wingman add-on does help with getting better signals from the weaker stations.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:29 PM   #4
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Just double checked the price for the wingman, $47.95 in Canada. I was looking at a total install of the batwing and wingman by mistake.

Thanks for your reply, our TV has the setup or channel scan, but I notice it usually only scans for analog her in Canada until September 1, 2011. We are behind you in the states for digital broadcasts. I assume that the scan will now look for digital channels if it has the digital tuner built in.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:37 PM   #5
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You are being scammed by your dealer.

The Winegard antenna you presently have will bring HIGH DEF digital signals to your existing TV just fine.

Adding the Winegard Wingman UHF signal booster to your existing Sensar antenna will increase RANGE of UHF digital signals. The amount of range increase depends on line of sight issues just like your existing antenna.

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Old 09-27-2011, 02:55 PM   #6
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Thank you!

I was wondering about that myself. Leisure Days are not my dealer, but they are supposed to be the experts in our area on Satellite hookups. I do a lot of dry camping, and we camp in the Canadian Shield area, TV signals are difficult to pull in. Most of the other campers we see have satellite hook ups and they get the TV signals.
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Note: If the broadcast tower is further than 30-45 miles from your campsite, you will not be able to get reception with any over the air antenna that is feasible to carry on your camper's back.

Satellite is your only option.

Also if there is no room on your roof for the Wingman Booster; there MAY be room for the Jack antenna head replacement. You will need 12 and a half inches from the boom to the closest obstruction for the Jack.
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