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Old 01-27-2009, 10:19 PM   #1
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HDTV Antenna

Has anyone tried to get over-the-air HD signals into a HDTV using the crank-up antenna on a recent Forest River product? We have a 2008 Surveyor and I'm wondering whether the antenna will receive HD. Also found a Winegard Wingman that is supposed to attach to the existing antenna and boost the performance of the antenna "up to 100%". But there is this note. "Wingman is compatible with all crank-up Winegard Sensar batwing antennas." Anyone know what crank-up antenna is used on Surveyor or other Forest River trailers?
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:19 PM   #2
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I installed a digital tuner for the new signals coming next month. It works fine with the Winegard batwing. However if the signal is weak you will not get it. The new signal is satelite quality or nothing no more snowy picture. I believe the new add- on for the batwing will enhance the signal. I say go ahead and hook it up , if you need the enhancement add it later. Good Luck
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:25 AM   #3
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The Sensar is used on most RV's including those made by Forest River. I've thought about getting one of those attachments but the batwing receives digital signals really well as it is. I would like to hear from someone that has used it with and without in the same location for a comparison of channels received.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:54 PM   #4
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It works fine...don't waste your money on a new antenna or some gadget you don't need. All you need is the DTV converter box or a newer TV with the DTV tuner.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:17 PM   #5
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Awesome! Thanks for the info. We just bought a 19" HDTV with tuner so hopefully we are good to go. As Bama Rambler, I'd be interested in any comparison info.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:57 PM   #6
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use your factory batwing we have had a digital hd receiver for a year plus now and it is nice
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The Sensar is used on most RV's including those made by Forest River. I've thought about getting one of those attachments but the batwing receives digital signals really well as it is. I would like to hear from someone that has used it with and without in the same location for a comparison of channels received.
I just received the Wingman piece yesterday and it looks pretty simple to install. Once the ice and snow are gone I'll do the install. I have an HDTV in the motorhome and the digital channels come in with the current set-up, but they don't lock in and stay without getting choppy and the sound comes and goes. I'll know as soon as I get it installed if it helps the situation because the sound has been bad since day one.

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Old 02-05-2009, 09:55 AM   #8
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Now that's the kind of comparison I'm looking for. Please post back here what you find out, and if you could, the distance to the transmitting towers.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:04 AM   #9
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I haven't ever used a TV in any of my previous campers, but I wanted to make sure all systems work in our new Surveyor during the warranty period. So I plugged in a little 13" Durabrand model that we won as a door prize or something like that some 15 or so years ago. On analog, it picked up 15 channels, with about 10 of those being clear and watchable, the others were snowy. I plugged in an RCA digital converter box, and wow......I got 19 channels, just as clear as a bell. I did have to do a little tweaking with the antennae direction to pick up a stronger signal that didn't loose pixels with some channels. The digital converter box has an on screen display that lists the channel, what is playing, and what is coming up next. This ol' boy was impressed, and could even get used to the digital age. I might even start carrying that little TV with us in our travels.
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DTV and Antenna

Okay, I am going to share what I consider to be an embarrassing tale. We are down in the Rio Grande Valley and early this month I decided to get ready for the transition to DTV. So, having a digital TV (Sony WEGA) I switched to digital mode and was disappointed to see that I was only getting one of the local channels in digital mode. (It was channel 4). I cursed the Winegard antenna and went out and bought an antenna at Radio Shack that was 80 inches long and figured that it would certainly pick up all the local channels. I got it installed and plugged into the TV and still I could only get the one local channel. Talked to some other folks and they said they were picking up all the local channels. Figured may something was wrong with my TV tuner. Next I borrowed a converter box from one of my neighbors. I was in the process of hooking it up when I saw a second connection for cable or TV input on the back of the TV. Then pulled out the manual for the TV and found that it had one antenna input for VHF/UHF/Cable and a second input labled ASTC. I plugged the antenna into it and all the digital channels came in perfectly. No I haven't gone back to try and see if the Winegard Batwing would bring them in just as well because that would be way to embarrassing but my guess is that it would work just fine.
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