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Old 05-04-2009, 07:55 AM   #1
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Winegard Wingman notes

Bought a winegard wingman UHF booster and got to
try it out this weekend.
As soon as my jacks were set I climbed up on the roof to
attach the wingman. I pulled out the existing feet on my antenna
and then noticed my refrigerator top vent is right in the way!
If I permanently attach the wingman it will sit down right on
top of the 'fridge vent when the antenna is in the down position

I climbed back down and grabbed a couple of extra large rubber
bands. I was able to simply slip a doubled rubber band over
each end of the antenna and then up onto the base of the wingman.
This held it securely enough to last the weekend.
I had the TV on a digital station that was coming and going before
"installation" and when I tried the wingman, the station was pretty solid.
It dropped out once or twice during a half hour program when before
it was dropping every few seconds.
The wingman does work on UHF stations (those above channel 13)
but you need to check your roof for obstructions near the antenna
in the down position.
The wingman mounts under the antenna and sticks out about 8-10 inches
on the side opposite the mast.

I guess I now have another thing I have to do every time we setup
and take down
We'll only use it if we have "iffy" stations but that's nearly all the time!!
It's a good thing my trailer has a built on ladder or this gizmo would
be for sale today!!
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:03 AM   #2
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Good info Dan. I hadn't thought about that. Now I'l have to go check before I decide to buy one!
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:24 AM   #3
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Dan, just curious, and may be too much work just for the Wingman accessory, but can you remove the antenna, spin it around, and reseal it to facilitate installation?

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Old 05-04-2009, 09:06 AM   #4
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I thought about that but then the antenna would be facing forward
when in the down position.
70 MPH+ road winds would be trying to lift the antenna.
I don't think that would be a good idea.

The antenna base has 2 molded on fingers that form the "nest" for the mast
when it's at the home/lowered position.
I also thought about grinding one of them off so I could then lower the antenna
at a slight angle away from the 'fridge vent.
That might work but then the antenna mast would not be in a secure nest and
those cross winds you get when you pass a semi might actually try
to turn the antenna and maybe damage the plastic parts inside that hold
it in position.

Turning my entire mount about 15 degrees inboard and re-mounting/re-sealing
would probably be the best bet. I won't rule that out one day, especially if my
roof caulk looks like it's time for a re-do.
In other words, if the antenna is at 6 o-clock now it would be more like 7 o-clock
in the new position.
I think that would still be rearward enough to be safe and the 2 finger nest would
still be there to hold it securely from trying to turn in the cross winds.
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Old 05-04-2009, 04:22 PM   #5
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KyDan, can you get me an exact measurement of how far the Wingman juts out from the base of the antennae ??? My antennae is close to the side of my trailer, and I don't want it to hang over in case we decide to buy a Wingman.

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I purchased my wingman about a month ago, and I just returned from a camping trip to the Ocala National Forest/Alexander springs. Since it is in the Nat. forest, there is limited at best ATT cell coverage, and TV reception is not too good, either. BUT after installing the wingman, I got 16 searched channels, and when viewed, basically about 9 "watchable" channels-(although some I wouldn't want to watch), so I would say it is a worthwhile investment for the money.(40.00) The measurement off to the side, right hand side facing the front is 8 7/8". Mine comes very close and actially grazes my AC housing, but it DOES go on down, with relative ease. I considered bending the aluminum mounting bar slightly to compensate for the grazing, but it's really not too bad. Hope this helps you!!! Randy
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:55 PM   #7
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I too have the same problem that KyDan has,frig vent in the way.I have an 08 Lex.GTS with ladder.Like KyDan says one more set-up and take down procedure.
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I installed our wingman and WOW while i didnot gain any channeles what i get is great the picture and sound are fantastic while they were ave before well worth th 30bucks i paid for it at cw
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The measurement off to the side, right hand side facing the front is 8 7/8". Hope this helps you!!! Randy
Thanks Randy. When it stops raining here I will get up there and do some measurements, but looking at it from my upstairs windows, I think it is about a foot to the edge.
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:27 AM   #10
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Unless your knuckles are literally banging the wall when you crank it
up or down I think you'll be fine.
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