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Old 02-09-2015, 01:18 PM   #11
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Antennas depend on many things ( location,trees, weather). Most trailer antennas are good for 20 to 30 miles without a problem after that it's up to all the things that can block the signal. We shoot for the local channel to get news and use the dvd player for everything else. I am also looking into ways to get the internet and satellite dish for Tv as we will be spending more time in our trailer since I'm retiring. So far as to the antenna we have been able to get enough to satisfy us for short term.

I guess that was the main thing I was wondering. The last time I used an antenna I was 10. And that's all me had. Lol. So it sounds like there are channels out there still available through the sky.

As for unlimited data...no such beast in Canada. If you have it you have probably given up your right leg to get it. $$$!!
I have an old rocket stick that I used to use when away from home. Has anyone streamed Netflix from this? I don't know if it would be fast enough. Its probably 5 years old by now.


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Old 02-09-2015, 01:20 PM   #12
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You can set up a personal wifi set up.

What do you mean by this?


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Old 02-09-2015, 01:22 PM   #13
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As far as TV reception over the antenna goes todays' digital signals are much different/better than the old analog signals. With analog you could get fuzzy reception on the screen called snow. With digital signals you either get a signal or don't. Now the strength of that signal is directional so you need to point the antenna toward the source. Most modern tv's have a signal strength meter built in, you have to look in the setup menu or installation menu somewhere. Make sure the tv input is set to antenna, not cable. Turn the antenna booster on, raise and rotate the antenna to get the strongest signal. Then do a channel search which is also in the setup menu or installation menu. It helps to look what direction other campers have their antenna pointed.

Ow does all that work? Is it just the TV that has to be digital or do I need a digital antenna?


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Old 02-09-2015, 01:32 PM   #14
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...As for unlimited data...no such beast in Canada. If you have it you have probably given up your right leg to get it. $$$!!

I have an old rocket stick that I used to use when away from home. Has anyone streamed Netflix from this? I don't know if it would be fast enough. Its probably 5 years old by now.

Well, technically there is unlimited options in Canada, I've got it with Wind Mobile. But the trade off is their network coverage is only in major cities so when you're at a campsite you're probably roaming in Rogers and paying Rogers for the privilege.

Since you said 'Rocket Stick' I assume you're a Rogers Customer. You'll have to find out what the going rates are for it, but looking at their site I'd say you'll be looking at anywhere between $40-80 a month for it.

Much cheaper to bring either DVDs or digital copies.




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Old 02-09-2015, 03:16 PM   #15
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TV antenna helper free is an android app we found that helps us to pre-a light our antenna with the strongest signals. I lay it on the bed, so it's laying the same direction as the roof top antenna. Having marked which direction the real antenna lays by making a small marks-alot dot on the rotating knob, I turn the antenna to align with the apps signal. It makes it a lot easier to use the roof antenna. It may help you.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:12 PM   #16
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I stream my wifi through my cell phone by using my wireless hot spot. I was surprised to find that streaming tv or even my wife working on her computers while rv'ing. yes I said computers she uses 2 or 3 computers at one time for her work. anyway a week of her working in the rv and she only used 1/4 of a gig of data on my phone.
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Ow does all that work? Is it just the TV that has to be digital or do I need a digital antenna?


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A regular antenna will work just fine.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:17 PM   #18
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We usually use our antenna unless a campground has cable. Bring plenty of coax cable as sometimes the hookup can be a little distant. Make sure your boost is on for antenna and off for cable. You will need to do a scan function on your TV for channels each time you go to a new campground. Sometimes you need to turn your antenna too. We also carry a good amount of dvds for evenings or rainy day watching. Sometimes we sit outside and watch the movie as a family. Be aware most campgrounds WiFi is not very good. They frown on streaming and sometimes the WiFi will kick you off if you stream or after a certain amount of time. This is because there are so many trying to share the WiFi it slows it to a crawl.
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As for antenna if you wont digital and have a older rv you can get a digital box. This will triple your channels. However the newer rvs already have a digital antenna installed so you don't need the box.
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:21 PM   #20
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As for antenna if you wont digital and have a older rv you can get a digital box. This will triple your channels. However the newer rvs already have a digital antenna installed so you don't need the box.

Great. Mines a 2015. I haven't even been inside it yet!


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