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Old 02-28-2019, 02:44 PM   #1
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Pointing the external tv antennae

The rotatable TV antennae on top my FR is shaped like the Star-ship Enterprise, mostly round with a straight projection and crossbars on one side. Question: How do I point this antennae for the best reception?
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Old 02-28-2019, 02:53 PM   #2
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I pull up the menu on the tv that shows signal strength and rotate the antenna for the strongest signal on my favorite channel.
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:07 PM   #3
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Check out your App Store for DTV Antenna. When you land at your campsite take out your phone and it will show you all the channels in the area and where their antennas are so you can point the RV antenna in that direction. It's free and it works pretty good
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Also, the TV TOWERS app ($1.99) for iOS and Android works well and has great map and compass orienting interfaces!
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The rotatable TV antennae on top my FR is shaped like the Star-ship Enterprise, mostly round with a straight projection and crossbars on one side. Question: How do I point this antennae for the best reception?
The fins are to be pointed at the tower you want to receive the digital signal from.


I use the Apple app "TV Towers" to locate the stations and the direction to them. You can use satellite view to locate a local landmark to shoot towards to make aiming it easy.

Then I use the signal strength displayed on the TV (if yours is so equipped) to fine tune the antenna.

If you have a computer browser, AntennaWeb.org has a very good app as well.
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Or you can buy a signal locator meter from Camping World or other RV parts retailer that you hook up to the antenna and rotate the antenna until it lights up.

Bought mine at CW for $33 bucks!

Love it!
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Or you can buy a signal locator meter from Camping World or other RV parts retailer that you hook up to the antenna and rotate the antenna until it lights up.

Bought mine at CW for $33 bucks!

Love it!
I like the towers programs because they allow you to see options that might not be intuitive by finding the one strongest signal.
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I like the towers programs because they allow you to see options that might not be intuitive by finding the one strongest signal.
That meter will let you know when you find the most powerful signal.

I also have a couple of signal-finder apps on my phone and the meter wins every time.

Especially in the mountains or out in the desert, where there may not be any cell service.

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The fins are to be pointed at the tower you want to receive the digital signal from.


I use the Apple app "TV Towers" to locate the stations and the direction to them. You can use satellite view to locate a local landmark to shoot towards to make aiming it easy.

Then I use the signal strength displayed on the TV (if yours is so equipped) to fine tune the antenna.

If you have a computer browser, AntennaWeb.org has a very good app as well.
Lou.....
We’re you camped out at Macdill AFB famcamp again directing the aircraft on final approach again? Just pinpointed your pictures here and got to thinking it would be something you’d do.
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Lou.....
We’re you camped out at Macdill AFB famcamp again directing the aircraft on final approach again? Just pinpointed your pictures here and got to thinking it would be something you’d do.
Yes; I love that FAMCAMP (though cell and internet are not too good).

My point about the "max signal" was not clear in my post. In many cases, as in Macdill AFB for example, there are other "less strong" towers in the area that have programming you would want to watch, but would never know about without an app that gives you "receivability" and station programming type.
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