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Old 07-17-2012, 04:50 PM   #11
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The elements of the wingman point to the station like an arrow.
Beat you by 1 minute, Lou.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:58 PM   #12
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I use the King Control Dig TV Finder (Amazon link)



Just rotate the antenna and peak the signal strength. Works great...especially in fringe areas
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:03 PM   #13
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With or without the wingman, it has always helped to point the antenna in the direction of the station source. That's why the antenna was always on a rotating ring long before digital TV came on the scene.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:08 PM   #14
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With or without the wingman, it has always helped to point the antenna in the direction of the station source. That's why the antenna was always on a rotating ring long before digital TV came on the scene.
I think she wants to know which side of the antenna points which way.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:43 PM   #15
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Well, I guess no one wants to read the old posts.

Cliffs Notes Version:

Old "BatWing" type Antennas

VHF directional - Wings need to be 90 degrees to station and as such were directional. Front lobe of antenna was the side of the wings with the white box (amplifier) on it. Much longer range than UHF channels.

UHF - Omnidirectional - Like the old "wire loop" of the past, it is a circle of wire inside the white amp case. VERY short range.

Digital did not change the way the antenna works. Still directional for VHF digital channels. (yes Virginia, there are still digital VHF channels.)

However with the advent of digital programming, the station frequencies could be packed closer together and most NEW high definition station broadcasts are in the UHF range since there was more room there.

This caused a problem because most UHF antennas were pretty rudimentary.
So while you could receive a VHF station, the collocated UHF high def channel won't come in. The "fix" was adding focusing elements on the UHF antenna that act like a magnifying glass and "bend" the incoming weaker signals (too weak to display on the digital TV) and focus it onto the internal loop antenna in the white amp head.

This almost doubles the distance you can receive UHF High Def channels. The downside is the "focus" issue. Like a solar magnifying glass, the lens has to point the correct way. Holding a burning lens sideways will not cook any ants. Same with the Wingman booster; it has to point to the broadcast towers to work.

Picture an airplane. The "cockpit" is the white amp head with Wingman elements and the wings of the plane are the bat wings. The nose of the plane must fly to the station to get the highest signal.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:04 PM   #16
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Don't think anyone answered your orig. question completely. The wall plate holding the TV antenna cable recpt, ie wall plate has a small black button with green indicating light. Press button till light is green and this turns on amp in the roof element. Follow balance of instructions......
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:00 PM   #17
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I just look at the camper next to me or which ever is close by that has the antenna up. Usually the direction they are pointing is the direction I have to point also.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:39 PM   #18
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I just look at the camper next to me or which ever is close by that has the antenna up. Usually the direction they are pointing is the direction I have to point also.
Last campground I was at NO ONE was pointed at the antenna farm. They were all pointed at the nearby city. They were shocked when I was picking up 6 more stations than they were.

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