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Old 06-09-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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What's the scoop with the tv antenna?

Hey folks. Maiden voyage went pretty well except for a leak under the bathroom sink. Thanks all for the tips on the hot water switch.

Next question. The tv antenna. I have a 2013 6504. Is that an HD antenna? Nothing in the manuals. If not, it can't be worth much as there are no longer VHF/UHF channels, correct?

Can you hook up an HD antenna? I do see a little power button on that wall where the tv would mount. What does that do? Thanks! I have not bought a flat screen for it yet. Not sure I will.
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:27 PM   #2
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There are lots of free over the air HD channels out there, depending on your area, (I am not saying they are very good, but hey, theyr'e free)and YES, your antenna is an HD antenna. The little green power button should be on anytime you watch tv, this is a power booster- (although not much). You should have a Winegard HD "batwing" antenna, it will need to be raised up and turned in the best direction for a good signal. Don't forget to lower it back down before you leave a campground! Randy
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:29 PM   #3
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Hey folks. Maiden voyage went pretty well except for a leak under the bathroom sink. Thanks all for the tips on the hot water switch.

Next question. The tv antenna. I have a 2013 6504. Is that an HD antenna? Nothing in the manuals. If not, it can't be worth much as there are no longer VHF/UHF channels, correct?

Can you hook up an HD antenna? I do see a little power button on that wall where the tv would mount. What does that do? Thanks! I have not bought a flat screen for it yet. Not sure I will.
I don't think there is such an antenna as a HD antenna. There are however HD tv's to receive the signal from the antenna and display the signal in HD.
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:35 PM   #4
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Remember the TV converter boxes the government was sending out to all TV sets that were not DIGITAL TUNERS? The antennas changed when that upgrade changed, and nobody can sell those TV's or antennas anymore. I previously said HD, I meant to say DIGITAL airwaves, although some Digital free channels are in fact HD, depending on where you live. Randy
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I don't think there is such an antenna as a HD antenna. There are however HD tv's to receive the signal from the antenna and display the signal in HD.
From a broadcast engineer, that is correct. HD is another way of broadcasting but the HD channels are basically in the same frequency group as the old analog channels thence the antennas you need are the same. I hate it when I see commercials for HD antennas saying they are special for HD tv when it is nothing more than a plain old antenna. Now there is a difference in some HD signals because some are in the old VHF band and some HD signals are in the UHF band. The add on to the Wineguard bat wing antennas help bring in the UHF HD channels since the Wineguard is lacking in that area of frequency coverage.

BTW, FM signals are between TV channels 6 and 7 so any antenna used for VHF TV will work great for FM radio.
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I installed a TV from Costco and usually can get over-the-air channels. I also added the Wingman to the antenna and now the stations are clearer. While I have HD equipment at home I don't even brother with HD stations so I'm not able to answer your question.
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ptownvibe, turn your TV on and push the button for the booster the light will be on then use the menu and do a auto scan for channels. Every time you change your location to a different town you need to repeat the process. And do not forget to crank up your antenna and back down when traveling.
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Remember the TV converter boxes the government was sending out to all TV sets that were not DIGITAL TUNERS? The antennas changed when that upgrade changed, and nobody can sell those TV's or antennas anymore. I previously said HD, I meant to say DIGITAL airwaves, although some Digital free channels are in fact HD, depending on where you live. Randy
Not true. What changed is how the signal is packaged that rides on the UHF/VHF frequencies. It was analog before and digital now. The frequencies have not changed at all.

In fact, there are VHF digital and UHF digital channels broadcasting HD content.

Here is a printout of the VHF and UHF channels in the Tampa area and the direction to the transmitter towers from MacDill AFB FAMCAMP.

The "Wingman" will make your UHF antenna (located in the white box of your roof antenna) directional and will boost the gain to allow you to get the same reception distance on UHF digital that you are getting on VHF digital.

Channel 3.1 is VHF and channel 30.3 is UHF.
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BTW, FM signals are between TV channels 6 and 7 so any antenna used for VHF TV will work great for FM radio.
I've gotta review my frequencies list. I thought the FM radio band was over channel 13. Either way, I agree on TV antennas being useful for FM Radio.

Edit: Ok, a quick Wiki check (TV Channel Frequencies) proves I've lost my mind....
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Your antenna is capable of receiving HD channels and the current flat panel TVs are able to display the signal without a decoder.
AntennaWeb - Home has some good references for getting started. I have an app on my smartphone that can tell me the best direction to point the antenna and find I can get up to 20 channels in my driveway including a few I don't get on FIOS at home.
You may want to see if you have a signal booster. If TV is important a booster would probably help in a lot of areas.
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