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Old 04-04-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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New omnidirectional antenna

I've seen the omnidirectional antennas on the 2013 models, and maybe earlier, and wonder if they work well. They appear to have a small dome and two wings going out from that, and it's in a fixed position slightly above the roof. I love the performance of my crank-up-and-rotate Winegard and wondered how the new antenna compares. My old antenna brings in channels that are much sharper than what I get on cable, so I often use it even when in campgrounds that have cable.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:11 PM   #2
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Having done numerous tv antenna installations through the years, omni directional antennas work best in flat terrain and close to tv transmitters. In hilly areas, the traditional batwing, especially with the UHF add on, will have directionality (and some gain), whereas an omni directional antenna won't, which very likely would cause pixelation in a digital signal. In the analog days, it would show up as ghosting.

Wherever I go, I use the free app "TV Antenna Helper". It shows you either by listing, or on a map, or compass the available tv stations from where you happen to be. You can then orientate your directional batwing antenna accordingly.
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