Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-11-2018, 05:40 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 10
King Jack Antenna problems

I have a 2017 FR3 28DS with the King Jack roof mount Antenna. I have a lot of problems receiving local TV stations over the air. I have the cheep TV Free Way antenna and I can receive more TV channels on the TV Free Way antenna than the high in $$ Roof mount King Jack Antenna. Any suggestion?
__________________

BruceFR3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2018, 05:45 PM   #2
PPST Wannabe
 
kenandterry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,023
I donít understand your question.

Is the Free Way antennae a separately connected unit to the television?

If it gets better reception that the King Jack, I guess you know which one works best. Did you have the amplifier turned on for the King Jack?
__________________

__________________

Ken and Terry
2010 Georgetown 330TS being pushed by our
2017 GMC Terrain toad (4 wheels down)
kenandterry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2018, 06:54 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 10
King Jack Antenna problems

The Free Way antenna. Is a portable antenna I attached to the TV after I disconnected the King Jack antenna to check the TV signal. I can receive more channels on the Free Way antenna. I should receive the same amount or more channels on the roof mount King Jack antenna. And yes I have the amplifier turned on.
BruceFR3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2018, 07:48 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 19
This may be a redundant question, but just to be sure, you had both the king jack antenna turned on, as well as the small amplifier button pressed behind the tv, that turns the green light on?
GABulldawg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2018, 08:08 PM   #5
Just as confused as you
 
Scrapper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Wilderness CG, WI
Posts: 3,265
Quote:
Originally Posted by GABulldawg View Post
This may be a redundant question, but just to be sure, you had both the king jack antenna turned on, as well as the small amplifier button pressed behind the tv, that turns the green light on?
The King Jack antenna works the same as a Winegard antenna. The amplifier is built into the antenna head on the roof. The button you are talking about is the power injector and OTA/cable selector.

The complete King Jack antenna that FR installs has the power injector built into the ceiling mounted controls.

The King Jack antenna head you can buy to replace a Winegard antenna will use the original Winegard power injector.
__________________
Richard & Jill
2014 Flagstaff 832IKBS Classic Super Lite
2018 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Z71 4WD All Star Edition
Camping since 1989, seasonal since 2000
Car Shredder Op/Tech, Scrap Metal Recycling - retired
Scrapper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2018, 09:40 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Wolverine 1945's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: SouthWest Michigan
Posts: 5,726
Nothing works better that an old style antenna !!!
People have been trying to invent some type of super style antenna for years !!!
Haven't seen one yet that is worth a damm !!!
Wolverine 1945 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2018, 01:57 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
sgtlm17's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,340
If I had my choice I would go with an omnidirectional antenna. I have found they typically do better than directional antennas. Just the nature of the beast.
__________________
2016 Forester GTS 2801QSF
2011 Jeep JK Toad
Habitual RV Modifier
sgtlm17 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2018, 03:06 PM   #8
Just as confused as you
 
Scrapper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Wilderness CG, WI
Posts: 3,265
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wolverine 1945 View Post
Nothing works better that an old style antenna !!!
People have been trying to invent some type of super style antenna for years !!!
Haven't seen one yet that is worth a damm !!!
Even in some areas the large old style antennas needed a signal amplifier. Also, the antennas wouldn't fair well traveling around on top of a RV.


Quote:
Originally Posted by sgtlm17 View Post
If I had my choice I would go with an omnidirectional antenna. I have found they typically do better than directional antennas. Just the nature of the beast.
It's funny you say that when the people who have RV's with omnidirectional antennas say they have very poor reception and they even have an amplifier.


Even the old style antennas were directional. That's why many people put rotors on them so they could be pointed towards the stations transmitter towers.

The problem with the tv reception now is that being digital the signals are prone to blockage from trees, hills, mountains and buildings whereas the old analog signals would penetrate trees and many buildings. Another option would be to get the antenna as high as possible.
__________________
Richard & Jill
2014 Flagstaff 832IKBS Classic Super Lite
2018 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Z71 4WD All Star Edition
Camping since 1989, seasonal since 2000
Car Shredder Op/Tech, Scrap Metal Recycling - retired
Scrapper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2018, 03:52 PM   #9
D W
Senior Member
 
D W's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: ALASKA (World's Biggest Campground)
Posts: 1,327
I have heard this complaint before, from two of my neighbors. One has a 5er, the other has a TT, both equipped with the King Jack. Their OTA reception is abysmal. Both have tried a test coax going straight from the King jack to the TV to see if is in the wiring. Both still have fuzzy reception and pixilation compared to my batwing. They both decided to get some batwings off of ebay.
__________________
'04 K3500 Silverado LS with LS3 Connect & Cruise- with Intimidator Mods- Reprogrammed 4L80E
2016 Salem 27RKSS (Pacific Northwest Build)

"...exhaust fluid? We don't need no stinkin' exhaust fluid"
D W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2018, 05:49 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 10
Thank you to all for the feed back on my antenna issue. My FR3 has three TV’s and the roof mount is for all three TV’s. I have a TV that I had before I bought my FR3. The TV Free Way antenna works great on TV four. I tried the Free Way antenna on the TV’s that came installed with the FR3 and the results were all the same. The Free Way antenna did not inprove the reception. I may have a problem with the TV’s that came with my FR3 is that is possible. Welcome to RV life! It’s always something!!
__________________

BruceFR3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
antenna

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:32 AM.