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Old 07-20-2017, 09:13 AM   #1
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we have only been out with our new 25BDS twice and not real big on TV while camping, but both trips we did have some light bouts of rain and while hanging out indoors waiting on the rain to stop we tried the TV and neither time were we able to get and sustain any channels............ is there something we are doing wrong or something else we should consider adding to get some reception?
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:11 AM   #2
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It depends on where you were. There simply may not have been any stations broadcasting that were a reasonable distance away. Also, did you rotate the antenna? Try it in your driveway.
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:22 AM   #3
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Did you turn on your antenna booster?
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:25 AM   #4
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If you have the antenna shown in the attachment, the only thing it has in common with a TV antenna is the shape. If tv is important consider replacing it with a King Jack, If you only use occasionally, you can use a stand alone an external antenna. Rain and trees are not digital tv friendly. Make sure you have the amplifier on ( small button on coax wall jack).
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Old 07-20-2017, 01:44 PM   #5
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If your unit is new, you may want to check the inputs on the back of your TV. Mine were mis-installed with everything moved over one jack. I got poor reception and no DVD. It was an effort to redo mine since the TV comes out of the counter but after proper installation, everything works fine.
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Make sure that the booster is on (little red light on mine) and go into the TV menu and scan for channels whenever you are at a new location.
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Old 07-20-2017, 02:33 PM   #7
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The nature of many campgrounds is that they are way out of town, so antenna Tv reception may be spotty or none. That is why you see many of the campgrounds are offering cable. If I'm camping in a place that doesn't offer cable, I carry some DVDs.
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Make sure that the booster is on (little red light on mine) and go into the TV menu and scan for channels whenever you are at a new location.
Some are green
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As already stated, ensure the power boost button is on and that it's wired correctly. (And let it do a scan.)

Since we mostly camp in wooded areas in Colorado, the TV antenna is rarely even raised. (Even when close to a town, reception is usually horrible.)

But we do have a stash of "rainy day" DVDs if we get stuck inside and occasionally will grab a few DVDs at the store when picking up supplies for the next camping trip.
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Old 07-20-2017, 03:15 PM   #10
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No one has told you where the booster switch is located. The booster switch and LED are located on the wall plate that your TV cable plugs into. The LED is not very bright, you have to look closely to see it sometimes.
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As others have said, check connections and make sure booster is on when using rooftop antenna. Next use a locator website like this to find where the closest stations are: www.antennasdirect.com/transmitter-locator.html Then aim your antenna to the stations you want, set the TV for Air and scan for channels.
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Old 07-20-2017, 05:05 PM   #12
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we have only been out with our new 25BDS twice and not real big on TV while camping, but both trips we did have some light bouts of rain and while hanging out indoors waiting on the rain to stop we tried the TV and neither time were we able to get and sustain any channels............ is there something we are doing wrong or something else we should consider adding to get some reception?
I had same problem with my King Jack. Took it back to dealer and he stated it was wired wrong. He stated 80-90% of the units have faulty wiring. Check on that
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As others have said, check connections and make sure booster is on when using rooftop antenna. Next use a locator website like this to find where the closest stations are: www.antennasdirect.com/transmitter-locator.html Then aim your antenna to the stations you want, set the TV for Air and scan for channels.
I've used that locator website, but have have had better luck with: https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps Once the map opens, you can zoom in and move the Location Teardrop to the exact location of your campsite. I use Google Maps to find the precise campsite location first. It doesn't take much elevation change to add or eliminate a Digital Station from your options.

We had trouble with reception at a campground in Ohio last week where stations should have been available. I went on the roof and checked the connection under the boot where the cable and found it was loose. After tightening it up, all the stations that the FCC website said should be available, then came in.

The booster light on our system is green.
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No one has told you where the booster switch is located. The booster switch and LED are located on the wall plate that your TV cable plugs into. The LED is not very bright, you have to look closely to see it sometimes.
Further to Rockfordroo's post, this is the wall plate. The Booster is activated with a the small button to the right of the cable connectors. A red or green light should come on if the booster is powered. Assuming you have a Winegard Sensar antenna, you can add the Wingman attachment which does help improve reception.
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we have only been out with our new 25BDS twice and not real big on TV while camping, but both trips we did have some light bouts of rain and while hanging out indoors waiting on the rain to stop we tried the TV and neither time were we able to get and sustain any channels............ is there something we are doing wrong or something else we should consider adding to get some reception?


We use an Amazon Firestick, pending the campground has wifi or you have unlimited data on your phone then you can use your hotspot.
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We use an Amazon Firestick, pending the campground has wifi or you have unlimited data on your phone then you can use your hotspot.
Streaming video over a campground's wi-fi slows response for everyone else and is likely to be a frustrating experience to boot!
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We rarely get over the air channels whil camping, so we went with Dish Network portable satellite system. They have portable systems that find the satelites automatically and can watch same channels as we have at home, even locals if not to far away from home. Locals are lost if distant area from your home. We have Dish at home however, and use a bedroom receiver from our home so that no extra cost is incurred each month. DirecTv has similar systems.
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I found not only loose connections but improperly installed F connectors. I ended up replacing almost all the cables.
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Even in a good-signal neighborhood it is inadvisable to put a UHF antenna behind a tree. The farther away a tree is, the less of a problem it is. For far away trees, assume no signal penetrates the tree, and reception will be by diffraction around the tree.

Unless your antenna is higher than surrounding trees your signal from local TV stations will be hampered.
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