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Old 05-22-2016, 12:52 PM   #11
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Ok, I think I am just dumb in this section but here's what I have. I purchased a cable that plugs into the back of the radio and the other end would have plugged into something like a car antenna base. It looks like the F-type connector however it is way to large to work on any TV connection. Therefore, I cut that end off and installed a cable tv adapter on to the end. I install a spliter off of the antenna cable before coming into the booster. I attached the new radio cable to that spliter and nothing good is happening. Hopefully this was done incorrectly and someone can straighten me out.
Get the adaptor uhduh wrote about. You have too many variables in your set up (IMHO).
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Old 05-22-2016, 12:57 PM   #12
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Hi,

I have had great success in improving the miserable AM radio reception in my Silverback 33RL by clipping on a retractable shortwave antenna wire that I had laying around.

I had tried adding a ground plane to no good effect, and then played around with a small wire attached to the antenna stub (that's all it really is on mine) with an alligator clip. That seemed to help slightly, which gave me the cue to try the shortwave gizmo, which retracts into a small reel when not in use. I simply clamp it onto the antenna and let the wire extend down to the ground, then unclamp and reel it in when I break camp.

Might not work for everyone, but it sure did for me.

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Old 05-22-2016, 03:41 PM   #13
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Tv antenna will never work good for AM. UHF,VHF (tv) and FM bands are way higher than AM. Older units used a car type antenna mounted on roof.
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:46 AM   #14
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I used the wire from MCM electronics and I have noticed a significant difference in my radio reception. Last year I was lucky to get 2 stations when it scanned and now I have over 10, I tried going through with the splitter behind the wall but found it was easier to add a splitter behind the tv and feed it to the radio.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:50 PM   #15
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Did you activate the t.v. antenna switch? It is the wall plate that your t.v. is connected to. A light will come on when activated.
Here is what I did on my 26VFKS. I had crappy radio reception. I like AM and FM radio. The problem with these fiber glass shell TT's is that the antennas are not grounded properly. SO I go on the roof, unscrewed the antenna ball joint. And wrapped a stripped ground wire around the antenna mounting screw. Then ran the other end of the wire to the roof mount AC unit and attached that end of the wire to a screw in the AC mounting frame. Replaced the ball joint screw and get pretty decent reception!
NOTE to FOREST RIVER! fix his problem! It is a design/engineering problem that you need to correct!

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Old 05-23-2016, 08:13 PM   #16
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Here is what I did on my 26VFKS. I had crappy radio reception. I like AM and FM radio. The problem with these fiber glass shell TT's is that the antennas are not grounded properly. SO I go on the roof, unscrewed the antenna ball joint. And wrapped a stripped ground wire around the antenna mounting screw. Then ran the other end of the wire to the roof mount AC unit and attached that end of the wire to a screw in the AC mounting frame. Replaced the ball joint screw and get pretty decent reception!
NOTE to FOREST RIVER! fix his problem! It is a design/engineering problem that you need to correct!

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This antenna, in question, is mounted on the side wall of a slide. Not saying grounding it is impossible, but this way was a little easier for me. This is also now using roof mounted antenna. Personally I have never used AM radio.
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Old 05-24-2016, 03:58 PM   #17
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Moligny is correct

The above poster is correct. You will not get AM reception using the TV antennae. However the FM should have increased tremendously. Make sure you are using a TV signal splitter and not a cable signal spiltter. If I recall my set up correctly, you will need 2 of them. Split the RV ant. and connect back to TV. then connect to second splitter to the original splitter. Connect second splitter to radio. Do not connect the original ant to anything. The empty connection is for the second TV. if needed. Again I think that is how I had to it. Because, the manufacturer ran the wrong antennae wire for my radio and decided to make a split someplace in the wall which didn't hold up. I mean really it is a travel trailer after all. If you don't have 2 TV's you can probably use 1 splitter just use the right one. It is a lot of wire to deal with but you can pick it up at your local radio shack with the tool to put the screw ends on. Are there any local Radio shacks left?

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