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Old 01-09-2011, 08:18 AM   #1
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Question Winegard Wingman UHF Antenna Booster

Has anybody purchased or installed a winegard-wingman antenna booster?

Just wanted to know from experience how it worked. Purchased it at the RV show.

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...-wingman/44021
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Old 01-09-2011, 08:25 AM   #2
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Just wanted to know from experience how it worked.
There are several GREAT threads here about how and why this piece of equipment works (and it does).

Wingman for antenna

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The list goes on...
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I bought and installed one on my old trailer. It took as long to climb up and down the ladder as it did to install it. Very simple and easy.
It did bring in what channels I was currently receiving better, but I didn't notice it being able to pull in any additional channels.

Hope this is the info you needed.

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As posted previously, the Winegard Wingman makes your antenna "directional" and no longer "omni-directional". Use www.antennaweb.org in the USA to find the direction (compass heading) to point the "arrow" of the wingman to the transmission antenna of the local stations.

There may be several "headings" required to get all the possible stations in your area. Antenna web works best if you use your actual address instead of your zip code.
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:34 AM   #5
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Has anybody purchased or installed a winegard-wingman antenna booster?
It's been mentioned before but just so you are aware--
Some of us have discovered that our antenna lays
down in the "travel position" right next to some other
roof obstruction like the top vent of your refrigerator
or ceiling fan vent.
The wingman sticks out the SIDE of the antenna when
it's stowed and mine and several others find it lands
right on top of the obstruction so we can't leave it
on while traveling.

I kept mine but attach it with heavy duty rubber bands
only when we're in a fringe area where we can get a
signal but it's "iffy". The wingman will improve my
signal when I have a slightly weak one. It won't pull
in really weak stations.
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It's been mentioned before but just so you are aware--Some of us have discovered that our antenna lays down in the "travel position" right next to some other roof obstruction like the top vent of your refrigerator or ceiling fan vent.
In this situation, I would change out the entire winegard antenna head for a King Controls Jack TV For Free OA8000 VHF UHF Amplified TV RV Antenna (OA-8000) - King Controls - OA-8000 - It is only marginally wider then the stock unit and only a few dollars more expensive than the Wingman Booster.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:32 PM   #7
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I just installed the King Controls Jack Lou is refering to. My Wineguard lays down within inches of the airconditioner so the wingman would not fit. The Jack took less than 15 minutes to install. I mounted it 180 out from the wineguard and it lays down perfect. I did a scan using the Wineguard, 16 channels. Then did a scan with the Jack, 29 channels. The real test will be next time I go to Goose Island State park. I cannot pull in any stations clearly there. Last time there the camper next to me had a Wingman and got all the local stations clearly.
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I added the wingman to my old camper, I was able to pick up more channels than others in my camping group. The new one is supposed to have one when I get it.
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I just installed the King Controls Jack Lou is refering to.
How does this "king controls" antenna get power?
It says 120v/240v/12v do you have a little adapter like
a cell phone charger that needs a wall outlet?

Do you continue to use the winegard wall connection
(which sends 12v power up to the winegard antenna)??

Do you simply just change the antenna head up on the
mast and that's all??

I'm seriously looking for an upgrade.
We camped at Cumberland Gap NP last fall.
I scanned with my winegard and got zip. Zero stations.
The camp host (Skeeter!) told us we should have found
one or two.

Please give us an update when you've tested your new
unit!!
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There is a government web site where you can go to see what channels you should recieve when you go camping at places. Just type in the zipcode. I always print out a sheet when I go to see what I should be getting. Here is the site:

The Digital TV Transition: What You Need to Know About DTV
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