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Old 12-24-2009, 04:18 PM   #1
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No more Wrong Way Wineguard

Should have thought of this long ago.

In our upcoming trip to Dauphin Island, there will be no cable TV. There are TV stations in Mobile, Pensacola, Gulfport/Biloxi.

Now the problem for me has always been co-relating the Wineguard inside knob pointer with the real world. First, the pointer is there simply to line up the antenna so it can be lowered. It doesn't even point in the same direction as the antenna, it's 90 deg. off. Second, every time you camp the trailer is in a different orientation to the real world compass points.

The addition of the Wingman accessory makes the antenna even more directional and more important to know which way you are pointed.

Solution: I made four labels, "Awning" "Hitch" "Slide Room" and "Bumper" to describe which way the antenna was pointing relative to the trailer and taped them to the ceiling around the pointer knob. I got out and visually checked each point before applying my stickers.

Now I just step outside with a compass (and map, if needed) and a sticky note. In this case lets say Mobile is North, and in relation to the trailer that's between the hitch and the slide room. Jot that down on sticky note. Then Pensacola (East) would fall between the hitch and the awning. Jot that down. Gulfport would be West, between the Slide Room and the bumper.

With the sticky in place on the wall near the antenna, I now have no problem pointing the antenna at the desired station.

Using the TV's "Add Search" function, I can add stations from each city without loosing the others.

Why didn't I think of that before?
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Old 12-24-2009, 09:47 PM   #2
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That a very good idea Radio i will do that when i haul it out this spring
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Old 12-25-2009, 08:35 AM   #3
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Good idea!
Also, enjoy your time on Dauphin Island.
We spent a week in Gulf Shores last January and took a day
trip on the ferry to Dauphin island.
We had a blast. The laid back off season un-crowd was very
nice. We'll keep our fingers crossed for good weather for you.

We want pictures!!
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Old 12-27-2009, 11:11 AM   #4
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Great idea. I took a Sharpie and placed a mark on the ring aligned with the Wingman so I knew which way it was facing but that's only good for a visual of it's location not aligning it with TV stations. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:44 PM   #5
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Try a protractor & compass

Here’s what we do… (taken from our webshots page)


The center section of this plastic protractor was removed and then mounted to the TV antenna area on the ceiling. Four small screws (not tightened) locate on the inside diameter of the protractor and allow it to be rotated. The red knob is located at “zero” degrees and is used in conjunction with a compass to orient the protractor to “north”. Antennapoint.com is used to provide the locations (direction in degrees) of television broadcast stations where we go camping. The antenna is pointed to the desired location using the numbers on the “inner” circle on the protractor.



Haven’t yet found a State Park in the northeast with a cable TV hook-up. With over the air antenna reception, you need to have your receiving antenna pointed towards the direction of the television broadcast antenna. We use Antennapoint.com to get a listing of the closest TV stations and the direction heading in degrees. The compass is used to orient the “zero degree” (north) position on the protractor for the TV antenna.
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:57 AM   #6
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That makes sense, and will make notes to keep that handy, but here is the dumb question for the day. I grew up with regular ole TV antenna's. And for some reason we knew which end of the antenna to point in what direction. On these.... which end is supposed to be the side that needs to be pointed toward signal? Edge that attach's to bar to raise? The other end? The end to the right or left of the raiser bar?
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Leaf-Peeper: That's a great idea.

Seeing your solution reminds me that the crank up satellite antennas by Winegard have just such a rotatable compass rose built into them to do the same thing. It would seem to me that one could just order that part from a supplier to put on their crank up TV antenna.
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That makes sense, and will make notes to keep that handy, but here is the dumb question for the day. I grew up with regular ole TV antenna's. And for some reason we knew which end of the antenna to point in what direction. On these.... which end is supposed to be the side that needs to be pointed toward signal? Edge that attach's to bar to raise? The other end? The end to the right or left of the raiser bar?

OK Guys skeeterbait8 & I and I know others are waiting for the answer to skeeterbait8 question. We are waiting....
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I am THRILLED to know that there is someone out there besides me that wants to know the answer to this! THRILLED!
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Sorry Jaxfl, I don't have the answer to that one. Personally I have always found the TV antennas on RVs to be about as useless as you know what on a boar. We never camp in an area where they will get a signal. On our Georgetown I removed the TV antenna and replaced it with a satellite dish.
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