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Old 08-25-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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question on tv antenna

Hey Guys, new to camping, just bought a 2002 salem lite, I have questions on the tv reception, I have a newer 19inch tv, maybe 3 years old, when i crank the antenna up on the camper, and screw the cable on, I get nothing, I know that that is old stuff, and analog and the new way is digtial, question I have is do I need a new antenna head, or a convertor box to the back of my tv, I know I can go ask someone in the rv service shop, but I am sure thay would tell me the expensive way, thought I would ask you all, Thanks for helping a newbe out....
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:50 PM   #2
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There is nothing in the RV which cares about analog vs digital unless its the TV itself. If the TV is only three years old, I would expect it to be digital. If you put something like rabbit-ears on it do you get local stations?

There is normally a "booster control plate" in the RV which turns on the antenna booster and connects the antenna to your TV outlets. It looks something like this:

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Push the little black button in and the green LED should light up. Of course you also may need to rotate the antenna so that it's pointing to the local transmitters (eg, arms stretched out 90 degrees on either side if the transmitter location).

Give those things a try and let us know what happens.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:19 PM   #3
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So, there is a crank to crank it up, the other round part is to turn the antenna, I am sorry for sounding stupid, but I guess I am !!!
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:22 PM   #4
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Aim it the best you can toward the broadcast antenna for the broadcast antenna direction you can ask the park you are in or try this link.

AntennaPoint.com - Antenna Locator.

point your antenna in the direction of the most channels (need compass) and then scan channels with your TV. If you have a digital TV it will look for them in the scan. Thats it. if that doesn't work, you may need a settop box. Remember to turn the signal amplifer on.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:31 PM   #5
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Take a look at this YouTube video.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:50 PM   #6
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i'm sure with a 2002, you have a Wineguard crankup antenna. getting that up and directed, making sure the black button is pushed in and lit green, is where you start.
but you have to go to the tv's menu and put it on Air, not Cable and then do a channel search.

there really is no such thing as a HD or digital antenna, that's any better than a regular antenna.
i get great HD broadcasts on my tv, using a plain old rabbit ears antenna.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:06 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone, I learned a bunch, I get a channel in my area very clear, all this was do helpful, I am so glad I found you guys, again thank you all you guys for responding !!!
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Glad you got things going! That was a great video.

If you don't already have it, you should try to add the Winegard Wingman to your antenna. That can improve your reception of UHF signals a lot. It is trivial to install it.
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is that something that i need to change on the antenna itself, how hard to do is that...
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:43 PM   #10
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It's an add on, supper easy DIY
The hardest part is getting on your RV.

All RV stores should have it.
Here's a link to Camping World.
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/winegard-wingman/44021

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i wonder if any of the antennas listed by antennapoint would be better than what came with the rv to begin with. not the big by large ones, but the smaller round ones.
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It is very easy and you may not need to get on your roof at all. Here is the installation instructions.

The first thing you have to do (before purchase) is to make sure you have 10 inches or more of clearance between the antenna and any obstructions.

What I did on mine was to raise the antenna a bit, rotate it so that when it came down it would be over the side of the RV, and then lowered it. Then all I had to do was stand in the bed of my truck so I could reach it, pull out three rubber feet, set the wingman on the bottom, and push in three "push pins" where the feet used to be.
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i wonder if any of the antennas listed by antennapoint would be better than what came with the rv to begin with. not the big by large ones, but the smaller round ones.
A friend has one, has had ZERO luck with his round one, uses one of these stuck in a window.

Everything has been changed under warranty.

We camped next to them last yr.

He was picking up less than a dozen channels, we got 30+.



Where we spend our summers we get NO channels. We're 50+ miles from the closest transmitter.

I replaced our Winegard/Wingman with a "Jack Digital HDTV Antenna" now the TV finds 1 station but the signal is too weak to watch.

My personal openion.... Winegard/Wingman

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There is a new antenna-----------------

There is a new antenna called "JACK" that is a direct improvement replacement for the older winegard "BAT" wing. Very easy to installed and will work with your present antenna amp. Do a search for the "JACK" TV antenna.
Camping World had them on sale for around $39.00. I swapped mine out, what a improvement!!!!
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There is a new antenna called "JACK" that is a direct improvement replacement for the older winegard "BAT" wing. Very easy to installed and will work with your present antenna amp. Do a search for the "JACK" TV antenna.
Camping World had them on sale for around $39.00. I swapped mine out, what a improvement!!!!
X2 I switched and would never go back to the wingman. When I was in Goshen at the plant they told me that the new units will be having the jack on them but they are still evaluating. You know they will put the cheapest they can........
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Comparing the Jack to a Winegard without the Wingman is not a fair comparison.
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going to try the wingman first. will (eventually) report back what we find.
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Comparing the Jack to a Winegard without the Wingman is not a fair comparison.
I have compared a wingman and a jack and I get a farther reception antenna and twice the stations. I sent back the wingman. I have done both and compared. I have never heard a bad comment on the Jack, not even on this forum.........
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Hey, I have a ----------------------

Hey, I have a wingman UHF antenna I will give you. I have already compared the two antennas. I removed the "BAT" wing with the "YAGI WINGMAN" antennas, Like the Ole man GLJURCZYK said, I also got almost twice the stations with the "JACK".


A little information: I owned and operated a two-way radio shop for 28 years.
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Hey, I have a wingman UHF antenna I will give you. I have already compared the two antennas. I removed the "BAT" wing with the "YAGI WINGMAN" antennas, Like the Ole man GLJURCZYK said, I also got almost twice the stations with the "JACK".


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