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Old 03-07-2018, 08:52 PM   #1
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TV reception?

Checking to see if it's just me or a common problem. So far I have been unable to get a single Ota channel when away from home. At home all channels come in great. I have an attenuator indicator and a gain control. Is there a technique I need to try or are the towers simply too far away? I am camping at state parks at various locations in state.
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Is the amplifier on?
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:02 PM   #3
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you're probably just too far from a tower...State Parks aren't necessarily known for being either tv or cell phone friendly, they are usually located in places not near metro/urban areas
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Is the amplifier on?
Yes. What is strange is when I picked up the rv from the dealer they had every channel coming in and programmed. I drive the rv miles down the road to a campground and get nothing. Is there a trick with using the gain on the Attenuator? I turn the Amp on. My rotation adjuster has an arrow. Should I have certain thing pointed or set a certain way before I channel scan?
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Make sure you know what direction your antenna is pointing. Don't follow the arrow, if your antenna dial is pointing west your antenna is probably pointing north or south. You can also try a powered digital antenna, you can buy them at Walmart or amazon, then you can point it in any direction you want. We have to use ours sometimes when our camper antenna isn't working.
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Yes. What is strange is when I picked up the rv from the dealer they had every channel coming in and programmed. I drive the rv miles down the road to a campground and get nothing. Is there a trick with using the gain on the Attenuator? I turn the Amp on. My rotation adjuster has an arrow. Should I have certain thing pointed or set a certain way before I channel scan?
Since the TV was on and programed when you picked it up, did the dealer show you the process for using the antenna and programming the channels during your customer orientation?
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What kind of antenna do you have? We are running a wineguard bat wing that I added the “wingman” to. What I do is use a compass on her phone to get a general direction to the nearest town or city. Then I point the antenna that way. I marked on the knob the direction the antenna was pointing so I can easily tell from the inside of the camper. Then I run a channel scan. Once I grab a station I then fine tune the antenna to get the most signal strength. Sounds like a lot of work but it’s really easy. Jay
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Did you go into the tv menu and scan the channels?
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What kind of antenna do you have? We are running a wineguard bat wing that I added the “wingman” to. What I do is use a compass on her phone to get a general direction to the nearest town or city. Then I point the antenna that way. I marked on the knob the direction the antenna was pointing so I can easily tell from the inside of the camper. Then I run a channel scan. Once I grab a station I then fine tune the antenna to get the most signal strength. Sounds like a lot of work but it’s really easy. Jay
We have a king antenna. I looked and can not find any documentation in our packet.Click image for larger version

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Did you go into the tv menu and scan the channels?


X2. Sounds like this is your issue.
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X2. Sounds like this is your issue.
Yes, I have tried scanning the channels.
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Here's your doc:

https://kingconnect.com/wp-content/u...ers-Manual.pdf
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bclinton? Did I work for you once? LOL

Make sure your "source" on TV is set to "TV". Turn on the antenna amplifier at the coax receptacle. Go to menu and scan channels. Try turning the antenna this way and that, after all that......and see if one comes in.

That said.......as said above, I've been so far from towns that I never got any, at times.
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bclinton? Did I work for you once? LOL

Make sure your "source" on TV is set to "TV". Turn on the antenna amplifier at the coax receptacle. Go to menu and scan channels. Try turning the antenna this way and that, after all that......and see if one comes in.

That said.......as said above, I've been so far from towns that I never got any, at times.


Looks like I have the same King antennae.

I rarely get the main channels but always get the shopping, religious and spanish channels!

Having the power on doesn’t seem to help any, if at all. I even find that I get different scanning results on my 3 TVs. One thing I found helpful was to google the local antennae stations and you can see which direction to point the antennae for particular stations (most seem to be the same direction).
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:24 PM   #15
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Large hills, dense trees and mountains will stop the signal from reaching your antenna. There is a 300' granite mound between me and the nearest city with tv towers. I had to put up a 35' tower to receive consistent signals.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:26 PM   #16
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Front of King TV antenna??

OK, Weird question of the day.

I cannot find any description that shows where the front of the King antenna is for accurate directional pointing.

I know it is shaped like an arrow head.
But I think the "Front" of the antenna is the blunt end, not the pointy end.

Am I correct?
Thanks in advance for any positive reply.
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:15 PM   #17
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Yes, the pointed end of a Jack antenna is the aft end.
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:28 PM   #18
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Thanks Bubbles for the quick reply.

So then it's like I thought. You point with the blunt end to find the strongest reception.

Kind of a contradiction that the arrow head end is not the pointing end for best reception.

Must have been designed by a ????lol
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Having read this entire thread, it has to be with the TV setup.

You need to make sure the setup Source antenna setting is TV, not Cable or Satalite. Then run your channel scan system to find the local over the air channels.

You need to do both steps every time you move the trailer.
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:52 PM   #20
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I think it is because digital channels are typically in the UHF band and the "blunt" end is the UHF antenna. I think. Remember the old TV UHF antennas "O"? But at any rate the pointy end is the aft end.
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