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Old 08-12-2018, 07:38 PM   #1
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Upgrade my TV antenna

I'd like to ask your opinions on upgrading from the standard TV antenna to an omnidirectional or Dish. I currently have a 2017 FR Heritage Glen Lite 35ft. My current antenna is the type that you crank up and then rotate the direction with a large ring. I've had nothing but trouble with it so far. The first time I tried to use it the crank fell off and the spring popped out. Turns out the handle was cracked so that was replaced. The new one did the same thing. I'm thinking about an antenna that doesn't have to be raised, but maybe just rotated. Any suggestions? Has anyone had any experience with the flat antenna that you put on a window? Thanks.
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Old 08-12-2018, 08:17 PM   #2
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our original antenna was useless, ... I abandoned it and use the one shown in the pic, ... the link below has more pics and information, my posts are #9, 12 and 23, ... we now get great reception with this very inexpensive antenna and pole setup, ...


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Old 08-13-2018, 05:28 AM   #3
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Old 08-13-2018, 07:30 AM   #4
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My class c came with this, as many others do also. It rotates but does not crank up. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-13-2018, 07:36 AM   #5
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I replaced the Winegard with the King Jack antenna. It was an improvement. Sitting in the driveway, I went from 12 channels to 21. They make a model, which replaces the winegard directly on the crank up tv mast. Fast and easy change-out.

If you use it, the pointed end of the antenna is the back. Point the rounded end toward the tv tower signal.
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Old 08-13-2018, 12:51 PM   #6
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By standard antenna I am assuming you have a Winegard crank up. If so the best way to improve reception is to add the Wingman to your existing antenna.

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I did initially replace our batwing antenna with a KingJack, which works perfectly fine, but after getting DIsh satellite, it's really a mute point.
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our original antenna was useless, ... I abandoned it and use the one shown in the pic, ... the link below has more pics and information, my posts are #9, 12 and 23, ... we now get great reception with this very inexpensive antenna and pole setup, ...


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Fella, we purchased the same antenna recently, waiting for our next trip to try it out. We too learned about this antenna from a fellow camper.
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Old 08-13-2018, 02:36 PM   #9
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An omnidirectional antennas has two drawbacks. It has lower gain (sensitivity) than a directional antenna. And it can pick up signals from more than one transmitter at the same time. For example, suppose there are two cities broadcasting on channel 4, the one you really want, and another one. The mutual interference (called co-channel interference) will make it impossible to receive either one.

Unless you are camping in a very urban area, o don't think you will be happy. Not too many campgrounds in downtown Chicago, New York, LA.

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Another vote for the King Jack antenna.
Have replaced two wine Gard bat wings over the years.
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I guess my antenna is just a signal booster. It's ok but doesn't move in any direction. Thought about getting the King Jack, but for $129 and free shipping I can get everything I need to use my satellite reciever from the house. Most of my camping is within a few hours from home so local channels are sufficient. If I ever get the chance to go on a multi state adventure I'll have to use the stock antenna for local news and weather. If I don't pick up any channels, I can revert to caveman tech and turn on a radio for weather. Other than weather, local programming doesn't interest me.
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I upgraded to the King Jack antenna and it is truely outstanding.
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Old 08-13-2018, 07:24 PM   #13
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The antenna that I mounted on our Salem Cruse Lite is useless (0 Channel's every time I rescan so I got one of those flat in the window antennas (It has a USB connect for power and coax for signal) and put it on top of the slideout before pushing it all the way out and then run the slide the rest of the way out and I get 20 channels where there were none. 20 miles from the Seattle Antennas
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I guess my antenna is just a signal booster. It's ok but doesn't move in any direction. Thought about getting the King Jack, but for $129 and free shipping I can get everything I need to use my satellite reciever from the house. Most of my camping is within a few hours from home so local channels are sufficient. If I ever get the chance to go on a multi state adventure I'll have to use the stock antenna for local news and weather. If I don't pick up any channels, I can revert to caveman tech and turn on a radio for weather. Other than weather, local programming doesn't interest me.
The Jack antenna that adapts to your old, bat wing lift arms, only cost around $60.
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Thanks for all the info! It's nice to hear from people that actually know what they are talking about.
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My only advice is donít spend extra money on an antenna advertised to be an HD antenna. They all pick up HD!
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Is the wing man worth the money ???
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Is the wing man worth the money ???
I think so. I ran a test on the king Jack versus my bat wing with wingman. Then tested with an upgraded winegard cable/antenna switch with booster. Batwing beat the king Jack on my system.

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I think so. I ran a test on the king Jack versus my bat wing with wingman. Then tested with an upgraded winegard cable/antenna switch with booster. Batwing beat the king Jack on my system.

https://youtu.be/2oyiu3REq6k
Absolutely correct. The Winegard Crank-up Batwing with the Wingman will out perform any of the so called non-crackup, omni, HD, King Jack, whatever antennas. I did several tests from several miles from the transmission towers with both types of antennas and the Winegard Batwing with Wingman beat the socks off the others hands down. It was dramatic the difference in gain, needless to say the round thing on my RV went the way of the Frisbee.
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