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Old 10-11-2018, 05:40 PM   #1
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King Jack Antenna problems

I have a 2017 FR3 28DS with the King Jack roof mount Antenna. I have a lot of problems receiving local TV stations over the air. I have the cheep TV Free Way antenna and I can receive more TV channels on the TV Free Way antenna than the high in $$ Roof mount King Jack Antenna. Any suggestion?
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Old 10-11-2018, 05:45 PM   #2
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I donít understand your question.

Is the Free Way antennae a separately connected unit to the television?

If it gets better reception that the King Jack, I guess you know which one works best. Did you have the amplifier turned on for the King Jack?
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:54 PM   #3
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The Free Way antenna. Is a portable antenna I attached to the TV after I disconnected the King Jack antenna to check the TV signal. I can receive more channels on the Free Way antenna. I should receive the same amount or more channels on the roof mount King Jack antenna. And yes I have the amplifier turned on.
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This may be a redundant question, but just to be sure, you had both the king jack antenna turned on, as well as the small amplifier button pressed behind the tv, that turns the green light on?
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This may be a redundant question, but just to be sure, you had both the king jack antenna turned on, as well as the small amplifier button pressed behind the tv, that turns the green light on?
The King Jack antenna works the same as a Winegard antenna. The amplifier is built into the antenna head on the roof. The button you are talking about is the power injector and OTA/cable selector.

The complete King Jack antenna that FR installs has the power injector built into the ceiling mounted controls.

The King Jack antenna head you can buy to replace a Winegard antenna will use the original Winegard power injector.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:40 AM   #6
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Nothing works better that an old style antenna !!!
People have been trying to invent some type of super style antenna for years !!!
Haven't seen one yet that is worth a damm !!!
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If I had my choice I would go with an omnidirectional antenna. I have found they typically do better than directional antennas. Just the nature of the beast.
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Nothing works better that an old style antenna !!!
People have been trying to invent some type of super style antenna for years !!!
Haven't seen one yet that is worth a damm !!!
Even in some areas the large old style antennas needed a signal amplifier. Also, the antennas wouldn't fair well traveling around on top of a RV.


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If I had my choice I would go with an omnidirectional antenna. I have found they typically do better than directional antennas. Just the nature of the beast.
It's funny you say that when the people who have RV's with omnidirectional antennas say they have very poor reception and they even have an amplifier.


Even the old style antennas were directional. That's why many people put rotors on them so they could be pointed towards the stations transmitter towers.

The problem with the tv reception now is that being digital the signals are prone to blockage from trees, hills, mountains and buildings whereas the old analog signals would penetrate trees and many buildings. Another option would be to get the antenna as high as possible.
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I have heard this complaint before, from two of my neighbors. One has a 5er, the other has a TT, both equipped with the King Jack. Their OTA reception is abysmal. Both have tried a test coax going straight from the King jack to the TV to see if is in the wiring. Both still have fuzzy reception and pixilation compared to my batwing. They both decided to get some batwings off of ebay.
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Thank you to all for the feed back on my antenna issue. My FR3 has three TV’s and the roof mount is for all three TV’s. I have a TV that I had before I bought my FR3. The TV Free Way antenna works great on TV four. I tried the Free Way antenna on the TV’s that came installed with the FR3 and the results were all the same. The Free Way antenna did not inprove the reception. I may have a problem with the TV’s that came with my FR3 is that is possible. Welcome to RV life! It’s always something!!
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Thank you to all for the feed back on my antenna issue. My FR3 has three TVís and the roof mount is for all three TVís. I have a TV that I had before I bought my FR3. The TV Free Way antenna works great on TV four. I tried the Free Way antenna on the TVís that came installed with the FR3 and the results were all the same. The Free Way antenna did not inprove the reception. I may have a problem with the TVís that came with my FR3 is that is possible. Welcome to RV life! Itís always something!!


I get different channels on all 3 tvs when I scan for over the air using the roof antenna and booster on my 2015 30DS.
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Even in some areas the large old style antennas needed a signal amplifier. Also, the antennas wouldn't fair well traveling around on top of a RV.




It's funny you say that when the people who have RV's with omnidirectional antennas say they have very poor reception and they even have an amplifier.


Even the old style antennas were directional. That's why many people put rotors on them so they could be pointed towards the stations transmitter towers.

The problem with the tv reception now is that being digital the signals are prone to blockage from trees, hills, mountains and buildings whereas the old analog signals would penetrate trees and many buildings. Another option would be to get the antenna as high as possible.
I am glad we have the old crank up with a booster in our MH,,,
It ain't great,,, but maybe the best thing going ???

I added the UHF add on a month or so ago,,,
Got 20 more channels,,, most from IN !!!
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The problem with the new fangled omni antennas is that they are low to the roof and typically mounted right next to the roof-mounted AC units or other roof-mounted things, which cause signal blockage and possibly static interference from the AC.

Everyone that I know that has the omni's hates them and wishes for their old batwings!

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Our reception with the king jack antennae is marginal at best. We too got better reception and more channels with the old bat wing we had in our class C.


Have any of yall switched the king jack back to the bat wing, yet? If yes, did you have to do anything with the amplifier, or just use the one that came with the king jack?
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The KING Jack antenna on our new Rockwood 5er is direction and can be aimed. We’ll see in the Spring how well it works compared to the Winegard Sensar with the Wingman add-on we had on the TT.
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Our reception with the king jack antennae is marginal at best. We too got better reception and more channels with the old bat wing we had in our class C.


Have any of yall switched the king jack back to the bat wing, yet? If yes, did you have to do anything with the amplifier, or just use the one that came with the king jack?
You must not have it hooked up right or not aimed correctly.

I've had mine on two different RV's and it blew the batwing away on both...
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We're on our 4th RV. First three had the BATWING. No problems with TV's. New Sandpiper has King Jack. We're 20 miles south of Rochester, NY and can't get two stations out of three. Highly frustrated. Paid Wilkins RV to come out and install new Sensar IV. What a difference. The BATWING is five times larger surface area than the King Jack. We don't even have to aim the antenna to get Syracuse (70 miles east) and Batavia (50 miles west) with 50 percent signal. The difference between a large high quality antenna and a straight wire. The conversion is well worth the investment.
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