While at last week's FROG Rally in Goshen, I got a chance to tour the NOBO factory -- basically two large buildings with a track-assembly line and lots of Amish guys (and one girl) with radios, tool-belts and air compressor tools putting up floors, walls, plumbing, electrical, etc. It was interesting.
While there, I had one question that's been bugging me since we bought our 19.5 last October, one that the dealer had no clue about (I know, big surprise), and one I thought I'd get answered while talking to the guys that installed that stuff.
There's two coax connectors on the inside, one with a power button. There's two coax connectors on the outside, labeled Cable/Satellite and a "ladybug" antenna on the roof. There's also absolutely no documentation on any of the above. So, what goes with what?
The marketing guy giving us the tour had no clue and didn't know there were two outside connectors. He brought in the electrical production guy who had only heard of those two connectors but wasn't sure what did what. Then he conferred with a couple of other guys that did electrical and the production floor manager...and finally we got an answer and some history.
The internal connector without the power button connects to the Satellite connector. The other internal connector, the one with the power button, connects to the ladybug antenna AND the outside Cable connector -- and will not work with either unless the power (power boost) button is turned on. If you add an external antenna, connect it to the Cable connector on the outside, connect the TV to the powered connector on the inside, and it should supplement the digital signals the ladybug will pick up. Or you can just connect the TV to the non-powered inside connector, connect the antenna to the Satellite connector and bypass the ladybug all together.
This design was changed a while ago to one outside connector because they thought the two outside connectors would just confuse customers. To which I shrugged, smiled, and said "Obviously". LOL. I also told them I'd share this with others on this forum, and they thanked me.
Oh...I also told them that the ladybug was awful -- that I could pick up more signals dangling a cheap HD antenna I bought on Amazon out the window. So they're aware.
So, hopefully, this will help anyone with a question of what works with what.