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Old 06-10-2009, 05:58 AM   #1
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We are newbies having bought our 1st rv 6 weeks ago...a 2005 Seabreeze LX 8360...just love it! We visit new RV parks (full service so far) usually within 200 miles nearly every weekend (3 days). We did a 1,000 mi trip over the 4 day memorial day weekend and are leaving on our 1st 3 week trip next week.

Now that we're past the long intro, we're needing help with the dtv converter hookup through a winegard control box. After trying every wiring configuration that we've read about on the different forums, we've not found any that produce a signal for us. I'm sure that on this trip, we might hit a park that doesn't have cable and we are approaching the June digitel switch date. It appears to be wired correctly. We were able to scan for channels but all we are getting is a message - weak signal-

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The DTV signals and antennas are very directional. You may have to try orienting the antenna a couple of times and rescan to find a signal that is strong enough to tune on. Once you find a signal, you need to go to the function that shows signal strength on the TV and fine tune the antenna and then rescan on the stronger signal.

Basically on the DTV you have a signal and pisture or no picture. A marginal signal will freeze frame at times.

The Batwing antennas have a UHF extension (Wingman) that can be added to the front end of the antenna that is reported to work well. Check HERE. Check with Debbie at RVupgrades for pricing. They are one of our site sponsors

The digital channels are UHF and are shorter in range than the old VHF.

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Old 06-10-2009, 06:33 AM   #3
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Was the antenna cranked up, and the power booster turned on. Do you get any recption analog.
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Improved Antenna

It will greatly improve your signal (for distant stations) if you put on the three element booster ON YOUR ANTENNA. It goes on with 3 or 4 simple finger push rivets, and is easy to installed, but be forewarned that your antenna is much more directional, and you will have to be pointing right at the station. On your D to A converter box, the signal strength option makes it much easier to point the antenna.

Be sure to install your D to A converter box BETWEEN your Wineguard switch box and the TV. Do NOT put it between the antenna and the D to A converter. There's no way around it.
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:51 AM   #5
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gpopa,

Have a few rv friends with same problem. Problem solved by making sure you have TV set "ON", with tv remote, to channel 3. Make sure the DTV converter box is properly wired to Wineguard box.

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TV set is "ON", with tv remote, to channel 3;

The antenna was cranked up, and the power booster turned on. We get excellent reception to analog;

We will check out the Batwing antennas UHF extension (Wingman);

We disconnected the (in) wire at the VCR and plugged to the (in) connection at the converter box. Then we went to the Aux connection on the Wineguard from the converter box (out) using a seperate cable. We're not sure that this is correct way to wire btwn the converter and Winegard but it is the only wiring configuration that we could get to even scan for channels, anything else just gave us snow.
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If you can currently get a decent analog signal (it goes away on the 12th) you are connected correctly. Can you get the signal strength screen up from the converter?

A lot of the smaller stations are not running the digital signal at full strength so you may do better after the switch. Once the switch occurs, you will need to rescan the channels.

Next, how far are you from the transmitters? With the trailer under it's metal shed (not good for reception) at home, we are about 35 miles from the station transmitters and get a decent signal with the old Yagi antenna and external amplifier, but the Yagi has better reception than does a batwing.

Let us know how you are getting along.

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Gpopa,
It sounds like you have it wired wrong. I did not mess with the VCR at all. If your digital converter box is a "pass through" than all you have to do is disconnect the "out to TV 1" coax cable from the back of the Weingard distribution switch and connect it to the "Out" connection on the DTV converter. Next get a short coax cable and connect the "Out to TV 1" jack on the distribution switch to the "In" connection of the DTV converter box. The TV has to be on channel 3. When you turn on the DTV converter it may take a few seconds to accept the signal from the antenna. The DTV converter box is now your tuner. If you are watching any other signal source (cable, satellite, VCR or DVD), turn the DTV converter box off and the signal will pass through uninterrupted. On my rear TV I just disconnected the coax from inside the rear cabinet and routed it through a second DTV converter box placed next to the rear TV. There is a 110 volt plug next to the TV jack in the cabinet that I plugged the DTV converter box into. Again, if it is a "pass through" box, all other signals will pass through uninterrupted if the DTV box is turned off.
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It should be hooked up from the (to front tv )on the winegard box to the converter and then from the converter to the tv and you have to have the power on to your power ant. with the winegard box for front TV set on ant. Another hookup is (to vcr ) on the wingard box to the converter and from the converter to the (from vcr) on the winegarg box. With this setup you have to have both TV and VCR turned on and on channel 3 and the front TV set to VCR and the VCR switch set to ant. With this setup you can record off the converter box. as well as watch TV. You can also watch digital tv in the bedroom by switching TV2 to VCR and that TV on channel 3. GOOD LUCK
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I just connected a non-passthru box for a friend using his VCR-in connection to the box and the box out to AUX on the Winegard switch. Worked fine. Dumb question, but I assume you set the AUX switch for the front TV?
The best solution is to dump the old TV and put in a LCD set. You will ultimately do it if you keep your coach and you are missing the quality of HD programs when broadcast. The 26" LCD I bought 2 years ago for $500 is now $300. Mine is still going great and we are glad the old tube beast self-destructed.
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We opted to replace the TV with a nice new HD and love the pictures.

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