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Old 10-19-2013, 02:18 PM   #1
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Concord electric antenna

I have family that are in a 2008 Country Coach that have a Concord electric TV antenna. The reception is really poor so I want to switch out with the Jack Antenna. After looking it seems the Jack replacement is only good for winegard arms. Does anyone have suggestions on how to put a jack antenna on a concord electric antenna mount?

I am looking at possibly having a new alum. bracket made up that will fit the Jack and the 3 arms on the Concord.

Thanks any information.

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Old 10-19-2013, 05:39 PM   #2
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I did just what you are saying. I built a bracket from 3/4" X 3/4" aluminum angle, lots of pop rivets, a couple of screws, nuts and washers and a rubber stopper.

So far the bracket works well and the antenna picks up more signals than the Concord did. However, the amplifier for the Concord antenna does nothing for you on UHF channels where most of today's stations are located and any antenna that does have an UHF amplifier will probably out perform the Concord. In fact, a few years ago the Concord people told me to just bypass the amplifier.

One thing I found out when I connected the Jack is that I had a bad cable and could not power the Jack. I removed the Concord base from the roof, pulled a bit of slack out of the existing wire, cut out the bad portion and replaced the cable ends.

The reason I have a rubber stopper in the list above is that the arms wanted to go over center when the antenna lowered and it could not over come the over center force when I tried to raise the antenna. The rubber stopper is placed on the bracket so it hits the antenna leg just before the antenna drops to an over center position and stops the downward motion. The antenna also does not rest on the roof bracket the way the Concord does.

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Old 10-19-2013, 05:58 PM   #3
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The alternative is to abandon the arms altogether and get the Jack model that mounts direct to the RV roof.

Option #3 is to get the Antennacraft HD360 Mini-state antenna instead of the jack. Most people find it superior.
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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Gary may be right. I have a friend with the antenna he references and he gets good reception. But in my case, the antenna would have to be mounted right beside my front A/C and I worried about the A/C blocking signals from that direction.

On my motorhome, the antenna is mounted on the passenger side, above my wall cabinets and there is no easy way to get new wiring up to the antenna. So I looked for a solution that would use my existing wiring.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:34 AM   #5
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I made a bracket with aluminum from Home Depot and rivets like previously described.

The bracket worked fine, but the antenna was mounted on the passenger side and low hanging trees on a major surface street wiped out the arms. So I removed the whole thing.

In 11 years, that Concord antenna received the most attention from me of any other part installed on the rig. So my attitude is warped regarding that thing.

If a new antenna is installed, it will be on the driver side.
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