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Old 09-06-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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tv antenna how to use

This is my first rv and have rookie questions. I have a crank up antenna in my motorhome. I have tried using it and can not figure it out. The wife wants to watch tv and this thing is frustrating me please help. Thanks

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Old 09-06-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
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Does it have a booster and are the TVs digital?

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With the antenna up and the TV on, using the bottom round part of the antenna, try and bring in the best signal you can, then you will need to go into your TV menu and find the part that says scan channels and tell the menu to do so, then when your available channels come in, go back to the antenna and bring in the best reception. You will need to do this at each location you go to. You will also need to scan the channels at some campgrounds that offer cable hookups, when you are hooked into their cable, but you won't need the antenna when you hooked into cable
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:18 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Sardis22 View Post
I have tried using it and can not figure it out.
Start out by telling us the make of antenna you are attempting to use, and then tell us, step-by-step how you have "tried using it".
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Crank up antenna, turn on the booster, aim the antenna in the general direction of the TV stations, in menu on the TV select Off-Air or Antenna option. Make sure any video selection boxes are set for TV and Antenna.

Back in the TV menu, select the option to scan stations. If the antenna is pointed toward the stations, you should see some digital station as they show up. Now back in the menu, find the one that shows signal strength and turn the antenna until you get a peak signal. Now scan again. If no stations, rotate antenna about 30 degrees and scan again.

If you have the Wineguard antenna with the Sensor Pro system, you will need to read the manual on it and follow the instructions to let it find the stations.

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Your BAT WING will need a attached ANT for HD pick up and if TV's are not HD you will need a converter box from Radio Shack.
If they are HD TV's than a JACK HD ant will make you happy.
Most stations have changed to HD transmission so your sets need to be HD converted also.
I just installed a JACK ANT and with the HD LCD picked up 20 stations 40 miles from Boston with a clear transmission.
If you have 12v feed to your ANT now the JACK will use the same 12v for its amp.
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If you have a selector box for TV1 Front , TV2 Rear, that you push the button for TV not VCR or Cable.
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Crank it up. Rotate left and right to bring in the best picture. Making sure the booster is on. Watch TV. If you have digital TV's you may want to get an attachment to the antenna for digital. Goes on easy. If you have the old analog TV's you will need to add a analog to digital tuner.
Always make sure to crank in back down when getting ready to move on the road.
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If you do have a signal booster, make sure you turn it off when you've lowered the antennae, it can eventually draw down battery. Also turn it off when hooked up to cable, it interferes with the cable reception. Since all large stations changed over to DTV (digital) transmissions in June 2009 an analog TV isn't much good except for local, low power stations. If your TV is an analog TV, you'll need a digital converter: Naxa NT-52 Digital Television Converter Box: TV & Video : Walmart.com

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First, make sure the "input selector" is set for antenna and not cable. I'm not sure what year/model your RV is, but chances are you have a selector in one of the cabinets.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:28 AM   #11
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My tvs are not hd and I dont have a booster just antenna and tv. Will it work just hooked straight to older tv.
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You really, really need to get a mobile RV tech over to teach you how to operate the various things in your 2006 RV. Two hours @ $60/hr will save you time and money in the long run. Make notes and use a video camera.
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With older analog TVs, you will need a digital to analog converter:

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With the low cost of flat screen TVs, it sometimes makes more sense to buy a new TV than invest in a converter.

An economical amplifier such as this one, can make a lot of difference:

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In the mods to RV thread a gentleman gave instructions for how to add a means of fairly accurately pointing your antenna at a station. He also included a link to a website that will tell you what direction, and how far to a station. I don't have that link, but found one through a google search: TV Fool

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