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Old 06-26-2014, 02:58 PM   #1
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Digital TV

what do you folks do about digital tv? we have an old fifth wheel with an antenna on the roof. do we need a new antenna or a black box or ???

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The new Tv's have Boxes built in Just hook up .. Least that what I did ..

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the old antenna will work just fine, enjoy.
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If your old TV isn't digital capable (pre-2009 or so), you'll need a converter. They area available from numerous sources through Google. An actual HDTV will work better for you. Prices have dropped considerably.
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:36 PM   #5
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thanks all ...we are going to get a new tv anyway. we don't watch it much while traveling but its nice for weather and fox news
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:03 PM   #6
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The antenna is my mother's house is from about '88. It still get's TV signals the same. They are still transmitted the same, they are just digitally encoded. The TV is what decodes them, old ones can't. The antenna does not matter.
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:11 PM   #7
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Let's start with the TV, If you choose to upgrade you can easily loose 100 pounds, Plus a nicer sharper picture, and no need for a "Set Top Box" (Black box)

Or you can go Black Box,, I actually use both.

Now the antenna... MOST common RV antenna is a winegard Sensar II (Batwing) This is a very good VHF antenna and a so-so UHF antenna..

UPGRADE: IN most locations adding the WINGMAN improves UHF performance... HOWEVER.. There are exceptions. More on this at the end.

Adding the SENSAR PRO (about 100 bucks do it yourself) in place of the wall plate with teh 12 volt outlet, switch, light and antenna connection inside.. BIG improvement.. From next to no TV to a nice line up where I'm at now and picture so sharp you could shave with it. (Studio quality) as I type Im watching.

Now, about the Wingman

There are basically 4 antenna configurations I will talk about

1: Roadstar (All but one will be Winegard names)

Take a map, arrange a necklace chain in a circle, put a pin in the middle, the pin is the roadstar, It can see within the circle.

2: Sensar II and III (Difference in the length of the chain between II and III)

Put a craft stick under the pin, Pull the chain into an oval so the craft stick is on the SHORT axis, about oh, 3 to one on the long axis.

Again you can see within the chain

Now add the wingman.. PUll the chain into an egg shape.. Use the short axis radius as the radius of the big end, the wingman points to the small end.. And again you can see within the chain.

Adding the sensor pro.. Ad a lot more chain.

And that is what I use. Look up DARIEN GA, Now look up Savanna
I am in Townsend on the Darien border 3 miles from the Darien outlet mall.. TV stations are in Savanna. Remember I said "Studio quality".

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