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Old 10-24-2011, 11:59 AM   #1
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Fixed RV Antenna

I have a new Komfort 5th wheel that has a fixed TV antenna on top of the roof. I can only receive 3 stations compared to 8 stations that other campers get with their crank up antenna's. Does anybody else have this problem? Can anything be added to help the reception?

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Old 10-24-2011, 01:59 PM   #2
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It is basically a fixed versus directional and or amplified antenna difference. I just went through that exercise with our teardrop trailer. Tried an omnidirectional antenna versus a Jack JackŪ | TV For Free antenna which has a built-in amplifier. I was getting four or five stations with the omnidirectional antenna versus something like 30 with the Jack TV.
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:23 PM   #3
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Can anything be added to help the reception?
A new amplified crank up Winegard Batwing with a Wingman on it will help your reception.

Nothing can improve the one you have now. Other then camping within 15 miles of the TV towers.
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:48 PM   #4
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Those Flying Saucer jobs... Should be flown into the nearest dumpster.

Though I do admit Radio Shack sells one that is better.

Still not as good as a "Real" antenna (Sensar III or IV or the Jack Antenna)

I'd go with the IV myself
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I agree with wa8yxm. Use the round thing for target practice at the skeet range.

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Those Flying Saucer jobs... Should be flown into the nearest dumpster.

Though I do admit Radio Shack sells one that is better.

Still not as good as a "Real" antenna (Sensar III or IV or the Jack Antenna)

I'd go with the IV myself
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I agree with wa8yxm. Use the round thing for target practice at the skeet range.

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I think "Run Forrest Run" is in order with the round antennas.


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I started having issues with our tv antenna a few weeks ago; figured I'd get a new one in the spring. The amplifier seems to have bit the bullet on ours....little green lite doesn't shine anymore and we got no reception.
Anyway...we still had a reserved outing this past week at one of our local St. Parks so we didn't want to be without a TV in case the weather went south...So, I made my own antenna from directions I found on You tube and found out what I was missing....we got 17 clear channels instead of the normal 6 we got at this campground over the past 7 years using our old bat-wing antenna.
It isn't pretty; but the reception was excellent with 0- digital fade and loss of signal.
Not once, in 5 days did we loose a signal....heck, we would loose the signal with the bat-wing 5 times in one day....
If you can follow simple directions and don't want to spend the money on a new antenna...try building one yourself....I have to say, I am sold...My cost? about $3.50 in parts I already had laying around my shed from an old remodeling job....Here's a picture of one very similar to the one I made.
Again...If I hadn't seen how effective this was; I'd never had believed it.
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I had same problem as you with light not coming on when button was pushed in on booster, when i ordered new one had same problem.
The new one instructions said that a short in wiring from booster to antenna would keep light from coming on. I unhooked wire from antenna first and wouldn't come on, but when I unhooked the wire from booster, it came on, so I know I need to find this short when weather gets warmer, I suspect in will be under the slideout as I have checked wire on roof.
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