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Old 03-03-2014, 03:49 PM   #1
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Crank up tv antenna question

I'm trying to figure out how to get a signal on this antenna, so far I can't get anything . Its a 2002 camper so is it obsolete? And what does it take to use a dish?
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:58 PM   #2
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I'll take a couple guesses.
You need an digital to analog converter - a couple years ago all broadcasts went digital. Walmart sells them.
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You can use the original antenna but a modern tv makes it better. This is we have and no problems. The old tv must have a converter to receive the digital signal.
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:03 PM   #4
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I'm trying to figure out how to get a signal on this antenna, so far I can't get anything . Its a 2002 camper so is it obsolete? And what does it take to use a dish?
No, it is not obsolete. If it is an amplified antenna, then you need to have 12 volt power and the switch turned on. Can't help you very much without knowing what you have. Go to Winegard's website and see if that is what you have and there will be owners manuals. Report back as needed.

A dish is installed seperate from your crank up. You need the box, dish and connecting cables.
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:04 PM   #5
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Right!!! The bat wing has to be turned on and either a converter to use an old type TV or just update to a flat screen and you'll be amazed at the reception.
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Ahhh that all makes sense, thanks.
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:28 PM   #7
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With the new digital signals, the antenna has to be more closely aimed. With digital, you wither have a signal or you do not have a signal...no such thing as a snowy picture.

To enhance your antenna, get a Wingman to attach to it.

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Old 03-03-2014, 06:10 PM   #8
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some newer tv's also have a signal strength indicator, it's a big help when aiming the antenna
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:30 PM   #9
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ON your 2002 you should have either a box of many buttons labeled ANT, SAT, VCR, AUX, CABLE (one grouping for each TV plus one for the VCR with that button lacking) or more likely a wall plate.. This wall plate will have a 12 volt aux outlet (next to useless) an antenna connection (Very useful, in fact thats where you hook the tv) A switch (Important) and light (LED) also important.. You must turn the LIGHT ON for the OTA antenna to work.

now: if you have the original 2002 TV, you are S O L, it wont work

but if you have upgraded the TV or .. like me.. Put in an adapter/converter... (Tuner) then get into the menu of either the new wide screen ATSC Tv or the adapter and set the antenna one of two ways.. Crank it up and turn to one end of the arc.. (The directions you can turn it) scan for channels and note the result.. TUrn 1/4 the way to the other lock and scan again and avian and again. Pick the best direction and scan one more time.

Pick a channel and turn the antenna slowly to peak

Scan one final time.

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Wingman: Most digital TV broadcasts on the old UHF band (14-69) though there is still some VHF use.. The Wingman greatly improves the performance of the batwing on UHF.

Sensar Pro..

This is a replacement for that wall plate.. Adds several functions (including a much better signal strength meter) and some additional amplification.. I recommend it.

NOTE: one common issue with the batwing is bad coax. epically the parts exposed to the sun. Replacing that section or even removeing and re-tightening the connectors has been known to improve performance.
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We are definitely getting a new flat screen
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Looks like an amplified head. Check to see if you have 12 v power to the head. The button on the cable connect plate it should be lit. If no power you could have a bad connection, need a new conect plate or new antenna head. The external connections can rust out and the RV antennas I've had had a connection at the base of the antenna buried in the sealant that can rust out.
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Before you go digging cables out of your roof make sure you have 12v to the Box of Many Buttons.

Mine had an inline fuse that was blown.
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go to cw and get the senra pro that is 37.00 and on to your batwing we get 35 channels and turn on your booster switch
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box of many buttons?
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