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Old 11-30-2017, 11:48 AM   #1
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TV Antenna Alternative???

I was poking around on Amazon for something different and ran into this.

It got me wondering if this would be a good alternative to the current roof mounted antenna. It looks like it could be permanently mounted inside the camper and would take out the whole worry about lowering antenna before departure and scanning the sky for channels pieces.
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we had something similar to this on our boat and unless we were in the city - had a hard time getting many channels - maybe 2 or 3. Also had to run the cable outside to the top of the boat for best reception - and it didn't work well at all when moving. Our Disco has one of the newer wings (that doesn't need to be extended/retracted) and it works great. When we were in Gaffney (south of Charlotte) we got something like 150+ channels over the air! I'd spend a little more and get something a lot better. good luck
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"and scanning the sky for channels pieces."

PS - you'll still need to run a channel scan for your local vicinity to pick up the local channels
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That is almost exactly what I bought from Winegard to replace my bat-wing. Works well. Just like the bat-wing you do have to adjust the direction it faces.
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These do work, but then again so does a FM radio antenna ( aka a piece of wire) plugged into the back of a TV. I have just that at my home and I get lots of local channels with it. A lot will depend on the TV’s tuner, distance from towers, obstructions in the way, weather. Anything works if the stations are near by.

You will not find an overall better antenna than the Winegard Batwing antenna.
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Old 11-30-2017, 07:05 PM   #6
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This is my answer to the very poor Roadstar antenna that came on our new Greywolf ! About $50 invested, and works better than any other RV antenna we have tried ! A little more set up, but worth it !
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Old 12-02-2017, 07:31 AM   #7
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Radio and Television is line of site ......

larger the antenna AND the higher it is above the ground the better... amplifiers help.. but is not a substitute for height..

amplifiers mounted at the antenna are better then the ones inside of the building

buildings, trees, hills will block the signal...
I did this professionally for a few years.. aka Farms.. using towers.. rotators... large arrays
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Add a Wingman to the batwing...
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I purchased that exact antenna and it works great. Gets me 22 channels when Iím camping in the mountains. I mounted it s little differently though. I bought s splitter and tied it into the roof antenna. The higher you place it the better the reception. I used tiewraps and fastened it to the roof antenna the used a splitter so I could use both. I tie wrap it so it lays flat when the roof antenna is collapsed. Great $15 investment. Difference for me was 3 channels with standard rv antenna, 22 channels with it. Just takes about 20 minutes of your time to install it. Plus the roof antenna is at s point where if you have multiple tvís they all tie into the roof antenna at that one point. So all 3 of my TVís can take advantage of the improved signal.
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I tried one but it did not work nearly as well as my Jack roof mount.. I regulated it to my junk box of other RV parts.It would probably work ok for around town, but not to well in the woods.
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I think the Jack antenna is most likely a much better antenna than the Roadstar that came on our Greywolf !
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I improved my reception by using a better TV. The Jensen TV that came with the TT simply drops the signal. I put T in the tv lead and ran a newer model next to it.

However, as already mentioned, nothing beats antenna height for a better reception; except maybe for satellite.
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I improved my reception by using a better TV. The Jensen TV that came with the TT simply drops the signal. I put T in the tv lead and ran a newer model next to it.

However, as already mentioned, nothing beats antenna height for a better reception; except maybe for satellite.


I found the same thing as my LG tv gets better reception than the Jenson or the Visio I had
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I think the Jack antenna is most likely a much better antenna than the Roadstar that came on our Greywolf !
Darn! I just bought the Winegard Roadstar 3000 antenna for my coach. I hope its not junk.

The OEM omnidirectional antenna on my roof is not working (maybe its not designed for digital HDTV).

I was planing to install it this weekend.
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