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Old 10-01-2014, 10:48 AM   #1
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Winegard sensar antenna help!!!

I am new to the tt scene. I am trying to connect a tv to the antenna, it does have the amplifier. I have a new flat panel vizio connected to it and I receive only one analog channel. It is not even at a campground, its located at my house with no trees near it. I have the tv set to antenna. Any ideas?
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I am new to the tt scene. I am trying to connect a tv to the antenna, it does have the amplifier. I have a new flat panel vizio connected to it and I receive only one analog channel. It is not even at a campground, its located at my house with no trees near it. I have the tv set to antenna. Any ideas?
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Your problem could be "operator error".

Is the amp ON?
Have you done the required "digital channel search" on the Vizio?
Does the new Vizio TV lock onto digital channels when connected to the antenna you use in your house, (or any other antenna).

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Add to that can anyone around you get over the air television with a basic antenna? If not then there may not be anything to get.
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Your problem could be "operator error".

Is the amp ON?
Have you done the required "digital channel search" on the Vizio?
Does the new Vizio TV lock onto digital channels when connected to the antenna you use in your house, (or any other antenna).

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Yes the amp is on. I have done the channel search and it comes up with 1 analog found and 0 digital. There is no antenna used in my home. That being said I have no problem at all with using the same tv in my home. Thanks for the help. Do you have any other suggestions. Forgot to mention the tv works perfectly fine when connected to the cable in the trailer
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Add to that can anyone around you get over the air television with a basic antenna? If not then there may not be anything to get.

Yes I do have a few friends around that have no problem picking up channels with the antenna
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Yes the amp is on. I have done the channel search and it comes up with 1 analog found and 0 digital. There is no antenna used in my home. That being said I have no problem at all with using the same tv in my home. Thanks for the help. Do you have any other suggestions. Forgot to mention the tv works perfectly fine when connected to the cable in the trailer
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I would see if a different digital TV, like one from your house. (or better yet one that you know works when connected to an OTA antenna), works
if/when connected to your Winegard senar antenna.
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I assume you raised and then rotated the antenna to point to the optimum direction.
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I assume you raised and then rotated the antenna to point to the optimum direction.

Yes, I have tried everything. Totally confused!!
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Go back thru the menu very slowly on the tv. There has to be something you overlooked for the settings prior to doing the search. Did you make sure to set it to antenna and not satellite or cable? Very easy to overlook some things and it only takes one item to make it impossible to get reception. Been there, done that.
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Go back thru the menu very slowly on the tv. There has to be something you overlooked for the settings prior to doing the search. Did you make sure to set it to antenna and not satellite or cable? Very easy to overlook some things and it only takes one item to make it impossible to get reception. Been there, done that.

Yes, I did set it to antenna. I am wondering if the cable is bad or maybe even replace the head with a wingman
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I have read on the forum where folks found connectors loose, disconnected, etc. You might start at the antenna connectors on the roof and work your way back to the t.v.. recommend removing the wall plates and checking the backside connectors as well st the amp and wall plate at the TV
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I have read on the forum where folks found connectors loose, disconnected, etc. You might start at the antenna connectors on the roof and work your way back to the t.v.. recommend removing the wall plates and checking the backside connectors as well as the amp and wall plate at the TV

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What bjlakatos said.
Also verify that you have 12VDC at the "roof end" of the coax... (where it threads onto the batwing F connector):

The amplifier is built into the batwing antenna head and it needs to see 12V power to work.
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What bjlakatos said.
Also verify that you have 12VDC at the "roof end" of the coax... (where it threads onto the batwing F connector):

The amplifier is built into the batwing antenna head and it needs to see 12V power to work.
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Yes. First thing is to check the coax quality going to the antenna. Especially the connector at the antenna....

As another option, run another coax from the antenna head down to the boost through a window, as a temporary trouble shooting method.
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Yes. First thing is to check the coax quality going to the antenna. Especially the connector at the antenna....

As another option, run another coax from the antenna head down to the boost through a window, as a temporary trouble shooting method.
I will try this to see if the cable is bad. Any problem with trying rg6? It specifies to use the rg59 cable
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