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Old 12-16-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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"Indoor" HDTV antenna for rv use ??

Can you use an "indoor" antenna inside an rv with all the metal frame of the rv and such ? Been looking at this,,, FlatWave Amplified Razor-Thin HDTV Indoor Antenna - Walmart.com but open to suggestions... We would also bring it inside the house to use when the power goes out.. (we are on cable) . Really, I'd like tv when we camp where there is no cable hookups. And no, we are not willing to go sattelite at this time. Thanks, Monkey PS, our current rv is fiberglass, just a metal framework.
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Old 12-16-2013, 02:15 PM   #2
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I recently got one of these:

Amazon.com: Terk FDTV2A Omni-Directional Amplified Flat Digital HDTV Antenna-Black: Electronics

and I could get reception but it kept on breaking up. The manual said that you had to be within 25 miles of an HD station in order for the antenna to work. If you want better than that, you will have to go with an outdoor RV antenna.
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So Mike, I take it you used that in your rv ? Where did you put it ? Thanks !!
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Old 12-16-2013, 02:23 PM   #4
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An amplified Terk antenna is probably a better idea.
you can either point it through a window, or temporarily set it up on your ladder or roof.

Buy the TERK HDTVa Amplified Directional Indoor HDTV Anten at TigerDirect.ca
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An amplified Terk antenna is probably a better idea.
you can either point it through a window, or temporarily set it up on your ladder or roof.

Buy the TERK HDTVa Amplified Directional Indoor HDTV Anten at TigerDirect.ca
Thanks Stan, but isn't a "directional" antenna one that you would have to turn around to get different stations? Not that big of a deal I guess because we really won't use it a lot. Just would be nice as a backup..
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I assume you don't already have a Winegard powered TV antenna with your RV. I do think you will be disappointed with an indoor antenna especially if you camp around a bunch of trees.

Omni directional does not mean necessarily 360 degrees of equal coverage. You may still need to "Fine Tune" for your best reception.
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I assume you don't already have a Winegard powered TV antenna with your RV. I do think you will be disappointed with an indoor antenna especially if you camp around a bunch of trees.
We have the old antenna on the rv roof,(looks like a bat wing) (1995) , but the PO had removed the original tv for a lcd one, and I can't find the antenna amplifier anywhere... I just figure he might have pulled it out too... ?
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You'll find that whichever antenna you buy, it will be "directional" to some extent. A batwing is directional, which is why you have to rotate it to tune in the best signal.

The flat antenna you're considering is also directional - you'll need to point the flat surface toward the TV station's antenna. If the edge is pointed at the TV station's antenna, the received signal will be significantly reduced.

The benefit of a directional antenna is that will increase the signal strength of the transmitted/received signal. Using it through a fiberglass RV will not materially affect the performance of the antenna unless it is near a metallic structural object.

Hope that helps.
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That helps a Lot !! Thanks Joe !!! Our original antenna on the rv will not rotate. It is stationary..
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The RV dealership by us uses a batwing antenna for their waiting room TV. Just sits behind the TV and has a good picture. Not sure of how many channels though.
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Thanks Stan, but isn't a "directional" antenna one that you would have to turn around to get different stations? Not that big of a deal I guess because we really won't use it a lot. Just would be nice as a backup..
Yes, you do have to turn it for best reception, but its not all that different from the usual Winegard batwing. If you are in an unfamilar area, you just have to try it a north/south/east/west configuration; but in most situations, you already know the direction of the most probable locations for TV stations, which eliminates the trial error. Being a multi-element directional antenna, you will pick up a whole bunch of stations that would never be available with an omnidirectional antenna.
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We use the ClearStream Micron antenna to get local TV on-the-road. Yes, is directional, and pretty inexpensive, but pulls in a solid HD signal up to about 25 miles from the station antenna. I am pretty impressed with it, actually. You will still need a digital TV receiver (if you don't already have one), however. \ken

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We have the old antenna on the rv roof,(looks like a bat wing) (1995) , but the PO had removed the original tv for a lcd one, and I can't find the antenna amplifier anywhere... I just figure he might have pulled it out too... ?
Is there a little switch on the cover for where the cable comes in the coach? ( not from out side, but from antenna. Usually in front cabinet) I think my amplifier is built into the antenna, and that switch on the cable plate turns it on. The one closes to the antenna.
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Can you use an indoor antenna in an RV.. Well YES, you can.

Will you be happy with it.. Now that is the question you should have asked.

Many RV parks are a long, long way from TV transmission towers, and thus you need an antenna with RANGE.. Indoor antennas are the worst in this area...

Plus there is an old saying among us VHF/UHF radio types.. "Height is Might" Basically since VHF/UHF signals travel in a fairly straight line and do not bend around the curve of the earth well (As a general rule) unlike HF signals do. the higher you are the farther (Around the curve) you can see.

True story: I was chatting with some hams using a hand held 1 watt transmitter (VHF, near chan 7) and another ham tried to join in, Now my rig is 1 watt, inefficient antenna, perhaps a quarter watt effective.

HIS, 40 watts effictive, He could not establish reliable communications, I could.. Why, his antena 30 feet up, My feet, about 230 feet up (21st floor of a skyscraper office buliding).

I could see his house from where I was standing.

HEIGHT is MIGHT, So the rooftop crank up. it is higher, and amplified, and the good old winegard Bawing is designed for the same frequencies they are still using today.. Though it benefits from the wingman and Sensar Pro upgrades.
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