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Old 05-29-2015, 11:41 AM   #1
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SensarPro TV Signal Strength Meter - Anyone have feedback on this?

I am considering putting one of the subject Winegard amplifiers in place of my original amp. This new one has adjustable gain and also displays signal strength as you rotate the OTA antenna to help get the best signal before doing the channel scan on your TV.

Anyone have one and can comment on its use and effectiveness?
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Old 05-29-2015, 12:00 PM   #2
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I have one, and it works as advertised!!! Worth every penny. It makes it easy to properly aim the antenna for the strongest signal. You can also set it to show the signal strength of a specific channel if so desired. And the adjustable gain on the amplifier helps in some cases, although I tend to keep mine around 10 (the midpoint.)
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I also installed one in my Itasca last year along with the BatWing directional for the antenna. Both of them together greatly improved reception. The Sensar allows you to fine tune the antenna direction to get the best signal. I highly recommend both.
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I too have one but by calling it a "Signal Meter" you are missing a bunch of features

It is: A source switch (ANT/Cable)
Scanner,, Searches out the strongst CARRIER channel (See note)
Signal strength meter (Shows strength of displayed CARRIER channel)
Adjustable gain amplifier
Audio feedback unit (Optional (you can disable it off) beeper that indicates signal strength by audio means.

It will also scroll through the channels it finds and you can manually select a channel to measure the strength of.

Works great.. Made a BIG difference in what my antenna sees.

Two notes:
1: CARRIER channel may or may NOT be what your TV displays when you change channels (Your TV will display it on another screen..So will the "Antenna Helper Free" app for my phone).
Examples: IN Detroit channels 2 (2-1,2-2) Carrier 7
Chanels 7 *7-1,2,3) Carrier 41 if I recall correctly

But in Flint 12-1,2,3 is really using channel 12

Second: TOO MUCH SIGNAL can be worse than too little..Thus the gain of that unit is adjustable from ZERO (Works best if sitting in station transmitter parking lot) to 20 (Works best if 50 miles from station transmitter parking lot)
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Thanks all, I am going to order one from Amazon tonight.
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I have one installed, and a spare in my parts bin. I also used one to tune in my home antenna. Wouldn't be without it.
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Not neccessary if you have an Andriod or iPhone device. For Andriod there are several FREE apps on the play store that will show you where the transmitting TV antennas are brocasting. Just hold the phone flat and rotate it until you have the antenna direction then just rotate your antenna to the same bearing.
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I have one and find it quite helpful. Much better reception than with the old power supply.
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Not neccessary if you have an Andriod or iPhone device. For Andriod there are several FREE apps on the play store that will show you where the transmitting TV antennas are brocasting. Just hold the phone flat and rotate it until you have the antenna direction then just rotate your antenna to the same bearing.
HAVING an Android (Currently playing some very good music beside me) I disagree (TUNEIN app, and WRCJ 90.9 FM, classical Days Jazzy nights Detroit, Friend of mine at the counsel)

The app gives you the direction but the Sensar Pro peaks cause it is hard to get that last bit of accuracy out of a compass.

Plus the sensar pro is so much MORE (Additional pre-amp) than a signal strength meeter. I truly love mine.
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Try these android TV antenna apps

Try "TV ANTENNA HELPER" or "DTV ANTENNAS" apps. Both free.
I also have a Jack "Sure Lock" TV Signal Strength Meter to assist.
I use the Jack "KING" HDTV antenna rather then the Winegard Sensar. Mounts just fine on the old Winegard poles. I am very happy with it.
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I agree with everything wa8yxm said about the Sensar Pro. Another thing he didn't mention is that if you see a low signal strength number out in the boonies, you don't need to waste time scanning for stations. You know in advance you won't find anything usable.
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Try "TV ANTENNA HELPER" or "DTV ANTENNAS" apps. Both free.
I also have a Jack "Sure Lock" TV Signal Strength Meter to assist.
I use the Jack "KING" HDTV antenna rather then the Winegard Sensar. Mounts just fine on the old Winegard poles. I am very happy with it.
Ok, this is one of the problems with King Controls antenna owners

FOR YOU the Antenna Helper app is god.
For me it's only an angel

Your "Sure Lock" is a signal meter, NOTHING MORE, that's all folks, a signal meter.. Useful yes.. Beneficial.. Well not so much.

My Sensar Pro is so much more

You have an attunentiion knob and a row of LED's

I have two digital displays,, 3 buttons and a row of column of LEDs (does this suggest far more function)

The LEDs indicate mode

Search: Scans for the strongest Digital TV signal.. displays the Strength (TOP) and carrier chanel (Bottom)

SEEK: will cycle through signals it finds and display as above

CHANNEL: You select the channel to look at, Displays as above

These modes are used to aim the antenna

GAIN: it contains and adjustable gain amplifier,, From ZERO (almost no signal passes.. Useful if in TV station transmitter parking lot) to 20 (Lots of gain) I think 10 is unity. 20 works when you are say 40 miles from the tower (I'm 45 just now)

VOLUME: yes, it has an annoying BEEPER mode.. Like those folks who use the beeper to aim their Satellite antennas.. This way if the unit is mounted where it's hard to see you can tune by ear.

And lastly OFF: (Park cable selected)

The King Controls SURE LOCK has only ON/OFF and attuention controls.. IT does not amplify (Though the antenna does same as the Batwing) nor does it do anything but give you an indication on the STRONGEST carrier.. You do not even have the option of selecting the channel to aim for

(Sometimes I aim on the 2nd or 3rd or 4th strongest signal)

In sort.. The Sensar Pro beats the Sure lock features down.
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