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Old 04-08-2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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Antenna replacement

We are having our old concorde antenna replaced in may with a new one called
"the jack". Has anyone else had the jack put on and how does it perform? Our old concorde fell apart and no antenna is available.
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:34 AM   #2
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I have heard good things about the jack as long as you're in close to a city. Now if you boon dock and want to get station 30 miles or greater you need an antennae that is directional and has some gain. Such an antennae is like the wingard bat wing that is aim-able and has an amplifier inside to increase the weak distant signal. Also by aiming the antennae you eliminate competing reflected signals that cause ghosts or other interference.

Never the less you get into a canyon or the wrong side of a mountain then all that works is your own video player of some sort or satellite. But on the whole I find my wingard bat wing does a great job in many distant locations.,as well as in the city.
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We replaced our Winegard with "The Jack" and really cannot tell the difference. Which is good, I guess, cuz it's not worse nor better...just the same
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The best antenna for distance on an RV is the Winegard Sensar IV which has the Wingman already on it. It will consistently out perform a Jack antenna.

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The best antenna for distance on an RV is the Winegard Sensar IV which has the Wingman already on it. It will consistently out perform a Jack antenna.

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The Ice Man Speaketh the truth. Only thing that beats a Sensar IV is a Sensar IV with Sensar Pro inside the RV.

I run a full blown Sensar II (With Wingman added and Sensar Pro,, Amazing how well it works. Now my problem is So much Television, So little time.

You have seen those cable/satellite ads about Record in one room, watch in another, 2 shows at one time and so on.

Well, I can record two shows while watching a 3rd This usually happens on Fri and Sat evenings when there are 3 on at one time I want to watch,, This is over the air.

Not only can I watch from the "Other room" but on my computer, My cell phone, My Android tablet, So long as I'm in range of MY router. If fact, there is a remote log in method so i can use the cell, computer or tablet from most anywhere but I'm not good enough at Internet addressing to pull that one off.
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:41 PM   #6
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They perform well. I have dealt with four of them and have had excellent reception. You will not be disappointed.
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My '14 Itasca came with the Jack instead of the Winegard. So far, I'm getting far better performance than I did with the Winegard with the Wingman.
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My 2y/o JACK seems to have failed. Checked all connections and even replaced the amp.

Too bad, liked it. In my driveway I used get MANY channels, now none. I moved the RV and no better.
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My 2y/o JACK seems to have failed. Checked all connections and even replaced the amp.

Too bad, liked it. In my driveway I used get MANY channels, now none. I moved the RV and no better.
I had to replace mine as well. Opened it up and nothing smelled of smoke. Could have taken a lightening surge. Current one working fine.
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Our Jack that came on our new MH far outperforms our batwing we had on the last MH. Many more channels and crisp clear tv.
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One additional point: Where I am now the Jack might well outperform the Winegard due to the fact that it's not as good. SAY WHAT? yup.

I rate an antenna by how far away I can see, Nothing made for RV's outperforms a full blown Winegard system at this time.

HOWEVER: the Jack, has a greater "Beam width" (how far off center can a station be and still get pulled in) this means less gain (Cause the tighter the beam the farther it shines, or sees in this case). and where I am just now the transmitters are a bit, scattered, per Antenna Helpwer (About a 75-80 degree arc)

Where I'll be next week that's a 45 degree arc.. Same transmitters I might add

Where I'd normally park is 60 miles from tightly grouped transmitters (Perhaps 15 degree arc) and Id not believe the jack would let me watch TV.
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I had to replace mine as well. Opened it up and nothing smelled of smoke. Could have taken a lightening surge. Current one working fine.
I am in email contact with King and they say I can get just the head unit. Waiting for ordering instructions.
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