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Old 08-18-2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Winegard sensar pro signal meter

A word of warning for those looking to do an upgrade of their existing Wineguard antenna booster. I read that the new signal strength and aiming meter offered by Winegard was an easy replacement for the "old style" booster. Not so! I, like many others, have a booster mounted into a wall plate that contains a 12VDC plug socket and an exterior coax antenna connection along with the off/on booster switch. The new Winegard Sensar Pro Signal Meter does away with the 12VDC plug socket and the exterior coax antenna wire connection. I was going to reengineeer the wiring and add a 12VDC socket until I tried to mount the new booster into the existing hole in the wall. Good luck with that! I would have needed to enlarge the hole and try to leave two little "tabs" where the existing wall plate attached to. (with the existing screw hole in the center of the tab) I really liked the features that I would have gained from the upgrade, but ended up returning it. Called Winegard and they told me that they had no fix for the problem and would not or could not recommend a solution. So its back to the old way of locating stations. Anyone having done this upgrade successfully, with the same original booster, please let me know how you did it.

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Old 08-18-2011, 05:55 PM   #2
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I bought the Surelock Signal Finder for less money and it works great. I connect mine to the coax outlet on the Winegard booster and the way our rig is configured, I can aim the antenna and watch the LED indicators at the same time.

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Old 08-23-2011, 07:22 PM   #3
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I got around to installing mine today. I can see where you might be concerned regarding the little tabs left in the paneling to mount it - if following that part of the directions. I got around that with a 99 cent plastic box used to mount a single 110v on/off switch or receptacle in a house. I simply cut the back of it off with a hacksaw to allow plenty of room for the cables, leaving a ring about 3/4" deep. This left me with a very solid mounting in the paneling.

I don't know why they don't supply something like this with the amp - or suggest the use of something similar.

I put a plate with a single coax in the existing hole. Made a new hole a little higher to make it a little easier to use the Sensar Pro. If I had any use for a 12v recep, there's plenty of room in the single coax plate to accommodate. FWIW
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