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Old 10-20-2006, 06:52 AM   #1
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I would like to upgrade the UHF/VHF antenna on the roof. Which brands and models are being used with the best results?
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Old 10-20-2006, 06:52 AM   #2
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I would like to upgrade the UHF/VHF antenna on the roof. Which brands and models are being used with the best results?
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:07 AM   #3
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Define "Upgrade"

Don't really think you will find anything that will give you a better picture, sound, from the Free to Air signal than you will get from a correctly operating Winnegard. Not that Winnegard has a corner on ability, just the nature of the signal. Not too many things to do that improve on the reception.

Could be wrong on this issue, let us know what your plan is. We can all learn from your input.
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:13 AM   #4
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Winegard seems to have the best antennas. I don't believe any of our sponsors handle these so you could go to your local Camping World to look at them.

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Old 10-20-2006, 09:18 AM   #5
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"Define upgrade" Absolutely correct, I should have been more explicit. Our coach came used with an "omnidirectional" antenna. So far I don't know what it does as I get a poor or no UHF/VHF signal everywhere.I have seen a lot of the batwing type of antennas in use at campgrounds. There appears to be 2 or 3 major manufacturers offering several different models. Any advice/guidance would be appreciated.
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:04 PM   #6
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Gary, I would think you would have an amplifier on your antenna with that new a unit (1999). Maybe it's burned out. You could add an amplifier if it doesn't have one. Also, tighten and clean connectors. Please post your progress.

Since my last post, I received a CW flyer in the mail. Their batwing is on sale $99.00
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Old 10-23-2006, 06:56 AM   #7
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I don't know what an "omnidirectional" antenna might be for a coach, however the most prevalent one for most RVs seems to be the "batwing" from Winegard that has an amplifier (as mentioned) that has a switch. When the switch is off the signal is bad and usually much better with the amp turned on.
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Old 10-31-2006, 05:36 AM   #8
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Finally was able to go up on the roof. The antenna is a "Winegard RoadStar 2000". According to an ad I saw on the internet it is amplified. Now to search for the amplifier. Must be somewhere in the coach as it certainly isn't on the roof.
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Old 10-31-2006, 05:46 AM   #9
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On the two coaches I have experience with, there is a cover plate behind the passenger seat. It has a 12 volt receptacle and a coax cable connection. There should be a button w/a green light that is either on or off. The button turns it on and off.
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My antenna booster is located in the signal input selector box (ant, sat, aux, vcr,) which is located in one of the overhead cabinets. My box is Winegard, and is push button operated. Button is labeled ant boost.

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I found a switch plate in the back of the audio/video bay, in the overhead. Since the antenna co-ax that comes out of this plate goes to the "antenna in" connection of the video selection box, I believe this is the amplifier. The plate is so far up and in the back it is hard to see. However, there is a small switch that, whem moved, lights a red led and the picture on the tv goes from snow to shadows. If this is the antenna amplifier it sure doesn't make much difference. Time to research a better antenna.
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Old 11-09-2006, 06:14 AM   #12
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Gary85, I also have a Winegard antenna(the "batwing" type). Your booster is located in the same place as mine and it works very well. There's a big difference between the picture with it on. Are you getting any picture at all? Have you called Winegard for help? They've always been very helpful when I had a question.
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Old 11-10-2006, 02:21 PM   #13
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Thanks for the reply. At your suggestion I called Winegard. They were very friendly and helpful - told me to test for 12-18 vdc at the antenna head with the booster on. I'll do this tomorrow.
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If the sw. does not make a lot of differance,
then I suspect the amp in the head of the
bat wing has shiped the bed.... TENN.
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