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Old 05-22-2012, 06:31 AM   #1
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Omnidirectional tv/fm antenna

Any one want to chime in on directional or omnidirectional Windgard??
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I have seen very few people happy with the omni directional antennas for anything other than radio.

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A good directional yagi will pull in far more stations than a omni. Even on FM
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Could you put me on a link for the model your talking about???? The directional yagi
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Could you put me on a link to the model directional yagi your recomending??
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Go to Radio Shack-they have them. A Yagi is what every house in America us to have on the roof for TV before cable. Most yagis made for TV will also do FM. Just make sure it covers it before you buy. Also the more Db on the front to back ratio the better.
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Thanks for the suggestion but radio shack dont have yagi and yagi has too many to choose from with out knowing what I need.. I was hoping you might have one..
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OK my mistake. The yagi antenna was invented by Dr. Yagi. Yagi is a type of antenna not a name brand. Radio Shack has them ( Outdoor - Antennas - RadioShack.com) hope that link works. You need to mount it when you set up camp. Easy place is the rear ladder, it can clamp on to it and is easy to turn by hand. You need to know who far the farthest TV station will be to pick out the right antenna.
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For FM.. I don't know.. Someone said Winegard builds and FM "Trap" in the antenna (Which means it is a poor performer on FM)

I know the omni is fantastic if you are parked in the TV station's parking lot,, NOT so good if you are miles away. Directional antennas work much better at a distance.

Today I'm about 60 miles from Channel 7 In Detroit.. but my Sensar (Direcitonal) With Wingman can still see said tower.. Solid signal.. And I"m going to improve it later this week. (Sensar Pro, in house, but not yet installed).
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There is a great android app called "TV Antenna Helper". It's awsome for for this because it uses your phones GPS to find your position. Then you simply hit search and it finds all the nearest TV stations and their signal strength for a multitude of antenna's. Then you prioritize which TV stations you want to see and it gives you the absolute best heading to maximize the amount of stations you get. Simply use a compass and point the antenna in that direction. I find that it's fairly accurate in station strength. All the stations in green come in solid, the yellow stations can be hit or miss, and the red stations are very faint.

If you have an android phone, download it and give it a try at home. It works like a charm. I'm sure iphone has a similar app.
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gggplaya: I just downloaded that app "TV Antenna Helper", the free version. Look's like it should work well. Thanks for the idea!
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Well, I have a word to describe omni-directional antennas: JUNK

With modern Television and the tendency of campgrounds to NOT be right under the TV tower you need some gain, you can get an omni antenna, or a high gain, but not both.
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