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Old 10-20-2020, 08:49 AM   #1
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TV antenna problem

Im in a 2003 Allegro. New to me. setting up TV's had reception then all of a sudden no signal. Bought a set of rabbet ears and getting all my channels. Suspect that the cable to the antenna is bad. How would one replace the cable. Thought about connecting a new cable to the existing one and trying to pull it through. Really don't want to put any more holes in the roof. Any advice would be appreciated.
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I would suspect corrosion in the connectors rather than the cable itself or the amplifier in the bat wing antenna if that is the type you have. You do have the amplifier turned on??
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:01 AM   #3
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Which type of antenna is on the '03, the raise up batwing or the round "flying saucer" type? If there is corrosion you can probably correct by cutting the coax back 1" and putting on a new connector.
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:06 AM   #4
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TV antenna issue

We had a similar issue with our 2007 Allegro Bus. I went up on the roof and carefully removed the sealant around the cable. I discovered that the cable connection was corroded. I replaced the connectors and the barrel connector and my issues went away. If you are lucky, there will be enough extra cable for you to do a similar repair. If you do not have any already, I suggest that you get some dielectric grease that is made for waterproofing this sort of connection. Find a local cable guy to talk to or look online.

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I agree with the others, it's likely a bad end connection. Simple to cut off, and replace. Get the new ends at your local hardware store.

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TV antenna

Its a winegard batwing antenna. where would the amplifier be located. on the antenna itself ?. Only one connector at top of antenna. Will remove it and check for corrosion.
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The amp is in the batwing. 12 volts is fed up through the coax. You can check it with a digital voltmeter up at the connection on the roof.

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Old 10-21-2020, 05:44 AM   #8
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I had a similar problem and solved it by replacing the F connector at the antenna head. Verify if cable is RG6 or RG59 before purchasing new connector. When I stripped back insulation I found that the center copper "wire" was corroded. Clean it with steel wool so it looks shiny and new. Below is a short video showing how to do it with basic tools. I did mine with a compression connector which requires specific tools. If you don't have these tools, this will work.

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Seal it with high quality sealant tape when you're done so it doesn't happen again.

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antenna problems

Removed connector from antenna. Apparently it was replaced but not screwed all the way in. Cleaned up the connector as it had some corrosion on it. reattached TV reception is fine at least in my driveway. Thanks for all the pointers.
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Removed connector from antenna. Apparently it was replaced but not screwed all the way in. Cleaned up the connector as it had some corrosion on it. reattached TV reception is fine at least in my driveway. Thanks for all the pointers.
You can buy small tubes of dielectric grease and smear a little on the connection and threads. Then next time you need to take it apart, it will go easy, and still make good connections. I use it lots around any connection that could be exposed to the elements.

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