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Old 02-03-2020, 11:51 AM   #1
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Changing OTA Antenna

I need to change my OTA Antenna from the Bat Wing. I'm looking at changing it to the King Jack OA8300 White Replacement RV Antenna Head. But the info and videos I have looked at, say that the antenna needs 12 volt to operate correctly. It also said that many of the current antenna already have 12 volts in the system. I curious if any one here with an 06-08 coach has changed their Bat Wing antenna to this King Jack Antenna? Does our Bat Wing antenna system already have that 12 volts connected to the Coaxial cable or do I need to find an electrical plug to gain this 12 volt connection? Thanks
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We have an '08 Winnebago and I changed to the King Jack.

I had the 12 volts already with the booster. you likely do as well.

Turn on the switch for the antenna boost for you old batwing, then go up on the roof and check for 12 volts on you coax to the batwing. It should have 12 volts between the center wire and outer cable.

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I need to change my OTA Antenna from the Bat Wing. I'm looking at changing it to the King Jack OA8300 White Replacement RV Antenna Head. But the info and videos I have looked at, say that the antenna needs 12 volt to operate correctly. It also said that many of the current antenna already have 12 volts in the system. I curious if any one here with an 06-08 coach has changed their Bat Wing antenna to this King Jack Antenna? Does our Bat Wing antenna system already have that 12 volts connected to the Coaxial cable or do I need to find an electrical plug to gain this 12 volt connection? Thanks
Is the Bat Wing you are speaking of a Braund antenna or a Winegard.

My original Braund electric remote controlled antenna had a the power source and I used it with a new Winegard Bat Wing.
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If I’m not mistaken the king jack and the batwing use similar power boost devices . Why change out the batwing? In most cases it will bring in slightly more distant stations then the king jack or equally distant stations. I have yet to find a better antenna for distant stations then the batwing.
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I replaced OE batwing with a King Jack long time ago. I don't recall a separate 12v wire but the coaxial cable carrying 12v and the signal. It was an easy job you can't go wrong. The only caution is, get a bag of 3mm rubber o-rings, use it wherever a threaded coaxial is making a connection, to prevent the moisture penetration, in a long run.
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I replaced OE batwing with a King Jack long time ago. I don't recall a separate 12v wire but the coaxial cable carrying 12v and the signal. It was an easy job you can't go wrong. The only caution is, get a bag of 3mm rubber o-rings, use it wherever a threaded coaxial is making a connection, to prevent the moisture penetration, in a long run.
Smart move with the O-rings.

If you don't have them, a dab of dielectric grease will go a long way also.

How was your experience with reception bat wing vs. King Jack?

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I replaced my Batwing on my Allure last year with the King Jack OTA model 8500, this one comes with the signal finder which is nice to have. After the roof install I just plugged the coaxial cable from the roof into the existing Batwing boaster that is mounted up front next to the TV, everything worked fine. Although the King Jack came with a boaster it looked just like the Batwing boaster and as I said the Batwing boaster worked fine. With the King Jack there is no raising or lowering the antenna which is nice.

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'04 RV: Batwing to King Jack mounted on Batwing crank up, works great.
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How was your experience with reception bat wing vs. King Jack?

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My experience with it is very positive - both video and audio are crystal clear and rich, and the reception is excellent and far reaching.

If I have to point out something, it is the internal video cable, about 1 food long, yellow, with both end threads connecting the moving head and the Surelock module on the bedroom ceiling, being too thin. Over time, the moving head might drag and break it. However no worry, if this ever happens, buy a generic short video cable online, and remove the moving head (don't need to touch the base) by removing 4 retainng screws on the back of it. Total time of replacing is about 15 minutes.
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I was searching out info to change my batwing when someone on this forum mentioned adding the extender. For just a few bucks I installed the extender and now pick up an unbelievable amount of channels. That with streaming gives me more than I need. I watch to much TV anyway.
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I would like to thank everyone for their suggestions and insight. what broke on mine was the part that connects the 2 square tubing and the Batwing together. I have (to this point) been unable to find a replacement, so that is why I was going with a new antenna. How it broke I have no idea, but right now I have it in its down position and held together with a large zip tie. Again thanks everyone.
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