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Old 10-22-2021, 07:45 PM   #1
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Over air channels

How do I switch from satellite to over the air channels
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Originally Posted by sdagro View Post
How do I switch from satellite to over the air channels
My current MH has both a satellite dish and a conventional RV antenna.

Never used the satellite dish.

If I wanted over the air channels which I do not, I would use my fire stick.
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Old 10-22-2021, 09:26 PM   #3
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They are usually on different inputs on the TV. Not a switch on the coach. They only switch we have like that switches from the roof OTA antenna and the cable connection in the wet bay for incoming cable from the RV park hook ups.

I hope that doesn't confuse you.

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My coach has the BOMB (box of many buttons), it controls the inputs to each of the TV's
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You need to change the "input" of the TV to Air or Tuner. You should be able to do that from the remote. The button you are looking for should say "input" or "source". You should then make sure you are not on the "cable" selection as that only works when a coax cable is connected somewhere to the coach (usually in the water connection area but could be anywhere). Many campgrounds have cable you can connect to. If you have an external antenna mounted on the coach which I am assuming you do, it is most likely has a button somewhere in the coach you can press to amplify the signal. On mine the button is located in a cabinet with the other audio equipment (dvd player etc). When the small button is pressed, a light comes on to indicate the "amplified" signal is being sent to the TV from the antenna. If this button is pressed when trying to use the "cable" mode, it will degrade the reception of any cable signal so make sure you only use the amplified setting when using the antenna (broadcast over the air stations). Your TV most likely has a search/scan mode to find the broadcast channels. On mine, I have to go to "setup" on the TV which is located after pressing "menu" on the remote and select "search" to find the channels that are within range.
I recommend you find the owners manual for the TV you have either "on line" or somewhere in the coach or get someone who has done this before to help because the process is easy once you have done it a time or two. Different TV models can have slightly different procedures.
It would also be helpful to know the year and coach model/brand of TV etc as others probably have a similar setup.
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I would highly recommend finding the owners manual. They can hide things deeply buried.

Once you figure out how to switch the input to the tv from the satellite you will need to have the tv scan for channels of course.
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It can be very confusing on an older RV depending on how the previous owners set up the TV and satellite. If you have a more recent TV and the satellite receiver is connected by HDMI or AV input, you will have to go to the menu on the TV and select the correct source as TV or Antenna.

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Originally Posted by jacwjames View Post
My coach has the BOMB (box of many buttons), it controls the inputs to each of the TV's
That is what we had. I removed it now if I want to change inputs I have to change the input cable. In 30+ years of camping I have used cable less than 3 times. We have the bat ears with the uhf element. We use the TV about every 5 days camping.

We get great reception from the bat ears with the amp on.
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I tossed mine many years ago.

There are some much simpler and reliable switches available. I have a switch to select between the roof dish and a portable one. It's a very simple device.

Disconnecting cables is a recipe for a broken connector. Of course with the frequency you are doing it and your awareness of the possible issue it is a fine solution. When we travel full time it is a pain to change the setup so frequently for use.

I bet my arms have been inside that entertainment center more than 40 hours over the years. Lots of changes.
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