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Old 09-15-2018, 08:21 PM   #1
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What do you do for TV if you don’t want to pay for it? Is there a digital antenna for local stations?
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What do you do for TV if you don’t want to pay for it? Is there a digital antenna for local stations?
Everybody gets free TV with and over-the-air antenna. You don't say what year etc, of your coach is which, would possibly dictate what kind of TV you might have which would dictate whether or not you'd need a digital decoder or not. But, with a signal finder (sold at C.W. or on line) you can tell how strong a signal is which, helps you to bring in FREE over the air channels.
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If you have a digital TV your RV antenna will pick up over the air TV signals if you are in range of a broadcast station. Digital antenna is a gimmick.
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:30 PM   #5
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There is no such thing as a “digital antenna.” An antenna picks up radio frequency television signals out of the air. Any electrical conductor will work. I have used a coat hanger for a TV antenna and watched perfect HD tv. As Sco70ttie said, the so-called “digital antenna” is just snake oil in a fancy package.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

You don't need a special antenna. The one on the RV is fine! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

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with one explanation.

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The explanation is that your TV tuner MUST be Digital Television (DTV) capable.
That means, basically any TV made after mid-2009 when the FCC ordered a BIG change in the US broadcast TV world.
See: https://www.fcc.gov/general/digital-television

You can upgrade any older TV with an in-line converter box that is about the size of two decks of playing cards, like:
https://www.amazon.com/SUNYO-ATS800-.../dp/B01N8YPPIR

Any pre-2009 antenna and cables will still work with DTV...but there are slight changes in the newer DTV antennae that make them work better due to moving many broadcast channels to what used to be called the UHF frequencies (above old channel 13).

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Thanks so much! I am so electronically challenged! I have an 04’ Winnebago Journey. It has all the bells/whistles...I just don’t know what to do with all them. 😳
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Thanks so much! I am so electronically challenged! I have an 04’ Winnebago Journey. It has all the bells/whistles...I just don’t know what to do with all them. 😳
If the TV in your coach is the original one that came with it, it will not be digital capable and you will have to either replace it or get a digital converter as described above. Replacing it would get you high definition, the converter would not. TV’s are cheap these days so the main reason not to replace is the hassle of fitting and installing a new TV.

Either way, your existing antenna is just fine..
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One other thing about newer flat panel TV's is that they are getting lighter all the time. It is possible to buy a 32 inch flat panel TV now that weighs less than 8 pounds, which is half what they weighed just 3 or 4 years ago. Due to them getting lighter and lighter it is now much more practical to mount them on swivel arms, and other types of mounts.
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