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Old 07-28-2021, 07:27 PM   #1
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We are going to be workcamping this winter and am thinking about converting the roof antenna over to digital. Any suggestions to brands and ease of doing it? We had cable at our the park in Texas last year and I don't think we watched more than 3 or 4 hours of tv all winter. So rather than get satellite dish again...I know we can stream off our computers but sometimes don't have good signal...
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This will be brought up but there is no such thing as a digital antenna. There’s “uhf “ the primary tv transmission today and vhf. Same as grandma had on her roof 70 years ago still works fine. Even “ channel” 4 that used to be vhf may say 4 but it’s actually on channel “32uhf The only thing that’s changed is the tuner in the tv. Those “ digital” signals are on the same “bands”/ frequency as before. The antenna doesn’t know if the signal is digital or analog
Rv antennas are small and not high off the ground so they all will have reception problems with distance. That and uhf that most stations use now doesn’t go as far as those old “channel” 2 vhf stations in the 60’s
Any Omni antenna will have short range. I’d personally look for one that’s amiable … the bigger and taller the better.
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Our original bat wing crank up antenna did a great job receiving digital signals.
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As noted, there is no such thing as a digital antenna. The antenna receives a radio frequency signal and the TV does the conversion from the digital format to the pisture on the screen.

I still feel that the best all around TV antenna for the RV is the old Winegard Sensar IV which has the Wingman extension on it. This enhances the antenna towards the UHF frequency band where most of the TV stations were moved. The WingMan does make the antenna a bit more sensitive to direction, but it will pull in the signals.

The round disk antennas are omnidirectional and pretty much perform equally bad in all directions.

I am a ham radio operator and on one antenna, I can operate in AM, FM, SSB or digital mode as the radio is what does the translation.

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The round omni POS on my Hurricane led me to add a so called 50 mile TV antennae from Wal Mart. I purchased a flagpole buddy and a two piece mast. I connect the antennae directly to the TV in the living area and TV reception is no problem. In our driveway, the omni gets 18 channels. The one on the mast gets over 50.
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The round omni POS on my Hurricane led me to add a so called 50 mile TV antennae from Wal Mart. I purchased a flagpole buddy and a two piece mast. I connect the antennae directly to the TV in the living area and TV reception is no problem. In our driveway, the omni gets 18 channels. The one on the mast gets over 50.
When we traveled FT and the Crank up Bat Wing didn't pull in but a few stations I would host up the Single Array ACE Hardware Antenna on a 5' mast in a flagpole buddy at top ruin on ladder
Connect the Coax cable to the "SAT" connection on exterior of 5vr then set the BOMB to Sat.....scan and watch lots of channels

Stored it in basement compartment when not needed


Using the SAME antenna at S&B now on a 20' pole
Get over 60 channels...but have deleted probably half as they do not interest us enough to watch
Refuse to pay sat/cable companies a dime
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Thanks for the info, we tried the antenna last year in Texas and it got just a couple of channels and they were fuzzy..Even with the booster on....Will wait and see what we get when we get to the RV park we are headed to. it's near a large town, so maybe we can get channels..If not there is always the internet or books to read....
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You could try this
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Just a note, I'm sure you know but it should be said the batwing if you have one, must be aimed in the direction of the Television Transmit tower. It should appear as a plane flying towards the tower. If the town has several stations the towers may be in different locations. You would need to move the antenna pointing if they are too far apart. You should look up the transmission tower direction. The advantage of the batwing is the longer distance reception the disadvantage is if it isn't pointed correctly it won't do well.
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As in Post 2 .. there is no digital or "4k" or "high def" Or any other marketing gimmick name antenna. The King is a good antenna but so is the Batwing especially if it is new or older with the "wingman" add on to boost UHF signals (where many stations moved to).
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As noted, there is no such thing as a digital antenna. The antenna receives a radio frequency signal and the TV does the conversion from the digital format to the pisture on the screen.

I still feel that the best all around TV antenna for the RV is the old Winegard Sensar IV which has the Wingman extension on it. This enhances the antenna towards the UHF frequency band where most of the TV stations were moved. The WingMan does make the antenna a bit more sensitive to direction, but it will pull in the signals.

The round disk antennas are omnidirectional and pretty much perform equally bad in all directions.

I am a ham radio operator and on one antenna, I can operate in AM, FM, SSB or digital mode as the radio is what does the translation.

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Weve used our winegard sensor with wingman extension exclusively for 3.5 years and 30k miles. It works very well in most places. Near large metro areas I often pull in 50-60 stations.

When we arrive in a new location I check for the location of TV station towers on antennaweb.com. This gives me the compass coordinates which I use on my cell phone to point the antenna in that direction. Do the channel scan on the tv and were good to go.

We were on the beach at Grand Haven Mi last year and I was picking up Green Bay WI stations that had to be 100 miles away. Of course it was unobstructed across Lake Michigan.
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Tried the antennaweb.com, all I got was a domain for sale....but did find other sites to see which way to point antenna...Thanks again for the info..
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we tried the antenna last year in Texas and it got just a couple of channels and they were fuzzy
You can use sites like these to discover what stations are around you. Then you're not guessing what stations you should be able to pick up from a given location.

I discovered some mis- and dis- connected cables in my RV and suddenly the batwing started working perfectly. So don't discount the possibility that there might be a problem other than the antenna.

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