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Old 09-22-2022, 08:24 PM   #1
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TV without cable

What do you do when staying at a campground without cable to be able to watch TV? Using just the antenna gives me very spotty signal.
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Satellite - fairly expensive equipment and subscription fees.

Streaming - requires a smart TV or streaming device (Firestick, Chrome, Roku, etc.) AND sufficient internet connection. It's very possible that you have a smart TV. If not, the streaming devices aren't very expensive. Maintaining sufficient internet connection (bandwidth) can be a challenge and expensive.

A little time spent on this forum: https://www.irv2.com/forums/f53/ might help you.

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Old 09-22-2022, 10:15 PM   #3
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I had the same issue with the OEM tv antenna.
Maybe I hit something with the antenna or the plastic just gave up and it broke, so I replaced the OEM roof antenna with one of these:
Winegard Air 360+ V2.s Amplified Omnidirectional HDTV and FM Radio RV Antenna
I got it through Amazon. I've used it while traveling across the US From SW Idaho to Key West. When the amplifier is on, it's a definite improvement. When it's not, the TV will either not find channels or pick up just a couple.
Some places we stayed just didn't have very many broadcast channels available and those were either Public TV or religious or a combination of the two. Other places, I've had as many as 35 channels to choose from. Some were still breaking up and the screen was pixelated.
It was relatively easy to install, as it uses the same coax that the previous antenna did. I chose this antenna because it could be connected to a Wingard gateway router for cellular and internet connections like when you're campground is broadcasting WiFi. That said, I chose a much cheaper solution for the WiFI router, because I'm a tinkerer and know a little about WiFi networks.
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Old 09-23-2022, 10:32 AM   #4
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wifi and internet on the road

I am using a verizon jetpack 8801, 4GLTE with two antenna ports and a stingray like antenna that plugs into it and sticks to a window. It requires a verizon phone plan. The jetpack is a router, modem and hot spot. i get a wifi and internet signal wherever I have camped even in more remote areas especially if I am near a Verian tower.
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we use the roof mounted antenna sometimes and have had good luck .but sometimes your just not in the right spot. we also have a Dish Tailgater its the same way. we do bring along some movies. we also have several game to play.
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Old 09-23-2022, 12:27 PM   #6
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Going camping without TV is a solution, not a problem.

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Old 09-23-2022, 12:44 PM   #7
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I use my roof mounted antennae 90% of the time even if cable is available. We use our phones as hotspots so the kids can stream to the tvs if nothing they like is on the antenna reception.
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Old 09-23-2022, 12:53 PM   #8
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Satellite............Winegrard Directv HD satellite on the fifth wheel trailer and motorhome. Costs $6/month/receiver.

Streaming......we have this option on our smart tv and my wife uses this option on her IPad.
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Old 09-23-2022, 12:55 PM   #9
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I go in my RV to get away . If I don't have TV , oh well I'll throw another log on the fire and grab another beer .
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Old 09-23-2022, 01:07 PM   #10
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Most of the built in TV antennas rotate to pick up best signal. Did you know that ? Many times I have to do a channel scan on the TV 3 or 4 times….each time rotating the antenna 1/4 rotation from its last position.

Finally you will find the best direction to point the antenna for best reception.

Usually if there is no TV signal there isn’t much cell signal either …. usually because of the topography of the region. These radio waves are mostly line of sight and are blocked by hills or mountains.

Time to get out your DVD player in that case.
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I primarily use a Dish Pathway X2 portable satellite and a couple of Wally receivers if the campsite isn't too heavily treed. Otherwise, I have the Winegard Air 360+ that affords me 1) enhanced OTA TV signal reception and 2) decent 4G LTE reception used in conjunction with my Gateway router and AT&T SIM card (which allows me to stream Fubo streaming if signal is fair). Again, though, the Dish setup mentioned is my go-to. Am thinking about switching to Starlink and streaming Fubo one day maybe.
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Old 09-23-2022, 01:15 PM   #12
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Antenna Booster ON
Antenna cranked up and AIMED towards Transponder tower
*unless Omni Fixed antenna which have limited capabilities
TV set to AIR/Antenna
Auto Scan and watch TV

Several antenna directional websites that you put location in and they show you which direction tower(s) and what channels available

Example of One of Many:
https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps
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Old 09-23-2022, 04:44 PM   #13
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