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Old 07-25-2016, 08:52 PM   #11
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About 2 yrs ago, I replaced the standard antenna with a King Jack. Worked so well on the fiver that I bought one for the house. I have also found out how many channels you get can depend on the brand of TV you have. We have a Vizio in the living room and a Sony in the bedroom. The Sony will tune in more stations than the Vizio, but the Vizio has a built in signal meter that the Sony does not. Better tuner? Also, with the digital signals, you are more at the mercy of weather, terrain, trees, etc.
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:23 AM   #12
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What I use to find TV transmitters is a file that someone put together for use with Garmin units. The info was pulled from FCC database. This works when you can't go online to find station locations.
I probably got it from poifactory.com
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:34 PM   #13
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Thank you everyone for your valuable information.
I think I may take DocBrown's https://www.amazon.com/Winegard-RV-W...wingman+sensaradvice IF / WHEN the time comes to replace the antenna.

I have been satisfied with the factory antenna, but we have been camping with the Grandkids more this year and two of the trips, we encounter a rainy day and decided to play games inside the camper. When it came to bed time for the Grandkids, they wanted to watch TV for a little while.

As we all know, weather can make or break the reception on TV's. That is why the DW was trying to get the Upgraded antenna and hope for more channels or at least better reception on a few channels.

Once again "THANK YOU" to all of you kind folks! You are truly the best on the internet!!!!

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Playing games with Grandma & Grandpa.....with no TV. What a better way to teach them what's important.
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Old 07-26-2016, 01:28 PM   #15
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Playing games with Grandma & Grandpa.....with no TV. What a better way to teach them what's important.
Thank you for the nice comment. That is why I have been putting off the new antenna. My wife and I have two daughters and the oldest has two kids (1 boy - 8yrs old and 1 girl - 4yrs old).

Both of the grandkids have been camping with us since they were 6 months old. They love camping and they know that the Television is not the answer when they have nothing to do. We always find things to do when camping. Watching Television when camping is only done before bed or severe weather (if we get reception). We do not bring any movies for them to watch and they are limited to 1 hour of electronics per day such as tablet or cell phone games.
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:02 PM   #16
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I replaced my standard bat wing with the King last year (?) and I am happy with the upgrade. Money well spent IMO. I get more channels for sure. I only wish I had purchased the one with the mast that is a permanent mount. The one I got just replaces the bat wing atop the standard mast. SUPER easy to install. But they offer one that comes with a new mast that is completely sealed and includes a built-in signal meter. If I had known about that one, I would have spent the extra money and purchased it.

We generally use it to ensure we have a somewhat local news station so we can keep up with the weather. We only have OTA TV at home, so we're quite accustomed to the channel selection. I generally use "Antennaweb.org" to find bearings for broadcast towers. But you need some kind of signal (either cell or wifi) to access the page, and sometimes that can be an issue.

One unexpected advantage is that it is more aerodynamic. Shortly after installation, I left the antenna mast up, and there was no damage whatsoever. I just cranked it back down when I saw it was up (after 20 minutes on the interstate) and all was well in the world again. If the old head was still up there, I'm sure it would have been damaged.
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I must note that I'm far from the stations and the mountains lurking over my valley are real big.

The signal finder interests me. Can someone provide a link? I'll gladly buy one.
No amount of technology is going to beat what the mountains are doing to your signal.

Anyway, this is the signal finder I use. Sure, you can use a website. While you are looking up where all the stations are, I'm already done scanning for them. It was well worth the $28.
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No amount of technology is going to beat what the mountains are doing to your signal.

Anyway, this is the signal finder I use. Sure, you can use a website. While you are looking up where all the stations are, I'm already done scanning for them. It was well worth the $28.
Where do you put that in your trailer? Directly on the back of the TV? Near the antenna coax plate? That looks like something I might like to have, and the price looks right...
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Where do you put that in your trailer? Directly on the back of the TV? Near the antenna coax plate? That looks like something I might like to have, and the price looks right...
It's really small, maybe 3" x 3" and uses a single AA battery. It can sit in line between your TV's coax connection and your antenna connection. You'd need 2 short coax cables. I only have the one coax cable, so I connect it to the antenna once, find the strongest signal, then put it away and connect the coax to the TV.
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