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Old 09-10-2012, 08:59 PM   #1
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Losing tv signal when moving around my X213

I've noticed this one time previously, earlier this summer. But while watching TV using the antennea, if we start moving around the trailer (or if the wind gets going) the signal will freeze, totally lose it or become garbled.... as soon as everyone is still again it will come back to crystal clear. I checked all the connections, all are good. Is that normal...?


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Old 09-11-2012, 05:27 AM   #2
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We haven't noticed anything like this in our 2011 x213.

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Old 09-11-2012, 07:00 AM   #3
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So it is almost like viewing the Fox Network in the 80's (Married with Children reference).

Does it do it when you turn the antenna?
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:09 AM   #4
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This usually happens when you are in a POOR RECEPTION zone. The TV signals are always bouncing off of other objects and when you move around you are just re-directing the received signal. I would see this sometimes when an airplane was flying overhead....

Increase your signal strength somehow - better antenna - make sure the connections are good - maybe your pre-amp power is turned off - reposition your antenna direction - etc...
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:49 PM   #5
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In my home, all the televisions are on indoor antennas and I have the same problems you describe (and more). Pixelation, picture freeze, partial picture, blackout, loss of sound. Sometimes, the one television gets itself so confused by the abnormal signal that it totally loses its sound. To correct this, I have to momentarily change the channel and change it back. From what I gather (and have experienced), all these annoyances with digital TV signals are nothing more than replacements for the annoyances we eliminated with the old analog TV signals- snow, picture flicker, scratchy sound. However, I must admit that the old analog TV signal irregularities seemed to be much less detrimental to the TV picture, making them a lot more tolerable.

The digital signal is a lot more "fragile" than the analog was. I live near an airport and every aircraft flying, not just over the house, but anywhere nearby, impacts my reception. Weather has a more profound effect on signal quality than it did with analog signals. Even people walking near the antenna can have an effect. I've repositioned the antenna to get a better signal and have a perfect picture on the screen, only to have it suddenly deteriorate when I move away from the antenna.

Based on your posting, I have to think this might be your first experience with digital television using an antenna. Naturally, a cable or fiber system has far fewer signal irregularities to affect picture quality so watching a digital signal using an antenna can be somewhat disappointing at times depending on where you are relative to the TV station's broadcasting tower.

You might want to try looking into some other types of antennas and signal boosters to improve your picture quality.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:01 PM   #6
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Just thank the "Idiots" in the FCC. Digital is useless, when you move around your antenna is probably moving, ever so slightly, and that is causing the problem. There are hundreds of CG's where you can't even get a signal that had all the stations off air before the switch.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:32 PM   #7
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Roy and Grumpy nailed it, its the poor digital signal, lots of ways around it, better antenna, a booster with a signal meter, or you can go cable if available or satellite, my personal choice.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:02 PM   #8
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Normal if you don't have strong signals from the tv stations.
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I see this problem with weak signal as well. Move one foot inside the camper and you may lose the picture.

However, all things considered digital is far superior to analog.
1. Analog gets snowy on a weak signal. Digital pixelates but is never snowy.
2. Analog multi-path reception (reflected signal) caused ghosts. Digital does not ghost.
3. Picture quality is always the same with sufficient signal strength.

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