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Old 07-09-2014, 11:25 AM   #1
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Antenna -- Silly Newbee Question

I have a bit of a silly question? But what is the purpose of this thing? Isn't all cable digital now anyhow?

Will it allow us to get get TV without a cable hookup at the RV park? And if so, can someone please tell me if we need to turn the cable setting off on the wall and TV first?

Just checking as I honestly didn't think one could pick up any TV without a cable line or satellite these days!
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:29 AM   #2
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I believe most on-air stations are broadcasting in digital nowdays. You might be able to run the antenna feed into one of those digital converter boxes that the government was giving away a few years back but I've never tried it. We hook our TV up to a BluRay player and pretty much use it that way.

Maybe the new campers antennas can pick up the digital signal directly without the use of the converter box...heck, I don't know.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:40 AM   #3
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Probably watch more TV in the campgrounds off the antenna than cable because there is no cable...simply reprogram TV to "air" instead of "cable" and if you're close enough to receive the signal you'll pickup that channel....really not out there camping or RVing to watch much TV.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:43 AM   #4
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Depending on your location, you can pick up over the air channels with the antenna. I haven't bothered putting a TV in our camper, most places we camp you couldn't pick anything up. Some friends we camp with occasionally do have a TV (3 actually) and they do use theirs and can pick up channels. The new TV's will pick up the signal without the converter box.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:50 AM   #5
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When I went camping early this Spring, I tried the antenna and TV (which came with the TT) and I was getting digital signal over the air.
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:00 PM   #6
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If you have a 2014 unit and it came with a tv, it will pick up digital over the air antenna signals. Not much to it. Just have to re-program your channels each time you go to a different region. make sure your tv is set to receive antenna and not cable and turn on the fm signal boost switch. If you hook up to cable, tv needs to be set to cable and not antenna and reprogram as usual.
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:16 PM   #7
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We can generally get at least a dozen channels OTA with our antenna, some places more, some less. Generally about half are in English, the rest are Spanish. We will typically choose to use the campground's cable if it's available. We don't have cable at home, just the big antenna, so if the CG has cable it's a nice treat for us; DW binges on Food Network.

Don't forget to turn on the booster though. It took me about an hour to figure that out. I thought I had it on the whole time, I was inspecting cables, reconnecting, fiddling with settings, the whole bit. Then when I had just about given up and told DW "too bad, we'll just have to watch a DVD", I punched the button on the 12V booster, and WHAM! I got TV! It's way back in a cabinet under the TV though, so I couldn't really see it...

Just aim the antenna at the nearest metropolitan area or use an app to find which bearing to use and you're GTG with local news, weather, and shows. Usually NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX with some others smattered in for good measure. And the picture is better than what comes in on the cable, and better than what we used to get on our satellite at home.
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:21 PM   #8
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I prefer over the air as the picture is always HD. The cable hookups at most places is split so many times, the picture is crap..Next week we will be on lake Ontario and probably will get some Canadian stations as well!!
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:05 PM   #9
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The TV that came with our trailer was not digital compatible. We had to replace it with an updated one. Nice thing is the one we found runs on 12VDC and 120VAC. But we can get at least the local news channels for weather updates, even dry camping.
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Depending on where you go, you can get several stations or you could get only a few channels over the air (OTA) on an antenna. Here is a good site that will tell you the stations in the area and their general direction using a zip code search.
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