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Old 04-26-2010, 07:27 PM   #1
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T.V reception

I cant seem to pick up any tv stations in my camper , unless Im parked in my driveway , does any one know if we can buy an upgrade t.v. antenna , we normally dont watch tv when Im camping , but it rained last weekend and we had to stay inside the camper at night , I saw the next day that others had their antennas up ,so I was thinking maybe i was doing something wrong . thanks Kipper
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:31 AM   #2
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Did you have the Antenna Booster "ON" when parked in the driveway and NOT when camping?
Did you try adjusting the antenna direction while camping?
Were you close enough to home to get the same channels?
Did you try to "reprogram" the Television while camping to see what channels were available? If you tried to reprogram the TV channels without the booster ON, most likely you will not get any signal. Specifically if you are in a remote area.
Is your TV a Digital TV with a signal strength meter to show how good the signal is at home?
There are different antennas that can be purchased, but the batwing type antenna you have will pick up digital signal. There is an "Add-On" to your current antenna called the "BatWing". From what I understand, it attaches to the current antenna you have on your rig and improves digital signal.
http://www.buy.com/prod/winegard-gs-...211251223.html
I have not tried this yet, so I can not say that it works better.
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Old 04-27-2010, 04:26 PM   #3
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The batwing mentioned above has improved our reception. Remember, if your TV is digital the reception is usually all or nothing, not the 'snowy' picture with analog TV.
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:46 AM   #4
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Digital Television has certainly changed things. If you're getting reception at home I wonder if you had a bad connection, pre-amp was off or just too far from a station.
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If you can find the address of the campground where you'll be staying, you might check out this website: http://tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=90

What you'll do is enter the address (or GPS coordinates if you can get those), and the site will plot all of the stations you should expect to receive for a given location.

I was surprised, though, just how many campgrounds we've visited where TV reception just isn't available. Some of state resort parks in far west Kentucky come to mind (Kenlake and Barkley for example). There's just nothing to be had.

Digital TV is wonderful when it works right, but when it doesn't, it can create a lot of headaches!
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I cant seem to pick up any tv stations in my camper , unless Im parked in my driveway , does any one know if we can buy an upgrade t.v. antenna , we normally dont watch tv when Im camping , but it rained last weekend and we had to stay inside the camper at night , I saw the next day that others had their antennas up ,so I was thinking maybe i was doing something wrong . thanks Kipper
On our Jayco supplied TV, I was having a similar problem, only got 1 channel when I knew there were other channels available, The TV was in Cable mode and needed to be in Air mode. Once I figured that out and changed it I get channels I didnt even know were available. my2.00
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:15 PM   #7
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Has anyone ever couple the cable tv and antenna coax together so that the Cable TV "in" on the outside of the rig is actually an antenna hookup for a tv outside?
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:43 PM   #8
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I will put the antenna up, scan, then turn 90 degrees and scan again. One I pick up a station I lock in the best signal and scan again. Usually most of the stations are the same general direction. I also added the Wingman.

Dumb me last time I went camping I forgot I had turned off the amp - no stations. I was sure mad at myself when I figured it out once I got home.
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The booster really makes a difference.
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:29 PM   #10
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Digital reception has been very poor for me, even in my house. I came across some digital tv antenae you can make on the internet. I built one, and my signal strength went from 30's and 40's to 70's and 80's at the house. This cheap, coat hanger antenae worked twice as well as my expensive store bought antenae.
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