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Old 08-23-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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Cable Hookup

Don't have my manual handy but I believe it said my new 26RLS cable hookup took a special/different kind of coax connector. Is this true or will a regular one from home work?

Will be close to a Walmart so am hoping to pick up some cable and the connectors their before we reach our destination.


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Old 08-23-2012, 08:50 PM   #2
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Any rj6 coax should work, if it works with your tv at home, it should work in your camper.

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Old 08-23-2012, 09:00 PM   #3
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Yup, what he said, regular old coax. Just make sure booster is off when using cable.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:45 AM   #4
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Yup, what he said, regular old coax. Just make sure booster is off when using cable.
Do you know why the booster should be off?

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Old 08-24-2012, 05:49 AM   #5
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My understanding is that the cable signal is already amplified. Leaving the booster on over-amplifies the signal and may distort the picture.
Kinda like over driving an audio amplifier.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:34 AM   #6
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I'll give you the answer I got from the dealer when I asked the same question, "It won't work that way." :-) That was said with a sense of humor but that obviously was as in-depth an answer as I was going to get.

He was right. I did forget to turn the boost off when I hooked up cable and it didn't.
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:14 AM   #7
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Just to clarify there are two types of WINEGARD TV WALL PLATES... One is amplified to be used for OTA antennas that "DO NOT" have an amplifier in the roof mounted antenna and the other model Wall Plate is for OTA antennas that "DO" have a built-in amplifier. From the front these two TV WALL PLATES look the same.

This is a RA-7296 Model with an built-in AMPLIFIER "booster"

This is the RV-7042 Model without an AMPLIFIER "Booster"

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Kinda hard to tell the difference... Both WALL PLATE models use an internal SPLITTER for the OTA and CABLE antenna connections. I do know the RV-7042 model TV WALL PLATE without the amplifier "booster" sends up +12VDC to the OTA antenna to operate the BATWING/JACK Antenna built-in amplifier when you push the small push button switch "ON". I am not sure what the RA-7296 Model TV Wall Plate panel does when you push it's small pushbutton switch "ON" other than turns on the amplifier "booster". This RA-7296 Model may "NOT" send +12VDC to the OTA roof mounted OTA antenna.

In either case the operations is the same according with the provided operations sheet. To use the OTA roof mounted BATWING type antenna or King JACK type antenna push the small button on the front panel to turn "ON" the LED light. To just use the CABLE INPUT then push the small button to turn "OFF" the panel LED. I don't know if the RA-7296 model TV wall Plate with built-in amplifier/booster sends +12VDC to the OTA antenna or not...

My POPUP trailer has the RV-7042 model TV wall plate "WITHOUT" amplifier installed. My Fifth Wheel trailer has the RA-7296 Model TV wall plate "WITH" the amplifier installed. My OTA BATWING mounted on the Fifth Wheel must "NOT" have a built-in amplifier in it up on the roof??? I notice it does not have the UHF add-on dipoles... Just a straight BATWING design.

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