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Old 07-30-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
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Have you switched from 'bat-wing' to Jack antenna?

I'm looking for some feedback from folks who have gone from the Winegard 'bat-winged' antenna to a Jack TV antenna.

I have added the Wingman to the Sensar 'bat-winged' antenna that came on our 2013 Eagle TT.
I also added the SensarPro TV Signal Strength Meter in place of the very lame factory installed signal booster.

I am still not happy with the reception though. This past weekend, the weather was pretty crappy, cool and rainy and it seemed to have a definite detrimental effect on signal reception.

I have heard some about the Jack antenna. But I think I would like to hear from more than a couple of people before I jump on that bandwagon.

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Old 07-30-2013, 10:51 PM   #2
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Hey TG..... It looks like our choices are somewhat limited to the antenna or satellite (expensive).

I'll be following along though and seeing what others have to say as I also added the Wingman as well.
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:20 AM   #3
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I wonder if something is wrong? I've heard really goods things about that Wingman head.

We replaced our "batwing" with a Jack replacement head and also bought a SureLock signal finder which is made by the same company. Wow! What a difference. North of Two Rivers, WI, we used to get 7 stations with the batwing. With the Jack we get 20 stations.

You said you replaced the built in power booster with the signal finder? I'm not sure you should do that. With the SureLock signal finder, it sits in-line and does not replace the built in signal booster.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:06 PM   #4
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ALot of folks have great reports switching to the KING JACK antenna. I use the JACK here on the house and it does great...

My off-road POPUP trailer is still using the BATWING and gets 6-36 digital NATIONAL BROADCAST HDTV signals from the local towns here on the East side of the US. It works great enough for us not to switch over.

Th easiest way to switch is to get the KING JACK retrofit antenna which mounts to your existing crank-up BATWING assy. Just mounts in the same holes the BATWIND wing uses... Takes only a few minutes to install...




Still others like to remove the whole crank-up assy and mount the KING JACK antenna in the same hole thru the roof. This version only rotates and does not need to be cranked up. The JACK antenna can use the same 12VDC Antenna Power Supply WALL PANEL the BATWING antenna used. I would imagine if you are going to use this version and if it rotates and is looking right into the side of the roof mounted air conditioner it may not pick up as well in that direction.




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Old 07-31-2013, 10:11 PM   #5
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Roy,

Can you use the SureLock signal finder with the 1st method you specify, using the existing crank?

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Yes. It connects inline between the coax cable and the TV. It even comes with connectors. We have quick connects on ours because we take the tv off the mount when traveling, so I just connect the signal finder to get the direction needed and then put it away.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:47 PM   #7
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Bruce - Sure can... Like said above this just connects in-line with your cable in the trailer. I use one here all the time. Sure makes it alot easier to use the surelock first and get the antenna zero'ed in the transmitting HDTV signal before scanning. My VIZIO takes a pretty long time to complete its scan.

When I dont have my SURELOCK with me I will point to the local town and start up my scan. If I dont see digital stations start coiunt in up in the first 15% of the scan I will stop the scan and move the antenna one direction or the other by just a few degrees and re-start the scan again...



We are pretty well pleased picking the digital HDTV stations here on the East side of the US... I really like the full time WX RADAR channels that usually at least one is on from a local time showing where all the bad storms are located. Getting caught in our OFF-ROAD POPUP is not a good move sometimes haha...

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You guys that are using the Surelock meter, do you like it? Does it work? One guy even put it in his junk drawer!

Reason I ask is because I was on amazons' web-site and it gets rather low marks.....

http://www.amazon.com/King-Controls-...owViewpoints=1
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Thanks Roy and Chuck. I bought one and installed it on the existing crank. Picked up 3 more channels, since I only had 3 before and now have doubled to 6!!!. Still waiting on the Surelock.
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It seems pretty consistent that people are benefiting from going with the Jack antenna. There are so dreadfully few stations U.P. in my neck of the woods, I need all the help I can get. So I've decided to give it a try also and ordered one from Amazon.com.

I'm going to put it on the existing 'bat-wing' mount since it gives the antenna a little more height. Also I'm for now going to try the Jack antenna with the Winegard SensarPro. I like the way the SensarPro allows you to scan for existing channels and then aim the antenna towards a specific transmitter. So I'll try the combination of the two and see how they work together. I can always get a SureLock later if the SensarPro combo doesn't work out.
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