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Old 10-09-2014, 12:04 PM   #1
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Improving TV Reception

Our boondock campsite is quite far from the local TV stations, plus we're in a valley with a tall mountain between us and the stations. Reception is hit or miss. At times we can get 2 of the 3 local network stations, and none at other times.

I must say that the antenna on our new Jayco 195RB is much better than the old house antenna on our old TT. But still not like being in the city.

Are there any mods or additions that can be done to improve reception?
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:06 PM   #2
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Not much if a mountain is in the way.
I added a "wingman" to mine and it helps. Maybe there are other transmitters located in other directions from you, like out the valley.
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:13 PM   #3
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I googled the "wingman" and it sounds like a good deal. However, it is directed at UHF signals, which I don't have anyway. What I really need is a VHF booster.
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:31 PM   #4
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Two options are to extend the height and/or get a bigger ant. You could buy a home style ant. and mount it on a pole. Some of the home type ant. will actually fold up flat when not in use. You can route the external 75 ohm coaxial cable from the ant. to the sat/cable in on the side of your RV if it has one or direct to the tv. Also get an amplifier for it. You could also try getting a bigger ant. and tie wrap or hose clamp it to your existing roof mount ant and hooking it to the existing coaxial cable.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:57 PM   #5
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We camp around a lot of hills, our jay flight came with a winegard antenna, I added a wingman on it and still had trouble picking up the local TV stations, sometimes I was not able to get anything.

I replaced it with a jack antenna, now I get all of the local stations and all of the UHF stations as well, in the same places where I couldn't pick up anything before. I get a total of 27 stations now.
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Here is a list of the stations that I get, I went out and counted then today. May not be the same where you live.

3.1
3.2
8.1
8.2
11.1
11.2
13.1
13.2
14.1
25.1
25.2
25.3
29.1
29.2
29.3
29.4
29.5
29.6
30.1
33.1
33.2
38.1
38.2
38.3
42.1
42.2
42.3
61.1
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28 Total
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Old 10-10-2014, 12:05 PM   #7
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I just replaced the antenna on our TT with the King Jack antenna. Here in the driveway after aiming the antenna and running the channel scan, I picked up a total of 41 channels, 35 of which are viewable without further adjustment, and includes 22 new channels I never even heard of before.Before ,we only got about 7 channels with the stock antenna Can't wait to try it out on our trip later this month.
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We camp around a lot of hills, our jay flight came with a winegard antenna, I added a wingman on it and still had trouble picking up the local TV stations, sometimes I was not able to get anything.

I replaced it with a jack antenna, now I get all of the local stations and all of the UHF stations as well, in the same places where I couldn't pick up anything before. I get a total of 27 stations now.
If you replace the wingard with the jack antenna do you have to do anything with the wingard antenna amplifier? Like get rid of it or replace with something else?
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If you replace the wingard with the jack antenna do you have to do anything with the wingard antenna amplifier? Like get rid of it or replace with something else?
You just use the wingard antenna amplifier.

Here is the link to king controls jack web site, it tells all about it, and you can download the Owner’s Manual.

http://kingcontrols.com/product/king-jack-head/
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:33 PM   #10
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I put a Jack antenna on ours and it tripled the channels I was getting on the Winegard with added Wingman. Super easy install with only two pins to remove as I recall. Took all of about 4 minutes. Hardest part was climbing up the ladder. Lol
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