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Old 08-22-2014, 11:38 AM   #11
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It's true, they don't need to be exact. Truth is, I just point mine toward the nearest metro area and usually do okay. But last time, I actually had to dig out the phone and look up the towers. I had 2 towers in range, and they were opposite directions... Also, fine tuning by turning the antenna works for me too. I use the compass on my phone to get a bearing.

The arrow on your rotator inside the TT does not indicate the direction of the antenna, it indicates the direction for storage. The signal direction is indicated with two TINY hashes on the ring. You can feel them more than see them, and once I found mine, I marked them with a Sharpie.
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:03 PM   #12
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Just a dumb question but how do you know which end of the antenna to point? Does the arrow on the turnwheel indicate the direction the antenna is oriented to? I know the arrow indicates the alignment inside before you lower the antenna. I usually just do trial and error anyway. If your signal is dropping out, just rotate your antenna slightly to see if it gets better. I only do this for the bedroom TV anyway as I am hooked up to satellite on the main living room TV.
It's not which end of the antenna. The front, or pointing side is the flat middle that says Winegard. Get out a simple compass and point it toward the direction of the big city near you where you figure the broadcast will originate. Then scan for stations
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:09 PM   #13
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I don't use the roof mounted antenna, but if I did I would likely install this http://www.winegard.com/sensar/sensar-pro.php

From the looks of it, it's not a simple swap, but more of a swap and add an extra jack type of install.

I don't have one of these, but it seems straight forward enough, not terribly costly and best of all reduces the extra effort to find the best signal for the TV.
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:26 PM   #14
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I pulled my camper in my yard and tried my antenna a few weeks ago and couldn't pick any stations up at home. I searched that website and it shows a local station 7 miles from my home. I didn't know to point the antenna towards the signal, now realizing that I'll have to try it again as it was faced in the opposite direction of the signal. I am interested in maybe putting up an antenna at home as I don't have cable or satellite. We just watch Netflix for cartoons.
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:42 PM   #15
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Remember you have to switch the antenna on by pressing the button so the indicator light illuminates on the antenna power amplifier. If you have a TV broadcast station 7 miles away, you should have been able to pick that up without rotating the antenna. Also remember you have to scan for channels on your TV each time you change locations (campgrounds/home) with your camper.
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