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Old 05-07-2015, 09:41 PM   #11
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Another highly unlikely possibility; are you using a modern Digital television? Several months ago my wife's friend donated an unused /unloved analog television (for the bedroom). Without the necessary converter box it is useless. With a converter box it is still near worthless.

Sorry Greenies, it went to the landfill.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:50 PM   #12
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Colonel, with respect Sir, but I believe that older antennas, predating this conversion, should still work adequately.

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Old 05-08-2015, 09:11 AM   #13
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I can't tell you what you have to do, but I can tell you that we were able to get over-the-air television in our driveway but were unable to get cable on our trip last spring until we went to the bedroom and pushed the little button for the booster, either shutting it off or on, can't remember which.
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:29 AM   #14
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I can't tell you what you have to do, but I can tell you that we were able to get over-the-air television in our driveway but were unable to get cable on our trip last spring until we went to the bedroom and pushed the little button for the booster, either shutting it off or on, can't remember which.
If you're trying to get a signal OTA, the booster should be ON, if you're getting signal from a cable attached at the park, the booster must be OFF.

Older antennae will work to pick up digital broadcasts, it's the tuners that need to be digital. Most TVs you're going to find come equipped with the appropriate tuner from the factory unless they're really old (like pre-2004?). If that's the case, you need a separate box.

Use antennaweb.org and punch in your location (either address or zip code) to find bearings to aim your antenna. Or you can take a WAG and aim it in the general direction of the nearest largest metropolitan area, or you can spend money to buy a signal finder.

Remember that when you're aiming your antenna, DO NOT use the little arrow on the dial in your trailer, that is for storage purposes, it does not necessarily indicate the direction the antenna is "pointing". If you're using the standard Winegard antenna that most Jaycos are equipped with, that little arrow is 90* off from aiming axis. On my trailer, the original antenna was aimed straight out the curb side when the dial arrows were lined up for storage (90* perpendicular to the long axis of the trailer). My new Jack antenna points the same direction as the arrow though.

Once you have the antenna aimed, and the booster ON, you should be able to use the TV to scan for channels. Go into the channel setup menu and make sure the option for antenna or OTA or AIR is chosen (as opposed to cable or satellite) and initiate the scan. Most likely you'll pick up some digital channels and some analog channels, but the scan could take a few minutes.

If that process doesn't work, something is not hooked up correctly. Check all your coax connections from the antenna down. It's been discovered on the forum before that the factory did a shoddy job connecting cables and users were able to fix them pretty easily.

I hope that helps someone out there!
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Not meaning to insult your intelligence, but is there even a transmitter in range of your location? A visit to the site below will tell you. All you have to do is enter your location (address and Zip Code). When I do this for my home in Pittsburgh, it provides my with 10 stations, but at my Home Base about 40-50 miles further away (as the crow... er TV signal flies), there's nothing.

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Digital signals are more "fragile" and have a shorter range that the old analog signals. I get more pixelation just on a windy day than a calm one. The picture deteriorates even more, sometimes with momentary loss of picture, during inclement weather.
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Many thanks to all. Turns out there are no signals available according to antennaweb, thanks for the tip there. Finally had to settle on satellite. Nuts, now I have to watch the golf channel! Again, thanks for the help.
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Check TV Source

With the TV remote, select Source or Input. When the list comes up, select "air" or "antenna". Once the TV is getting its signal from the antenna, you have to go into settings for the TV (probably Menu > Settings) and have it scan for channels. Once that is done, you should be able to use the remote to switch between channels.
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