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Old 10-30-2015, 06:45 PM   #1
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Help! How do I watch TV?

Newbie question because we don't tend to watch TV when we're out camping. We have a 2010 25RKS. We have watched the occasional dvd but never broadcast tv. We don't have cable, trying to use the roof antenna. There is a wall plate next to the tv with two coax connectors. One says AUX/BAT, the other says TV and had the little push button switch with the green LED. There is a cable going from the TV connector back thru a hole in a compartment behind the Jensen stereo, and another cable comes out of this compartment and goes to the antenna/cable input on the RCA TV. I can see these two cables connect to some kind of a box in that compartment but I can't tell what it is thru the hole.

I've tried everything I can think of on the tv menus, tried turning the power button on and off on the wall plate, all I get is "no signal" on the tv.

Like I said, we don't watch it much, but it's a rainy weekend and I'd like to watch the World Series if I can. Any help?
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Old 10-30-2015, 06:51 PM   #2
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Is the antenna up?

Make sure the "little push button" is on. That is signal amplifier/booster.

Make sure the TV is set for Antenna, not cable.

Execute a channel scan.

After all this, if there are over the air broadcast channels where you are you should be able to see them.
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Old 10-30-2015, 08:26 PM   #3
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Is the antenna up?

Make sure the "little push button" is on. That is signal amplifier/booster.

Make sure the TV is set for Antenna, not cable.

Execute a channel scan.

After all this, if there are over the air broadcast channels where you are you should be able to see them.

Antenna. Check.

Amplifier on. Check.

TV set for antenna. Check.

Channel scan. Nada.

Sounds like we're doing everything right. Maybe we just don't get reception here. We're here all weekend. Will be happy to try any other suggestions.
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Old 10-30-2015, 08:30 PM   #4
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How far are you from a TV Market? I have been finding that 70 miles +/- is about all that you can get with the new digital signals.
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If your within a TV market range and you run scan on the TV and get nothing, try rotating your antenna 90 degrees and rescan and see if you get anything. It seems like you should at least get PBS for they are almost everywhere.
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I start by pointing the antenna toward the nearest town and follow Clubhouse routine
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Probably the wall plate says Aux/Sat which connects to the exterior cable TV inlet connection. The TV connection on that plate does not come from the antenna on your roof. What happens is if you want to watch cable, you connect the Aux/Sat connection with a short jumper to the TV connection and turn the green light off and you should be able to watch cable TV (if the exterior connection is connected to cable TV).

For over the air off the antenna TV, we need to get the cable from the antenna "in" on the TV connected to your antenna. Where is that cable connected now?
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I am about 10 miles from a small coastal town, not sure how far from a transmitter. I have no idea if others are successful watching OTA from here.

RVhiker I think you are right it is Aux/Sat. I would have to climb on the dinette to get a better look but that makes better sense. Currently there is a cable that goes from the Tv connector on the wall plate to the mysterious box behind the stereo, then another cable goes from that box to the tv antenna input. So where is the connection to the roof antenna? And what is the mystery box? Just some kind of splitter?
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I am about 10 miles from a small coastal town, not sure how far from a transmitter. I have no idea if others are successful watching OTA from here.
If you would give us the name of that small coastal town, we could check antenna strength sites to find out if you should likely have TV signals available. Or you could look up the signal availability yourself at this FCC site (click).

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RVhiker I think you are right it is Aux/Sat. I would have to climb on the dinette to get a better look but that makes better sense. Currently there is a cable that goes from the Tv connector on the wall plate to the mysterious box behind the stereo, then another cable goes from that box to the tv antenna input. So where is the connection to the roof antenna?
You turned on the green light by pushing a button. Was the green light on a wall plate that looks like this:Click to see inage
If so, the antenna cable coming from the TV should attach to the RF connector in the middle of that switch plate. Now it could pass through some splitters or something, but somehow the signal from that wall plate (if that is what ou have) has to get through a cable to the antenna in connection on the TV.

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And what is the mystery box? Just some kind of splitter?
That is my guess, but it is just a guess.
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Old 10-31-2015, 08:21 AM   #10
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Go to website AntennaPoint.com - Antenna Locator. It doesn't like GPS coordinates but if you can enter the closest address, usually the campground address, it will show you on a map where the TV transmitters are around you and how far away.
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