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Old 09-18-2017, 11:51 AM   #1
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TV antenna reception

I am just finishing up our 2nd year with a travel trailer and am amazed at how many things I have had to learn....pretty humbling actually. We rarely use our television but the other day it was rainy and my kids were getting after each other a bit so I figured we'd see what was on as a bit of a break. We were camping locally so I roughly knew where the towers are, pointed the antenna at it and turned on the booster. We were able to get 6-7 stations, with NBC being the major network. CBS has a tower on the same mountain top but for some reason I was not able to get it, no matter what I tried. Any thoughts about why? I tried when I got home just because it was bugging me but same result. It is listed on my phone app as a free digital channel and in the same location.
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Old 09-18-2017, 04:43 PM   #2
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Have you tried turning the antenna? I don't know if digital signals work The same way as an analog
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Old 09-18-2017, 06:28 PM   #3
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Did you have the tv do a search? Digital tv needs to find channels that it can receive and then you just go through them. Failing to do that means you get minimal channels, if any.
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I did the channel search and that is how I was able to get the handful of channels I got. How precise do I need to be with the positioning of the antenna? I assume that with the towers so close that if I'm getting 1 channel then I'd get the other.
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Old 09-18-2017, 08:11 PM   #5
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How precise do I need to be with the positioning of the antenna? I assume that with the towers so close that if I'm getting 1 channel then I'd get the other.
At times very precise.

Not necessarily true, digital signals are not all the same.
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The closer you are to the tower, the more precise you need to be.
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Old 09-19-2017, 12:50 PM   #7
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In my experience, not all stations broadcast their network programming. We always seem to get the secondary channels and only one or two of the main network channels. We recently camped near Nashville and we were able to clearly get 20 stations only two were a primary network station
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Old 09-19-2017, 01:10 PM   #8
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I just learned about this thing yesterday by reading a thread on this forum. Learn something new every day! It may be worthwhile, and it's not that expensive.

https://www.amazon.com/Winegard-RV-W.../dp/B001U2DPUE
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On my last MH, I bought and used the Wingman referenced above and it does improve reception of digital signals. It is very easy to install with no tools required.
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Something else to consider is to make sure you're aiming your antenna the right way. My antenna was 90 degrees off from the arrow on the crank inside. I kept aiming that little arrow at my towers and wasn't getting anything. I use OTA at home, (cut the "cable" long ago) so I'm VERY well aware of where my towers are. I walked out and looked at the antenna itself and discovered it was pointing the wrong way! Turns out that little arrow is only for lining up when you lower the antenna.

I've since replaced with a King Jack, and the new head is in line with the little arrow.
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