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Couldn't understand why I couldn't pick up the nascar races in Florida in my new Denali but my wife's little MP3 got them on it's FM. I take the inside stereo out and find the Wineguard TV antenae is wired to the stereo. Same with the outside stereo. Call wineguard to find that there is actually a FM block built into the antenae to stop FM interference with TV signal. And the guy correctly predicted no AM reception at all. Question. Why would they even spend the time to hook to the antenae in the first place? Baffling! And I have no idea how to correct it because it would be a nightmare to try to get an auto antenae wire to it. Dave G.

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Just turn on the TV antennna booster and you will get great FM. Our Cameo is the same, booster off, no FM.


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slohand wrote:

And I have no idea how to correct it because it would be a nightmare to try to get an auto antenna wire to it. Dave G.

Last spring we upgraded our stereo and installed an amplified, auto-type antenna through the roof. For our install it was not too difficult... the stereo location is near the ceiling.

I used a hole saw to drill through the ceiling/roof (EPDM over OSB). I did have to modify the antenna mount a bit... removed the antenna base/spacer and used a flat washer instead. The original base/spacer would be fine for thin sheet metal, but not for the thicker OSB. Afterward, I applied a liberal amount of Dicor self-leveling sealant.

The only problem I had was the hole saw grabbed a speaker wire in the ceiling... it was a challenge fishing it back to the speaker, but doable.

Part of our install included building a shelf to mount the unit to and hide the wires... so, you don't see any of the installation without removing the covering.

Our reception is MUCH improved over the wire hanging off the back of old stereo. We used to move that little wire all over the place trying to get better reception!

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I will try again, turn on the booster just like you were going to watch the TV on antenna. Don't turn on the TV, turn on the radio, you should have great FM reception. Please post your results.

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slohand wrote:

Question. Why would they even spend the time to hook to the antenae in the first place?


Two comments: First: FM stations normally broadcast cross polarized, that way the vertical "Whip" on your car can pick 'em up and a horizontal antenna like the TV antenna (Most TV antennas are VHF/FM/VHF/UHF antennas) can as well.

Thus hooking the FM radio to the TV antenna makes sense.. UNLESS, as Winegard did, someone put an FM-Block in the beast.

Now, as to why they hooked it up that way when there is an FM block in the Sensar?

Well, did you Read the Fine Manual? (And I know you know how to read).

Neither did they.. assuming of course they know how to read.


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I have to say- I didn't know there was an FM block, and I cannot find it in any of Winegards literature. It seems kind of silly now, with DTV and all.


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Posted: 04/10/12 03:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Was it a AM or FM radio station you were trying to listen to? As to why they hooked to TV antenna it saved them the cost of another antenna like most rvs have for the AM/FM radio.

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