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Posted: 06/22/20 09:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello All,

I am very comfortable with technology but not overly familiar with the powered TV antennas that come on campers. Our trailer has the "flying saucer" type antenna. Tried it a few times with the amp turned on and got no reception. I just said, oh well must not be in a good area. But then I tried it at home as well as another campground where neighbors were getting multiple channels and again nothing. made sure the antenna amp button and green light were on in both cases. Any thoughts of common problems and things to check? Thanks!

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Posted: 06/22/20 09:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Those "flying saucer" antennas are omni-directional, something that the antenna engineering world refers to as "Equally bad in all directions." It's possible that you were just too far from the TV towers to pick up anything even though your neighbors more powerful directional antennas were able to receive stations.


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Posted: 06/22/20 09:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

did you re-scan for channels in either area?

do you have a media switcher that allows you to direct multiple inputs...antenna/cable/DVD player to multiple TV sets? if so did you seiect ANTENNA and the TV you're trying to watch?


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What rk911 said....., can we assume you selected ,antenna' input in your TV menu system and then scanned for new channels?


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Yes, selected antenna on the TV and scanned channels. Actually have a small TV in the bunk room and tried it there as well making sure it was not the TV. The jack that has the amp button is in the ceiling of the main bedroom so I have not pulled that down yet to check connections, and I'm not 100% sure where the connection is on the antenna itself. Previous campers had the crank up and rotate type where you could see the cable and antenna. Had to fix multiple connectors over the years. No media switcher.
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Posted: 06/23/20 05:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had the same problem with mine, I unscrewed the wall plate and saw the cable wasnt even connected to the wall plate and they made it about 6 inches to short to even reach it. I put a barrel connector on it and a short cable extension to fix it.



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Hello All,

So we ha a rainy morning this past weekend while camping so I decided to pull down the wall plate with the amp in it. Of course it's on the ceiling so not the easiest thing. Everything appeared to be nice and tight including all Coax cables and the connectors I assume provide power. However I did notice that green light is not staying on any longer. So when I click the power button it blinks for a split second and goes off. I wonder if there is an issue with the power supply? Problem is, I have no idea where that is. The amp is mounted right next to an AC outlet, but this is a 12V device so I dont imagine it is tied in with that in any way. Any idea where the PS could be for the amp mounted in the master bedroom ceiling? Thanks!

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The coaxle is the 12v source. If you have the booster turned on and checked the connection at the roof were it goes into the ota antenna if you can (unscrew it) could help troubleshooting if it's the antenna, cable, booster.

Take your meter positive probe to inner cable and negative probe to outer screw area it will show a voltage reading.




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Posted: 06/29/20 06:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The supply is 12 volts from you battery. There should be a fuse in you 12 volt supply board.


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I would suspect you have a short in the coax somewhere. You should try running a new cable directly from the antenna to the power supply. Some of the omni style antennas have the connection under the base making this a difficult option. You could start by simply using a multi-meter to see if the coax is grounded (shorted). There should not be any continuity if you touch the center wire and the outside collar.


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