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Posted: 12/28/20 12:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

12/28/20
Our trailer has the new type of roof television antenna...stays in place, as opposed to the older 'crank it up and down / turn it to point toward wherever signal is best' type

Even with that, sometimes beyond signal range for over-the-air broadcast channels

Came across a tripod-mounted flying-saucer shaped antenna described as: KING OmniGo Portable Omnidirectional Over-The-Air HDTV Antenna, Black...it would sit on the ground, and connect through the 'cable in' outlet on the outside of the trailer

Would this be any better at picking up signals that the factory roof-mounted antenna we already have does?

(not interested in a satellite solution...we're occasional weekenders, and our trailer isn't the type for long-term television watching)


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Height is usually helpful. The King would be lower than what you have IMO. And you must set it up and take it down.


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Posted: 12/28/20 12:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not any better sitting on tripod. Elevated may help

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The common Winegard Sensar crankup antennas are still the leader in RV OTA antennas. Nearly any directional antenna will beat an omni-directional antenna, but in nearly all cases height is might with antennas regardless of design.


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Omni on any antenna means a lousy range in all directions but if your close it’s easy ... no pointing, which to some is “better” . You can get better distance reception with a directional like the winegard batwing with the uhf add on but you will have to get up and point the antenna .. sometimes at different places in the same location depending on where the transmitters are. You can get an app to figure out where that is . Secondly unobstructed height and size is king ! If your antenna is blocked by say , by the air conditioning... no joy.

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The not always a joke about Omni Directional Antennas is "They work equally bad in all directions"

For RV use I would recommend scrap the omni on the roof and put in a Winegard Sensar IV with the optional Sensar Pro Wall plate... This is one you crank up and point.

or you can get any number of fairly good pole mounted... Put 'em up 20 or 30 feet on top of a flag pole and again a directional antenna is your best choice.. that flag pole can be a touch costly though

But a high gain antenna at height can't be beat.

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Replace the omni with a King, it can be aimed.
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A directional will beat an omni every time. Also, an antenna on the roof should beat one on the ground every time due to higher elevation.

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KD4UPL wrote:

A directional will beat an omni every time. Also, an antenna on the roof should beat one on the ground every time due to higher elevation.

Both statements are accurate !

With OTA being 100% digital, it is harder to tell if you are pointing in the "optimal" direction.

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Some times our Winegard Crank up would only pull in a couple of channels

So I went down to an ACE Hardware in the closest town and bought a Outdoor TV antenna for $40 or so (it has been a while...IIRC 2011)
Also bought a 5' section of pipe 1" DIA
*stowed it in basement compartment of 5vr. would just fit side to side

Attached the antenna to top of pipe ...connected a length of coax and mounted the pipe in the Flag Buddy Mounts I had on my Ladder
Pointed front of antenna towards the Tower as depicted on the 'antennaweb.org' site (gives direction/distance/channels available info)

Connected the coax to the 'cable' input on rear of 5vr

Changed BOMB to Cable (turned booster off cause not using the OEM antenna) and Auto Scanned for channels
Picked up roughly 12 channels...10 more then Crank up pulled in

I now use that same antenna on Two 10' pipes at my S&B
roughly 25 channels (that we watch) for Free
and roughly 10 others that we deleted


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