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Posted: 12/28/20 11:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Before you empty your wallet on OTA antennas, see what signals/stations can be received in your specific camping location. Goto AntennaWeb or ANTOP and enter the address where you will be camping. The lists will tell you the signal strength and direction to point your antenna. An omnidirectional antenna will pickup nearby strong stations without pointing. A directional antenna is required for moderate stations and must be pointed directly at those towers. Weak stations require a very big antenna mounted high up and pointed directly at those towers.

If you do purchase your own antenna, be sure it comes with an RG6 cable for best reception. Do not use an RG59 cable.


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theoldwizard1 wrote:

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.


Not at all. The TV has a signal strength meter somewhere in the MENU and if you get the SENSAR PRO optional wall plate it also has one.


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Posted: 12/29/20 07:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, a directional antenna is better but 90% of the time it's height that makes the difference.

The signals are line of sight (hence the really tall TV towers). If there are trees or hills in the way, doesn't matter how good the directionality is, you won't pick up anything. If you can get higher, you may be able to see over the obstacle.


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Did basically the same thing as Old-Biscuit. I bought 3 peaces of 5Ft 1 inch thinwall conduit and 2 conectors to make a 15 FT mast. I mounted a ClearStream 2V antenna to the mast. At the back bumper I pound it into the ground a few inches and zip tie it to the back bumper. Aim in the direction of the TV towers and pull in more stations then my RV antenna ever did.





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Old-Biscuit wrote:

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


Good chance you had cable or connection issues.

Most folks do not know this but there is a connection at the roof line. Mine was ...... Well and truly corrorded.

I trimmed and re-dressed the wire ends. Replaced with HIGH QUALITY Weather proof connectors. Re-sealed (Well) and no more tribble. (Till the day I forgot to lower the beast and then I trimmed and re-dressed the OTHER end of the top wire. Replaced the head and WOW (Went from an OLD III+wingman to an NEW IV)

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We have been using the Wineguard Sensar IV with the Sensar Pro Wall plate since it came out several years ago and were quite satisfied until my son bought a Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V TV Antenna
We mounted it on a plywood base and put it on the roof of our trailer and it outperformed our Wineguard by quite a bit. All the pixelating was gone and the stations stayed tuned in much better. Didn't get any new stations but the old ones were much more watchable.[emoticon]
P.S. Our trailer is permanently parked in our sons campground now. Does not get moved anymore.
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wa8yxm wrote:

Old-Biscuit wrote:

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


Good chance you had cable or connection issues.

Most folks do not know this but there is a connection at the roof line. Mine was ...... Well and truly corrorded.

I trimmed and re-dressed the wire ends. Replaced with HIGH QUALITY Weather proof connectors. Re-sealed (Well) and no more tribble. (Till the day I forgot to lower the beast and then I trimmed and re-dressed the OTHER end of the top wire. Replaced the head and WOW (Went from an OLD III+wingman to an NEW IV)



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