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Posted: 01/30/21 08:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

azdryheat wrote:

My trailer has a Wingard automatic dish on the roof. One button and it searches and then locks onto the three satellites for Directv HD. I use my DVR receiver from the house and two wireless Genies so we can watch 3 of our 4 TV's while we're roughing it.

Before sat TV we relied on the coax in the trailer and the picture quality was terrible. With the sat TV we use HDMI connections for crystal clear images.

Recently we've been looking into replacing Directv with a streaming service like Sling or one of the others.


I am interested in how one can use sling or other streaming services. I am dumping Direct because I just realized I am paying 150 a month to watch 3 channels and some music for the garage, The C has been sold, I had DTV in the coach using a receiver from the guest bedroom. If I added RV Direct they wanted to charge another subscription. With my new to me trailer there is a TV and an antenna.TV isn't a big deal to me, I enjoy local news and weather however if it can be had for a reasonable fee I might be interested.
Presently using ROKU in my bedrooms and wife uses everything BUT satellite channels, time to "dump the dish". "cut the cord" or whatever else is the recent lingo as satellite and cable TV goes by the wayside.

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Our 2007 rig still has the original crank-up Winegard antenna. I installed the Wingman to it which increases the range of the antenna by some amount. We rarely use the antenna because we almost exclusively camp where there is no free over the air wave signal. If we were full-timers, I could see investing in satellite technology, but for our limited time with our rig, we resort to DVDs. We enjoy watching movies anyway.


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bukhrn wrote:

We use the batwing, if we get anything to watch, fine, if not, that's fine too, we've got about 200 DVD's, or sit outside & watch the campfire.


Ditto !!


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You can update the old bat-wing for a new digital antenna head that's mounted to the OEM crank-hardware. Its a simple bolt off / bolt on exchange, without having to drill new holes.

Go to YouTube and search
"KING JACK DIGITAL RV ANTENNA REVIEW & INSTALLATION"

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bobndot wrote:

You can update the old bat-wing for a new digital antenna head that's mounted to the OEM crank-hardware. Its a simple bolt off / bolt on exchange, without having to drill new holes.

Go to YouTube and search
"KING JACK DIGITAL RV ANTENNA REVIEW & INSTALLATION"


Here is a clicky to make it easier.

Worked out well for me


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Any idea what the range is of the King Jack antenna?

I had thought of rigging THIS 80 mile range antenna onto the Wingard mast of our motor home but unlike the one on the top of my brick and mortar house, this one appears to be fragile.
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* This post was edited 02/01/21 07:09pm by ron.dittmer *

Dutch_12078

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Posted: 02/01/21 07:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's a review done by professional engineer and forum member, SCVJeff, comparing the King Jack and the Winegard Sensar OTA antennas using a high end spectrum analyzer.

Batwing vs. BatMan vs. Jack: The Results..


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Posted: 02/02/21 08:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

From what I was able to understand, the old Batwing, if all connections are good, and amplifier in the head is working, with Wingman added for improved UHF, is as good as, or better than, the others.

Also for infrequent RV'ers like us now, the cost of satellite TV may not be justifiable. I need to learn more about streaming TV. I subscribed to Discovery Plus, so am getting my feet wet.

Thanks for the replies.

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