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vampirefish

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Posted: 07/26/22 01:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Howdy all. I just acquired an awesome Class C with this whole setup: Dishnetwork receiver (some VIP series) and auto Winegard antenna (not sure of model but big bubble on top of roof). Can I only use dishnetwork or DirectTV with this antenna, or can I take advantage and use this antenna for local digital stations? I am not looking to buy a subscription (monthly or not) to use Dish or DirectTV at the moment. I cut the cord years ago so can use a ROKU in my trailer or Apple TV for that matter. Just wondering on the digital TV channels is all. I’ve never used one of these things (auto sat dish) before.


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Posted: 07/26/22 01:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You would need to identify which antenna you have. Then look it up to determine what system it will receive and whether it can be changed.

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Posted: 07/26/22 02:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It appears you can only use it for Dish programming.

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Posted: 07/26/22 02:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Winegard antenna will receive over the air broadcast TV stations 99% of which are digital and free. You then need a digital TV (the only thing sold for many years). If you don't have one, go buy one. A Roku requires an internet connection possibly from a campground WiFi or from a hot spot on a cellular phone. All of these (TV, WiFi, cellular, etc) have to be in range to work.

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Most winegard Sat antennas (Big bubble) are compatable with Dish (All modes) and Direc TV (SD only far as I know but this may have changed)

Since you have a DISH receiver.. I'm going to guess it's programmed for DISH.

Best option.. Visit a DISH dealer and park "in the clear" ( Like the middle of a large parking lot) fire up the receiver and the antenna and see if it "locks" (Finds a satellite) you may need the dealer to pop in a new card in the receiver to receive anytyhing other than the Dish "Brag" channel (I think that's 101) or NASA (if it's set for NASA) most everything else is encrypted. That's what the card does (Contains decryption key)


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Posted: 07/26/22 04:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To answer your question, no, the Winegard dome antennas are for satellite reception only and will not pick up the local over the air digital broadcasts. Winegard does make a few over the air antennas that do pick up the local stations, but the domes are not among them.


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Posted: 07/27/22 06:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Winegard does make a dome for the reception of local OTA TV. It is not the same as a satellite dome and the 2 are not interchangeable but rather purpose specific. It sounds like you have a satellite TV dome which should work with either DirecTV or DISH. There should also be a separate antenna up there for your OTA TV reception. That antenna will likely either be the Batwing style antenna or a disk shaped omni-directional antenna.

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Posted: 07/27/22 08:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks so much everyone! I was afraid it was just for Dishnetwork. Oh well…. Maybe one day when I retire and full-time RV I’ll pay to use the thing.

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OTA tv antennas are not that expensive. Winegard makes the Sensar IV (A very good one for RV use) and you can buy assorted antennas at places like Best Buy. Now those (The better ones) are designed to mast mount and you will need to fold them up when traveling (not all that easy but I've done it many times NOT in the RV though) There are ways to put up a mast that are fairly Portable as well. I won't go into detail here but Here is one of 'em. I'd go with a park on base and protect the thing with Pool Noodle plastic where it can "Bang" into the RV.

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Dutch_12078 wrote:

To answer your question, no, the Winegard dome antennas are for satellite reception only and will not pick up the local over the air digital broadcasts. Winegard does make a few over the air antennas that do pick up the local stations, but the domes are not among them.


This is incorrect. I have the Winegard done on our 5er and it DOES pick up local over the air tv stations wherever we are.


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