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Old 07-13-2018, 04:09 PM   #1
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Digital TV Antenna?

I have no idea where to go with this question. The local Airstream dealer parts department was of zero help. I have a 2009 AI, and I believe it has the original TV antenna, which I am presume is an analog antenna. Since there no stations broadcasting in analog, I get no stations on the TV. I believe I need to replace this with a digital antenna. Does anyone know where I can find a digital antenna that will melt on top of the Interstate? This AI is new to us. We bought it last year.
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Old 07-13-2018, 04:18 PM   #2
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Yup, we did this, and I love it. Ditched the old bat-wing and for fifty bucks, got set up to receive OTA television (over the air), just enough to get local news and weather, which is all I want. Anything else we pipe into the van comes from AppleTV via my husband's cell phone.

First, though, verify your system. Analog TV began phasing out in 2007 and concluded in 2012. If you have a 2009, I woulda thunk that your existing antenna was one of the newer ones already.

We mounted a King Jack on our existing crank-up arm, so it was a simple swap. I believe it was this model or close to it, but I'm not absolutely certain.
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This is the updated model and a couple dollars cheaper:

KING OA8300 Jack Replacement Head HDTV Directional Over-the-Air Antenna - White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N59MJQ2..._VCrsBb3V4194S
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The old antenna on my 07 works just fine on over the air digital signals. If you have stations in the area you should get something. TV signals don’t care if the antenna is labeled digital or not. “Digital Antenna” is marketing BS.

Are you sure that the antenna boost switch was turned on, and did you tell the digital television set to scan for live channels?
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The old antenna on my 07 works just fine on over the air digital signals. If you have stations in the area you should get something. TV signals don’t care if the antenna is labeled digital or not. “Digital Antenna” is marketing BS.

Are you sure that the antenna boost switch was turned on, and did you tell the digital television set to scan for live channels?


Yes, I have scanned many times, and get no channels. Last year when I scanned, I got channels, but not longer. I thought maybe since that time all the analog broadcasters had maybe finally shut down. Hmmm.
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No such thing as a digital antenna. The broadcast signal of all TV us still analog like it always has been. The broadcast info is encrypted at their end and decryped in your tuner on your end
You can still use s coat hanger if you like.... Same results!
Buy whichever you like.
Fwiw, my 30 year old batwing works better than a "digital" jack...
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:22 PM   #7
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I have no idea where to go with this question. The local Airstream dealer parts department was of zero help. I have a 2009 AI, and I believe it has the original TV antenna, which I am presume is an analog antenna. Since there no stations broadcasting in analog, I get no stations on the TV. I believe I need to replace this with a digital antenna. Does anyone know where I can find a digital antenna that will melt on top of the Interstate? This AI is new to us. We bought it last year.
I still use the original antenna on both of my units. As said earlier, there is no such thing as a digital antenna. The original antenna will receive both analogue or digital signal.

If the TV is not programming it is either a problem with the wiring/signal/amplifier, or the tv itself.
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There are no "digital" antennas because RF (radio-frequency energy) is RF regardless of what's encoded into it.

There have been years with antennas that are tailored only for VHF (the "bat-wing" without a "bow-tie" added) but all they really need is the bow-tie element added to pick up both bands. Lots of the new digital broadcast stations are in the UHF band, shorter-range and a bit different antenna shapes than the 2-13 "VHF" band.
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No such thing as a digital antenna. The broadcast signal of all TV us still analog like it always has been. The broadcast info is encrypted at their end and decryped in your tuner on your end
You can still use s coat hanger if you like.... Same results!
Buy whichever you like.
Fwiw, my 30 year old batwing works better than a "digital" jack...

+1 there is no such thing as a digital or analog antenna. There are just antennas designed to receive RF (Radio Frequencies) in the TV bands.
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The confusion may be arising because of the TVs. The older ones won’t operate without an analog-to-digital converter. LB_3 had one in his house years ago (they were given out for free so as to not burden poor people who could not afford new TV sets... LB_3 wasn’t poor but he ended up with one anyway) and it was kicking around here as flotsam, so we used it briefly in our Interstate before we upgraded that TV.

I have much better reception with the King Jack than we ever had with the bat wing. Something like 92 OTA channels in Houston. Usually at least one or two in less populated areas.
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I have no idea where to go with this question. The local Airstream dealer parts department was of zero help. I have a 2009 AI, and I believe it has the original TV antenna, which I am presume is an analog antenna. Since there no stations broadcasting in analog, I get no stations on the TV. I believe I need to replace this with a digital antenna. Does anyone know where I can find a digital antenna that will melt on top of the Interstate? This AI is new to us. We bought it last year.
Based on the replies here, check your tv. If it doesn't have a digital tuner, pull a smaller tv from somewhere in your house and see it if gets a signal. If that doesn't work, you'll need to trace your antenna cable connections. As an extreme last resort, you could get a long coax cable and run it from a jack in your house to the external cable connection on your AI to see if any signal is getting through. Good luck.
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Don't forget to turn on the power to the antenna. The light must be lit or you'll never get signal. The switch is at the primary tv outlet...
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