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Old 12-18-2014, 02:23 PM   #15
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If you are getting only two channels in Houston, I would check the amplifier - there should be an indicator lamp adjacent to the port you plug the tv antenna cable into.

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Old 12-18-2014, 05:06 PM   #16
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Also, check all of the coax antenna connectors. This wiring was one of the places where the workmanship was very shoddy in our Interstate. I had to recrimp all of the connections in order to get decent performance.
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Old 12-19-2014, 07:47 AM   #17
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Also, check all of the coax antenna connectors. This wiring was one of the places where the workmanship was very shoddy in our Interstate. I had to recrimp all of the connections in order to get decent performance.
Yup, we are going to check all of these issues in the near future, because something is obviously very wrong with our system. I will post specifics if/when we discover what it is.
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In May or so of this year, Winegard updated their batwing to a paddle design with tweaked frequency range and dual side pickup. It has definitely improved my digital reception and, turning the antenna around is less of an issue. It works with current hardware of the batwing.
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In May or so of this year, Winegard updated their batwing to a paddle design with tweaked frequency range and dual side pickup. It has definitely improved my digital reception and, turning the antenna around is less of an issue. It works with current hardware of the batwing.
Yes. We updated to the new paddle antenna after our batwing was nailed by golf ball-sized hail. Works great and is physically much simpler and more robust. Easy install, too. It is bi-directional; i.e., you still have to point it, but it points in two directions at once, so there is significantly less fiddling involved.
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Yup, we are going to check all of these issues in the near future, because something is obviously very wrong with our system. I will post specifics if/when we discover what it is.
Following up on this, we replaced the original Winegard batwing with a King Jack digital antenna and went from receiving two channels to receiving ninety-two channels here in Houston. I had *no idea* there was that much free broadcasting going on. Much of it of course is special interest and non-English stuff, but it's interesting to see all that volume.

We won't be going with satellite services any time soon. I suspect that we will be able to get a number of networks in many travel locations.

There was probably something wrong with our old system other than it being just the analog antenna itself, is what I suspect. Apparently the new King Jack has its amplifier wired into the sequence at a different location than the old antenna... my husband did this work so I am not clear on the technical details. But I do know that he did not like the arrangement so he spliced a cut-off switch so the amplifier could not parasitically bleed the coach battery even a little bit. The new cut-off switch was installed in the upper closet panel; pic attached (we had to replace the original panel in that location with the two small panels visible in the photo... the original was apparently not designed to be removed... why not I have no idea, because owners need to be able to access all that wiring guts behind there...).
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The sun is slowly setting on the whole satellite video thing. We are still direcTV customers at home, and probably will be for some time yet. But we have never been tempted to install one of the unwieldy satellite systems in our rig. It makes so much more sense to concentrate on the best possible WAN Internet capability. It isn't perfect yet, but it is the future.
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...Apparently the new King Jack has its amplifier wired into the sequence at a different location than the old antenna... my husband did this work so I am not clear on the technical details. But I do know that he did not like the arrangement so he spliced a cut-off switch so the amplifier could not parasitically bleed the coach battery even a little bit. The new cut-off switch was installed in the upper closet panel; pic attached ....
This sounds discouragingly unwieldy as procedures go, so I perhaps should have noted that our original system had been a 110 volt arrangement in which my husband had to surgically remove a transformer because we switched to a 12 volt DC television. The original system did not make a lot of sense in the way it was laid out, perhaps owing to the age of our vehicle. Not everyone who wants to go with free-over-the-air TV will need to go to these lengths.
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