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Old 06-24-2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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Alternative to the Batwing Antenna for HD?

Just curious, but has someone found a viable and improvement over the standard issue Winegard Batwing TV antenna for HD broadcasts. I ran into a guy in Quartzsite who owned a SOB and he was using a tall mast and an antenna he got at Radio Shack. Made me think, perhaps there's something new and improved out there to replace the Batwing.

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Old 06-24-2010, 08:18 PM   #2
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the batwing will pick up DIGITAL ota broadcasts just fine.

the signals may be more focused/directional and phase in/out during the broadcast day.

((some stations stop or alter the transmission strength diurnally))

winegard makes a small add on (takes 2-3 minutes to install without tools) that is supposed to...

INCREASE channel capture/strength in the uhf zone (higher # channels)

it's called the wingman

read about the wingman here...

having attached this add-on, i'm still not convinced it's done much.

a TALLER antenna certainly might help with ground level obstructions...

HD is a different issue than digital ota broadcasting.


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Old 06-25-2010, 08:01 AM   #3
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No question, taller is better, but the last time we were in Quartsite I had no problem getting Yuma and Phoenix stations with the Batwing. (no wingman) The newer model Streams have a built in signal amplifier which I believe helps. You can also pick these up at Radio Shack.
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Ahab has my second his answer.
I have compared signals from my house antenna and the lower antenna on the rv and found with amplifier I get signal without no signal. We are far from sending stations for the uhf bands, did much better when it was vhf. I will say when in range, HD and rotor with amp gets more channels with stations broadcasting as many as 5 from one source.
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