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Old 08-27-2015, 05:48 PM   #15
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I'm very happy with my Jack replacement for my batwing. But when I went to the Winegard site the other day to make sure I was giving good info for this thread, there was a sign up for a contest. Guess what. I won!!! Winegard is sending me their new Rayzar Automatic. MSRP $399. So thanks for asking the question gnowlin.
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:42 AM   #16
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Jack antenna reception resolution

well...finally got some very good reception with the new Jack antenna and the Winegard amp plate.....
and here are the items I finally had to install to get to this point....
1) ordered the Winegard Sensar Pro amp plate to replace the factory installed plate. this is a GREAT replacement as you do see the reception strength as you turn the antenna. No guessing here. a couple of notes: new wall plate has a larger footprint (part that goes into the wall) more stuff must be recessed into the wall as all connections are pre-connected with coax fittings including the connection that was on the front of old plate for the main TV and the 12VDC connections are at the upper rear part of the plate, they all will not fit into the original opening. could have cut out more of the wall but tried to simplify by just using some foam to put behind the plate , a semi-recessed mounting (allows mounting without the components on the back to be fully recessed and just brought the main TV coax wire out the side.
spliced coax at plate on top of AS to the antenna and installed a new coax fitting at the antenna. covered all exposed coax with some small tubing ( a little protection from UV exposure) as I think that contributed to my not getting a good ground on the antenna coax fitting originally installed
3.) installed the Jack ( just the replacement head that fits right back onto the original posts
. thanks to all that responded on this. hope this helps others with similar problems.
and congrats to Dave Swenson on winning a new Rayzar antenna based on this conversation.
a big thanks to Daniel Snider at AS customer service for advising me not to pull new coax as I might have to remove some interior skin to do.
safe travels , thanks again, Gregg Nowlin, Slaton, TX
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:47 AM   #17
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Jack antenna reception resolution.

sorry , but I forgot to mention that I am now getting 12 channels with the new Jack vs, only 4 with the original antenna.
also, if you are installing a new Jack like this one, be sure the red light on the underside of the antenna is illuminated ( shows you are getting a 12 VDC from the amp plate to the antenna)
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Old 09-04-2015, 10:30 AM   #18
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The King Jack installation manual states you can use existing power injectors and not to use the supplied 12v power adapter when using existing power injectors. Replacing my current power injector with the Winegard Sensar pro would mean I would loose the 12v power socket. It's nice to have that socket to put in charge adapters for charging cell phones etc.

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No need to change the power plate on Airstreams. Just be sure to wire everything BEFORE you make your final mechanical connections and sealing to be certain that the signal amplifier is getting power.


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