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Old 12-06-2013, 10:32 PM   #15
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I have the Jack installed on my Bambi II. The wiring was new, as we did a total rehab on the wiring, but it works great. No issues with the aluminum. It just looks a bit weird on a 1964 trailer, but I likes me some TV at night!
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:36 PM   #16
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I was going to mention this issue.
Somehow the Jack looks a little out of place on older trailers. Even on my PanAmerica I think it looks odd. I'm thinking of painting it with aluminum spray paint. Somehow I think it looks like an airspeed sensor on a jet!
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:21 PM   #17
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I was going to mention this issue.
Somehow the Jack looks a little out of place on older trailers. Even on my PanAmerica I think it looks odd. I'm thinking of painting it with aluminum spray paint. Somehow I think it looks like an airspeed sensor on a jet!
I thought about spraying it with some aluminum paint, but my DH says the metal in the paint would probably interfere with the signal. Probably straight up grey would be better (not the silver that actually looks like polished aluminum). I might try it next spring.
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Old 12-07-2013, 01:40 PM   #18
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Slight if any RF loss. I have painted other batwings with rustoleum aluminum with null effect.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:11 PM   #19
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Slight if any RF loss. I have painted other batwings with rustoleum aluminum with null effect.
Good to know!!
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:36 AM   #20
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I purchased the OA8200-White, which comes with base, tower, antenna head, Wall Mount Power Injector, SureLock signal meter with enclosure base. With my particular set up, I have tried both the Surelock and the Wall Mount that came with trailer. Both connect directly to the antenna supplying the 12v that is required. I even tried bypassing trailer installed coax by connecting to the Wall Mount, taking the coax out the door and connecting to antenna. I tried both, connecting antenna on roof and running coax out about 20 feet from the trailer with proper connections, to no avail. I am able to get the signal strength, aluminated by 3 or 4 lights, by turning the antenna different directions. In addition I have tried connecting a purchased signal booster, scanning TV channels many times, to no avail.

I am at a lossssssssss. King Controls company, maker of Jack, is checking with their engineering department to see if the aluminum is the problem. I believe I answered that question by installing away from the trailer. If there is a solution or someone proves me wrong, let me know. I have misplaced my WEGA (for the WEGA Sony TV 19") remote control, using a regular Sony remote, and I am questioning if that could be the problem when scanning. Is scanning cable/satellite different than UHF/VHF? darn, I want an antenna that works.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:01 AM   #21
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The crank-up gear has broken on our antennae and we are thinking about switching the whole unit out for a batwing antennae that doesn't need to be cranked up. Any thoughts on this. What brand is the best? How difficult is it to switch out the old antennae for a newer digital kind? Thanks!
This may be just stupid terminology stuff. But I have always thought of a "batwing" as the Winegard Sensar antenna all of which have to be cranked up. the Sensar comes with choice of amplified or unamplified heads. Additionally Winegard makes amplified or unamplified wall plates and other options for switchplates. Winegard also makes a "Wingman" add on which is supposed to better pick up on UHF (or is it VHF?) signals. The higher station numbers anyway. The Sensar/ "Batwing" is also a directional antenna, which Winegard at least told me in the day, does a better job of pulling in signals than a fixed boomerang type. That may have been more true in the old analog day than digital, but I'm not sure.
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:04 PM   #22
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Some good stuff on this post....my latest encounter....Requested to talk with supervisor re problems I having with Jack via phone call. Supervisor called me back, had a very informative chat, and said company would send me a new antenna. He asked me to try antenna on another TV and I said I would do and would advise. Ya see, stepping up another notch to supervisor, and treating customer service reps with respect, works wonders. Will let ya know results.
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Sooooo... you guys getting the HDTV version?
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Yeap, the latest one advertised, OA8200.
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Yeap, the latest one advertised, OA8200.
Sweeeeet! Thanky ya!
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Sooooo... you guys getting the HDTV version?
RF is RF, there's no difference in antennas for a particular RF band between analog and digital (HDTV).
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Yup... so many think there is really such a thing as a digital antenna.
I suppose.good marketing to an unknowing public will sell product!

A coat hanger is a good HDTV antenna!
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RF is RF, there's no difference in antennas for a particular RF band between analog and digital (HDTV).
That is in agreement with the Federal Communications Commission fact sheets:
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If your television received good quality reception on analog channels 2-51 with a broadcast antenna, it should be able to receive digital television (DTV) signals, including high definition television (HDTV) signals, with the same antenna. You do not need to purchase a "DTV antenna" or an “HDTV antenna” to receive DTV or HDTV signals; however, your antenna must be able to receive both VHF and UHF signals
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