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Old 11-19-2007, 02:15 AM   #1
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Antenna help

The gear drive that raises my TV antenna on my 74 Tradewind got broken and now my antenna will not raise. I am looking to update my antenna for HD. Does anyone here have any suggestions for a good replacement? Also, how difficult would replacing the entire antenna assembly be? The one I had had gotten incredibly difficult to crank up and I guess that is how it got broken. I jsut really think I need to update from 33 year old technology. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:22 AM   #2
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You can still buy parts for your old antenna if you want to keep it. We have a similar problem, have the parts but haven't dove into taking the antenna off the trailer to repair it. This link is similar to the parts we needed - not sure if you need a different kit....

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Old 11-19-2007, 06:32 AM   #3
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That looks like my part, but I think I want to upgrade the whole assembly to a new amplified antenna. How involved would it be to change that out?
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Old 11-19-2007, 07:18 AM   #4
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Get a bat wing type.
The amp is down at base plate and needs 12v.
Only a coax cable runs to roof.
Check for corroded<sp tip, if needed trim cable back and remake end.

Hole size could be different, but easy to make up a spacer plate.
Seal it all up, pop rivits too.

DO NOT get the omni type
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Old 11-19-2007, 08:04 AM   #5
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You do not need a special antenna for HD. Amplifiers can help sometimes but can also introduce noise. If you gota have one, get one that can be switched off.
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Old 11-19-2007, 08:31 AM   #6
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We put new cable-type ends on our original antenna & it works great with our HD flatscreen. I had a '76 before our '86 where the antenna gear stripped. I got new gears from South Jersey RV & replaced them (not too difficult) and she went up & down fine after that. The '86 has the same antenna as the '76.
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Old 11-19-2007, 08:56 AM   #7
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DO NOT get the omni type
What is the "omni" type? I would like to get a batwing as it seems that most of the people I have talked to have had good luck with those. Aren't they the ones made by Winegard? I want to make sure I get the best i can get. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-19-2007, 10:45 AM   #8
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You current antenna will work for HD. Maybe not as well as a new one but it will work. If you get a new one get the Winegard Batwing.
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