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Old 06-06-2008, 06:48 PM   #1
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I bought a flat screen TV for my trailer. What kind of antenna set up will work? I have tried 2 and they don't seem to work very well one was a HDTV antenna here are some photos of what I have in and outside the trailer. Really don't want to string a lot of wires and cords inside but wonder if this set up might have worked at one time any ideas would help.
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Old 06-06-2008, 06:58 PM   #2
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Hi Judy,

What a beautiful trailer! Inside and out!

You donít need anything special for HDTV, any functioning TV antenna will work. Both of mine have the old Braund Skyliner crank-ups. Works perfectly for HDTV.

I am not familiar with that external antenna, though. Perhaps a member familiar with it can chime in. I just wanted to tell you that there is nothing special required about the antenna. The antenna doesnít care whether the signal it is getting is analog or digital. It canít tell the difference.

I remember back in the í60s, antenna makers were selling people new antennas for color. Same thing here.
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The old original antenna on our '65 Caravel works just fine for our HDTV. Any antenna that works for UHF channels will work for digital.

However, you must be in an area where digital is being broadcast. Also, it's not like analog where you can pick up a pretty good but fuzzy signal and watch it. For the most part with digital, you get it or you don't.

We have been enjoying ours for a year and a half now.
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I bought a flat screen TV for my trailer. What kind of antenna set up will work? I have tried 2 and they don't seem to work very well one was a HDTV antenna here are some photos of what I have in and outside the trailer. Really don't want to string a lot of wires and cords inside but wonder if this set up might have worked at one time any ideas would help.
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The flat wires that were commonly used in that era will have to be replaced or "converted" to coax using a balun.
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:53 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone you always come through. The forums and everyone has been invaluable to me during my 2 years of redoing my trailer. Did it all with hand tools and was going to rearrange it. But thanks to the forums I labeled and put things back the same way they were designed PERFECT. We will be taking our first trip in 2 weeks. The 79.00 antenna goes back.
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Were you trying to use the antenna you bought inside the trailer? If so, it won't work.
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Old 06-07-2008, 10:55 AM   #7
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Hi Judy,

Once again, Michelle is exactly on point. Converting to coax will be necessary and is so vastly superior to the flatline, pun intended, that I did it to my Trade Wind back in the ’80s. The Excella was that way when I got it last year, though it converted back to flatline at the wall outlet. Easy to fix, just drilled a whole and used a coax connector from a wall plate. The balun and coax are available at the big hardware stores. I think Wal*Mart has them too. Use the old flatline to pull the new coax through.

Definitely get your money back on that “HDTV antenna”! You can use it on your first trip. Keep us posted. How about more pictures of your beautiful Airstream? Your work looks excellent.
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The antenna on our Caravel has an old style antenna at the top which folds for travel. I don't see that on yours.

Why? Where is your antenna? What does it look like?
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The antenna on our Caravel has an old style antenna at the top which folds for travel. I don't see that on yours.

Why? Where is your antenna? What does it look like?
It's there. The older units had the antenna on the curbside front, by the front window. Our '63 had the same antenna as the one pictured.
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It's there. The older units had the antenna on the curbside front, by the front window. Our '63 had the same antenna as the one pictured.
I can see the post, just can't see the antenna. Perhaps it's lost in the trees in the background.
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I just captured the photo. Blew it up, and I see no antenna hidden in the trees.

Sorry folks, all I see is just a post to hold the antenna.
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I just captured the photo. Blew it up, and I see no antenna hidden in the trees.

Sorry folks, all I see is just a post to hold the antenna.
Jim, I think you're right. I saw the base, and assumed the rest of the antenna was as it should be. I think we've found the reason why no signals can be picked up by the antenna, all that's there is the stump of the antenna.
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Jim, I think you're right. I saw the base, and assumed the rest of the antenna was as it should be. I think we've found the reason why no signals can be picked up by the antenna, all that's there is the stump of the antenna.
I have to agree. At first I thought that the antenna was hidden by the trees, till I looked closer.
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:25 AM   #14
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You all are right I only have the post for the ant. It looks as if the inside black compas turns the post. I will save the info you all sent and that will be my project when we return. Have a DVD player so that will have to do this trip. first time ever with a trailer so am sure I will learn a lot along the road. I took out the water tank, furnace, and cook stove, but have added to large plastic water bottles I also have NO gray water tank so no full hooks ups the traler becomes a tent. Have propane stove and lots of led lights. My daughter got a late start making resverations so the only place we have full hook ups is taos. From there this will be a MO long adventure. Nothing is perfect the first time. Thanks everyone
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