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Old 06-12-2011, 08:33 AM   #15
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Aage, Jack makes the same antenna in a model that attaches to the end of the traditional Wineguard apparatus. That version is a simpler installation solution if you have the real estate to spare on your roof. The one I installed is all plastic and will probably need replacing at some point.

Becky, before you go through the pains of installation, you might at least consider a possible exchange for the other version made by Jack.
The trailer has no antenna at all. I will be installing it when I have the interior skins removed for rewiring, insulating, and all that fun stuff. Thanks for the heads up, though. And Aage, I'll give you a report in a year or two!
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Ok then, I think you will be pleased with the Jack.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:37 PM   #17
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Aage, Jack makes the same antenna in a model that attaches to the end of the traditional Wineguard apparatus. That version is a simpler installation solution if you have the real estate to spare on your roof. The one I installed is all plastic and will probably need replacing at some point.

Becky, before you go through the pains of installation, you might at least consider a possible exchange for the other version made by Jack.
I will check that out, UAP. Thanks!
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It took me four hours ... but I'm slow it took most of my time getting the old unit off.. The only hangups I had was that the existing Wineguard hole was 1.5" and the Jack needed a 2" hole. It was tricky to keep the bit from walking, but I figured it out. Also, the footprint of the Jack is much smaller so I had to be generous with the Tremco.
I picked one up today and am plannning on installing it this weekend. Any tips on getting the old one off? Any special tools required or is it as simple as removing the sheet metal screws on top of trailer and scraping away the sealant?

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Yes, it was fairly simple removing the old one. Remove screws and sealant. You may need a Dremel to knock the rivets off the stand that cradled the old antenna. The only tricky part to the install was increasing the diameter of the existing roof hole that the directional shaft goes through. Good luck!
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I picked one up today ...
Got it (Jack Antenna) on, and have to say the reception performance is very noticeable. I'm now picking up stations I didn't know existed! Added bonus is I get back prime roof real estate which allows me to add another AM Solar panel !
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:33 AM   #21
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Sweet!! Mine's in the box & stashed in the basement along with all the other stuff for the Bambi II redo. Glad to hear it works so well!
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Got it (Jack Antenna) on, and have to say the reception performance is very noticeable. I'm now picking up stations I didn't know existed! Added bonus is I get back prime roof real estate which allows me to add another AM Solar panel !
Congratulations ostream! Glad to hear you completed the project successfully. BTW, an AM Solar panel now resides on my roof where my old antenna once cradled.
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I bought a Jack antenna for my 66 Tradewind and have installed it on a portable flag pole along with the American flag. I carry the flag pole in the back of my truck and just install it when I need it. I tested it last weekend and am very happy with the performance.

What do you folks think. Do you think that I need more space between the flag and the Jack antenna?

It you would like more details take a look at posts 20-22 in the following link:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f116...s-94152-2.html

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Anyone else try an indoor antenna? There's not a whole lot of room inside a Bambi II, so I'm not sure if that's the route to go. It would be easy, though!
Winegard Rayzar. Sticks to a window, weighs ounces. I use one in my apartment as a backup to cable, for storm events when the cable company loses power but my apartment doesn't (which has been at least twice since February). Since it's held on with suction cups, you can easily move it from window to window until you find the best reception. At home (New Orleans metro area) mine pulls in 22 HDTV boardcast stations. My previous digital rabbit ears only pulled in 18 stations.
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Jack 12v in/out power supply

The jack TV antenna comes with a 120v ac in/12v dc out power supply. The power supply is required to operate the antenna. If you are boondocking, you will either need an inverter to plug the power supply into or use a 12v in/out power supply. I had a couple of 12v power supply cords laying around but the 12v pin output was not the correct size for the antenna electronic black box. I went to Radio Shack to see what they had. They have a power supply, but you buy it in two parts- the first part plugs into the 12v "cigarette lighter receptacle". It is about $10. Then you pay about $7 for the pin adaptor that plugs into the antenna electronic black box. I measured the size and it is 3.5 mm, but that does not seem to be used to identify this part. There are about 15 different sizes and you just buy the right one that fits into the hole and works. I just did not like the idea of spending $17 and having to buy 2 different pieces to solve the problem.

I came home and googled Amazon to see what they had. Up popped a 12v power supply for Sirius radio. It was only $5 with free shipping and looked like the correct size. I decided to take a chance on it. Well I ordered it Tuesday and it came in today and it fits and works just fine. So if you want a 12v power supply for your Jack antenna and don't want to mess with an inverter here is the link to order this unit from Amazon:

Amazon.com: SIRIUS Radio 12 volt DC Universal Car Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter: Car Electronics

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Old 05-03-2013, 10:02 PM   #26
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Your application for the Jack is pretty cool, Dan! I went the conventional route and mounted mine to the roof. While I'm not entirely sure I love it up there, it works fantastic. If it bothers me enough in a year or two, I'll have to put it on a flag pole!Click image for larger version

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