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Old 04-26-2008, 09:50 PM   #1
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Newbe - T.V. Antenna Help

Hello All,

I have tried to raise the T.V. antenna on the 1970 Sovereign I just purchased several times - no joy.

Today the weather was nice enough, so I thought I'd get out a ladder and take a look at it.

The antenna apears to be all there, but there is an exposed worm gear and spur (round disk, about the size of a silver dollar) that I believe is stripped out. Round gear seems stripped, worm looks plastic and sun faded, but all there.

I guess my first question is why can I see these gears? Should there be a cover that I am perhaps missing, or are these gears exposed to the weather on all antennas?

Next, can I buy a replacement gear, and exterior cover, if necessaary, or is it better to just scrap the antenna? It looks like there is a lot of weight levered on to those gears.

I have tried to read what I can find in this forum, but I really don't quite understand all of the topic, since I am not even sure of the antenna type I have.

Thanks for the Help,
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Old 04-26-2008, 09:54 PM   #2
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Scott, our "clothesline" antenna had exposed gears, a worm and rack. If you pull down on the handle and rotate the crank, the antenna should go up and down, and if you push the handle and rotate the crank, the antenna should rotate.
We scrapped ours because it was slowly disintegrating, and installed a Winegard Batwing antenna. It has worked great since. I found that when we did this, the roof had corroded away, and the only thing keeping the rain out was the base of the antenna.
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Old 04-30-2008, 12:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply,

Ganglin (Gary) has been very helpful. I have since been up on the roof, and The spur shaped gear is indeed stripped of its teeth where the worm gear rides. Gary sent me a link for a vendor that sells the parts I need.

Too bad to hear about your corrosion issue. Thanks for the tip on the wingard "batwing" antenna. The stock antenna looks cool, but if parts are not made any longer, fuctionality, for me will win out every time.

I am all for trying to keep these trailers vintage looking, at least on the outside, but I bought mine to use it, not spend all my free time trying to track down obsolete parts.

Thanks again for the advice,
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Old 04-30-2008, 04:15 PM   #4
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Your right, the "old" tenna's look neat and they do work well as far as

reception goes. The replacement gears are easy to install so go for it.
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