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Old 07-30-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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Over the air antenna

I want to replace my 1974 crank-up aluminum finger antenna.
Which over-the-air HD antenna works the best?
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:29 PM   #2
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I want to replace my 1974 crank-up aluminum finger antenna.
Which over-the-air HD antenna works the best?
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Winegard makes some good ones. I've got their RS-2000 model (RoadStar Omnidirectional TV Antennas - Winegard) that came with my Interstate, and have no complaints.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:55 PM   #3
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Our new antenna is a jack fixed-height antenna and works GREAT!!!! So easy to point in the right direction, too-- there's little led lights on the bottom which show you where the signal is strongest. And NO CRANKING! Yay! Here's a link, and it is on sale right now. We bought ours earlier this year.
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...em-white/56484
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I don't know which model Wingard our trailer has, but it works great. It has an extra bit of antenna sticking out on the side in addition to the part on top. The reception is much better than in our previous trailer with just the part on top of the antenna. Thee is also a signal strength amplifier in our trailer, also made by Winegard.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:17 PM   #5
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I put on a black Jack antenna and it works great.
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So I am totally stupid about HD antennas. If you have the antenna and an HD television you can pick up regular stations when camping? And would need a dish and a package to get Cable-like channels?
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:45 PM   #7
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Splinter - the antenna picks up broadcast signals, many in high def but not pay cable channels. You usually get local network stations and PBS and multiple versions of them. Sometimes you only get one channel. We had that once. House marathon. Thankfully we weren't there to watch TV!! :-)

Good to catch local weather though. We caught a tornado warning once just after setting up camp!
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:48 PM   #8
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Don't fall for the HD trick. All TV antennas will receive all the over-the-air signals.

Even the oldest rabbit ear coat hangers will receive "HD" or digital signals.

Radio waves are radio waves, HD or Digital only refers to how the picture is loaded onto the radio wave.

The Wineguard batwings work well.

There are a surprising number of TV channels available over-the-air. Crank up the antenna, place the TV in the AIR mode, and do a channel search. We always find a few.


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So I am totally stupid about HD antennas. If you have the antenna and an HD television you can pick up regular stations when camping? And would need a dish and a package to get Cable-like channels?
Analog broadcast is dead and gone. It's all digital now. HD is a subset of digital; all HD is digital, but not all digital is HD. So, if you want to pick up broadcast television, you need at least a digital antenna. But if you want to view broadcast HD, you really need an HD antenna and an HD television.

If you only have a digital antenna and/or digital television, you may still pick up the HD broadcast channels, but they won't look any better than a regular digital broadcast.

If you want to pick up channels not broadcast wherever you're camping, then you'll need a portable satellite dish, and subscribe to a dish service.

The most broadcast digital/HD channels I've received in one place is 26, right at home in New Orleans. By the way, at the same time, my amplified digital rabbit ears inside my apartment only picked up 22 channels, so for comparison my Winegard in my Interstate is better.

The least digital/HD channels I've picked up while camping is zero, in several places. Fortunately, my flat-screen television has a built-in DVD player, and I always carry a small selection of titles to while away the rainy days, just in case.
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Ok. Thanks much for the explanation. We are getting some work done and getting an HD antenna and had no clue. Hubby wanted one probably to watch Marathons LOL. I know we have been out and felt cut off from the world without weather and catching up on the news once in awhile. Not always a bad thing.😏
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Only the TV makes a difference, not the antenna.

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Ah, our original, old-style "deer antler" antenna on the 67 does just as well as the newer digital antenna that we bought for the TV. And looks a whole lot cooler, too!

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At this time we still have an OLD regular television that we take sometimes on longer trips and take old VHS movies. Kids think we are crazy while they watch their phones and laptops. I guess we will be moving up in the world. Haven't bought an HD TV yet but want one that plays DVD. Thanks everyone!
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We have Winegard's Sensar with Wingman, an amplified, roof-top, crank-up, good for VHF and UHF. You may be interested in this URL RV Antenna - VHF UHF Winegard Sensar Antennas.

All VHF and UHF TV antennas can receive "digital" or "HD" signals. The antenna doesn't know the difference. The TV must be capable of receiving HD.

Being able to position the antenna to maximize the received signal level is very important.
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