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Old 04-01-2015, 02:03 PM   #29
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:06 PM   #30
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In some locations I have doubled the number of stations I can receive after I swapped to the King Jack.
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Old 04-01-2015, 07:54 PM   #31
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Has anyone tried the new Winegard Rayzar yet?

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Old 04-01-2015, 08:17 PM   #32
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Not sure what happened to the post. Should of posted a photo showing the antenna in the up position. Now I can not find it in my photo library. Also the recepeption is very good not terrible as my title came up.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:44 PM   #33
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For those confused, there are two models of the King Jack. One is the mast head which can be attached to the existing Winegard lift mechanism. It rotates using the same interior dial. The second model (8200) is a stationary exterior unit which requires the roof penetration to be enlarged to 2". The King Jack post extends through the roof and gets attached to a new knob in the new ceiling box which also houses the signal detector. You turn the knob and watch the signal strength bars illuminate to find the best direction. Once done, you then program your tv as before.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:14 PM   #34
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Sorry, phone has a mind of its own!!!!

I've placed 3 Jacks on new Airstreams. The existing hole for the flying saucer antenna needs to be enlarged to 2" and continued thru to the inner skin. No big deal really.




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Old 04-01-2015, 09:26 PM   #35
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My plans, after reading up on the King Jack antenna are to install it myself. Having done multiple other mods to the Serenity, I see no issue with this one.

As to the suggestion about pointing the antenna properly, the one supplied with the 2015 Airstreams has no adjustment being "omnidirectional " or as the saying goes, "a jack of all trades, master of none". And this is with the booster on. Booster off = nothing on my set.


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If you decide to update, please document your installation procedure , either with video or pictures. I know I would be interested in seeing how it goes and I am sure there are others.
My one concern was how well this was going to work now that there is a larger compartment in the roof for the ducted air.
So far I haven't had much trouble with the omni-directional antenna as it seems to be pulling in a lot stations in the areas that I have camped.
One thing for sure, a message to the original poster, " Do make sure to turn on the booster behind the main TV, it makes a big difference".
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Has anyone tried the new Winegard Rayzar yet?
Hey, that looks great! It sounds like this might eliminate the need to cut a hole through to the interior of the new 2015s.

Thanks for the info. Now we just need to find out if it works well.
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:01 PM   #37
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King Jack Antenna Installation

This will be completed within the month, hopefully. But, as one of those who purchased a 2015 Airstream long before the Classic was even announced, I am busy trying to catch up on interior mods so i have more "Classic" features, specifically window valences ....... so, these are first, the antenna second.

I will do some photos of the install once I begin. I think as Lew has suggested it is fairly straight forward, as long as one understands how to use a hole saw on aluminum....very carefully.
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I really appreciate all of the information about the King Jack but it really didn't answer my original question. Does anyone make a portable type of antenna that can be attached to the satellite connection on the outside of the Airstream? I watch very little television but would like to have it when needed. I have no desire to have a hole cut in top of my Airstream.
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This will be completed within the month, hopefully. But, as one of those who purchased a 2015 Airstream long before the Classic was even announced, I am busy trying to catch up on interior mods so i have more "Classic" features, specifically window valences ....... so, these are first, the antenna second.

I will do some photos of the install once I begin. I think as Lew has suggested it is fairly straight forward, as long as one understands how to use a hole saw on aluminum....very carefully.
You might look into that Winegard Rayzar automatic antenna. It looks to have better reception specs than the King Jack antenna and it would not require a hole into the interior. The antenna is contained in a small dome and electronically rotates and finds the best orientations for signal reception.
Looks like a simple install. In fact, if 3m VHB tape was used, I doubt that any holes would need to be drilled or sealed.
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I really appreciate all of the information about the King Jack but it really didn't answer my original question. Does anyone make a portable type of antenna that can be attached to the satellite connection on the outside of the Airstream? I watch very little television but would like to have it when needed. I have no desire to have a hole cut in top of my Airstream.
I don't think you could use the satellite connection because it routes to the Blu-ray player compartment, with the idea that you will use a satellite receiver there and then connect to the tv's via HDMI cables.

You also would not have a power amplifier on the line. If you connected to the cable input, it might work but again you would not have a signal amplifier on that line.

There are numerous antennas you could hook up via coax on the outside but I am just not sure it would work with those inputs.

When you were getting poor reception with the omni-directional antenna, did you have the signal amplifier turned on? It makes a huge difference. The button to turn it on is behind the main tv, right next to the cable connection, it has a green led lit when it is on.
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Old 04-02-2015, 05:42 AM   #41
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When I bought my King Jack I chose a black one because I think it looks better on aluminum. I wish they had an aluminum colored one though.
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Can you explain your method for properly enlarging the existing hole in the interior ceiling? Thank you.
2" hole saw with the pilot drill just slightly behind the existing coax hole..........
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