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Old 07-23-2008, 12:12 AM   #1
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The TV antenna in our 1989 Excella has not been used, that is the switch has not been turned so the light is on. When connected to a RV site site that has cable, I don't notice any difference from what I get at home, except for the digital. Do I need the amp?
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:52 AM   #2
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The TV antenna in our 1989 Excella has not been used, that is the switch has not been turned so the light is on. When connected to a RV site site that has cable, I don't notice any difference from what I get at home, except for the digital. Do I need the amp?
You don't really need the amp, it is for boosting weak signals. generally, "on" is for watching tv off the air, and "off" is for watching cable.
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In other words, near a metro area you probably won't need the amplifier for the antenna; or, for some marginal stations, judicious antenna rotation and experimenting with the amp either on or off will sort out some weak signals. Away from metro areas it "may" allow some stations to come in.
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At home, we use an amplified antenna for the digital signal. Seems that digital does not get weak and fuzzy like analog. We either have it or we don't. There are some buildings in the way and the amplified antenna gets more digital station signals than without.

I would give it a try in your Airstream. Sure won't hurt. We don't have an amplified antenna in our Caravel.
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I don't know if its the same type or not, by my "amplifier" also acts as an "a/b" switch. It doesn't just "amplify" the signal; it actually "connects" the signal to the coax port going to the tv. If its not turned "on", you get "nothing" on the tv. no signal. Being in the "off" position, it connects the coax port to the external cable tv connector.

There are 2 "inputs", and one "output". one of the inputs comes from the antenna; the other, from the external cable tv hookup. In the "off" position, the source is from the cable hookup; in the "on" position, its from the antenna...and that is "amplified". You can't choose to use the antenna, without amplification.
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Mine works the same as Chucks. I have a another feed from the back of the coach, near the water and sewer for cable. I feed a cable back behind the fridge for my DirecTV sat dish.
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