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Old 10-18-2008, 10:56 AM   #1
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TV Digital Converter Installation

Has anyone put in a Digital Converter for their TV system. We need to do one in our Bambi before the Feb. 2009 change to TV broadcasting. Any experience/advice out there?

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Old 10-18-2008, 11:37 AM   #2
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A 2008 Airstream International has the digital antenna. If you have the 19" LCD you are okay, if you have the 15" LCD you will need the converter box.
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:44 AM   #3
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Hi,

What's the digital antenna look like? Any pictures?

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Old 10-18-2008, 11:55 AM   #4
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I have installed the digital converter; everything seems to be ok. I am going to try the free channels, but I am am still considering cable. Good luck in your decision.
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Old 10-18-2008, 12:05 PM   #5
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There is no such thing as a digital antenna. Any amplified VHF/UHF antenna (most stations are broadcasting in the UHF with their digital signals) will work just fine.
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Sorry, I explained it wrong. The Winguard Antenna used in the 2008 models is capable of receiving local channels in razor sharp High Definition without any additional hardware to purchase, when used with the 19" 22" or 23" LCD HD TV's.
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Old 10-18-2008, 02:15 PM   #7
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Sorry, I explained it wrong. The Winguard Antenna used in the 2008 models is capable of receiving local channels in razor sharp High Definition without any additional hardware to purchase, when used with the 19" 22" or 23" LCD HD TV's.
The original folding antenna on our 1965 Caravel picks up local broadcast digital high definition signals that are clear as a bell on our 20" Vizio we got from Costco a year and a half ago.

Any antenna that picks up a UHF signal will work with your digital to analog converter box or with your TV of any size that has a digital tuner. In the past, there were many flat screen TVs sold that were "high definition ready" or "digital ready". Those TVs do not have a digital tuner, only an analog tuner. They need a digital tuner added to get digital/high definition, or a digital to analog converter box to continue to work over the air.
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Old 10-18-2008, 02:28 PM   #8
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A funny/not so funny story

A friend of ours had a nice Country Coach motorhome he bought new five or six years ago. "Joe", I will call him, is a nice guy and very handy with his hands. He is a reasonable man and puts one word after another and forms complete sentences. However, he is very stubborn, especially when it comes to being wrong.

Well, last January at Quartzsite, Joe was talked into a device to add to the folding TV antenna on the roof of his coach that is supposed to enhance the digital signal to his TV. Joe is convinced that his analog TV is now capable of using the digital signal over the air when the analog signal goes away next February.


Many people do not realize that the digital/high definition broadcasts over the air have been going on for some time now. The only change will be that the analog will stop.

Wouldn't you just love to be a fly on the wall of Joe's Country Coach next February, on the day when there is no more analog signal? I sure would.
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Any antenna, including the fillings in your teeth, will pick up a digital signal. There is no reason to change any currently working antenna. In fact many will find that the old dipole antenna on the roof at home, with a converter, will bring in a much better signal than cable or satellite and cancel their local station subscriptions.

The problem is that any TV that does not have a digital ready tuner, and most do not, will require a converter.

I have set my trailer up for the following signals, analog off the roof antenna, digital off the roof antenna, campground cable, and satellite. The picture below shows the wiring.
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Sorry, I explained it wrong. The Winguard Antenna used in the 2008 models is capable of receiving local channels in razor sharp High Definition without any additional hardware to purchase, when used with the 19" 22" or 23" LCD HD TV's.
Much better. This, I agree with.

My old Braund Skyliner works perfectly with my Mitsubshi 1080P HDTV. Makes DVDs look bad.
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One thing that some may not know

One thing that some may not know........

The following applies to over the air, not cable or satellite.

Digital channel numbers are different from analog channel numbers.

For instance, in the Los Angeles area,

2 is analog, 2-1 is same programming,,digital
4 is analog, 4-1 is same programming, digital
4-2 is weather
4-4 is News Raw

You may get more digital channels than analog.

Not all digital is high definition.

Most will broadcast their High Definition (720p or 1080i on their -1 digital channel, some will also broadcast the same program in standard, 480 definition on their -2 channel.

If you are not receiving the -1, or -2 signal, you are still watching an analog signal, not a digital signal.

Some digital is in the newer, wide screen 16x9 format. Some digital is broadcast in the old 4x3 screen format. On occasion, you will see digital, high definition, in the old 4x3 format, but not so much anymore. Most high definition is now 16x9 wide screen.

Hope this helps some.
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Digital Converter box.

Hi, I just got my first digital converter box for my home TV. Mine has analog pass through. It works great so far, but with my antenna in the direction it has been in for a long time, It tells me I need to adjust my antenna to receive a few stations that I had no problem receiving before. My question is: When I put my next converter box in my trailer, will I have to set it on "pass through" mode to get my best TV signal, then do a channel scan to fine tune the best antenna direction, and finally switch it to digital mode and reprogram the whole thing again? Or, will a satellite TV signal finder work in my trailer to find the best direction for my antenna?
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DTV Interference from Fantasic Fan?

We installed a DVTPal+ analog-to-digital converter on 06 19' Bambi's Sony TV. We went to the Sony website and found that our particular TV was not DTV ready...so we got the converter. (It's a "pass-through" box, so we can still get analog signals when we want.) The digital reception is great and the picture is beautiful. However, when we turn on the Fantastic Fan, it causes interference that disrupts the digital image... Anyone know if there's an interference filter we can get add to stop the interference and where it should be placed?
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May have been a little premature with our last post about interference from the Fantastic Fan...we now believe it was because we had a weak digital signal at the park where we were...when we re-scanned at home in the city, we not only got a lot more channels, but they all look great while the Fantastic Fan running... Glad it's not a big issue.
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