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Old 10-09-2016, 03:23 PM   #1
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TV reception - finally!

After 8 years I finally threw on a king jack hd antenna. Wow! I finally get reception and a clear / strong signal! What a difference! Took less than 10 minutes to swap - plug and play.

Bye bye batwing - into the recycling bin you go!

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Old 10-09-2016, 03:38 PM   #2
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I did the same thing with my 2016 Signature. Swapped the P.O.S. Winegard Roadstar Antenna for a Rayzar Automatic. No more TV interference and much more channels -- LIFE IS GOOD!
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Old 10-09-2016, 04:55 PM   #3
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I did the same thing with my 2016 Signature. Swapped the P.O.S. Winegard Roadstar Antenna for a Rayzar Automatic. No more TV interference and much more channels -- LIFE IS GOOD!
Was your original antenna the saucer looking one? What model did you replace it with? How easy was the swap?

Sorry for the high jack and thanks for the info wolfraat!
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Old 10-10-2016, 01:02 PM   #4
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After 8 years I finally threw on a king jack hd antenna. Wow! I finally get reception and a clear / strong signal! What a difference! Took less than 10 minutes to swap - plug and play.

Bye bye batwing - into the recycling bin you go!

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After twenty seven years I replaced the coax on the batwing. Rotate as needed, otherwise.

Why go to a more inefficient design (would be the rhetorical question)? Physics matters.

The old saying about omnidirectional antennas is that reception is poor in all directions.

Wineguard Sensar would be the only new antenna I'd consider.

An omni antenna is for a mount location with restrictions. Otherwise, the higher the better, and with exposed elements for sensitivity.





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Old 10-10-2016, 02:46 PM   #5
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After 8 years I finally threw on a king jack hd antenna. Wow! I finally get reception and a clear / strong signal! What a difference! Took less than 10 minutes to swap - plug and play.

Bye bye batwing - into the recycling bin you go!

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Are you kidding about replacing the batwing antenna? What are we gonna do for the first hour now, after setting up the trailer? I used to reserve that for cranking and redirecting the batwing "finding the right signal direction and antenna height!", while using the "auto-air" feature in the remote to locate a signal...then try again, and again...till I could get more than 2, fuzzy channels!

Seriously, been thinking about changing this one out also...sounds like an easy upgrade; was it expensive?
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NorCal Matt: Yes it was the Saucer-looking one. Go to: www.winegard.com. Search for the Rayzar Automatic. The install was piece of cake. I took off the old one. The coax cable comes up through the hole. The new unit connection is on the back, but, since I was trying to position away from the AC unit, I installed it backwards (after conferring with a Winegard technical guy). I DID NOT drill holes in the roof. I used 3M VHB tape under the feet. Then, used Sikaflex 221 over the feet. The unit only weighs 4.5 pounds.
Inside, I took off the old winegard plate. Just follow the directions to re-connect the 3 coax cables (Antenna In, Cable, 3rd to other TV), and the TV wire to front of plate. The brown/white wires slide onto the circuit board connectors. Even the new plate (its thicker) attached to the wall using the original screw holes. I'll see if I can attach some pix here.

The important thing is CLEARANCE from obstructions. You can see in the picture I installed closer to the Fantastic Fan and further away from the AC unit.
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Vintage Looking HD Antenna

I am looking for a vintage looking HD Antenna. Has anyone came up with a good alternative, or should I just keep the TV out of the 48 & the 54?

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Seriously, been thinking about changing this one out also...sounds like an easy upgrade; was it expensive?
It was about $50. Now my $200 TV works :0)
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NorCal Matt: Yes it was the Saucer-looking one. Go to: www.winegard.com. Search for the Rayzar Automatic. The install was piece of cake. I took off the old one. The coax cable comes up through the hole. The new unit connection is on the back, but, since I was trying to position away from the AC unit, I installed it backwards (after conferring with a Winegard technical guy). I DID NOT drill holes in the roof. I used 3M VHB tape under the feet. Then, used Sikaflex 221 over the feet. The unit only weighs 4.5 pounds.
Inside, I took off the old winegard plate. Just follow the directions to re-connect the 3 coax cables (Antenna In, Cable, 3rd to other TV), and the TV wire to front of plate. The brown/white wires slide onto the circuit board connectors. Even the new plate (its thicker) attached to the wall using the original screw holes. I'll see if I can attach some pix here.

The important thing is CLEARANCE from obstructions. You can see in the picture I installed closer to the Fantastic Fan and further away from the AC unit.
Thanks for the information!
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Old 10-12-2016, 01:29 AM   #10
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I just use a home antenna. 100 mile range and it is a digital unit
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