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Old 05-08-2019, 12:56 PM   #1
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Almost ashamed to ask > Antenna?

I've been so focused on getting my cable/matrix and AS connect running that I realized that there is an additional antenna on the roof. I saw it during the build on the factory tour and thought.......cool!

My first thoughts are that it goes to the white panel with the booster switch....but my question is.......if so....why? If not, then why?

Aren't all TV signals OTA now digital and require decoding boxes to receive them?

Maybe I missed something, can someone lay it out what the purpose of the attached antenna is used for? And how to access it?

And yes, I am hanging my head in shame just for asking...
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Yep, solid state tv antenna. Yes, the signals have been digital for a long time and I bet the tv's in a 2019 are decidedly digital. Free HD tv!
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:43 PM   #3
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So where does it route too....the booster panel?
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:29 PM   #4
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So where does it route too....the booster panel?
Yes.
BTW, there is no such thing as a digital antenna. It's marketing. Antennas are antennas, they are tuned to certain frequencies (or a range) and spit it out at the other end.

You have an antenna booster between the antenna and TV. If using the "cable" input on the side, turn the booster off. (I had to learn)
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Aren't all TV signals OTA now digital and require decoding boxes to receive them?

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It's been years since any TVs were made without digital tuners built-in. The decoding boxes were a stopgap measure for older televisions. Analog broadcasts officially ceased in 2009.


Of course, if you still have an old Cathode Ray tube (CRT) television, you could still use a decoding box, if you could find one.


Many stations use the additional channels available to put up channels with alternate content that you don't get on satellite systems. Often they show older shows available inexpensively to the broadcasters. They don't require the latest HD equipment since they were made for analog, allowing broadcasters to gather some revenue from out of date equipment (low resolution "HD" equipment). For example, MeTV here in Little Rock broadcasts on channels 18.8 and 49. At 10:00pm, Carol Burnett highlights are on for 30 minutes, followed by Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, and two Alfred Hitchcock episodes.


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Why be ashamed to ask? No one is born knowing intrinsically all things RV antennae

I believe the power button just amplifies the antenna’s ability to receive OTA signals which I believe are broadcast over the old UHF band.

Use the power switch for the antenna when you want to use OTA channels. Shut the power to the antenna off when using cable because it makes the tv “snowy”.

Decoders are, I believe, built in to modern TVs.

Hope that helps. Never be ashamed to ask!
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Your picture is very interesting to me. I have a 2007 and bought the antenna you show mounted to replace my older batwing antenna. Except that using the antenna you show is 1 1/2 inches below the same AC unit you have so I can't mount mine to get the rotation clearance needed.

So my question is: Does Airstream have a block they are mounting under you antenna to get the AC clearance?
I know I can buy (I have it) the after market to fit on the batwing bracket..but it does not sit well in the existing cradle and all. So I am trying to make life easier/lazier for me..... Plus I like the integrated signal scan feature.

Anyone with insight into this dilemma would be a savior!!
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Why be ashamed to ask? No one is born knowing intrinsically all things RV antennae

I believe the power button just amplifies the antenna’s ability to receive OTA signals which I believe are broadcast over the old UHF band.

Use the power switch for the antenna when you want to use OTA channels. Shut the power to the antenna off when using cable because it makes the tv “snowy”.

Decoders are, I believe, built in to modern TVs.

Hope that helps. Never be ashamed to ask!
Well I typically have a very wide understanding of most things Electrical/Electronic being in audio/automotive/semiconductor for decades.

The Airstream and the way things are "done" are a new animal (to me) and for the most part have most of it locked down (generator, inverters, etc.).

Thing is, I've had cable/satellite for all of my life and haven't done OTA stuff and quite frankly haven't even looked at it since the digital box rollout (and I still have like 3 of them in cobwebs...LOL) when analog TV went away....so when I realized the antenna.....I was like.....HMM.....

I am aware that most LCD TVs have digital signal decoding tuners, but my experience with Cox has told me and showed me even with the Airstream that cable box is required to decode even the standard channels......so that lead me to.....what is the is antenna for then??...(so a bit embarrassing for not knowing..IMO).... LOL.

I guess now it makes sense that the TV IS the OTA box, to use with the antenna, with the booster on to received the now "digital" channels that are OTA.

It's coming together......
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I am aware that most LCD TVs have digital signal decoding tuners, but my experience with Cox has told me and showed me even with the Airstream that cable box is required to decode even the standard channels......

Cox, as in Cox Cable? In my area it is now Xfinity and I have one of those love/hate relationships with them. Our home is cabled and many years ago I could turn on the tv and get the basic channels. If you wanted more you had to purchase their service box. As time moved on, Cox decided they didn't want anyone to get anything free so they made the box a requirement.
Receiving "over the air" signals has nothing to do with Cox, Xfinity or any other cable service provider. You simply run the antenna up, turn on the tv and you will get local channels. I have the old version batwing antenna hooked up to a newer Samsung tv and the image I get parked in front of my house is every bit as good as the one I get inside via the cable.


You should be good to go with your newer tv. My only question is what kind of reception you will get from that antenna that sits below your AC. I have also heard, rumors perhaps, that the new omnidirectional antennas are not as efficient as some of the older ones.
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Receiving "over the air" signals has nothing to do with Cox, Xfinity or any other cable service provider. You simply run the antenna up, turn on the tv and you will get local channels. I have the old version batwing antenna hooked up to a newer Samsung tv and the image I get parked in front of my house is every bit as good as the one I get inside via the cable.


In my case, the Xfinity cable box limited the output to 720p. OTA is in 1080p so my air antenna channels look better than what I was getting through cable. We added a Roku and all that comes in at 1080p as well. Much better experience - lower cost - but still stuck w/Xfinity for the Internet access.....I hate cable
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Why be ashamed to ask? No one is born knowing intrinsically all things RV antennae

I believe the power button just amplifies the antenna’s ability to receive OTA signals which I believe are broadcast over the old UHF band.

Use the power switch for the antenna when you want to use OTA channels. Shut the power to the antenna off when using cable because it makes the tv “snowy”.

Decoders are, I believe, built in to modern TVs.

Hope that helps. Never be ashamed to ask!
I concur
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As of January 1, 2019 tv signals are no longer scrambled by new federal law. With a good antennae you should be able to get many channels and if you add to that a streaming device like Roku. You can get just about anything you might want if you have a wi-fi signal.
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