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Lwiddis

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Posted: 08/31/19 03:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OTA exclusively for me when camping. I like the local stations.


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PNW_Steve wrote:

Hey Everyone,

In this age of Internet and satellite TV, how many of you still watch OTA? How is coverage/reception of the new digital signal compared to the old analog? Its been that long..... [emoticon]


I use my good old Batwing (Winegard Sensar III) It has been upgraded with a wingman. and with the SENSAR PRO indoor mmodule Major improvement there.. This is the best antenna actually made for RV use.

Now if you are long term parked check out some of the amplifed BIG antennas from companies like Channel master.

But if you move about as I do.. THe Sensar IV (or a II or III with added wingman) and the Senar Pro module are hard to beat.

Need a TV-Guide...www.zap2it.com and click in the listings link.


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My TT has a batwing antenna which I use anytime I go camping. My Class A has a satellite and batwing antenna's and cable hookup but I use the batwing for OTA channels. I don't subscribe to satellite services. Most areas I go I can get anywhere from 15-34 channels that are perfectly clear as if watching cable. The older TV's I had would scan up to about 70 channels but never lock onto any channels so I replaced them with newer flat screens. Many of the channels I get are duplicates. They are just sent OTA from different cities. I'm going to upgrade the Class A batwing to a new style since it only cranks up and down but not able to rotate (broken).

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Posted: 08/31/19 05:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In some testing that was done by a member with the proper equipment some time ago, the Jack was found to be an excellent antenna, however the Winegard Sensar IV was found to be the best,(IN THAT TEST). Especially if the winegard is located in such a way to interfere with the ACs. As you know, the Winegard does take up additional space when stowed.


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Posted: 08/31/19 05:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In the MH we only have the OTA antenna and/or the cable connection for parks that offer it. When you get a good signal, the quality of the picture is far better than analog, you typically have more channels/sub channels to choose from. But just as it was in the analog times, getting a good strong signal can be hit or miss. Storms, trees (with or without their foliage), buildings, wind, a flock of pelicans can temporarily block signals.


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Posted: 08/31/19 06:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We use this BATWING Antenna setup on the side of our off-road POPUP... We pick up many channels... I can't remember not ever picking up something haha... I can reach thru the window flap and hand rotate the antenna... Camping up on SKYLINE DRIVE or the BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY we get a whole bunch of station but a lot are same channels from different towns...

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We use satellite when we can but when we get a treed site we use OTA. The bad part is we've gotten used to watching everything on a DVR so much that we can't stand watching something live.

Other than an expensive TiVO and an Amazon variant I'm not finding a DVR for OTA. There are some $40 devices at Walmart that some mention but mixed reviews. We do have a Roku so we can pick up some network shows...if we can get a wifi/cell signal. We are fulltimers so we watch more TV than weekend campers.

Anyone have a solution for a DVR for OTA?


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The Jack may be cheaper than the Winegard but at it's best it's half the antenna the winegard is (3db less forward gain at the frequency where it's closest in performance to the Winegard) based on independent lab tests done by a forum member.

TV reception is strange.. I was sitting in Davision, MI (East of Flint) the other day and the screen lit up with Channel 17... Transmitter in Gun Lake, Just east of Lake Michigan. about 200 miles as ye old signal flies. Winegard Senasar III with wingman and sensar pro.

Before the band conditions went to **** I routinely got Channel 6 Lansing (Transmitter in Onondaga) But never channel 10 (Same cities)
At the bottom of the band conditions channel 12 (Flint) is iffy.

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Posted: 09/06/19 05:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I searched for digital antenna. Apparently, not everyone squawks at the term.


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Posted: 09/07/19 05:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

EVERYONE "should" squawk at the term digital antenna as there is simply no such thing. However, when you are trying to sell an antenna "digital" is a great marketing word and has been found to successfully sell antennas. A wire coat hanger stuck into the coax port in the back of your antenna will also receive the digital signal being broadcast so I guess your wire coat hangers could legally be sold as a digital antenna.
It's not the antenna that is digital. The signal the antenna receives is digital.


What I post is my 2 cents and nothing more. Please don't read anything into my post that's not there. If you disagree, that's OK.
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