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Rich&Mar

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Posted: 12/27/19 07:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone just removed their antenna? These things have always had the potential to leak. I now have a small leak coming down on the crank inside. Do we even need these things anymore? I ask because I am not up on all this new stuff and am thinking of just removing the whole thing and patching the hole. Do they have new gadgets out where you don't need the old crank ups anymore? I'm not talking satellites,something else. TV is not very important to us, but would like to catch the news or a program or two. What can we do to get some reception without the crank up? Behind times.


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You likely need to lubricate the o-ring on the shaft above handle to stop leak. Yes, you could remove and fill/cover hole with eternabond or similar. You could fasten a jack antenna on a pole to your ladder, and connect lead to cable in hookup.

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Posted: 12/27/19 07:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

An indoor antenna in some situations may give similar performance when compared to an outdoor antenna but it won’t always do so. Height eliminates obstructions including those in the RV.


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Posted: 12/27/19 07:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Winegard says to lube it twice a year so the seal doesn't dry out. I would think that would be easier then taking it off and covering the hole.





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Yes, a number of local TV stations are available to watch online but you need a good internet connection. 5G may solve this. We’ll see in a few years.

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Rich&Mar wrote:

Has anyone just removed their antenna? These things have always had the potential to leak. I now have a small leak coming down on the crank inside. Do we even need these things anymore? I ask because I am not up on all this new stuff and am thinking of just removing the whole thing and patching the hole. Do they have new gadgets out where you don't need the old crank ups anymore? I'm not talking satellites,something else. TV is not very important to us, but would like to catch the news or a program or two. What can we do to get some reception without the crank up? Behind times.


The times have not changed, you need an antenna to receive TV over the air, just like you did in 1950.

Winegard antennas need maintenance as stated above, but don't expect lube to fix a leak from a neglected seal. Get new seals, check or replace the cable boot, lube as per owners manual and check caulking.





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I never lubed my Winegard in the 16 years I owned my prior TT.. Didn't even know it had an O ring? Never leaked a drop and I used it a lot and it got rained on a lot..

The new TT has one of those 'new' style of antenna where it's just the little round thing, but it turns. Guess I'll dig out the manual for it and see what it says!

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Posted: 12/28/19 10:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lubricate it and probably wil stop the leak. If not, replace the O-ring.


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Yes, I threw mine away when I re-sealed the roof. I removed it, screwed down a tin patch, covered with eternabond and recoated the roof with Henry's Trop i Cool.
This is also what I did with the roof top luggage rack years back. I use one of the indoor antenas you can buy at a discount store which works well with local channels. I also am not concerned with getting good TV reception!
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If you get rid of it you will lose all over the air digital channels. In bigger centres that can be 100’s of channels.

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