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Posted: 02/11/20 08:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our Motorhome has the original amplified Weingard antenna.
Near Kingman we are pulling in Phoenix channels for the most part.
however it does not search and lock on to signals itself.
I read on the net about all the different antennas available, and everyone's is the best. Comparison articles never give clear determination of which is the best. It would make Manufacturers mad.
AAs RV Owners we are not bound by such nonsense.
So.. which offers a motorized search and lock feature for the strongest signals and or 360 degree coverage and longest range...and won't be ripped off by trees not trimmed by counties in the Midwest...and so on?.

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i'm not aware of any OTA antenna that will search for and lock onto OTA signals. but i sure would like to know so i am following.


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The Drive makes recommendations at https://www.thedrive.com/reviews/28243/best-rv-antennas

Lots of untrimmed trees in the South too.


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Wouldn't the TV have to search and find the channel? that is the way mine works.


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I've had the standard Winegard batwing antenna and added their reflector without noticing any difference. Now I'm using a King Jack antenna and can't see that it works any better. Lot's of claims but of them stand out as better according to my experiences.

At my house, I tried a small 18" square antenna right after the change over and was surprised at the signals I got - but there were still A LOT of drop outs only to come right back. I figured if I had a bigger antenna, I get a better signal. I bought an antenna that was 4 times bigger. The sad truth is my TV didn't work a bit better with it than with the smaller one.

I've also tried adding an amplifier without making any appreciable differences.

One second you'll get 80+ on the signal bar and the next "0" - a few seconds later, it's 80+ again only to repeat this over and over.

Best of luck with your search for a good reliable signal!


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Winegard makes the Rayzar Automatic roof mount OTA antenna, but be aware it's not as sensitive as the manually operated Winegard "batwing" amplified Sensar III plus the Wingman add-on or the Sensar IV that includes the Wingman. For even better reception, add the SensarPro inline amplifier that replaces the standard power supply wall plate to both power the rooftop Sensar and enhance the signal with it's own post amplifier. The SensarPro also displays channel signal strengths to make aiming easier. Professional level testing has shown the "batwing" to be the most effective RV OTA antenna currently available.


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I have put the king antenna onto the winegard raising arms. That seemed to work ok. On my past unit the king came with the unit and did not work worth anything. That's a whole story in its self.

I ending up getting this
http://lavaantenna.com/en/product_detail_95.htm

I was really happy with the fact I did not have to turn anything to get channels. Now it did not pull any more or any less channels but it was trouble free.


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I, also am not aware of any OTA antennas which "locks" into a signal, I thought
the TV scans airwaves for a signal based on the position of the antenna.

As a point of reference I've used a Sensar iV, Rayzar Auto and I now have a
King Jack on my TT.

The adjustable Sensar iV seemed to be the best followed closely by the King
Jack with the Rayzar a VERY distant third.


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See Dutch's post above. The Sensar IV (or earlier with the Wingman add-on) is still the best fixed antenna for an RV. While the Winegard dome OTA antenna will find and lock to channels automatically is does not have the gain that the Batwing does. Adding the Sensar Pro allows you to point the antenna before doing a channel scan as it identifies where the strongest signal is in just a matter of seconds.


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.
Can't we all just get along?

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Had the Winegard automatic and it will do a decent job finding local stations. But you still have to fine tune it are annually adjust it depending on location of towers. Even then you will still need to do the scan on you TV. Batwing brings in more from farther away.


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