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Old 04-27-2011, 04:58 AM   #1
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TV reception?

I noticed a thread regarding a roof mount TV antenna and I'm curious... how well do they work? I've had satellite dishes and cable at home and I assumed very few channels are broadcast across the 'airwaves' that can be picked up by an antenna. I tend to boondock in remote areas and never considered taking a small TV along. I'm not sure that will change but as a matter of interest I'm curious.
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:01 AM   #2
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Hi: Barrie Bochoff...All chanels whether analogue or digital can be received on a roof mount antenna. The usual line of sight range is maxed at about 60km from the broadcast source. We can pull in around 5 clear chanels in a U.S. urban area with the power amp turned on. If we're camping in a Can. Prov. Pk. in the boonies...sometimes none!!! Digital signals are less forgiving than analogue so their range is less and you either get'em or ya don't.
Our Toshiba 19" flat screen has a built in CD player to watch a movie...Like The Kings Speech (Next trip), if we have shore power, otherwise it's cards or something.
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:17 AM   #3
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Thanks Alf. I live in New Brunswick and I spend a lot of time around the coast and in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In most cases I would be nowhere close to 60km from a broadcast source although there may be repeater stations that could be that close. I have a huge collection of movies on a portable hard drive I can watch on my laptop and as long as I have battery power I guess that's what I'll take.
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I'm wondering if more and more people are not familiar with antennas. We've never had cable or dish but we pull in 22 stations in the house with an outside antenna and a couple more in the trailer outside with the amplifier turned on. Betwen that and dvd's, redbox and free movies on the internet, we spend our money elsewhere.
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That doesn't sound like a bad idea. I spend a small fortune each month on cable and can never find much worth watching anyway.
Worth a thought.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:58 PM   #6
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Barrie,

We take a 15" TV along with a satellite Dish. I'm sure in a relatively few years this will be obseleted by wireless Internet, particularly 4G. With that I believe most TV will appear on the Internet. That along with Netflix should make Sat TV redundant with wireless Internet.

At this point we have both 3G wireless Internet and Sta TV along with two laptops. One of our laptops is a net book and the other has a screen at least the size of the TV. I suppose that in a couple of years the TV and the Dish will go together.

Since we're gone so long, wireless Internet is almost mandatory. We use it for keeping and touch, as a newspaper, banking and shopping.

We use Verizon and understand they will have 4G national coverage in 2012.

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Crackle - Watch Free Movies Online
Crackle is good too and it's free. Has an app if you want also. Has a whole bunch of full length movies.
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I'm wondering if more and more people are not familiar with antennas. We've never had cable or dish but we pull in 22 stations in the house with an outside antenna and a couple more in the trailer outside with the amplifier turned on. Betwen that and dvd's, redbox and free movies on the internet, we spend our money elsewhere.
Oh come on, I grew up in southern In. and you can't even get channel 3 in Salem, In.
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I count 25. Most are in the Knobs but a few are in Shepardsville and down that way. Punch in 40218 in Antenna web. I have Sony Bravia with outdoor antenna.
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I have an old set-top antenna that used to plug into the back of an old T/V (two adjustable rods that can be pulled out and raised/lowered). I set it up on a PVC pole and do get pretty good reception as long as I aim it the right direction and the stations are "receivable" per this website;
The Digital TV Transition: Reception Maps
I usually go to that website before each camping trip to see what direction the stations are so I know which way to point it since it''s directional. It doesn't even have a booster!

At home, I finally cancelled satellite since I pick up 26 channels on my directional antenna inside the attic (from 30 miles away) and also have a ROKU to pull TV and movies off the internet. Crackle is free and does have some good movies. I haven't subscribed to any of the fee services though and haven't reached the free limits on Pandora radio yet.
Don't miss the satellite at all.

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The 2011 Casita I ordered has the "entertainment pkg." This includes a TV antenna that is built into the body of the trailer. I don't know more than that. I haven't picked up my trailer yet so I don't know how well it works.

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That doesn't sound like a bad idea. I spend a small fortune each month on cable and can never find much worth watching anyway.
Worth a thought.
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The answer is quite simple. Leave the TV at home and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. It's much more entertaining then anything on television.
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:48 AM   #14
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The answer is quite simple. Leave the TV at home and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. It's much more entertaining then anything on television.
Of course Byron you're right. I don't have a TV in my egg. I don't even have a radio. I have never even used a serviced site in a camp ground; always off the grid. But... interesting to think about it.
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