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Old 03-12-2013, 01:19 AM   #15
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I keep pondering. It seems that if I am close enough to an urban centre to pick up a signal, I am probably at a full service campground with cable. And if I'm in the boondocks, I'm not going to get any signal.
I have a 15" LCD TV and a 7" DVD player that I can connect to the TV. Been dragging them around for two years and maybe watched two movies.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:46 AM   #16
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The MOHU Leaf (indoor) gets great reviews from the vintage trailer crowd been thinking of giving it a try. I noticed that there is also a thin Winegard Rayzar Amplified Portable Indoor HD Antenna as well, dont know anyone who has
I have been thinking of using one of these telescopic masts, i have one ready to use, but not for a TV, for ham radio. You can also get mounts that you drive on top of to stabilize it. I plan to build some custom mounts for it. The higher you can place your antenna, the better, if there are obstructions nearby like trees, tall buildings, etc. even without obstructions, height will improve range and performance.

Regarding "modern" TV antennas, the bigger the better for improving signal gain.

As others have mentioned, antenna amplifiers, which are typically low noise GASFET type devices work really well. Both in combination will out perform smaller boomer and or circular TV antennas which are pretty much useless. Some sort of manual or powered rotator helps point the antenna where the signal is strongest.


A few years ago I read about low profile phased array satellite TV antennas and receivers. I was unable to find out much on these. They were available, now it seems they are not.
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This is what I use for entertainment while traveling--boating, camping, and air travel.

I ripped many DVDs to MP4 files. i store these on my desktop computer and download these to my laptop, iPhone and iPad. A movie will fit in about a gigabyte of space.

My last trip delivering a yacht to Halifax, I watched a few movies on my iPad. I used it while on watch late at night when motoring up Long Island Sound and in my bunk to pass the time crossing the Gulf of Maine--plus I used it to navigate. It is just like a DVD with pause controls and the picture was great. Switch back and forth between movie watching and navigating was easy.

To rip movie into this format, I used a Mac computer running Snow Leopard and an application called Handbrake. Later version of MacOS deliberately break the functionality of Handbrake.

Another idea I have not yet tried was to copy movies onto a TiVo and then move the TiVo into my boat or camper. There are now 4TB hard drives that can be retro fitted into an HD TiVo. Mine is 2 TB's. Still that would hold many seasons of TV shows, mini series, and lots of movies. My idea was to copy a week or two of Turner Classic Movies for a nice selection, and rely on another source for news and weather.
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A few years ago I read about low profile phased array satellite TV antennas and receivers. I was unable to find out much on these. They were available, now it seems they are not.
Although KVH does not seem to market it for marine use, the TracVision A7 phased-array antenna system appears to be currently offered for in-motion vehicular use. I assume that it would have insufficient sensitivity at low look angles, which is likely the reason why it is not offered for Canadian service. It is available for only DirecTV, and also does not support HDTV. Too bad - I have a widebody motorhome which might have enough roof real estate for an effective system, which would be preferable to my current motorized doesn't-work-in-motion dish.

KVH is the only supplier to end consumers of this type of system to my (limited) knowledge.
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This is what I use for entertainment while traveling--boating, camping, and air travel. I ripped many DVDs to MP4 files. i store these on my desktop computer and download these to my laptop, iPhone and iPad. A movie will fit in about a gigabyte of space. .
Found watching movies on the laptop or ipad works great if your own your own. Not so great if more than one party wants to watch - as the devise often needs to be turned to angles that dont work out well for one of the other for clear viewing while maintaining a comfortable sitting position for all parties watching. If you have more than two wanting to watch the problem gets even more interesting. Almost lost a brand new laptop once when a child decided they needed to jump up to get something, sending the laptop flying to the other end of the trailer. The nice part of having a tv and dvd player mounted up & out of the way where all can see, is that if anyone decides to to jump up while its playing they are not likely to damage anything or that no one watching is impacted due to the devise having to be moved so one party can move away which seemed to always happen right at the high point of the movie
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