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Old 06-27-2010, 01:24 PM   #15
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Umm, I've heard of potable water, but a potable antenna? So you plan to drink your antenna... just kidding!
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:20 PM   #16
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Michael:
You should get out more. Never heard of a "potable antenna?" Amazing.
Carol:
Yes, it is an old one all right, but as it turns out I have started to deal with this issue in the past couple of days. Here is where I am at the moment: I had made a clothes hanger antenna a while ago and tested it, found it to be very good when connected to my basement monitor/TV. Turns out it wasn't needed since I discovered that my son had left a second antenna installed on the roof before he moved out (geek). I considered one of those "boomerang" deals, but the price is pretty high. I have one of the Winegard Sensar antennas on the trailer and have struggled with it to little effect. So I dragged out my 26" double-duty Samsung from my computer setup, plugged it in to the Winegard, got nothing until I turned on the amplifier and rotated the antenna to best effect. Two channels out of many and quite iffy at that. (The location is not so good, with some trees and buildings compromising the signal path.

So, I hooked up the clothes hanger thingy, laid it on the counter, and EVERYTHING came in as clear as a bell. That got my attention. I have decided to remake the antenna, using 1/2" wide anodized aluminum stock instead of the clothes hangers, mount them on 3/8" thick acrylic and fasten them with S.S. machine screws.

The plan is to locate/store the antenna on the inside of the rear gravel guard but to make it so that it can quickly be put on a pole to elevate it and mount it near the opening of the rear window so I can just reach out to rotate it while watching "The Bachelorette" or something. I have already tried the old one in that position and it works very well. When I have made it, mounted it, and tested it I will document it here with prose and pictures for all to see.

It has been one of my fondest dreams to ditch that heavy, ugly, ineffectual, air-flow-resistant Winegard monster. Now that looks doable to me, so the only thing left is to upgrade that Samsung, which is much too small.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:49 PM   #17
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I have been looking at an amplified antenna at Wal-Mart, that I could mount on a pole next to my Scamp??? Of course it needs and electrical connect, not sure I will all ways have electricity or even if an amplilfied antenna is necessary or worth it????
Hi John,
I got a Winegard Sensar and mounted it on a telescoping pole (paint dept. at Home Depot). The pole is about 10 ft. when extended and tucks nicely behind the trailer when traveling. The pole is attached with u-bolts to the spare tire rack. Works good and is simple to deploy. Here are some shots of the install:

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Old 06-28-2010, 07:16 PM   #18
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Check the following site:

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/browse...nas/0000000768
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:23 PM   #19
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LOL I just thought that one of the amazing DIY folks on the list might have come up with a super model using PCV pipe that breaks down to nothing to pack in the trailer.
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:47 PM   #20
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Hi John,
I got a Winegard Sensar and mounted it on a telescoping pole (paint dept. at Home Depot). The pole is about 10 ft. when extended and tucks nicely behind the trailer when traveling. The pole is attached with u-bolts to the spare tire rack. Works good and is simple to deploy. Here are some shots of the install:

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Thanks Per and Ron, my trailer had a Winegard when I got it but never thought I would want to use it so made the hole bigger where it was an installed a new fan there instead. Ron your idea looks like something I could put together. Keep us posted Per on your idea. It sounds intreasting.

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Old 11-11-2012, 09:47 AM   #21
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Do you have to supply power to this antenna or just plug it into the external cable connector?
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:05 AM   #22
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I had good luck with one of these
Winegard HA-0130 Hideaway Antenna : Amazon.com : Automotive
no power needed, has built in amplifier
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:35 AM   #23
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Looks neat - and simple! How do you mount it - just a pole someplace? Is it attached to your trailer?
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:16 PM   #24
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anywhere you want, get some suction handles and attach to side of trailer, install on a 8' piece of plastic 1" pipe cut in 4' sections- works like a charm.
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Do you have a photo? I'm not sure I understand why the 8' pvc pipe is cut into two 4' sections. Having a hard time visualizing - new to this.
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it is easier to carry 2x4' pieces vs 1 8' piece, you then screw them together
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If interested I would sell you mine since I no longer use it. I'd have to check on shipping, probably cheaper at amazon and you buy the pipe local.
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Thanks for the photos - that helps. I was thinking that transport was the reason for the two 4' sections. I can get the antenna on Amazon for $50 with no cost shipping so you are probably right that it would cost less to just buy it new and get the pipe locally. But if you want to sell it for say $25 plus shipping then it would be worth it to us for the convenience of having the setup all done already. We are in NM and in no rush so slow shipping would be fine. Let me know....
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