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Old 09-07-2008, 02:05 PM   #15
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Frederick, who makes that TV antenna? It looks really compact for travel. I'm rather interested in getting one if they're not overly expensive.
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Old 09-07-2008, 04:04 PM   #16
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As Ed said, the new digital channels are UHF. If you have the simplest rabbit ears, you may not receive much because this is a VHS amtenna. If you have rabbit ears with a loop or bow-tie wire at the base, you should be okay. And if the base has a dial for fine adjustments, make sure it is on UHF settings. The best solution may be a dedicated UHF antenna like the Phillips Silver Sensor.

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Old 09-07-2008, 08:05 PM   #17
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Frederick, who makes that TV antenna? It looks really compact for travel. I'm rather interested in getting one if they're not overly expensive.
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It is the Winegard Hideaway, model HA-0130
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[b]HA-0130

For motor homes, camper trailers, mobile homes and boats. VHF/UHF/FM travel antenna picks up stations in all directions without rotator. Opens and closes like an umbrella, stores inside weatherproof tube. Includes weatherproof housing with rain cap, 75 ohm cable with connectors, mounting hardware.

Omni-Directional, means antenna will receive signal in all directions. Non-amplified.
I have found that their "Omni-Directional" claim is not entirely accurate; I can get better reception of specific stations by rotating the antenna within the sleeve and re-tuning (new channel search) the TV.

I paid $41.99 +tax for mine at a local RV parts store. (not Camping World)
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:15 PM   #18
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Sounds good. Thanks for the info. (And I'll try to avoid Camping World when I'm ready to buy!)
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:03 PM   #19
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(And I'll try to avoid Camping World when I'm ready to buy!)
I was meaning to say that Camping World does not carry it.
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Old 09-13-2008, 02:41 PM   #20
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Our Casita didn't come with antenna, And I didn't have time to check out the external attenna's before leaving on our first trip. So just threw in a rabbit ear and figured if we wanted to watch Tv, it would work for that trip. Well I plugged it in inside and then my p-brain thought hmmmmm, wonder if it would work better being hooked up outside on the cable/antenna hook up. So I took my little rabbit ear antenna out and hooked it in. Got even more channels........ So for the rest of our trips this summer, we have been hillbilling it. Just a $12. Rabbit ear antenna, nothing more. Even in the remote places we have been, we have picked up several channels. Don't need no fancy antenna. Robin
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On our recent cross-country trip we promised ourselves we'd make the effort to buy newspapers regularly, search for TV stations, etc. in order to not come back to an entirely different world than we started with.

It worked, but the over-the-air TV stations were almost never there for us. At one campground in Susanville, CA there was a line-of-sight view to the hilltop antenna, but no reception. We have an amplified Winegard Sensar monster the previous owner had had the factory install, and I thought it would do the job. When the trailer is stored at home there is some shielding from a giant tree and the neighbor's house, but not enough to be a problem it would seem. Really poor reception, lousy picture if we could even get it, and we are in the middle of a metropolitan area where our digital home TV works just great with a roof-top antenna.

I started to think that there was a problem with the Sensar or its connections, so when our digital converter boxes (one DirectTV brand, another an Apex brand) arrived I decided to run an experiment. I dug out an old rabbit ears antenna which also had a loop on it, placed it haphazardly on the bed, hooked up the converter box, and there it was, about 20 channels clear as a bell, great sound, and plenty of signal strength. Note that the antenna was not moved, and when I moved it around the signal strength did not change very much. Hmmmm......

Suspecting the Winegard I hooked it up, but same thing: super reception where the analog was next to totally useless. Pretty much the same regardless of the antenna orientation. So I lowered the antenna to drive position. Slight decrease in signal strength but reception just fine.

Next thing is to try it out in various camping situations, although it is virtually impossible for it to be worse than it has been on analog, so the prognosis is one of guarded optimism. If the results at home hold true it could be a significant improvement.

Best scenario: ditch the Winegard monster ("look at that little trailer under that monster antenna, Mabel!") and install something like a Boomerang low-profile unit in its place. Lower weight, less complication with no rotator mechanism, better gas mileage, less embarassment, etc. etc. Downside: holes to fill in the fiberglass, patching and painting. Stay "tuned."
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:26 AM   #22
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I purchased a small one from Wienguard, designed for RVs.

the box

It is about the size of a paperback book, weighs nothing, and runs on 9v, as well as with a walwart.

A quick trip to radio hack to by a lighter plug device (DC-DC convertor.. 8 bucks) that converts from 12 to 9v, and the proper plug to use in the 9v receptacle on the box, and I can easily switch from 9v (Preferable, less current draw) or AC with the walwart when available.

It is so light (No AC transformer to deal with) that it is stuck up with velco, and not budging.

I got it at Camping World, and with my coupon from GW, it was an out of pockets expense of 20 bucks, I think. (Can't remember, got it so long ago)
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We've been putting a fringe area antenna on our house and receiving the true "high definition" channels over the air for free. Super Bowl was over the air and the High Def Digital signal almost made some of the faces of the players a bit too real.... Getting ready to go "off the grid" for TV and tell cable to take a hike.

One thing I've found since playing with the new digital signals is that it is all about antenna positioning and moving the antenna just a bit right or left can bring in a whole bunch more. With digital signals, you either get it or you don't, there is no snow.

If you go to this site Compass Headings, if you know the zip code where you are at, it will tell you the compass headings to point your antenna for the stations that are available. Of course, you'll have to remember to pack a compass.
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My RCA DTA800 Digital TV Tuner has a signal strength meter function, with an on-screen bar graph and audible tone. I can turn the Winegard Hideaway, model HA-0130 antenna outside, and listen to the TV audio through the open window. The higher the tone, the stronger the signal.
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:02 PM   #25
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A pic of the antennae that I said I would post. Haven't had the chance to see if it works yet.

We have a Bigfoot, 25' rear queen.
1. We are wondering anyone has any experience receiving a digital signal with the built-in TV antenna, which I understand is up over the fridge someplace.
2. If the built-in is unsatisfactory, are there any issues about mounting an antenna like the one in this picture on a fiberglass body? It seems like there is nothing for the screws to bite into.
3. How is the antenna in the picture fed? Did you run a coax through the wall of the trailer or just pass it through the window?

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Do it yourself HD Antenna.



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Old 02-08-2009, 04:44 PM   #27
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Reading through this thread it should be mentioned that after the changeover date, the older VHF antennas will not get the new UHF digital signals and to get a good signal, you'll have to spring for a new antenna. The upside is that it's easy to make a small effective antenna that will do the trick.
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My rabbit ears at home have the VHF ears plus the UHF loop and all I did was put the converter box between the antenna and TV to make everything work just fine, in fact better than before (More channels and better pictures!).
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