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Old 12-25-2010, 08:40 AM   #15
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Right now on CasitaForum, there is a thread going on mounting an exterior mast for an Anemometer which is used for determining wind speed. The OP is looking for suggestions on a non-permanent mast but something that can be deployed as needed. Those that are looking for solutions for TV antennas, may find the info of interest: Need to make a 1 1/8" mast. Because it's in General Chat and not a protected forum, I believe guests can read the text and view the pictures.
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Old 12-25-2010, 10:51 AM   #16
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This is what I got when I tried your link.

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Right now on CasitaForum, there is a thread going on mounting an exterior mast for an Anemometer which is used for determining wind speed. The OP is looking for suggestions on a non-permanent mast but something that can be deployed as needed. Those that are looking for solutions for TV antennas, may find the info of interest: Need to make a 1 1/8" mast. Because it's in General Chat and not a protected forum, I believe guests can read the text and view the pictures.
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:01 AM   #17
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Well dang, I just logged out of CasitaForum and General Chat is a protected forum, only the Rallies and Classifieds aren't protected.

Sorry group, you'll need to be a member of CasitaForum to view/read. But it's easy to join, if you care too.
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:28 AM   #18
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Good Lord...

Doug,
I think you just helped me narrow down my options. Why would I want stuff that is so difficult to purchase and set up? I think I'll stick with my BOOK and a set of Mexican Dominoes! That should do it for the TOY DEPT.
After all, I do love camping...walking, talking, meeting new people, seeing new Thrift Shops, new Farmer's Markets, etc. If I get all of the toys, I'll never get another Compact II guitar concert out of Stephen (and it's always FRONT ROW seats...anything in my TINY retro girl is front row, if not, on- the-lap-seats!).
On another subject...are you and Sandy planning on joining the ESCAPE camp meet that first week of June? I'm thinking of signing up for that one rather than the Glass Egg meet in May...the campsite and nearyby town has to be better than that of the Nor West's NEW SPOT...at least what I've heard from others. I miss going to Ft. Langley. That was such a sweet little site on the river and such a wonderful walk all over the town as well as a multitude of garage sales, with new and improved Canadian goodies for me to take back across the border and stuff into my already stuffed house!!!
Let me know and I'll sign up this week! I would love to get together with you guys, again.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:55 AM   #19
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:53 PM   #20
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Have you ever tried Hulu.com, has tons of complete tv shows for free (sitcoms, reality tv, just about anything on networks) and movies too, it is a really great website.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:17 AM   #21
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Have you ever tried Hulu.com, has tons of complete tv shows for free (sitcoms, reality tv, just about anything on networks) and movies too, it is a really great website.
Hulu is great but......

It requires a steady internet connection which is not too popular in campgrounds from my experience.
If I do have access but it is spotty or slow,I feel bad hogging it for my own TV viewing thus maybe preventing others from getting email,etc.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:01 AM   #22
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...Now I can look further into getting the TV tuner attachment for my laptop AND a stronger set of Bunny Ears. The term 'bunny ears' , reached right out at me and cut through the solid metal grate that seems to come down in my brain, everytime a computer 'techie' word is mentioned to me.
I also picked up the USB TV to use with my laptop in our egg. My first antenna was a very small set of 'bunny ears' - if you have never tried to navigate inside a 12' pod with two people and two long antenna arms poking about - I don't recommend it ;-) Long story short - - our new digital TV at home also allows us to make use of the FREE OTA (Off The Air) digital channels so I bought a newer style digital antenna at Wally's to try at home. It worked great - and only cost about $36. Well since I am very (cheap) frugal - I returned it and bought the SAME antenna at Menards for $10 on sale!

I will post a picture of it - only about 1/2" high by 8" around - like a dinner plate. You can hang it on a small nail/hook or lay it on a shelf - or up on the roof. It sets on non-slip rubber feet - you rotate it to fine tune stations. I like ez store and ez use things! It is a Philips #3132. BTW -I made great antenna for use at home and keep this jewel in the EggCamper! (at my home it brought in as many as 12-15 TV stations.) Hope this helps others a bit...

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Old 04-02-2011, 04:01 PM   #23
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nice hdtv antenna

that has got to be the coolest and easiest/practical hdtv off the shelf antenna I have seen yet, I use my laptops for tv on the road, utilizing a small antenna provided, there is plenty of channels out there to find being broadcast, and like you said, its only when you are not out roaming like most of us are.. haha..
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:29 PM   #24
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I bought a USB TV tuner for my laptop. It allows you to watch cable, satellite and local channels with an included antenna. You leave the TV home. I found it on Amazon.com. I can't get the page to post correctly but it is a HP KS523AA USB TV Tuner. It was easy to install on my HP laptop. They have other types of USB tuners so some investigation may be worth it. I paid $59.99 a few weeks ago and now it is priced at $41.11
Ed, I'm no techie, so how does this work?
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:18 AM   #25
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Iam not a techie either, but I believe the USB gadget is a TV tuner. You hook it up to an antenna, cable or satellite connection and the computer is like a HDTV. Maybe someone else can help
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:30 AM   #26
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My undestanding is there is no such thing as a DIGITAL antenna. They added those words to get more sales. We use the same antenna mounted on my house that's been there over 30 years and it works great for digital (over 20 stations here). That size antenna would be great tho for inside a MFRV.
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:54 PM   #27
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Laptop TV tuner and antenna workaround

I am using the AVERmedia Volar Max hybrid [will receive analog signals as well as digital—analog capability not worth much these days]. I am happy with the tuner but the bundled software is inflexible. A set of channels for a given area cannot be saved. Channels cannot be input manually, only through an autoscan procedure that takes a few minutes.

This can lead to problems when combined with the all-or-nothing-at-all nature of digital signals. I find that a given station may be receivable only with the antenna pointed, say, north. Let’s say that other channels can be found with the antenna facing west. The north channel is lost after the autoscan with the antenna facing west. The north channel cannot be manually input to produce a complete set of receivable channels. To receive the north channel once again, after rotating the antenna to face north an autoscan must be performed. At this point the west channels have been lost.

I’m not sure if a better software is available. I looked at a trial version of SageTV [about $75] but was not happy.

Our Bigfoot trailer came with a roof-mount crank up antenna. We removed it to install solar panels. After that I used the tiny antenna that comes with the tuner. It works fine if you are in a city with strong signals. Then I bought a set of Phillips amplified rabbit ears from WalMart. While an improvement and usable inside the Bigfoot, they require power and do not pull in the signals that well.

While I still use the mentioned two antennae at times, most of the time I use an outside antenna on a mast. For my antenna I got a small AntennasDirect cage from Amazon.

Amazon.com: Antennas Direct DB2 Multi Directional HDTV Antenna: Electronics

I’ve been pretty happy with it, though it seems fairly directional. Perhaps someone else knows of an omni-directional antenna that is not too large.

Finding a place to mount the mast on the trailer proved difficult. Eggs do not have vertical walls. At least ours does not. Such an antenna location might also shade the solar panels when the mast is raised. I decided to mount the mast on the back-door ladder on our Dodge Sprinter van. From Lowe’s I bought four conduit clamps of the appropriate size. Through the clamp mounting hole, one clamp is bolted to another with a stainless machine screw and a nylon lock nut. Between the clamps is a rubber grommet I had in my “I might use this some day” box. It’s actually the base of a rubber valve stem. I found several of these bases on the pavement at a Goodyear tire store while getting new trailer tires. One side of a clamp pair gets clamped to the ladder. The other side is for the antenna mast. One pair is mounted about 5’ above the ground and the other about 7’.

I needed a mast that would come apart for storage. I made a “tent pole” from emt conduit. I used ¾” emt conduit [it comes in 10’ lengths] and ½” emt conduit, both available at Home Depot and cheap! I cut a 20” piece of the ½” and gave the rest away. Ten inches of the ½” is inserted into a piece of the ¾” and held in place temporarily with Gorilla tape. A hole is drilled through both to accommodate a nut and bolt. I cut the ¾” conduit in two at a place where the piece with the ½” conduit inside could be inserted into the other end from below while the other end is mounted to the ladder.

What I ended up with is a one-piece mast of about 5’ that can ride permanently on the ladder with the antenna attached. The mast is in a lowered position for travel. Four days ago it rode that way without moving for the 20+ miles of “high clearance” but in parts “4 wheel drive” known as Titus Canyon Road in Death Valley. I can raise the mast above the tall van roof for receiving signals by loosening and re-tightening the clamps. To raise the mast REALLY high the second mast piece is inserted from below and the now two-piece mast raised and reclamped.

At the moment Gorilla tape shims around the ½” emt makes for a snug fit into the other piece to prevent it from rotating in the wind. I may one day drill holes and hold the two pieces with a clevis pin but for now the Gorilla tape works fine.

Coax cable must be attached each time the antenna is used. It is routed through the electrical hatch to a splitter. From there cable has been fished to two receptacles, one forward and the other aft. Perhaps because the coax was fished alongside 12v and 120v wire, the TV tuner only works when my laptop is on battery. When I plug the laptop into either 12v or 120v, the signal disappears. Ah well, another project for another day.

I did buy satellite-quality coax cable in case one day I wanted satellite. It has improved the TV reception over the standard coax. This source was fast and reasonably priced:

http://www.prosatellitesupply.com/drop-shop.htm

I’m the first person to admit that this system is a cumbersome work-around. Our full-time life in a Bigfoot 17 seems to be a collection of these. Anyone else experience this?
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Bill, I bought the same antenna at Menards, how does it work, I had a phillips amplified antenna that worked well before, this one is not amplified.
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