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Old 06-11-2010, 09:54 AM   #1
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TV antenna...

I am sure it has been discussed before, but I am looking for a good tv antenna to put on the roof of my bus. I am being a little picky and have a few requirements:

1) Analog reception is okay...Canada hasn't converted to digital broadcast yet.
2) No crank-up styles. I don't want to have to remember to lower it, and I may use it while travelling at some point.
3) Omni-directional. Again, I want to be able to use it while in motion. And I hate aiming antennas with every channel change.
4) Good looks. Should look like it belongs.

Any ideas on what I should be looking for?
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Re: TV antenna...

I got one of these for the house and one for TWE. The one I mounted in the rafters of the house works great after finding optimal position, but on TWE it depends on location and I have to adjust for signal depending on tower location from where parked. I got these two and the next one at Walmart (both in stock in our local store).

http://www.consumer.philips.com/c/tv-an ... 27/prd/us/

I got one of these for TWE to try to cover two different angles so I don't have to reposition antennas but again, while it works great, it is subject to tower location/antenna position where parked. (The link is to Best Buy, but I got it at Walmart for 1/2 that price.)

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Antennas+Di ... Id=9119642

I ordered this one just the other day and have not received it yet so I don't know how it will be, but I will post when it arrives and I get it set up. I got it primarily for the remote control positioning feature (tired of adjusting antennas in the rain, heh).

http://www.heartlandamerica.com/browse/ ... =S&DL=SEH6

Overall, I am quite pleased with the two I got at Wallyworld, and hope the new one will pick up signals as well the others. HTH!
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:05 PM   #3
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Re: TV antenna...

I have actually seen that first antenna locally. I just wasn't sure if the new HDTV compatible antennas were compatible with the old-school analog broadcasts.
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:46 PM   #4
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The first two types I have both pick up analog just fine and I'm sure the one I'm waiting on will also...sorry I forgot to say that, especially since that was part of your question...
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Re: TV antenna...

Griff, how much was the Phillips antenna? That one says indoor and outdoor. Do you have it mounted outside of the bus? If not, do you think that could be part of the reception problem? Having all that metal around the antenna might interfere with reception.
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Now that's more of what I was looking for Smitty. Have you had a chance to test it to see how well it works yet?
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Griff, how much was the Phillips antenna?...Do you have it mounted outside of the bus?...
The Phillips was just shy of $40 and yes, it is mounted externally for the very reason you mention.
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Griff, how much was the Phillips antenna?...Do you have it mounted outside of the bus?...
The Phillips was just shy of $40 and yes, it is mounted externally for the very reason you mention.
Did you have it on an elevated mast?
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...Did you have it on an elevated mast?
The Phillips is mounted on the passenger-side towards the rear, on a small, position-adjustable mast, nearly, but not elevated above the roof at present. The Clearstream is mounted on the driver-side mirror bracket and therefore has little ability for position adjustment at present. I only temporarily mounted the antennas because I knew I'd be relocating/replacing them with something that will be on/above the roof after the deck and solar stuff are installed.
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OK Kids, I've had this antenna about a week now and finally made time to assemble, mount and test it (the box was gettin' in my way). Here're the results:

Took about an hour to assemble, unit pieces out of the box seemed flimsy and was short a few of the smallest screws. Had difficulty getting some of the smaller tubes in place without "grrr-ing" 'em up trying to put them in holes that were slightly smaller in diameter than the actual tubes. Instructions were sparse, and assembly steps could have been in a better sequence to expedite assembly, (i.e. don't attach the signal straps until the unit is fully assembled or they get in the way).

Also wished there was a size #1-1/2 phillips screwdriver because all but 2 screws were too small for a #2 and too large for a #1 to fit properly, but finally got the screws to seat by being extremely careful not to strip the heads.

Mounted it on the post that I had the Phillips mounted on after repositioning the post to allow the antenna to clear the bus roof (took about 15 minutes total to mount, route cables & connect). I am currently parked in an area surrounded by steel storage buildings and am pleased to announce that it picks up an additional 9 channels over what the Phillips and the ClearStream2 did combined (still have the ClearStream2 combined into the circuit, but don't think it's helping much, I will probably remove it when time allows).

Anyway, at first blush I'm pretty satisfied. The remote control rotation feature is S-U-H-W-E-E-E-E-T!!! NO MORE GOING OUT IN THE RAIN TO RELOCATE ANTENNAS!!! (...and there was much rejoicing...)

The only downside - unlike Smitty's antenna, this one (at least in it's current configuration) will have to be removed for travel, but otherwise...for $40 bucks US and free shipping, I wish I had bought this one first! I probably wouldn't have bought the other two...oh well...live and learn, heh!

Will see how long it holds up. The alleged "waterproof" box the circuit board is mounted in does not appear to be all that waterproof. I will be applying some sealant to help ensure weather resistance.

Any questions on this unit, don't hesitate to ask.
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