Need a good antenna for my RV
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DTVUSA Jr. Member
Looking for advice on a antenna that can be mounted on an RV that has a fold down type mount on the roof. The mount is extendable up to 10' from the top of the RV too. We go all over the country so I'm not necessarily looking to pick up specific stations, just want the best antenna for my money.
Are you looking for UHF and VHF signals? You're not going to be driving around while the antenna is up, right? Otherwise you're going to need something aerodynamic.
Winegard GS-2200 is a good solution.
Then you have the round disc omni solutions, lots of different brands available in that style. Look for boat antennas as well....like SeaRay. At the bottom of this page you will find a chart of antennas in this style. Look for FM Traps and RV/Boat use.
I prefer the GS 2200 for its superior VHF performance.
Yeah, the Wingman is nice to punch up UHF.
DTVUSA Jr. Member
Originally Posted by Eureka
The Wingman antenna looks really nice, Not too ugly, which the wife will be happy about. Read the specs on it and saw that it does receive VHF channels. What kind of distance do you think I can get from VHF broadcast towers?
Originally Posted by EscapeVelocity
I'm not too concerned about UHF only because i have a Antennas Direct Clearstream C1 that I can pull off one of my TVs in the house that works ok for towers less than 30 miles away.
I always thought DTV would work better than it does. Are there any plans to boost broadcast power? It seems like a big mistake especially for us RV owners that like OTA.
Boy oh boy did the cable TV companies do an excellent job of promoting and encouraging the fact that TV antennas look ugly. That is where that started you know. And their agenda should be obvious. To me an antenna is a work of art, beautiful hanging in the sky, imaging my eyes could see the radio part of the electromagnetic spectrum as the waves intersect and are trapped by the antenna.
The entire ClearStream series wasn't designed to be great antennas, but not to look like antennas. It amazes me how they are preceived by the public to be "pretty" compared to other antennas. I honestly only see them as a poor antenna design, overpriced and just another antenna, actually uglier knowing they don't work that well. But they do work, enough that a lot of people get enough signal with them to be happy.
DTV as we know it in the states is broadcast via a specification known as ATSC. ATSC was never designed for mobile reception. So the days of riding down the road with the kids watching TV OTA in the back of the motor home are for the most part over with one possible exception on the horizon.
To that end, the vast majority if not all your TV viewing will be done standing still. So this leaves more options depending on the length of time you camp at one location. Some folks carry a tripod to mount pole to get a little higher. Some rig clamps and then a poll that breaks in pieces to mount. Even if you are not in this class the Winegard Wingman is the best choice since you can't use it moving any way.
There is an emerging standard called ATSC-M/H (Mobile/Handheld) that is being tested now in Washington DC market. If it passes tests and is implemented by more stations, there could be a small screen mobile solution on the horizon. It won't look good on screens very large and even how large is a question, but guessing in the 9 inch range. It's past blue sky and actually being tested in DC, but even if things go well for it there are economic barriers and time it would take to stations to add this feature. Then there is speculation that unless repeaters are used, this service (ATSC-M/H) may only be usable for 20 to 30 miles around a tower.