TV Antenna?

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TV Antenna?

Postby SteveH » Mon Apr 18, 2005 9:35 pm

I'm looking for a TV antenna for the small black and white TV we have in the teardrop. Don't want anything big, or fancy. Just something that will work and not be too offensive looking.

Any ideas?
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Postby bdosborn » Mon Apr 18, 2005 10:10 pm

Me too. I looked around for a boomerang shaped one like they used to put on limos but couldn't find anything except expensive window wires for cars. The RV type were way to big for my likes.
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Postby DestinDave » Tue Apr 19, 2005 3:54 pm

I've installed several small TV antennas on boats - West Marine among others carry them. They are roughly a 10" round plate atop a 5 or 6 " mount. You could probably even get a removable mount and fix a coax plug-in on the side or bottom of the tear so that you only mount the antenna when you are using it and stow it inside the cabin other times.
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Postby SteveH » Tue Apr 19, 2005 3:57 pm

Thanks Dave, I'll check them out.
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Postby DestinDave » Tue Apr 19, 2005 4:16 pm

Steve, I just checked out West Marine's site and there are 3 models listed but they seem to be a bit larger than I remember - about 24" round. Found a 14" model on http://www.boatersworld.com that is closer to what I've used in the past. I think it's around $130 - nothing about a boat is cheap... :cry:

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Postby SteveH » Tue Apr 19, 2005 4:33 pm

Dave,

I checked at West and too expensive. The cheapest they had was $159 and they were amplifed requiring power. I'll probably get a set of rabbit ears and make a base and a lead with a connector and just put them on the tear when camping.

I've just been using the single pull out antenna on the back of the set and it works, but very poorly inside the aluminum box which is a pretty effective RF shield.
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Postby Nick Taylor » Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:37 pm

My trailer has one of those boomerang antennas on the roof and it doesn't work all that great.

I bought a set of powered rabbit ears which work better. Not that I watch a lot of TV when camping. If anything I'll watch a DVD.

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Postby SteveH » Tue Apr 19, 2005 10:46 pm

Nick,

Thanks for your input as I was wondering about the boomerang antenna. Seen yours in pictures, but have not found one available anywhere. Used to see them in the J.C.Whitney catalogs, but not anymore.
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Postby Nick Taylor » Tue Apr 19, 2005 11:17 pm

There's probably a reason for that.

Maybe a satellite dish would be the thing. I've met people who pay for an extra dish for their house and take it on the road.

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Postby asianflava » Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:51 am

I bought one of these to pickup HD signals (for the living room TV). It doesn't work all that great. It is very directional, I can pickup Belton and Waco stations easier than Austin stations. I can pick up the Austin stations but I have to aim it at them, then it falls off my entertainment center.
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Postby SteveH » Wed Apr 20, 2005 6:57 am

I've met people who pay for an extra dish for their house and take it on the road.

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I'm not interested in all that. I just want to watch the news at night before I go to sleep. I only have a 4" black and white TV. :lol:
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Postby DestinDave » Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:15 am

Steve - why not tape the news a couple nights before you leave on a trip and then watch the videos at night? Nice clean picture and no antenna. :lol:

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Postby Bill_Storey » Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:38 pm

Steve,

When I was driving truck we used to use a CB antennae for improved TV reception. You don't need anything fancy. The cheapest 4 foot fiberglass will help a lot.
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Postby SteveH » Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:18 pm

Bill_Storey,

Thanks, I'll give that a try.

DestinDave,

If you were from Texas, I'd know you were an Aggie! :lol:
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Postby DestinDave » Wed Apr 20, 2005 5:51 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: duh-huh.
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