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Old 06-08-2019, 10:09 PM   #1
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Poor tv reception from antenna

Been rving for 6 years fulltime in my 2013 Hurricane 32A. Up until about a year ago I usually could put up my antenna, run a search and get dozens of channels with good reception. Recently I am lucky to get 10-15 channels and many of those go in and out and are unwatchable.
Any ideas about how to improve my situation would be appreciated.
Is there a booster in my coach that I need to make sure is turned on? I've looked for it behind the tv but didnt see it.
Would a newer, better quality antenna than the original one give me better reception?
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Old 06-08-2019, 11:09 PM   #2
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There is a booster in my DVD player compartment of my 34f,just a button and a light. Also I climbed up top and found my ant connections were all corroded,cut the coax and put in a new connector,covered all with heat shrink,now it's much better

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Old 06-08-2019, 11:44 PM   #3
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Perhaps it's just a case of fewer "over the air" channels being available now...
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Old 06-09-2019, 12:28 AM   #4
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I've noticed the drop in over the air channels in our area too and the one's still there seem to be operating at lower power levels. With a lot of folks "cutting the cable" and going back to antenna's, you don't suppose the big cable companies are twisting some arms? Could be my tinfoil is getting thin too, but I do know a local radio channel was told to lower it's power during certain hours because it was over riding a station 3 states away.
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Old 06-09-2019, 12:42 AM   #5
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I've had trouble with over the air reception in my Hurricane 29M. The antenna is lower than the A/C cover so I figured that was the issue. At home I get 42 over the air channels on my house antenna, on the coach I get around 15 in the driveway. On my old coach with the crank up antenna I got over 30. I think Winegard has gone downhill with their new plastic antennas. I had to replace the one on my coach after 8 months as the internal components are all plastic and Winegard customer support told me to pound sand.
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Old 06-09-2019, 01:09 AM   #6
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We, too, had bad corrosion on the TV cable on the roof. Our 2015 has the older style crank up antenna. We've found the number of available channels varies wildly by location. Most areas that aren't too remote have at least some educational and Spanish channels. And usually Me TV, Cozi and/or TV Land.

Oh, but we never get much of anything without turning the booster on.
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:19 AM   #7
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With out the booster on you will get almost "0" tv. The booster button is located on the wall plate the has the master coax connection. Depending on how your system is hooked up before getting a new ant. I would make sure all of the coax connections are more than finger tight. Take off the wall plate and tighten those connections, if you have splitters replace them with gold splitters and make sure connections are tight. If you are still not happy then think about ant.

I was not getting good channel reception with my Thor installed King ant. The location was right next to the AC cover and blocked signals from that direction. This year I purchased an Omni directional ant. installed it on the top of ladder, ran new coax. I feel that I do get a few more stations, but its still a mileage and tree thing.
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:26 AM   #8
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We replaced the standard booster with this one https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It shows us the best direction to be turned and add some gain when needed. We've only had it a few months, tried in a couple of different parks, but so far, I'm happy.
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Old 06-09-2019, 01:37 PM   #9
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