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clev 05-30-2019 12:47 AM

Winegard Razar 8500
 
I am so fed up with this antenna, that if I wasnít crippled, Iíd crawl up there, rip it off the roof, and beat it with a hammer. Yes, I have a little bit of a temper. The darn thing never picked up channels very well, but every time I called CS, they gave me a reason why it was my location. Now, 3 years later, and locations all across the states, itís still a piece of crap. Iím sitting just outside of south loop 610 in Houston, and cannot pick up Fox 26, ABC 13, or ION 49; there are other missing channels, but these are important to me. The doggone stations are only 9 miles away! Is there a better antenna that will replace this poc? Iíd like to just remove it and put another one in itís place. Any suggestions?

zagato1750 05-30-2019 12:54 AM

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clev 05-30-2019 02:43 AM

Ceiling is too high to adjust it. Unless, I bring it into the bath area, directly beneath the poc.

Big Willy 05-30-2019 01:16 PM

The old style Winegard antenna with the extra bits for digital still gets you the best reception. We have the motorized version and it is still working OK. If I had to replace it, I might go with the manual version and make a tool so that it could be raised and turned without standing on a chair.

MS60ocb 05-31-2019 04:10 AM

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Originally Posted by clev (Post 185022)
I am so fed up with this antenna, that if I wasnít crippled, Iíd crawl up there, rip it off the roof, and beat it with a hammer. Yes, I have a little bit of a temper. The darn thing never picked up channels very well, but every time I called CS, they gave me a reason why it was my location. Now, 3 years later, and locations all across the states, itís still a piece of crap.

I feel your pain but I haven't decided on an Antenna. The roof top portion was replaced by warranty as the drive motor failed. I'm satisfied about 10% of the time at the places I park. My wife has a place in NW and I bought ANTOP roof mounted antenna. We like it
I'm considering buying another ANTOP product and mounting it on the Rv ladder. This would require running some cable down the ladder and in the bottom of the slide, do I want to do that or continue looking. This ANTOP antenna would be directional requiring manual outside adjustment but at the ladder a piece of cake..
I winter near Kerrville so pointing to San Antono is easy. I think I could use a 360 degree antenna at Kerrville.

https://antopusa.com/
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clev 06-01-2019 01:13 PM

Problem solved. I ordered a Mohu Leaf 50 Antenna from
Amazon. It picked up pretty well inside, but I asked my wife to take it to the roof and hang it on an overhanging tree limb. Installed the cable to the cable hook up in the Level Up compartment. Connected the ‘cable’ cable to the TV input cable with a connector, ran the scan, and picked up 118 channels; it was getting 70’s. None on the channels that I’ve been watching have pixilated and the pictures are either 720p or 1080i. It is amazing that a cheap piece of plastic, hung in a tree, can outperform Winegard’s best, most expensive tv antenna. I’m going to send them pictures and results.

revjeffrey 06-01-2019 02:47 PM

Email Winguard screen Shots of these posts. You should be receiving a reply for your address. They will send you a
FREE REPLACEMENT. Giving you some BS about some of the older units could have been defective and throw the old out.

clev 06-01-2019 03:11 PM

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Here's our little Mohu50 antenna; the white rectangular thing hanging in the tree, just above the 8500.We'll be here 4 months, so it's well worth the $50. Yes, I'll screen shot this thread and send it along with my picture to Winegard.

And if you're wondering about the banner, it's drying after being washed.

Porthole 06-02-2019 02:53 PM

Maybe as mentioned above your razor is bad.

We have that antenna and so far I’m satisfied with it although it is not our primary signal sender (we use DTV)


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