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Old 01-12-2015, 09:58 PM   #1
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Jack TV Antenna

We are trying to finalize our build sheet, and have had the Jack TV Antenna and wall mountable TV arm on our sheet from the start. However, with the advent of cable, fiber optics and satellite television, I was wondering if television airwave signals are very common any more? If you have a Jack TV antenna, can you please tell us if you feel it is worthwhile? Are there better options to spend the money on? Also, if we get a TV arm, is there some place near it to plug in an AC plug in? Is it worth getting the arm, or just a laptop computer? We welcome your thoughts and opinions. Thank you.
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I had a couple of walls reinforced for possible TV mounts, also had the "cable" connections moved to those areas. I decided early on where I wanted to "see" a television and those reinforced walls played into that. Cable the same way. Who knows what the future will bring, but Ten Forward is now wired for my needs, YMMV

There's plenty of threads here and on FiberglassRV, that I knew I didn't want a dedicated antenna. One of the best (I've read about) is mounted on a window.
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We are trying to finalize our build sheet, and have had the Jack TV Antenna and wall mountable TV arm on our sheet from the start. However, with the advent of cable, fiber optics and satellite television, I was wondering if television airwave signals are very common any more? If you have a Jack TV antenna, can you please tell us if you feel it is worthwhile? Are there better options to spend the money on? Also, if we get a TV arm, is there some place near it to plug in an AC plug in? Is it worth getting the arm, or just a laptop computer? We welcome your thoughts and opinions. Thank you.
The Jack Antenna does an excellent job of pulling in a signal when you're not hooked up to satellite or cable at a campground. We do intend to boondock on and off, particularly at State Parks and BLM campsites, so the antenna made sense. Like Donna, we had the wall reinforced but we didn't order the TV mount. Those can be had in a lot of places and you have more choices than the one ETI provides. All local TV stations still broadcast, although most of them broadcast a digital signal. With a good antenna, you get HD TV for free. The Jack Antenna option includes the "TV Ready" package (a coax connector, and a 120v and 12v outlet).
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Very happy with the Jack; far better reception than previous Winegards, etc. Simple to aim. Never use cable or satellite when camping, like the Jack for local weather/news. If no reception I either do CDs, streaming over cell, or radio.
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Both Canada and the United States changed the broadcasting rules so that most TV stations were required to convert from the old analog transmission to digital. I have not heard of any stations shutting down as a result, although it may have happened.

Typically digital stations broadcast in high definition (HD), and if you can get the signal at all, you'll get the HD image.

With the conversion of transmitters, stations typically shifted to a new channel, and none of the new channel assignments are in range of 52 through 69 in the U.S. For those who remember when UHF channels went up to 83... 70 though 83 have apparently not been used for TV since 1983. The highest channels have the most problem with long-distance reception, so these changes probably help when trying to get stations in camping locations.
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Very happy with the Jack; far better reception than previous Winegards, etc. Simple to aim. Never use cable or satellite when camping, like the Jack for local weather/news. If no reception I either do CDs, streaming over cell, or radio.
Hi: tractors1... X2 on the Jack. Much better than the Winegard. Alf
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Thank you everyone for your responses! I appreciate your time and consideration. If I could get one more point of clarification, please? Does the Jack TV antenna recieve digital signals so that the television can play them directly or is a digital converter box required? Or, does the Jack TV antenna only pick up analog signals?
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All the antennas you can buy pick up both analogue and HDTV signals. The only difference between them is that the marketing department put HD Ready or HD Compatible on the box and raised the price.
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Yes with the Jack you can receive and watch HDTV if you purchase a HDTV for your trailer. The antenna is good where you do not have cable so the likely hood is you may not have hookups, thus I'd suggest you find a 12v TV which means you can watch tv out in the woods as long as you receive a signal. Here are some that will work http://www.amazon.com/Supersonic-SC-...=hd+led+12v+tv
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The antenna is good where you do not have cable so the likely hood is you may not have hookups, thus I'd suggest you find a 12v TV which means you can watch tv out in the woods as long as you receive a signal.
The caveat is if you are out in the woods, you're not likely to get a signal. If you camp with services, you'll likely have cable available, and you'll likely be able to pick up over-the-air TV stations because you are in an "urban" area.
I think a TV antenna may be more useful in the U.S. than in Canada ( with our vast spaces between population centres ).
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