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Old 01-10-2014, 02:32 AM   #1
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Jack Antenna Option on New 5.0 TA

Just returned from Chilliwack where we were finalizing our build sheet for the 5.0 TA. During our review of the features and options, we were made aware that there may be a problem in the use of a Jack Antenna. Because of the roof profile of the 5.0 TA, the Jack Antenna will not sit level (parallel) to the ground and thus, may not work properly. For those of you who have this feature and experience with it (or those that may have the technical knowledge), your comments would be "muchly" appreciated...

In addition, this rascal may look a bit like a "fire plug"... short & stocky!!!

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Old 01-10-2014, 07:25 AM   #2
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Would the standard Winegard look or work any better?
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:50 AM   #3
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Our standard antenna on the 19 and now on the 21 works very well, even in poor reception areas.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:12 AM   #4
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From my understanding, the standard Winegard antenna is supposed to be omni-directional. However, some posts have indicated that one has to place the trailer is a certain position in order to get the best reception. The Jack on the other hand, can be rotated from within in the trailer.
So, padlin or Jack... have either of you experienced this directional problem?

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Old 01-10-2014, 11:17 AM   #5
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We just park the trailer as we wish and when we turn on the TV it always seems to find all of the stations that might be available, much better than our old style antennas that had to be rotated to each station.
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While each antenna may have different amplifiers, etc, a directional antenna will have more gain than an omnidirectional antenna. The problem with directional antennas is modern TVs require a scan to find stations. With an omnidirectional antenna you only have to scan once. With a directional antenna your will need to make more than one unless you know where that stations are transmitting from. If it is important that you have the greatest chance of picking up stations as you move from place to place, the unidirectional antenna will give you the best chance, but it will be more work to set up.

A slight tip of the antenna due to the roof shape won't make much difference, however a very large one would.
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Larry, the "standard" Winegard is the old analog style, it rotates, but I've never used it.

According to WInegard their Roadstar is Omnidirectional (looks like what Escape uses) so no turning needed, claimed reception is 35 miles.

King Controls Jack is somewhat directional, needs to be adjusted for best signal, claims 90 mile reception.

Take the distance with a grain of salt.
*Antenna reception may vary based on transmitting antenna tower height, lobe pattern of the transmitter, height of the receiving antenna, weather conditions, and terrain on receiving path, including trees, buildings and hills.
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While each antenna may have different amplifiers, etc, a directional antenna will have more gain than an omnidirectional antenna. The problem with directional antennas is modern TVs require a scan to find stations. With an omnidirectional antenna you only have to scan once. With a directional antenna your will need to make more than one unless you know where that stations are transmitting from. If it is important that you have the greatest chance of picking up stations as you move from place to place, the unidirectional antenna will give you the best chance, but it will be more work to set up.

A slight tip of the antenna due to the roof shape won't make much difference, however a very large one would.
You do not need to turn the Jack antenna more than once, there are tuning LEDs
installed in the Jack. You turn it on and slowly rotate the antenna watching the LEDS, and once you reach a point where there are a maximum showing, that is your best reception. You then tune your TV to the "AIR" channel for maximum channel reception.
I have had both in prior units and prefer the Jack for better reception. The installation instructions do not specify level location, perhaps a check with the manufacturer may answer your question better.
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If you only want to pick up stations in one direction, the lights are useful, however in many parts of the country there will be stations transmitting from different locations. To find & program all of them you will need to do a scan with the antenna aimed at each transmitting antenna.

For example, at my home in Oswego, NY, I have usable stations to the South (Syracuse, 35 miles), West (Rochester, 68 miles), Northeast (Watertown 65 miles) and North (A CBC station in Canada, 55 miles). To program all these stations I would need to do 4 scans with a directional antenna, however with an omnidirectional antenna with less gain I might only be able to pick up the nearest Syracuse stations.

Both types of antennas have their advantages, which you choose depends on your viewing needs.
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True, the most LED's will probably be from Syracuse stations, but at least you will know that if what you want is not televised from Syracuse, you may have the option of tuning for the other stations that the Jack showed reception was available for.
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