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Old 01-10-2009, 03:27 PM   #11
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Ace, do you find that you get many channels with the antenna, and how close do you have to be to the towers? I was thinking of just unsing a laptop as a TV and getting a cable to USB tuner. I don't watch much TV, mostly news, hockey and the odd sitcom.
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Old 01-10-2009, 04:22 PM   #12
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A quick update.. we been using the laptop as the TV for a while now.. and the verdict is.. we love it.. Since the battery life is about 2-3 hours we can watch a DVD or TV w/o being plugged in.. Plus we use Netflix at home which allows for instant watch feature.. So if you're staying at a place that has wi-fi you can watch a movie via the internet or any of the networks that have their programming online, plus sites like justin.tv or TVUnetworks that have a ton of programming..

anyway just a couple of thoughts..

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Old 01-11-2009, 01:33 AM   #13
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I posted on my mounting solution under factory mods. The antenna is the round omni-directional unit supplied by Escape. It really works well both on analog and digital signals, extremely sharp picture (who needs HD?).

Ace,

Are you able to post the brand and model # ?

I've done the Google, but I'm not sure what I'm looking for.

Don't want to bug Reace and Tammy, with all they have to do.

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Old 01-11-2009, 11:50 PM   #14
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The antenna is a Wineguard Roadstar 1500. It is about 12" diamater, 3" thick and mounted on about an 6" mast. It looks like a small flying saucer. My only complaint is that I can see it hooking a low branch and actually tearing up the roof. I expect the mounting area is well reinforced, but still it nags me some. I planned to add some type of small branch deflector but just have not GATI.

I was near Birmingham a few days back and got around 15 channels, but not all were good. Today I am about 50 miles north of Pennsacola and cant get anything well enough to really watch. I am receiving about 12 signals but none are strong enough to enjoy. There is something peculiar about the reception, which I attribute to the future digital switch. I may recieve the same channel on three or four different frequencies. Example could be channel 3 analog, then 3.001, 3.002, 3.003 each digital and all with the same program. The digital signals always come in better.

I use an invertor to power the TV when w/o AC.

I had considered using my laptop but decided not to for this reason: my laptop cost about $2400 before adding the TV adaptor. My TV/DVD costs about $420 and is always ready to play w/o any uncasing, attachments, batteries, etc. When it dies, as it certainly will some day, I would much rather spend the $420 over the $2400 for a replacement. Also there are many neat things I like such as closed captioning, sleep mode and more which I don't think is possible with a laptop/adaptor combo.

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Old 01-12-2009, 05:47 PM   #15
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Hi: Ace... We have the same antenna set up for our 5.0. Are you using the power amp for the antenna There is a very tiny, almost invisable, button on the plate where the cable from the TV screws into and if I remember a green indicator light on the plate as well. This boosts the recption of the antenna!!!
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:57 PM   #16
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Hi: Ace... We have the same antenna set up for our 5.0. Are you using the power amp for the antenna There is a very tiny, almost invisable, button on the plate where the cable from the TV screws into and if I remember a green indicator light on the plate as well. This boosts the recption of the antenna!!!
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Well yes. Without it you get nearly nothing. Be sure to switch it off when not using it and not on shore-power as it drains the battery some.

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