Re: TV mount
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.
Alan "Ace" Brown
2008 Escape 17
2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser