HD TV and the Crank-up Antenna

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by raskal, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. raskal

    raskal New Member

    With all of us having to go digital or "Decoder box" soon, we, in the white whale thought we'd take the next step and go to HD TV as well getting rid of the heavy monster that's in here now. It would be our Christmas present to ourselves :)

    DW says we may need to change the roof antenna to an HD antenna but I wonder if that's actually necessary or just like the "advice" from some sales people that you need different coax cable with digital TV which is not correct.

    Don't really want to spend the extra on a new roof mount cranker if it's not necessary so if someone has gone HD, I'd like to hear of your experience ... even if its bad news
     
  2. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Re: HD TV and the Crank-up Antenna

    hey Skip, that is a very good question. I hope someone who has an answer will come forward and solve this problem foe us all. Thanks for your question
     
  3. TexasClodhopper

    TexasClodhopper Senior Member

    Re: HD TV and the Crank-up Antenna

    Those 'batwing' antennas are just a chunk of metal with a high-gain amplifier in them.

    The amp is a broadband amp that may or may not include enough bandwidth to pick up your "nearby" digital broadcasts.

    I think the so-called "HD" replacement antennas simply contain amps in them that are more appropriate for the digital broadcasts.

    If you've got to go to all this trouble to pick up the lousy programming from 'over-the-air' TV, you might as well get you a DirecTV or Dish account. IMHO.
     
  4. JAH

    JAH Junior Member

    Re: HD TV and the Crank-up Antenna


    I have an HDTV in my trailer, I have the usual Weingard antenna. I pick up HDTV very well.
     
  5. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: HD TV and the Crank-up Antenna

    Your roof top antenna does receive HD signals. Every where I go, my digital TV will pick up about 40 channels. That is around central VA.
     
  6. utmtman

    utmtman Senior Member

    Re: HD TV and the Crank-up Antenna

    I bought the digital box and my old crank up antenna works just fine for the digital signal.
     
  7. dawright42

    dawright42 Member

    Re: HD TV and the Crank-up Antenna

    To get better HD all you need to do is buy the Batwing end ( horrizontal piece ) . It will cost about $50-80. It'l take 10 seconds to put it on. I've seen the difference - its worth it. You don't need to touch the roof , the crank or the vertical piece. I have one , going to put it back on in the spring( not a full timer ). :)
     
  8. elkhartjim

    elkhartjim Senior Member

  9. hamdave

    hamdave New Member

    RE: HD TV and the Crank-up Antenna



    No, you don't need to change the antenna. There is no such thing as an 'HD' antenna. Just sales hype. Your existing batwing will work just fine. It cant tell the difference between an analog or digital signal. The amplifier is broadband and should be just fine. I am using the same antenna amplifier and pick up all the digital channels wherever I go.



    cheers
     
  10. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: HD TV and the Crank-up Antenna

    That is correct, you don't need a special antenna.
     
  11. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    Re: HD TV and the Crank-up Antenna

    Hey Jim, that antenna would look real good on the top of a rv :laugh: :laugh: . pretty interesting think I'll make one just to see if it will work but probably not out here in the bonnies :laugh:
     
  12. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: HD TV and the Crank-up Antenna

    Our local TV station just said there was NO SUCH THING as a Digital Antenna. Go figure.
     

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