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F450

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Posted: 06/21/20 04:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the best over the air antenna for reception?

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Hands down, the Winegard “Batwing” Sensar IV. Just keep in mind that regardless of which you choose OTA TV is a **** shoot depending on distance from towers, trees, weather, buildings in the way.


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wildtoad wrote:

Hands down, the Winegard “Batwing” Sensar IV. Just keep in mind that regardless of which you choose OTA TV is a **** shoot depending on distance from towers, trees, weather, buildings in the way.


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I have had and now do have the winegard, it gets about as many channels and any of the others (I think) I like the fact that it raises off the roof for more height. At one point I took off the winegard and replaced it with the King. I found with the King it had a little longer reach but was more picky as to direction. Then I got a rig that had the King mounted to the roof in a very bad spot. The reception was behond bad, I felt the King needed the height and in my case a better on roof location. I then went for a Antop Omni directional Attenna I found it as good as another. The nice thing was I did not have to turn it to get stations. So for me all three were as good as each other. Just remember no matter where you are or how far from a tower you will always get a PBS station.


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wildtoad wrote:

Hands down, the Winegard “Batwing” Sensar IV. Just keep in mind that regardless of which you choose OTA TV is a **** shoot depending on distance from towers, trees, weather, buildings in the way.


For RV use. this gets my vote as well.

Now you don't want to know what we put up at my dad's house other than .. Well There exists somewhere a photo of this acrophobe installing a mast head amplifier in the beast. 100' up the tower

(I may be scared of heights but I had great FAITH in my safety harness and you better believe I was harnessed. )


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craig7h wrote:

Just remember no matter where you are or how far from a tower you will always get a PBS station.



Haha , ya, you will ! At least around my area.

That's OK though. I enjoy the PBS Create channel with shows like This Old House and the PBS kids channel usually has some cartoon on it in the morning to keep little kids entertained. Heck, they might even learn something.

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Not the bat wing. All it does is get rattled in the wind. The new TV channels just need a small antenna. The wing does no good but that the little part on it does. I use the Jack antenna. Get many stations!


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wildtoad wrote:

Hands down, the Winegard “Batwing” Sensar IV. Just keep in mind that regardless of which you choose OTA TV is a **** shoot depending on distance from towers, trees, weather, buildings in the way.


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When I bought my RV it had a Winegard Batwing that was not working, I cleaned up all connections and tested to see if it was broken, it was,so I replaced it with a new bat wing then ran a Channel Scan I was not impressed with the amount of channels that I got. This was done in my driveway here in the south bay of So Calif about 30 miles from the transmitters, using my SensarPro.

I then went out and got a Wingman add on, that put my channel scan up to 85,but I had a clearance problem with the Wingman,it would hit my A/C unit when lowered.

So I opted to put a Jack Antenna on and my channel scan went up to 174

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TheJack replacement head Is Cheaper than the Winegard replacement head

I always get beat up by the techies, The debate will go on and on, but I know what works best for me,in the real world.

* This post was edited 06/26/20 10:38pm by IAMICHABOD *


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snowpeke wrote:

Not the bat wing. All it does is get rattled in the wind. The new TV channels just need a small antenna. The wing does no good but that the little part on it does. I use the Jack antenna. Get many stations!


Not 100% true.. Not far from me is WJBK TV-2 Detroit. they broadcast on carrier channel 7 VHF high band.. Dang near the exact length of the Batwings.
Now Channel 7.. They moved up to a UHF carrier (The shorter antennas work best on UHF)

In independent lab tests done by a fellow forum member a few years back the Winegard Sensar III outperformed the JACK on all frequencies and he did not. as I recall have the wingman installed.

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