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vinita1946 31-Dec-2011 12:33 PM

TV reception in RV
 
We are in an RV and only have a mounted antenna. We have trouble locating channels and keeping them locked in. Lots of fade out during the day and now we have lost all channels. Anyone familiar with RV Tv boosters?

MisterMe 31-Dec-2011 11:00 PM

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Originally Posted by vinita1946 (Post 18729)
We are in an RV and only have a mounted antenna. We have trouble locating channels and keeping them locked in. Lots of fade out during the day and now we have lost all channels. Anyone familiar with RV Tv boosters?

Are you trying to watch TV while in motion? It this is the case, then you should be advised that ATSC digital OTA standard used by all US and most Canadian OTA TV stations does not work well for receivers in motion. This is why ATSC-M/H (mobile/handheld) was developed. It is commonly known as Mobile Digital TV or MDTV. You might want to Google Mobile DTV. Many broadcast stations simulcast their programming on MDTV. However, few if any US markets have more than a minority of their TV stations available via MDTV. In the case of my state, not a single TV station is available via MDTV.

If you are able to receive regular ATSC while on the road, then you will just have to keep our antenna directed toward the broadcast tower. If your antenna mount is not rotatable, then you should replace your mount with one that is.

GroundUrMast 31-Dec-2011 11:35 PM

If you are simply trying to get reliable reception while parked, you'll want to create a TV Fool report. Here is how to get started, http://forum.tvfool.com/showpost.php?p=6

Reliable reception starts with the antenna and it's correct placement. Amplifiers, also referred to as 'boosters' are only able to overcome signal loss in the cable and splitter that is connected to the output of the amplifier. In an RV, the length of cable is usually so short that an amplifier makes no sense, particularly when you consider that amplifiers also add noise and distortion to the signal. If you have only 1 dB of loss in the cable and the common amplifier adds 2 to 6 dB of noise, your net result is a lower quality signal at the TV.

Please consider generating a TV Fool signal report and posting the link so we can see what your signal conditions are like. We'd be glad to offer a suggestion or two based on the actual conditions you're dealing with.


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