TV ANTENNAS 2015

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FOLDAWAY TV ANTENNA Updated review 2015 - 5 Star rating!

I just bought the "Foldaway Antenna" After reading so many bad reviews I wasn't going to go near this antenna. But the shop Camec and inventor of the Foldaway convinced me to buy one which I could return within 2 weeks if I wasn't satisfied.

Previously my experience was with 1 $45 Aldi antenna & 1 $70 Kmart caravan antenna (same type) which worked well but cable & alu antenna ears went very quickly. One thing I Iearned was never to pinch TV cable (eg. door)

Well I'd had enough! So I went to Camec RV shop looked at all antennas avalible but none were complete and all needed 240V & conections also didn't suit my TV.
Among them - TV jack, Winegard, Phaselink, (don't buy "Phaselink it is out dated). The only one left was "The Foldaway Antenna" which pluged direct into the TV no power supply needed! "That must be crap right! WRONG!" An extra booster is avalible but it works without.

FOLDAWAY ANTENNA SETUP - I pluged it in via open door window Antenna "arms at 3 & 9o'clock" looked at another house antenna & roughly pionted it in that direction. I was parked about 20mtr behind a bushy tree which blocked antenna's view.

TURNED ON TV - Instant results- clear picture no interference!
Unbelievable!!!
I'd had round 9 channels from old antenna tuned in. "Perfection" with Foldaway.
I then did an Auto channel search and got 97 channels!!!!!! Never had so many anywhere and parked behind a tree with no ajustment! Thats why it gets 5 stars from me.

In between all the internet research which dated back to 2013 and older was telling me the Phaselink was the one to go for and that the Foldaway was crap is utterly ridiculous!
Phaselink is of no quality, computer board cable joiner was missing, so cable couldnt be attached & it needed 240V to run, booster at power supply also not good!

The Foldaway antenna has a built in booster in the Antenna and works very well in many citys and surrounding areas where reception is avalible without the optional extra "powered booster" Eg. Surrounded by tall buildings you might get only 7 channels thats were the extra powered booster would get more.

Have a chat to the inventor of the FOLDAWAY ANTENNA
http://www.foldawayantenna.com.au

Finally now I can relax and watch TV easy!

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Reply By: Notso - Friday, Jul 10, 2015 at 16:49

Friday, Jul 10, 2015 at 16:49
The issue of TV antennas has revolved around for years. One reckons theirs is the best and others reckon theirs is. Basically I've found that sometimes my Wyngard works better then next spot someone else's works best so I gave up chasing perfection and just use satellite when I can't get land based!
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Follow Up By: jat g - Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 05:12

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 05:12
I looked into satellite to. The price was only 1/2 the trouble. It was not easy to get a simple and complete kit with many variations again 240V needed to run. Oh dear then the space it took up. So I gave that idea away for now. All in all for my use in rural not really worth it for me. But in saying that satelite on a larger RV solves bad and no reception areas.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 08:49

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 08:49
Vast Set Top Box, $250 or thereabouts, all 12 volt now. Or if you want the latest, integrated Vast TV all in one $459 all 12 volt. 80 cm dish JayCar $80, LNB $27. Bit of 45mm tube and Bob's your uncle (or brother in law). Voila TV anywhere!
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 10:11

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 10:11
Notso,
I think we will go that way as van antennas are a pain and we have used a good few. As someone said, either use an antenna that you see on the top of houses or go satellite.

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Jul 10, 2015 at 23:05

Friday, Jul 10, 2015 at 23:05
jat g, Where were you located when you got all those channels. Sounds like you were in a good signal area. When you have good signals any wet piece of string will give god performance. It is when you are in poor signal areas that you need something like the Phaselink.
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Follow Up By: jat g - Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 05:02

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 05:02
Nobody else has claimed they got 97 channels on this camp ground.
Like I said Phaselinks motherboard was incomplete, it needed 240V looked like it wasn't built to last so I was turned off quickly and got the foldaway because 2 others also spoke of it highly.
I have been travelling 2 years fulltime in aus not the outback but rural and the foldaway does one hell of a job NO POWER needed, I don't even use the booster. All I am interested in is that if everyone else gets good reception that I do to with out the hassle of a complex setup. I never tried wet peice of string but any indoor antenna I had was totally useless, ha unless you'd like to spend all your time adjusting it to get something or just anything would do. So even when signals are good a bad antenna is not worth a pinch of salt.

Too help others in quest. I would prefer you all did a review and experience of your own 2015 RV TV antennas. As the title is calling for.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 at 17:36

Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 at 17:36
You still have not advised us where you were located when you received so many channels. Where you set up?
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Reply By: Slow one - Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 06:08

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 06:08
I have got to ask the question. Where do you get 97 free to air channels in Australia.

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Follow Up By: Notso - Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 09:26

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 09:26
If you happen to be in a sweet spot you can pick up signals from Wagga, Orange and somewhere else. So you end up with three of each. so it's not 97 different channels.
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Follow Up By: jat g - Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 12:46

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 12:46
No it's not all different channels.
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 16:35

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 16:35
Do you mind if I ask again, where in Australia do you get 97 different free to air TV channels.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 16:48

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 16:48
Not possible to be all different. There are 5 main channels here in Aus, each of those have a number of subsidiary channels that total up to around 27 in some areas and up to 34 in cities. So 97 different channels, I think not! What I believe you would have is multiple versions of the same channels eg NINE, ABC, SBS, SEVEN and TEN.
The resaon you have the 97 will be because you are in range of several different transmitters.
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 16:56

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 16:56
Sorry I misread jat g's reply
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Follow Up By: Notso - Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 17:37

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 17:37
Ooops me too
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