TV Arial for Caravan

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 23, 2007 at 21:28
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I'd like to hear advice or info about the Wynguard TV arials and their effectiveness with digital TV in caravans, or is there a better option for an arial?
(I realise that digital reception is only available in locations where there is digial transmission.) Mike
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Reply By: hopscotch - Tuesday, Jan 23, 2007 at 21:35

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2007 at 21:35
Don't know about the digital part but we are very happy with the Wynguard arial and the reception we get in most places.
Central Qld we had good pictures while others with a range of mounted arials were continually shifting and fixing to get a picture at all.

Kevin J
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Reply By: Member - Arkay (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 24, 2007 at 08:46

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2007 at 08:46
We have a Wynguard and it is O.K. for digital TV, and HDTV where appropriate. Note: one can under some circumstances overload a digital TV signal, so turning the booster (pre-amp) off (if fitted) can sometimes actually make the signal better!
The only drawback we have found with the Wynguard is that it is horizontally polarised only (for both digital and analogue signals). And cannot be adjusted for a vertically polarised signal (transmission). At least some of Central Western Victoria is vertically polarised, which means you may get a poor signal (or no signal) there when you neighbours are watching good TV. An option in these (rare) circumstances is to take a small easily packed standard antenna (e.g. the old rabbits ears or similar) and hang that this way & that way off the external antenna plug (if fitted).
Some pole mounted caravan antennas can be temporarily adjusted at the masthead for either vertical or horizontally polarised signals.
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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Wednesday, Jan 24, 2007 at 10:59

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2007 at 10:59
Winegard is about the best of the fixed, able to be adjusted from inside the caravan. As already said a Digital Set Top Box will give you great pictures where the digital signal is available, especially where the other is snowy etc.
We have just spent a month at Lane Cove river C/van park in Sydney, subject to where we are in the park we have huge dfficulty in getting a watchable picture because it seems that as all the stations are close by, the signal is too strong. On this trip we resorted to a set of rabbits ears as all else failed, including set top box.
Satellite is the only way to get best results, can now get portable set up for about $5oo. That has it's own set of problems when changing states & not using it on a regular basis. The Oyster is a great Satellite set up that is atutomatic set up & tuning but expect to part with $5000-00 plus.
Boroma 604.
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Wednesday, Jan 24, 2007 at 16:11

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2007 at 16:11
The Winegard antennae are specifically designed for UHF reception, VHF will always need the amplifier turned on and according to the sheet I have they cope with vertically polarised VHF ( UHF is always horizontally polarised in Australia) with the turned down sides to the slots in the wings. The actual antenna is only an area of around 12mm or so that surrounds those slots the remainder is only supposed to reflect the signal to this area. Please don't ask me how it all works as I don't know.
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Follow Up By: Member - Arkay (SA) - Thursday, Jan 25, 2007 at 09:17

Thursday, Jan 25, 2007 at 09:17
Thanks Mr Fawlty...."according to the sheet I have". We have a Winegard/Wynguard whatever and have been caravanning in areas that have vertically polarised TV. After much study, many years ago I aquired an unrestricted amateur radio (& TV) licence, callsign VK5KP, and have been playing with communications stuff of one kind or another ever since. Nothing beats field tests, and trust me the Winegard antenna does not handle horizontally polarised signals well. I have seen other mast head type antenas which handle them better, and even helped their owners temporarily adjust these mast head antennas for vertical/horizontal signals (they are designed to do that). Appreciate your input 'though, we never got a sheet of any kind with the antenna. I'll have to look into it. 73s
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Thursday, Jan 25, 2007 at 11:10

Thursday, Jan 25, 2007 at 11:10
for all you wanted to know about WINEGARD have a look here, this is the antenna I'm talking about but there are a few models....

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