OT but would like some info on TV arial for caravan

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 17:06
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Afternoon all. We have just traded our van for a newer model, a 2005 Jayco pop top & it does not have a TV antena.
The van we just traded had a wind up unit that you could rotate & it was a beauty, but I am told they cost about $1000.00 to have fitted & finances (lack of that is!!) won't allow us that luxury.
So, is there anybody out there that can tell me what is a reasonable alternative. Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks
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Reply By: Member - Borgy.. (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 17:25

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 17:25
G'day Barry

I dont think this is OT, but anyway , when we had our Jayco poptop we had a post for our antenna that used to clip into the catches that hold the poptop down , i reckon most caravan accesory places should have them,did have a leaflet on them here somewhere if i find it i'll put it up lateron

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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 17:48

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 17:48
Surprised this isn't as hot a topic as fridges and tyres.

Every time I am in a caravan park, all the blokes walk around looking at TV aerials , tyres and fridges, trying to work out which is the best.

It used to be round one, now it seems to be the flat vertical one, like the ANT JTC FAUL.

I still use the old fashioned VHF/UHF one, but it is only once a year.

Ask Doug, he might know the latest one to use.

Or ask Derek from ABR, he was looking into them at one stage.
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Follow Up By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 19:00

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 19:00
He he, I was having a shave one morning and all the blokes were comparing sizes, of their sate dishes that was.

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Reply By: feral - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 18:23

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 18:23
This is the only one you should get.....

Digimatch VHF/UHF Economy 7 Element Receives Band 3, 4, and 5 (Channel 6-12 and 28-69)

LT3172 - Digimatch VHF/UHF Economy 7 Element
Receives Band 3, 4, and 5 (ch 6-12 and 28-69)

Perfect for Caravans or space-conscious metropolitan areas
Designed to enable positions in all horizontal, vertical or horiz/vert. polarities
Suitable for all transmitters across Australia
High Performance
Heavy Duty construction
Stainless Steel connection screws
Black UV resistant plastics
Boom length: 720mm
Max. width: 880mm
Supplied in stout, compact cardboard packaging
Powder coated boom (blue) QTY
1+ $69.95
2+ $62.95
5+ $55.95

Jaycar or Dick Smith should have these in stock.

They are the best allround performer.


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Follow Up By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 18:49

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 18:49
Thanks folks for your input, we will now start to have a look at your suggestions. Cheers
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Follow Up By: AdlelaideGeorge - Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 08:03

Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 08:03
That may be good - bet this is better:

12V Active Colour Antenna UHF/VHF/FM

Ideal for caravans, cars camping and houses without 240VAC mains.

The antenna contains a built-in amplifier that operates from 12VDC. It can be powered from the vehicles battery and/or use it at home with the optional AC mains adaptor (MP3002). The antenna has telescopic dipoles at the rear for fine-tuning your reception, while the amplifier has a built in splitter for a second TV antenna. Supplied with a 6M coaxial lead with plugs, and a 12V power lead.
22-24dB gain
12VDC 100mA power source, 340(W) x 375(L) x 55(D)mm size.
1+ $49.95
2+ $44.90
5+ $39.90

from Jaycar electronics

Happy days
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Reply By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 18:57

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 18:57
Just picked up satalite system (new) from the show $349 + $85 for the optus card thought it was good value

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Reply By: Ianw - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 20:26

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 20:26
This will keep you busy for a while!!

TV Antennae

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Reply By: bruce - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 20:38

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 20:38
Many years ago we bought a Explorer C10 antenna , but it was to bulky to carry in our camper trailer so we have been using a T bar type and it has worked quite well , right around Australia 1 -1/2 times....the Explorer has sat idle , I have tried many times to sell it to no avail...got it out last week to try it out with my new laptop tv hybrid tuner (digital and analogue)....wow what a reception , (beats the hell out of our house antenna for reception)...so now that we have a van and more room the Tbar now sits idle and the Explorer will be going travelling...cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Matthew H (SA) - Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 12:56

Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 12:56
Sorry to interrupt guys. One for Bruce:
That laptop tv hybrid tuner of yours, is it an Asus computer? I recently bought one and can get bugger all signal when I tune it.
Only managed to get one crappy SBS station. I also noticed they gave me no instructions in the manual on how to use it!
Can you pick up all free to air stations? Like 2,7,9,10 etc?
Cheers, Matt
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 14:35

Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 14:35
Happy Wanderer antennae from DickSmith/ Tandy $69 + Vgear mobiDTV trio tuner for laptop ,, get all the channels better than at home.
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Follow Up By: bruce - Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 15:44

Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 15:44
Bought the tuner on Ebay...yes it is an Asus laptop ,( but that is irrellavent ) and anyway it is a good machine.... the tuner is or will be hooked to the Explorer C10 antenna when we go away , I have tested it and it picks up all and every channel that is available in my area in digital and analogue....the dealer that I bought the laptop from gave me a tuner with it but it is not as good as the one I bought...only has digital on it ....the tv antenna is the critical area.....when the laptop is hooked up to my house antenna I get lousy reception ..but...put the other ( the C10 ) on it and it is a completley different story...picks up everything..and yes I also have the Happy Wanderer ...been using it when travelling for years because it is so compact and have usually got a good reception with it...but ..the C10 s...s on it .....cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Matthew H (SA) - Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 20:34

Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 20:34
Thanks Bruce & Axel.
Appreciate the input. The reason I ask the question, was I bought a Asus laptop that has a TV tuner - devoid of any instructons/specs on it's capability. It appears that it'll only find the odd digital station, when I'd like to get "normal" free-to-air stuff like 2,7,9,&10. From what I'm gathering, I need a tuner that receives analouge and a decent antenna such as you guys have suggested. I'm assuming such a device would connect via a USB port (presumably) and have decent antenna coupled to it.
Bruce: what sort of tuner did you buy from ebay?
Given both of you suggest what you have bought, I can assume you are bioth happy with your setups? I dont mind spending a reasonable amount - so long as it works. Best I do some googling!

Cheers, Matt (AASM,ICM,DLSM,ADM) - ANZAC Day is coming!
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Follow Up By: bruce - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 14:59

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 14:59
USB Hybrid DVB-T Digital Analogue HD TV Tuner Stick,PVR

this is the link for the tuner that I have...if the link does not work just type it into the search box on Ebay and it will come up ....I did not use the "buy it now" I kept bidding and managed to get a low price.....it is not the tuner that finds the stations ..it is your antenna , if the antenna is not very good then it will not pick up many channels....you must have a good antenna..... cheers
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Reply By: Jim from Best Off Road - Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 21:17

Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 21:17

If you're not in too big an hurry, we are developing a reasonably priced antenna holder. I'd be happy to send one to you, freight cost only, no charge for the unit, to test it out.

It is specifically designed for pop tops and Jayco/Coromal Style campers. Simply locks into existing clips on your van.

Should be ready in about two weeks.

Similar holders retail for about $60. Ours will be less. Just get yourself the Dick Smith Caravan Antenna to put on it and you'll be out of the lot for less than $100.

Call me on 03 9706 6527 if you're interested.


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Reply By: rredbeak - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 17:07

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 17:07
our van antenna is a houseboat circular one [looks very much like a flying saucer]. its permanently mounted to the roof and theres no need nto raise it or turn it as it recieves 360 degrees and pre amplifies the signal before it goes down the coax. Mast head pre amps are ALWAYS better than preamps at the tv. it covers vhf and uhf [all channels] but ive noticed in a free camping situation it can be a little grainy picture,but still very watchable.

have a talk to marine places [bcf etc] as theyre dead easy to fit,No maintenence [spelt wrong] and no raising or pointing,ever...
now ,having said that,im bound to be put down by the perfectionists among us.but it works very well in other applications other than marine...hope that helps,cheers Rod
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