TV Antenna

Submitted: Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 21:07
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Could I please have opinions/options for TV antenna suitable for travel around Australia for a caravan.
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Reply By: Member - Ian G (NSW) - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 23:08

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 23:08
A Winegaurd retractable antenna has always worked well for us. It winds up from inside the van. I would recommend that you have it fitted professionally - because it requires a hole in the roof.

We also have a NextG Aerial attached so that when you wind up the tv antenna, you have a very high point to patch your phone or laptop turbo stick in to at the same time. When wound back down the antenna and aerial are horizontal to the roof.

Ours is the one on this site.

Happy Travels

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Follow Up By: R Send - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 07:18

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 07:18
This the "old" Winegard aerial. The new one handles digital signals and has two elements, one above the other, on the pole. It was apparently developed specifically for Australia. Google can give you more info.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ian G (NSW) - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 08:18

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 08:18
Noticed that there was a new one has has a second tier to it. Fortunately, our old one works fine with digital too. On that note, we notice a lot of places during our travels this year, that you still can't get the abc on digital. Would that new antenna make a difference? or are we still waiting for the powers that be to get the signal sorted?

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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 11:48

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 11:48
The DigiMatch Antennas are very good. However no antenna is any good if you do not have it at the right polarity (horizontal or vertical) and pointed at the tower. There is really no such thing as a 'digital' antenna. The signals are either VHF or UHF and the antenna must have the correct bands. Overseas antennas do not necessarily work in Australia.
Also as the digital switch over is completed by the end of 2013 and if you are in remoter areas you probably won't get a picture no matter what antenna you have. If you are 'remote' probably the only way to get a picture is with the VAST satellite TV system.
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Reply By: K&FT - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 13:46

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 13:46
G'day Kenmar,

We have found that TV reception in most caravan parks is crappy at best. Even in larger places like Bundaberg, Longreach etc.. We ended up getting a VAST satellite system from satplus ( with an 85cm dish and now we get all the digital channels and our local prime news wherever we are.

We often don't bother with the antenna on the roof anymore we just set up the sat system.

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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 13:51

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 13:51
Yep, me too. That's why I mentioned VAST in my previous post.
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 14:46

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 14:46
Vast here too. I'm flogging my fathers on our next trip. He bought his from Toowoomba, the fella came out and gave me the run down, so easy to set up. We have one at home and will eventually set it up so we can take it away with us. A "mobile unit" you need to activate it 6 monthly. Our one set up at home we can roam around with as well without the need to re activating it.
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