TV Reception is always an issue for caravanners. Unlike in most homes where TV antennas are professionally set up once and never moved again (unless moved by a storm or renovations), caravanners may have to retune every time they move. Therefore, selecting the best antenna for the job is paramount. Now there can be a lot of confusion with the many various shapes and designs of antennas as many have different performances at different frequencies. The basic types of antennas are:
- Phased Array
- Log-Periodic (including European models)
- Tuned dipole
The theme presented for the modern caravanner is; the choice of antenna, the ways of tuning the antenna and some creative problem solving to ensure the best reception the antenna could possibly obtain. If TV entertainment whilst caravanning is important, then height and elevation may be helpful for better reception. A good idea is to choose an elevated campsite or provide extension solutions such as a piece of long pipe or some sort of telescopic device to gain extra height.