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DXSMac
post Aug 17 2012, 02:53 PM
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About two months ago, I was looking at RV's just for kicks, and noticed that RV's don't come with Batwings any more. Now they come with something that looks like a miniature stealth airplane:

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/produ...na-systems/9784

My understanding is that you don't have to "crank" these any more. However, you can still spin them around, you just don't "crank them up."

They are supposed to be better for HD reception.

Anyone have one or know someone who does?


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post Aug 18 2012, 08:42 AM
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In order to give all the reasons that one TV antenna works better than the other, I'd have to bore everyone to tears. But there are a few basic reasons. One is the bigger it is, the better it captures weak signals. Obviously, we can't put a NASA satellite antenna of the roof, but that is one reason that the Batwing is effective. It's bigger. Another reason is that the antenna can rotated to point at the TV station's antenna. If you get more of the transmitted TV signal, you get a better picture. Something called DB gain is important. It is a specification number telling how well the antenna performs. The higher the number, the better performance. Regardless of design, most RV antennas are effective because there is a signal amplifier between it and the TV.

Until the programming improves, I think I'll save the money on a new gadget antenna in favor of my coat hanger rabbit ears. biggrin.gif

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