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If you didn't get the King Dome and don't want to mount a TV antenna on the roof I found an inexpensive alternative at Lowes. For just under $50, they have an small square flat panel indoor RCA TV antenna. Doesn't require and power and it works suprisingly well. I mounted in the rear storage cabinet where the TV cables run. Actually mounted it to the plate the holds the lights for the Oliver third brake light.

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DCKiefer,

 

What a great idea! Fit my needs perfectly. With the solar panel up topside, there's no room for the KingDome. Until the last 15 minutes, the only way could get TV was by plugging into the RV Park's cable hookup (if they had one) After reading your post and hopping on the internet a few minutes, I blasted off to Best Buy and bought an RCA Digital Flat Antenna, model # ANT1400 for $32. It is a multi-directional antenna that does not require aiming. They have one that is amplified, the ANT1450, for $49, but it would have required A/C plug in and the inverter running if I was boondocking. This one needs no power.

 

Next, I stopped in at the nearest Radio Shack and bought a Gold Series 75-Ohm High-Isolation A/B switch for $16. I hooked the incoming cable antenna, the RCA Digital Flat Antenna, and the Jenson flat screen tv to this and POOF! I had 8 local "free" channels. :D

 

I nestled the antenna amongst the wire bundles that go to the third break light (no hardware required) and wedged the A/B switch at the top left of the same area. Total time for installation - 5 minutes. :lol:

Pete & "Bosker".    TV -  '18 F150 Super-cab Fx4; RV  - "The Wonder Egg";   '08 Elite, Hull Number 014.


Travel blog of 1st 10 years' wanderings - http://www.peteandthewonderegg.blogspot.com


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Chuck . . . If you have TV beaming at you from outer space, :o you don't need a local TV antenna :roll: This is for us more simpler types ;)

Pete & "Bosker".    TV -  '18 F150 Super-cab Fx4; RV  - "The Wonder Egg";   '08 Elite, Hull Number 014.


Travel blog of 1st 10 years' wanderings - http://www.peteandthewonderegg.blogspot.com


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Oh contrare mi amigo. Local channels available only in the zip code that the recvr is programmed for. Want this for local stations. FYI, it is available at Tiger Direct for $17.99 + 7.95 shipping. Gonna get a hookup with A/B switch for Geris' Casita, but think I would need a 3 way switch for the Olivers' antenna, satellite and cable. Being extremely technology :? handicapped, I could use a little advise.

:oops: Thanks,Chuck

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I've been experimenting with TV antennas lately.

 

I tried several, including the RCA ANT1400. It was particularly disappointing.

 

The larger flat-like-a-pizza-box RCA ANT1500 worked significantly better, and it is easy to tuck away in one of the back corners of the storage cabinet.

 

The ANT1500 was $60 at Best Buy, but I found the even better ANT1550 on Buy.com for just $39 with free shipping so I have ordered that one and I am waiting for it to come in.

 

The ANT1550 is just the ANT1500 with an included amplifier, which should improve things even more.

 

BTW - sitting between our TV antenna and our 24" Dell flat panel is now a Mac Mini media server, equipped with an El Gato EyeTV Hybrid USB HDTV tuner. This setup will let our Mac Mini act like a Tivo once we have all the parts in place. It also tunes in FM radio. Nice. :-)

 

- Chris

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The amplified ANT1550 is just the ANT1500 sold with a separate external amplifier that I expect I can just bypass when we don't want to spare the power for it. For only a few dollars more, it was worth it.

 

Our ANT1550 should be arriving later this week.

 

The ANT1400 I tried was very disappointing, and the reviews on Amazon.com seem to echo this.

 

- Chris

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I'm curious as to how the antennae have worked out for all of you. We're getting ready for summer camping, and thinking about adding an antenna to the mix.

Thanks.

Sherry

2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4

2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12
 

 

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DCKiefer, Bugeyedriver, Chris, Cherie, and all the others who have purchased various models of RCA flat digital antennae, thanks for the info.

How have the various models worked for you so far? With the digital conversion, there are a number of local sales on these antennae, and we're thinking about adding one to the Oliver. (Compusa, for example, has the 1450 for $19.99, and the 1500 for ten dollars more.)

 

Chris & Cherie, were you able to by-pass the power requirement for the 1550 as you originally thought, so it can be used as the 1500 when boondocking?

 

Thanks.

 

Sherry

2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4

2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12
 

 

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The RCA non-amplified unit I have does ok if you are close to a major town or city. We don't have cable or satelite so comparing the reception to our home antenna we get about half the channels in the Oliver as we do in the house. It's better than nothing for $19.

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I went non-amplified to limit phantom draws on the battery. Checked out reception today and I had 14 channels coming into the Wonder Egg. Several were of questionable integrity but the rest were loud & clear. (I'm about 30 miles away from the city, with hilly terrain between)

Pete & "Bosker".    TV -  '18 F150 Super-cab Fx4; RV  - "The Wonder Egg";   '08 Elite, Hull Number 014.


Travel blog of 1st 10 years' wanderings - http://www.peteandthewonderegg.blogspot.com


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Can anyone using the ANT1550 tell me what the output voltage of the power adapter for the amp is? Hopefully the answer is going to be 12 volts.

 

It is 12 volt, if I recall correctly.

 

The 1550 is just a 1500 sold packaged with a separate external amp. We have it on hand for future experimentation, but In my testing though the amp hardly helped at all, so so far we have ended up leaving it out.

 

- Chris

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