Save 50% Off of Campsites with Passport America

Does The New Winegard Rayzar Air RV Antenna Really Improve Reception of Digital TV Channels

by Terry Johnson
(Seattle, Wa,)

How the Winegard Rayzar Air RV Antenna Improves the Digital TV Channel Reception

How the Winegard Rayzar Air RV Antenna Improves the Digital TV Channel Reception

How the Winegard Rayzar Air RV Antenna Improves the Digital TV Channel Reception
Does The New Winegard Rayzar Air RV Antenna Really Improve Reception of Digital TV Channels

Hi, I just read that Winegard has released a new antenna for RVs called the Rayzar Air that is suppose to improve the reception of Digital TV stations.

I have a motorhome that came with a Winegard Sensar Antenna. I was not happy with the number of digital TV stations I was receiving so about a year ago I bought the Wingman attachment for the Sensar Antenna and it improved the reception of the digital TV stations.

Is replacing the Sensar antenna with the Wingman attachment with the Rayzar antenna really going to make that much of a difference in over the air TV reception?

Save 50% off of Campsites With Passport America

ANSWER: Hi Terry thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page

The simple answer to your question is yes, in most cases the Winegard Rayzar Air RV antenna (pictured at the top of this page) will receive more over the air TV stations than a Sensar Antenna with a wingman antenna booster. A Sensar Antenna even with the Wingman attachement is still a directional antenna; in other words the front of the antenna has to be pointed in the direction of the TV station's broadcast tower to receive the TV station, so unless all of the TV stations in your area or the area you are visiting have their tower located all in the same direction, you will have to turn the antenna to get the strongest signal, which means that you will in all likelihood not receive all of the TV stations in that area.


Winegard Rayzar Air RV antenna

The Winegard Rayzar Air RV antenna (pictured above) is multi-directional so it receives the TV signals from both the front and back of the antenna which allows it to receive more over the air TV stations even if the broadcast towers are in different directions. The reason this is important is that you need a strong signal to view digital TV. Unlike the old analog TV signals where even a weak signal would still give you a picture with snow in it.

Digital TV signals don't work that way, you either get a strong signal or you will get no picture at all; or the picture will freeze or digitize and be unviewable.

Take a look at the video below to learn more about the Rayzar Air Antenna.


Over 1,500,000 successful roadside rescues—Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service


If you currently have a Sensar Antenna on your RV you can buy a Rayzar AIR Retrofit HD TV Antenna that you install on your existing system. If you have a different antenna or no antenna at all than you will have to buy the Full Rayzar AIR HD TV Antenna system. The Complete kit includes the amplified antenna with the boom and lift assembly, the 12-volt power supply and interior control parts, 20’ and 6’ lengths of coax cable and the mounting hardware.

Take a look at the video below to learn more about the optional SensarPro TV Signal Strength Meter accessory that can help you fine tune your RV's digital TV Reception.


Now to the all-important question; should you replace your existing antenna system? That is totally up to you. If you believe that you are receiving all of the stations then no, keep your existing system, but keep in mind that it will require a little more antenna turning to get all of the TV stations when you go to a new area and may not be able to receive all of them at one time.

I hope that this information has been helpful to you.

Do you have any suggestions or comments on this topic? You can add them to this page by clicking on the "Click Here To Post Comments" link located near the bottom of this page.

Happy RVing

RVing Al

Over 1,500,000 successful roadside rescues—Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service

Camping World

Check out what's on Sale at Camping World! Hundreds of Items - Huge Savings. Click here to shop!

Comments for Does The New Winegard Rayzar Air RV Antenna Really Improve Reception of Digital TV Channels

Average Rating starstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Rating
starstar
razor not better
by: Sylvester

The old winegard with the add-on director tubes will give you more db gain than the razor. This might make the difference between some stations and no stations! Your neighbors will tell you the direction to point. A directional yagi will always outperform the new planer type antennas.

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
changeover in older rv
by: Patrick

I recently purchased an older rv (1992) as a starter (yes, I'm new to the rv life)for camping and some traveling. Can I replace my existing antenna (presumably only for local stations) with a Winegard system and have any success? Personally, I don't watch that much tv but my wife, and the grandsons, will want to watch (I anticipate including a inverter as well so they can all watch while actually moving down the road)
Thanks to any and all input on this
Patrick

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Winegard 1000 with Dish network
by: Linda and Russ

We have dish network and bought the Winegard 1000 (no antenna) get the same stations as at home except locals. It's great, just push a button and it comes up an finds the right spot. Best purchase made for our 30' Fleetwood Storm.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask An RV Question.

Recommended Reading For You







Good Sam Roadside

Good Sam Travel Assist

Click Here