We Only Get 1 Channel On Our RV's New TV
We have a 1989 Mallard motor home with a round antenna on the top. You do not have to rise it up. When watching TV there is a switch in the compartment next to the TV that you have to push to the back to get any TV signal/picture there is a small red light that comes on when this is turned on. When TV not in use we have been told to make sure this button is also turned off.??? Why??
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Now the TV has died so a new small flat screen was gotten we hooked up the antenna 1 channel we now get. I bought a box to change from analog to digital but my husband says it cant be hooked up cause you can't run the wire from the old setup to the new???
Name on the round antenna is Rural Any feedback you can give will be GREATLY Appreciated!!!!
ANSWER: Hi Louise thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.
You have several questions let me start with your questions on your Antenna.
Based on your description the type of RV Antenna you have on your RV is called a Omnidirectional Antenna like the one pictured at the top of this page. The good news is that you do not have to raise or lower or aim this antenna to get TV Stations as it pulls in TV signals from all directions.
The bad news is because it does not raise or lower and because you can't aim it in the direction of TV stations it does a poor to fair job of bringing in distant Digital TV Stations. With the old analog TV signals you could get a TV picture from far away places with some snow etc. With Digital TV Signals you either
get them or you don't, there is no in-between. The preferred type of antenna to have the best chance of receiving Digital TV signals are RV antennas such as Winegard Sensar IV DTV/HD TV Antenna
Your current antenna either has a built in or external signal amplifier that is what the switch that you are talking about operates. When the light is on it means that the signal amplifier is working.
Now to your TV. Since you say you bought a new TV; it should already have a built in Digital TV Tuner so there should be no need for you to install a Analog to Digital TV Converter Box
. If this TV is not a newer model and only has an analog tuner you can learn how to install a converter box by reading the answer I gave to this question; How Do I Install A Digital TV Converter Box In My RV?
For more information on how you can try to improve your TV reception may want to read the answer I gave to this question; I Have Bad Digital TV Reception In My New RV
I hope this information helps.
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