When I install the analog to digital box, is there anything specific to do with the direction my antenna is aimed, or do I still spin it until I get some reception. I will have to run the channel scan after every movement of the antenna, I expect, or is there a different method for aiming the antenna?
ANSWER: Hi Dirk, the steps I am about to outline work whether you are using an analog to digital converter box or a TV with a built-in Digital Tuner. When you set up your RV in a new area, you should initially point your RV's antenna in the general direction of the nearest large metropolitan area (if you know for sure which direction that is). Then go to your Digital TV Conversion box or TV and do a channel scan and see what you pick up.
Quite a few of the Digital TV Converter Boxes such as the Zinwell ZAT-970A (this is the box I highly recommend) and some newer TVs have an on-screen signal strength meter. Once you have some TV channels locked in, you can choose one of the stations and use the signal strength meter on the Converter Box or TV to adjust your antenna to get the highest signal strength and do a rescan to see if you pick up additional channels.
If you do not get any channels on your first scan, you should turn your antenna a quarter turn and try rescanning for channels. Continue this process until you finally acquire some channels. Digital TV reception, unlike the old Analog TV reception, is very fickle, and you may not get the reception that you think you should.
Now, if this sounds like too much of a time-consuming hassle to tune in TV channels every time you move your RV, there is an antenna specifically designed for RVs that does all of the scanning and tuning for you automatically. This antenna is called the Rayzar Automatic Amplified HD TV Antenna (pictured above). Please take a look at the video below to see how it works.
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