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Does The New Winegard Rayzar Air RV Antenna Really Improve Reception of Digital TV Channels
by Terry Johnson
How the Winegard Rayzar Air RV Antenna Improves the Digital TV Channel Reception
Hi, I just read that Winegard has released a new antenna for RVs called the Rayzar Air that is supposed 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?
ANSWER: Hi Terry 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.
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.
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.
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.
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