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Replace the bat-wing antenna for more entertainment
With Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®
If your RV has the old-style bat-wing antenna, and you use the antenna frequently, I suggest replacing it with an over-the-air (OTA) HDTV antenna. You can use the existing antenna location to do the installation. If you are not comfortable installing the antenna, have it installed by your local RV dealer. The end result is, it can receive VHF/UHF and FM signals, and you can watch HDTV anywhere you go camping for free.
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I had a dog who always begged at the table. Growing tired of his antics, dancing on his hind legs, rolling over, sitting up, etc. I tossed him a hot yellow chilli pepper. He gobbled it down and went through his entire reproitore. If the Chilli’s came out, he was there, waiting. He also loved balls and one Christmas we bought new velvet covered balls for the tree. He kept grabbing one from the tree, so I rubbed Cayenne pepper on the ornaments. He pulled every one off the tree, stripped them clean and ate the Velvet.
I disagree with your trivia on spicy food! Years ago we had an issue with squirrels eating the bird seed we had out. I was told to put cayenne pepper in it as the squirrels would then leave it alone and the birds wouldn’t be able to taste it. Well, I doused the bird seed with cayenne pepper. The birds didn’t care but neither did the squirrels! They jumped out of the bird feeder, rubbed paws over their mouths, but went right back for more! We gave up and let them eat.
Your trivia says that no other animal will eat spicy food. Humans are not animals. We were created in the image of God and are therefore a totally different creature, with no relation to the animal kingdom.
Mr. Cornelison, I cannot even fathom your response but to say each to his own but you seriously cannot believe that???
I question your exegesis.
The standard analog bat-wing antenna can be easily and at low cost be converted to receive digital Tv signals by adding a small digital attachment – takes about 15 minutes and screwdriver! See the Wingard website. Or you can reduce some weight by removing the bat-wing antenna head; using the existing cable, crank up arms etc. by installing just the head of a King Digital antenna in place of the bat wing head. Check the King web site.
About 15 minutes with a screwdriver and a pliers. I have modified and used both – and both modifications work well and are low cost easy to do. Just don’t fall off the roof!
sorry. the batwing antenna is neither analog or digital. it simply detects TV transmissions in the appropriate band of frequencies as determined by the fcc. the detected signals are then sent via coax to the receiver inside the tv set. the receiver determines analog or digital (hd or sd).
the Wingman attachment enhances reception of UHF transmissions. when the switch was made from analog to digital many TV stations migrated to UHF frequencies. like the battwing the Wingman cannot differentiate between analog and digital.
Absolutely correct on everything
But they can receive the higher frequency more efficiently as the digital signal is broadcast on a higher frequency. That’s why the added smaller elements are added to the existing longer bat wing element.
It does improve the antennas ability to receive UHF. Most TV broadcasting is on UHF channels 14 through 25 with some broadcast on RF channels 7 through 13. There are very few broadcast on channels 2 through 6.
I have 2 of the King antennas in the storage shed. Took of the bat wing and replaced with the King. 1st one was crappy and the 2nd one didn’t work near as well as the old bat wing. Took it off and re installed the old bat wing. Very happy with it. $200 plus down the tube!
I have found that the so called experts on subjects don’t always research their info before opening their computer and beginning to type. I have found the two definitions of experts applies many of these times: Expert= A stranger in town carrying a briefcase. Expert= An ex being a has been, and a spert being a drip under pressure.
I always thought your second one is the spot on description for an expert
I always heard that as X an unknown quantity and spurt a drip under pressure. So an unknown drip under pressure.
My English Bull Terrier eats spicy foods. Shiloh loves dry Wasabi peas and also jalapeño cheese poppers.
I thought I saw videos here that showed mice eating spicy bait…
About the TV antenna, your batwing will receive all the signals just fine. The antenna doesn’t know whether it’s a HDTV signal or analog, the TV determines what it sees. I bought a very inexpensive addition to the antenna the snaps onto the front of the batwing that extends the range up to about 60-70 miles with a perfect picture on a HDTV. Don’t be fooled by the advertising gimmicks that say you need a new HDTV antenna.
What is the ‘inexpensive addition’ you have. Thanks
Yes I’d like to know also, I’ll check back by the end of the day to see if Bob p answers! Thanks in advance Bob p…
Here you go: https://winegard.com/products/hdtv-digital-antennas/outdoor-antennas/sensar-rv/wingman-uhf-booster
thank you JIm
This is the “booster” that I attached to my Winegard antenna that came on our RV: it’s called the Wingman https://winegard.com/products/hdtv-digital-antennas/outdoor-antennas/sensar-rv/wingman-uhf-booster
You can buy it on Amazon, too https://amzn.to/33RsB31
I ordered it from Wineguard. Inexpensive plastic extension ($35.00) works pretty darn well, happy with purchase.
thank you Dave P.
And it’s very easy to install!
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The old bat wing antenna are far better than the new so called HD. I have replaced 2 of the newer ones with the old in the last year.Both types can receive the HDMI signals but IMHO the old type is much better at pulling in long rand signals.
Birds will eat spicy food. I buy bird seed with cayenne pepper to keep the squirrels away. I don’t know if they enjoy it as humans do, but they do eat it!
My understanding is that they lack the ability to detect the heat.
Many, if not all, birds eat spicy hot peppers.
So do chickens. We grew hot peppers just for our chickens. They especially liked Thai chili peppers. A lot of the vitamins supposedly got passed on through their eggs. It made the yolks a deep orange color.
Beautiful little Russian girls, are they hard to understand? Ha ha ha. I never saw my father’s dad. I spent very little time with his mom. My mother’s mom didn’t like me and would hit me so I didn’t spend time with her. My mom’s dad wasn’t allowed to look at any girl so I didn’t know him. Yep, I come from a crazy family, don’t we all.
there is no such thing as an “HD TV antenna” for an RV, single family home, apartment, condo or anywhere else. a TV antenna is designed to detect a range of frequencies…period. how those frequencies are decoded is done within the set’s receiver. ads for HDTV antennas are nothing more than snake oil.
You are correct, I learned that when the FCC changed it all over to HD. But a lot of companies made a boatload of money selling HD antennas! (or is it antennae?)
A goat I once had would dispute the trivia statement that only humans like spicy foods. My goat would spend days working on the weakest point in her pen. Finally, when she would break free she would make a beeline for the porch where she knew she’d find a bowl of dog kibble. As I saw that she was about to be able to break out of her pen, again,I dumped a whole can of cayenne pepper on top of the kibble to discourage her. I snickered as she sprinted to the porch. My goat had the last laugh, though. She wolfed down the entire bowl of food pepper and all, licked her lips and the glint in her eyes told me that she thought it was the best bowl she’d ever eaten. (She also loved to eat poison ivy.)