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    Posted: 28 May 2018 at 6:58am
Is there a better antenna i can get for my 179. The radio im sure could pick up better reception with a diffrent antenna. Do the batwing antennas pick up more radio reception. I get over 50 hd channels at home with the current antenna.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2018 at 8:19am
are you engaging the antenna booster? It is the small button on the same faceplate as the antenna input cable.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2018 at 8:31am
Well good heavens. I'll give it a try. was never aware of its function,thought it was for cable imput. Thanks
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2018 at 9:00am
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I put a bookshelf Stereo system in my 179.  I attached a 3 foot post to the hitch area, have 3 sections of light tv mast and put a omidirectional   FM antenna on top.  I use a piece of coax to plug it in to the outside plug.  It sounds and receives great.  It takes about 5 minutes to set up and take down. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2018 at 5:34pm
I don't know why you have to turn on the antennae booster separately. You almost CANNOT either watch t.v. or listen to the radio without turning on the booster switch, yet, it's a whole different button. THEN you have to remember to shut it OFF or kill your battery. What do I know.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2018 at 9:01am
Originally posted by crankster78

Greetings
I put a bookshelf Stereo system in my 179.  I attached a 3 foot post to the hitch area, have 3 sections of light tv mast and put a omidirectional   FM antenna on top.  I use a piece of coax to plug it in to the outside plug.  It sounds and receives great.  It takes about 5 minutes to set up and take down. 

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Could you send more info and some pictures for this antenna setup you have? We just camped about 20 miles from our local city and I couldn't pick up any channels. Thanks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2018 at 9:24am
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Go to Amazon,  enter outdoor FM antennas,  Look for a omnidirectional. If I remember, they are about $40.  Get some cheap 5 foot sections of tv mast, a piece of 3/4 inch square tubing and a couple of clamps long enough to clamp the tubing to the hitch frame..  Get a piece of tv coax long enough to reach the plug on the side of the cabin. I also use an external amp.  You could also install a small tv antenna in place of the FM.  I use the mounted antenna for what little TV I watch.  If you are going to use the installed radio, you may need to switch the coax to that unit by pulling it out { 4 screws)

I don't use it except when on battery.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2018 at 10:50am
Originally posted by mjlrpod

I don't know why you have to turn on the antennae booster separately. You almost CANNOT either watch t.v. or listen to the radio without turning on the booster switch, yet, it's a whole different button. THEN you have to remember to shut it OFF or kill your battery. What do I know.


If you go to a campground that has cable hookups and you want to one, you have to turn off the booster.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2018 at 3:23pm
BOOSTER???? what?? ok That would explain the crappy radio reception!! I just happen to have the pod in out front ..... I'm going to look for it now. Is it the face plate with the cable and satellite ? if it is, it looks like it has always been on??!! should i turn it off when not in use? our battery seems to drop quickly, I'm changing to two 6 v because of it.
My husband and I are super newbies ,still learning. I'm all about the mods!! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2018 at 3:26pm
You're probably better off with a disconnect switch on your battery. There are a number of parasitic drains on the battery from various electronics; a disconnect switch will eliminate all of them.
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