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dockmasterdave

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OK, I posted the other day looking for info on an aftermarket antenna booster. My Wineguard from 2009 DOES NOT have the internal boost, at least , there is no switch and no 12v plug and no 12v wiring anywhere near it.
I took apart my connections today, put dielectric grease on them and made sure all were tight.
I discovered that from my antenna to the ceiling plate is RG59.

Would it help to switch it to RG6, and does it really just pull all the way through the ceiling to install the new?
I have visions of it disconnecting somewhere mid ceiling and requiring ripping the ceiling down to re connect.
It is in an Amerilite 21MBLE
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For that short of distance, no.
I have seen the ends put togther totally wrong. They cut all the shielding off and just used the center conductor.
I would check for continuity from end to end and between coductors.


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The switch could be anywhere if it exists and they are normally hard wired so no plug. Replace the antenna with one that has a amplifier, add the switch etc. No need to replace RG59 unless it's defective. And no splitters between the wall plate and antenna.

Unlikely you can pull a new coax with the old. If you need new coax just reroute it like on the roof, closet, walls etc as needed.


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I hate it that they still use RG59 cabling. But that isn't the issue.

You need to call winegard to find out what antenna you have. I suspect you do have an amplified antenna...but? Winegard does have great support.

https://winegard.com/products/hdtv-digital-antennas/outdoor-antennas


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Move to Technology forum from DIY.

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You could step up to the good stuff.
Sensar IV amplified antenna. About $52.00
Sensar Pro secondary amp, signal finder. About $60.00.


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2009 it most likely DOES have an amp.. Where the switch is I do not know.

There are 3 popular types of switches
1: the famous wall plate (and the Sensar Pro upgrade.. I'll count them as one)

2: Box of many buttons (Matrix switch) two switches (Power and ANT) need to be pushed

3: A plain switch. nothing else, may be on a full size wall plate or a small cube, most anywhere.. This is used with a POWER INSERTER another cube) somewhere on the power line.

NOTE blown fuses will prevent 12 volt from reaching antenna.


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Winegard still makes antennas without an amplifier. All an amplifier can do is overcome signal loss downstream from the antenna. For a single TV that is close to the antenna, an amplifier will only help a small amount. For multiple TVs using splitters and long cable runs is where an amplifier will show the most gain.





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wa8yxm wrote:

2009 it most likely DOES have an amp.. Where the switch is I do not know.

There are 3 popular types of switches
1: the famous wall plate (and the Sensar Pro upgrade.. I'll count them as one)

2: Box of many buttons (Matrix switch) two switches (Power and ANT) need to be pushed

3: A plain switch. nothing else, may be on a full size wall plate or a small cube, most anywhere.. This is used with a POWER INSERTER another cube) somewhere on the power line.

NOTE blown fuses will prevent 12 volt from reaching antenna.



Just so you know, many trailers are built with no amp. in the antenna. I hate to say "low budget" but..........

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2010 I replaced my un-amplified antenna with an un-amplified Winegard Sensar III. The amplifier is in the wall plate. If you suspect that your wall plate is defective you can purchase an amplified wall plate. Here's one on Amazon:

Winegard 18-9847 RA-7296 Wall Plate Signal Amplifier-White


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