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Anonymous
September 12, 2005 8:40:20 PM

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It appears DirecTV used a Winegard GS-2200 Sensar III ota antenna for my
new HD DirecTV set up. But the installer told us he had never put a HD
system in before (never even seen one.) When I look at the antenna
(shaped like a Klingon battle ship from Star Wars) it appears that it is
at a 90 degree angle from pointing in the correct direction (narrow side
toward TV station.) The antenna can be seen at:

http://www.winegard.com/offair/sensar_print.htm

What is the correct way to point the antenna? Wide side toward the
stations or narrow side? What is the front of the antenna? The two
stations I want to get are 18 miles away and only 2 degrees apart. Any
suggestions for telling the tech about how to install the antenna?

Thanks

u4ick
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Anonymous
September 13, 2005 2:51:08 AM

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On Mon, 12 Sep 2005 16:40:20 -0500, u4ick wrote:

> It appears DirecTV used a Winegard GS-2200 Sensar III ota antenna for my
> new HD DirecTV set up. But the installer told us he had never put a HD
> system in before (never even seen one.) When I look at the antenna
> (shaped like a Klingon battle ship from Star Wars) it appears that it is
> at a 90 degree angle from pointing in the correct direction (narrow side
> toward TV station.) The antenna can be seen at:
>
There's no difference in HD and a regular TV antenna. I don't know how
good these clip-ons are, but may be ok if you aren't far from the
stations. If you already have a regular tv antenna that gives good
reception, I'd use that.

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Anonymous
September 13, 2005 8:04:22 AM

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I think this is just a fancy looking rabbit ears antenna and as such is
bidirectional. For instance if your transmitters are North or South the
two wings should be pointing East and West.


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Anonymous
September 13, 2005 2:23:17 PM

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In article <Lorenzo.1vafyz@satelliteguys.us>,
Lorenzo <Lorenzo.1vafyz@satelliteguys.us> wrote:

> I think this is just a fancy looking rabbit ears antenna and as such is
> bidirectional. For instance if your transmitters are North or South the
> two wings should be pointing East and West.

WRONG. The antenna needs to be pointed like an Arrow, pointing at the
stations.

Mounting it like a wing makes it 90 degrees off, and gives much poorer
reception. I got much better signal by rotating a GS-1100 that was
"installed" by a DirecTech clown.
Anonymous
September 13, 2005 5:20:55 PM

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Jack: I can't comment on your personal experience but as a general rule
the GS 2200 antenna works as I described it. If the wings are pointing
East and West the best reception will be from the North and South.
Unfortunately the Winegard instruction manual doesn't address this
issue.


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Anonymous
September 13, 2005 7:06:16 PM

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Uh, thats Star Trek, not Star Wars New-Be. Get it right! lol--Ray


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Anonymous
September 13, 2005 10:11:56 PM

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In article <Lorenzo.1vb5o1@satelliteguys.us>,
Lorenzo <Lorenzo.1vb5o1@satelliteguys.us> wrote:

>
> Jack: I can't comment on your personal experience but as a general rule
> the GS 2200 antenna works as I described it. If the wings are pointing
> East and West the best reception will be from the North and South.
> Unfortunately the Winegard instruction manual doesn't address this
> issue.

Nope, why do you think the "wing" is asymetrical? Narrow side towards
the signal.
Anonymous
September 13, 2005 10:19:58 PM

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I believe you are right Jack and I was wrong. What was throwing me was
Winegard's description of the GS 2200 antenna as a bi directional
antenna when in fact it's only bi directional at VHF channels. At UHF
channels there's definately a front ot back ratio (much more signal
from the direction the antenna is pointed versus from the back of the
antenna.

' www.lashen.com/vendors/winegard/pdf/gs-2200.pdf'
(www.lashen.com/vendors/winegard/pdf/gs-2200.pdf) ...is the technical
sheet. Notice how they don't specify the antenna gain only the gain of
the amplifier. I think the gain at Channels 2-13 is not nearly as good
as a rabbit ear antenna.


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Anonymous
September 14, 2005 4:34:36 AM

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In article <Lorenzo.1vbjk1@satelliteguys.us>,
Lorenzo <Lorenzo.1vbjk1@satelliteguys.us> wrote:

>
> I believe you are right Jack and I was wrong. What was throwing me was
> Winegard's description of the GS 2200 antenna as a bi directional
> antenna when in fact it's only bi directional at VHF channels. At UHF
> channels there's definately a front ot back ratio (much more signal
> from the direction the antenna is pointed versus from the back of the
> antenna.
>
> ' www.lashen.com/vendors/winegard/pdf/gs-2200.pdf'
> (www.lashen.com/vendors/winegard/pdf/gs-2200.pdf) ...is the technical
> sheet. Notice how they don't specify the antenna gain only the gain of
> the amplifier. I think the gain at Channels 2-13 is not nearly as good
> as a rabbit ear antenna.

Yup, its designed as a UHF antenna, but gets some recption for higher
VHF channels.
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