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Boat Tv Antenna Installation ((FREE))

A cable is supplied to work with 12 volts. If you plan to use it in a home (as I do) and not an rv or boat, you will need an adapter for the signal amplifier. They are not expensive, mine is for 120v 60hz, and puts out 12 volts at 150 ma. I leave it on 24/7 and have had no problems. Best wishes. By Ben on November 2, 2016no, it has to be wired up to a 12 volt system. Mark S. Douglas answered on November 3, 2016

Boat Tv Antenna Installation

I put this antenna on top of 900 ft vessel and is working fine. Pick about 40 local channels. By Muhammad Sukarno on January 21, 2016This antenna is specially designed for marine, if you want a RV antenna, you caan buy our model: OUS00-0812, this one is specially designed for RV.1byone Team 1byone Service Team answered on March 31, 2016

No longer is satellite television reserved for yachts. Thanks to compact, rugged and sophisticated marine satellite TV antennas from companies such as Intellian ( and KVH/TracVision (, boats as small as 20 feet in length can access HDTV channels from the likes of DirecTV and Dish Network while under way or at rest, provided they have 110-volt AC power.

1. Antenna MountingChoose an elevated and level location clear of obstructions. Mount the dome above any radar antennas. This may require a special riser from a company such as Seaview ( Otherwise, use the template to drill the mounting holes and cut the central hole in the proper places. Bolt the antenna in position, sealing the holes to prevent water intrusion.

Quick TipIf you already have satellite TV in your home, you can add a receiver to your service and use it, as well as your home subscription, on your boat. This can be as little as $7 per month extra.

Reliability. Durability. Performance. Our experienced development team continues to create advanced marine electronics products to meet your navigation, communication, and entertainment needs while out on the water. Explore our products and selector guide to find the best antenna for your boat.

With a single cable to connect the antenna and the ACU, Raymarine's satellite TV systems are quick and easy to install. Our advanced ACU is designed to require minimum setup so you can begin to enjoy TV programs aboard your boat in no time.

The built-in Wi-Fi enables the ACU to be wirelessly connected. PCs, laptops and smartphones can be used to connect to the ACU and monitor, control and change the settings of the system wirelessly. Intellian Aptus mobile is available for download to access to the ACU via Wi-Fi and operate the antenna from their iPhone, iPad or other network devices. iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

All i-Series antenna systems are capable of receiving High Definition (HD) programming from any Ku Band Satellite TV service provider where available. For DIRECTV in the US the s-Series should be used.

Yes, you read that correctly. A TV antenna could be an excellent addition to your boat. As the costs of cable continues to skyrocket, these devices have made a huge comeback. Actually, they never really went away. People have been using them to get free TV for decades and you can, too.

The marine television antenna may incorporate a high-gain, broad-band amplifier to boost incoming signal strength for snow-free reception. The amplifier must be selective in exactly what frequencies it will pick up, and must exhibit sharp notches on frequencies it will need to reject.

We found big differences in the plastic housings that protect the inside antenna elements and the pre-amplifier. Many of the housings were sealed shut, and there was no way in to see what was on the inside, an indication of weatherproofness. If an antenna performed well, we didnt break in to see why. But if one didnt perform well, we pried open the plastic for a look at the circuitry.

All of the television antennas we tested with built-in pre-amplifiers feed 8 to 12 volts DC at about 30 milliamps into the coax with positive DC carried on the center conductor, and negative on the outside braid.

When we tested all antennas at a congested marina, most received VHF and UHF signals well enough, except for severe ghosting. Ghosting is caused by reflected signals coming in out of phase and with a slight signal delay from their non-direct path. Omnidirectional antennas will work much better away from the docks.

Then we took the antennas 20 miles offshore to judge reception from three different clusters of VHF and UHF transmitting television stations. We then cruised an additional 30 miles out and again judged reception of shoreside TV stations, some as distant as 100 miles.

Alphanetics TechtennaThis $79, heavy-molded black box has a pair of adjustable rabbit ears and a side mount that attaches to a vertical stanchion. You adjust for best reception by maneuvering the telescopic rabbit ears. We were told that inside the black box was specialized circuitry to enhance the television signal. But we concluded there was no internal amplifier because no voltage was required to run the antenna system.

OmnidomeThis white little antenna looks identical to a GPS receiver/antenna housing and came to us via a marine electronics tinkerer who said he was going into business producing these TV reception systems. The inside workings consisted of just a small metal loop; it fared very poorly in our testing, and it, too, has been taken off the market.

Bottom Line: One of the least expensive amplified antennas on the market, the 2020 offers only average performance, in our opinion. Wed recommend spending a little more for a better performer, such as the Shakespeare 2030.

Sea Sharp SSA-102This $99 antenna comes with anodized aluminum hardware for mounting on a pole at home, but can be adapted for marine installations. The antenna is semi-omnidirectional with telescopic whips at each corner. Dockside, we could turn the antenna for improved signal with less ghosting.

In the marina, there was the usual ghosting-again, a clue the antenna should perform well at sea. At 20 miles, the Sea Watch marine TV antenna was absolutely omnidirectional with no noticeable fades. All channels, including 2 and 3, came in with full color and no sign of snow. At 50 miles, the lower channels showed signs of snow, but reception was still better than with any of the smaller antennas.

Naval Electronics PR-411Naval Electronics Model PR-411, at $279, is a good example of a commercial-grade antenna. The upper shell is thicker than most other ABS plastic TV antennas, and it is tightly bonded to the ribbed bottom shell. All the inside metal elements plus low-noise amplifier are imbedded in solid polyurethane foam.

This was also the only antenna that withstood the pounding of nearby transmitters in the downtown harbor. There was absolutely no sign of interference caused by strong paging transmitters located just 2 miles away.

Dantronics Mat 220If your dockmaster wont let you put up a directional aluminum home-style TV antenna on a piling, you may wish to consider two motorized models that have internal directional elements.

ConclusionsSize and amplification are the keys to performance with marine TV antennas. Any of the amplified small omnidirectional marine TV antennas will do a lot better than a simple pair of unamplified rabbit ears. But if you want across-the-channels performance, we recommend the Shakespeare 2030 or the Naval PR-411.

Obviously, you don't need a TV on your boat. But you might want one. Between GPS navigation systems, VHF radios and smartphones, you have plenty of access to safety and weather information.

Marine TV antennas pull signals from towers or satellites just like the one in your house. The only difference is that the boat is moving. Thus, the signal is never in the same place (okay, the signal is technically in the same place, but the boat isn't).

This leads to several issues to overcome when choosing the best antenna for a boat. You'll want to consider the distances and locations where you typically boat. This will help determine the strength and type that's best for your boating lifestyle.

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Signal strength is an important factor to consider when looking for a marine TV antenna. Most antennas these days are digital. You'll want to consider the distance you'll be trying to tune in. If you rarely go more than a mile or two, you won't need as much signal strength.

The LAVA RVHD provides omni-directional reception with a signal that doesn't fade with movement (a great feature for boats). It supports AM, FM, VHF and UHF frequencies and boasts a receiving range up to 80 miles.

The waterproof housing is UV-resistant with durable injection-molded ASA material. Being that it's specifically designed for moving vehicles such as boats and RVs, I have to give top nods to this model.

Our flexible marine communications solutions offer connectivity options for all types of watercraft and budget constraints. We understand that crew welfare, ship management and yacht internet play a vital role in how your vessel operates. As a global provider of all the most popular maritime broadband plans, VSAT terminals, and TV antennas, our core focus is delivering the very best technology platforms that reliably match your unique vessel requirements and applications.

Our entire product line of Marine systems are available in completely integrated configurations with everything needed to achieve a communications link with the spacecraft, including the above deck equipment (antenna and radome), block upconverter, satellite modem, global PLL LNB, below deck controller and vessel IFL coaxial cabling.


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