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January '20

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28 • RV PRO • January 2020 rv-pro.com RV O R I G I N A L E Q U I P M E N T antennas: indoors and outdoors, and two basic types of antennas: omni-direction and directional," Sampson says. He says the company's Paper-Thin antenna models are popular with RVers who don't want their antenna to take up much space. "They're very popular in the RV and trucking industries because it's as simple as using the included suction cups or sticky strips to attach the antenna to a window when the RV is parked," he says. "It offers 360-degree reception within 15 to 35 miles of towers, depending on the model. You don't have to do any drilling or installation (in the RV). You just connect it to the TV and then you can put it on a wall or window around the camper." Indoor models include omni-directional (meaning all direc- tions) and directional, both of which take up minimal space inside RVs. All campers must do is search for local towers, point their antenna that direction (if directional) and run a scan on the TV. A directional antenna has the benefit up picking up towers farther and with stronger signals than omni-directional, but it must be pointed in the direction of the tower(s). Omni-direc- tional antennas will pick up towers in any direction, but don't have as far of a range. "Many campers prefer our UFO models, as I call them, antennas because they don't have to do much, other than get near to the tower(s)," Sampson says. "If they want to reach towers 70 miles away, they would have to get one of our directional antennas and point it in that general direction." The Big Boy antennas are larger models (as evidenced by the name), and they have a general range of 70 to 85 miles, with a 120-degree reception range or spread from the front of the antenna. "I think there is an application for all of them," Sampson says of the company's antennas. "If you live where you have towers all around you, omni-directional is great. Especially if you are in an RV someplace where there are towers about every 50 to 80 miles. Just park your RV within range of the towers and something like the UFO model would get great reception. If you're not regularly within 15 to 35 miles or able to get closer to the towers, you might want to park and raise the Big Boy antenna. Some RVs have a mechanical arm that lifts the antenna up. "We have a lot of customers with toy haulers going out to places like empty riverbeds and dunes to take their buggy that love still being able to get a signal from 75 miles away," Sampson adds. Antop has developed its own technology, like the Smart-Pass technology, which allows a customer to decide whether their antenna is in "amplified" or "passive" mode. If an RV doesn't have Antop manufacturers both indoor and outdoor antennas and two basic types of antennas: omni- directional and directional. Pictured above left is an omni-directional antenna, meaning it will pick up signals from towers in any direction, but doesn't have as far of a range as a directional antenna. Also pictured is a signal booster, which can assist with digital TV reception.

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