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What is this antenna?

My boat came with this antenna already installed on top of the mizzen mast and there is no documentation on it. It is not a GPS, radar, or vhf. At night you can see a small red light glowing on the underside of it. I suspect it may be some sort of TV antenna as there is a coaxial cable coming out of the bulkhead above a salon shelf. I can't quite make out the writing underneath. If anybody knows anything about it or how it works, your info would be greatly appreciated.


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TV and FM antenna.
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TV and FM antenna.
Satellite or just over the air reception?

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that's probably over-the-air broadcast TV and FM radio.

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old school vhf/uhf tv antenna.. the red light is misleading as back in the day the powered antenna was a selling point.. no real such thing today (powered / amplified)...google the manufacture listed on the label underneath - I am sure that there is a wiki associated somewhere

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if you pull it off, i will gladly dispose of it for ya. i will even pay shipping, as i am such a nice guy

edit, i think it says "interceptor" in the big letters , the second row i think it says "tv & fm antenna" so i did a search on interceptor antenna and found a company named Winegard that used to make a tv ant for RVs called the interceptor. i would bet that is what it is

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i rotated and cropped it and played with the colors a little. it is slightly easier to read now



edit again. i bet if you follow the coax in the salon it will lead to a power injector. a box that puts a voltage over the coax to power the amp in the ant. if you remove the ant you need to make sure to disconnect the injector as well, because you dont want a hot wire hanging around and the power useage

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i rotated and cropped it and played with the colors a little. it is slightly easier to read now



edit again. i bet if you follow the coax in the salon it will lead to a power injector. a box that puts a voltage over the coax to power the amp in the ant. if you remove the ant you need to make sure to disconnect the injector as well, because you dont want a hot wire hanging around and the power useage

Cool, thanks! It looks like it will be worthless to me, especially with all TV going HD soon.

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Not true Tsaup, My Sharkespeare TV antenae looks just like it. It is connnected to a box, and also has a rotatation gain feature to it. It picks up UHF great and the gain feature allows you to pick up the HD signals in spectacular fashion.

We bought a small Sharp 20"HD TV/DVD combo when Circut City folded this year for $140 and it beats watching the movies at anchor on the labtop. It is 2 inches wide and on a fold out mount, mounts right on the wall with virtually no protrusion.

Check it out thoroughly first before dumping it.


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