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TV reception on the hook

I'm thinking that when the antenna moves TV reception goes to crap. I would think at the dock the reception would be just as bad if there was any movement in the boat antenna. Do we have any evidence of this....what has been our experiece on the water?
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A good omnidirectional antenna does the trick
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We have a Shakespeare 2060 G omnidirectional. On the Chesapeake here near Baltimore/ Annapolis we get over 20 HD channnels with no problem..on the hook or at the dock. We really do not watch it that much on anchor, but it works great. It also worked great on our summer trips to the LI Sound where we could watch the news and weather/

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We have a Shakespeare 2060 G omnidirectional. On the Chesapeake here near Baltimore/ Annapolis we get over 20 HD channnels with no problem..on the hook or at the dock. We really do not watch it that much on anchor, but it works great. It also worked great on our summer trips to the LI Sound where we could watch the news and weather/

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Dave, was it hard to mount that antenna ?

I have wanted to get a television antenna but haven't made time to choose on yet.

What are you pretending not to know ?

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Wind magic,

You have a number of choices on mounting. Most mount it on the mast like they do with their radars. I chose not to do this as I didn't want to have to run and junction another wire for when we take the mast down and I don't want something else for the jib to catch on when coming through the slot when tacking. (same reason I bought a Garhauer radar pole/ engine hoist at the boat show this year).

Last year we put the Shakespeare 2060 on a 6ft extension Shakespeare pole attached to the aft corner of the boat. The pole previously was where our VHF Radio antenna was located before we moved that to the top of the mast a few years ago. The bottom of the 2060 comes with a collar which tightens with two lock-nuts around 1" tubing.

This is one of my spring upgrades/ projects. The reason I bought the Garhauer radar pole/ engine hoist with a antennae hoop was multi usage and to clean up the stern of the boat. It will be attached to the starboard stern and braced on the rail as well as the boat. ( It also pivots and can be removed) (I also bought Garhauer as I like their quality having bought their davits 2 years ago) In addition this radar pole the engine hoist can easily be removed and stowed in our wet locker when not being used from the radar pole by lifting off the two pins it connects to the pole). The Radar will be mounted on the pole, the Shakespeare 2060 will be mounted 1 ft above on the hoop attached to the pole, and an additional stern light will be mounted on the hoop also. Eventually I will relocate our two GPS Antennas which are rail mounted to the hoop. The Shakespeare 2060 bracket will attach right on the hoop. Another good feature will be that all of these wires/ antennae wires can be bundled and made neat through the pole and enter the boat through a close-able Cam at the stern (this is good as my C-80 chart plotter where the radar will be displayed is at the helm) as opposed to lengthy wire down the mast and throughout the cabinets to the electrical/ control panel.

I will furnish pictures when the project is done.

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TV reception on the hook....

My experience is quite different. Perhpas someone can tell me what I'm doing wrong. I have a omni antenna feeding a Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner which feeds into my Dell computer. With the antenna stationary I get perfect reception....good picture and audio. If I move the antenna 18 inches in any direction the picture and audio freeze for about 60 seconds and then I get perfect reception again. If everyone else is getting great reception while the antenna is moving about, then what's my problem?
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I would find a friend on shore with CATV and a home network and offer to buy him or her a slingbox. Then both of you can watch TV anywhere there is access to a high speed internet connection. I'd also buy one of those gizmos that enhance your ability to receive wi fi.
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The Admiral gets pretty much anything she wants on the boat, but when she said the word Television, I threatened to put her overboard. I do NOT go on the water to watch TV.
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