Mobile Television

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by OnThePike, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. OnThePike

    OnThePike Guest

    Do any of you guys have, and use with good results, a true mobile television that actually receives the new digital broadcast format over the free air?

    I have a Kenwood receiver that originally had an option for a TV input, but since the US change over, that analog model was discontinued. There is a planned terrestrial digital receiver in the making, but currently available only in Japan.

    I also have the Skyworth "digital ready" TV/DVD flat screen installed, and have tried a few times with "digital rabbit ears" in various locations with absolutely no results other than snow.

    There is one product on the market, by Boyo, that sells a digital TV system, but as an owner of two of Boyo's rear view cameras, I'd never buy another product from them again.

    I'm not asking about satellite, or internet or any other form of TV. Strictly an over-the-air setup for viewing local stations across the country.

    Anyone have such a setup working?
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  3. Hardlyevr

    Hardlyevr Road Train Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    When the transition 1st happened, I got a digital converter box for my old 13" analog TV. Using the existing built in antenna system in my Volvo I was very disappointed. Another driver told me of a Radio Shack amplified antenna that he liked. I got one, (but now don't see it on their website) and a telescoping pole for painting from Lowe's. I mounted the pole on the grab rails behind the cab, and only put on the antenna and extended it when I was parked. I was underwhelmed with the results. Parked near major metroplitan areas, many times I could NOT receive the major networks! But I always seemed to be able to get the foreign language and religious channels! I gave up and took the TV out of the truck. I have read that they have further boosted the output power on many channels since then, but the frustration and aggrevation turned me off.
  4. OnThePike

    OnThePike Guest

    I feel your pain. I too purchased similar "boost" antennas, and pretty much found the results you found. Pretty awful indeed.

    I'd even tried clamping the thing to the top of the Wilson... lol. That was pretty funny. The results were the same though. "No signal".

    Thanks for the input... glad I'm not alone. Still hoping someone has come across something.
  5. Coonass

    Coonass "Freshy Fresh"

    Sep 23, 2008
    Awhile back I bought a little 15" television from Wally World that was "digital tv"
    ready. I plugged it into the antenna on my truck and would not have any problems
    really getting network tv while out on the road. The only thing with the new digital
    signal is that when a truck passes real close, or I change the positon of my body
    it interferes with the picture quality. It distorts to a bunch of tiny blocks.

    All you need is a "digital tv" or a regular one with a digital converter box and an
    antenna and you will be able to watch television.

    Lots of people believe that digital tv will not work unless you have a new digital
    antenna, that is not the case as any antenna will work. The new digital antennas
    may give you a little better reception but not enough to where I would worry about
  6. BigDanny

    BigDanny Bobtail Member

    Feb 14, 2010
    I have a 13 inch flat screen that I bought from a Pilot in Denver a few months back, I just use the built-in antenna from my freightliner, and I got an extra cable and an adapter so that i can make it longer and I haven't had any problems
  7. OnThePike

    OnThePike Guest

    I usually only bother with it when we're in some remote location(s) in Utah or Arizona. I'll try again in a big city atop the interstate and see what I get.

    Maybe there's hope yet.

    The Skyworth is described as "digital ready" with both analog and digital receivers, so it says. I have quality antennas with good fittings on decent coax.

    Will try again in the near future.
  8. Beer Runner

    Beer Runner Medium Load Member

    Nov 2, 2010
    I got one from Wal-Mart. It's got a 7 inch screen and I get didgital and analog channels on it. I like it and it works well.
  9. Mr. PlumCrazy

    Mr. PlumCrazy Road Train Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Lexington NC
  10. conwaycustom

    conwaycustom Bobtail Member

    Jul 27, 2010
    I have a digital TV already. Based on this thread I need to purchase a digital converter to pick up the TV signal correct? I hooked the TV up to the cable connection in the truck with no connection. So all I am missing is the converter?
  11. Hardlyevr

    Hardlyevr Road Train Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    you only need a converter if you have an older analog TV. But if you aren't getting any signal, you may need a better antenna or booster. Or just may not be able to watch TV in as many places as you would like to, or think you could!
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