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Installing The Winegard Wingman


We camp in Medina, Texas at The Farm Country RV Park for six months out of the year.  The park doesn’t have cable TV or a satellite TV system that is fed into a cable system.  Therefore, in order to have TV while in the park, you either have to have your own satellitle service or rely on the broadcast channels from San Antonio, Texas.  We don’t have a satellite system because most of the campgrounds that we go to have either cable TV or a satellite system, so while in Medina we rely on the over the air antenna on the camper.

The main problem that we have had is that we are far enough away from San Antonio that the reception isn’t the best.  With the new digital signals, if they aren’t strong enough they just drop completely out and we get nothing.  To help solve this problem, I went out and bought a Winegard Wingman that is suppose to increase the signal strength at the antenna.  Not knowing any better, I thought that I had a Winegard antenna on the camper.  After purchasing my Wingman and climbing on top of the camper, I found out that I had a Signal Commander antenna.  Who ever heard of a Signal Commander!  What to do now?  I guess I’ll take it back because it doesn’t look like it will fit.  The Wingman comes with four mounting connectors and I only have two holes on the Signal Commander.

When I took the Wingman back to the dealer, they pointed out that there were to circles scribed on the back edge of the Wingman that matched the mounting holes in the Signal Commander.  Since Signal Commander doesn’t have something like the Wingman, I decided to give it a try and see if it would work. 

While in Medina last week, I decided to see if it would work with only the two mounting holes.  I drilled two holes where the scribed circles were and took it to the roof for mounting.  The holes matched perfectly.  I attached the Wingman but because the Signal Commander’s holes are on two small extensions, the Wingman didn’t fit flush with the antenna head.  There was about and inch gap and the front of the Wingman hung down just a little.  This was not acceptable so I had to come up with a fix.

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Wingman Installation

What could I put in the gap to secure it?  If I had some styrafoam, that might be cut to fit in the gap.  I thought that I could get a cable tie to fit around the entire head so that it would hold the two pieces together.  I went to Kerrville and found a small block of foam.  I couldn’t find any cable ties long enough but found some white electrical tap that I thought might do just as well.  As it turns out, the styrafoam was 1 3/16 thick which was a perfect fit for the gap.  I cut two pieces and slid them in from the back side and then secured the Wingman to the Signal Commander head with the white electrical tap.  It may not look like a professional installation, but it works.  I could have bought a new Winegard antenna head and mounted the Wingman to that, but it would have cost a lot more money.  It’s hard to argue with success!

The bottom line here is that the Wingman really works and works well with the Signal Commander.  We now get very stable signals from the local channels in San Antonio.  We even get a couple of channels that we couldn’t get with just the antenna without the Wingman.  The broadcast high definition signals are as good, if not better, than you will get with cable or satellite.

TV Antenna

Wingman top view

 If any one knows of a better way to install this, please leave a comment.

Later!

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