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Connection Woes

Fuzzy or no picture ...

I run into this problem on perhaps 10% of the RV units that I PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection) and most times it is a bad crimping job on the cable connections. When I come across the problem, I simply cut off all the factory installed connections and crimp on a new connection - this solves most of the problems in short order

Anyway, here's a step by step that you can do to find the glitch ...

  1. Remove the booster and label each cable so that you know where it attaches to the booster.
  2. Disconnect all the cables on the booster.
  3. Disconnect the cable connection on the roof that is attached to the antenna.
  4. Remove the outside cable mounting plate and disconnect the cable there.
  5. If you have a second TV outlet in the coach, remove the mounting plate and disconnect that cable too.
  6. Check for continuity between the center wire and the cable mounting fitting on all disconnected cable ends - one by one - with an ohm-meter. (You can buy one of these at Radio Shack for under $15.00)
  7. Replace any connector that shows continuity.
  8. Re-check that connector - if the meter still shows continuity, replace the other end of that cable.
  9. Repeat number 7 until all connections are corrected.
  10. If the problem is not corrected by installing new connections, it is probable that the cable has been pierced by a screw or staple inside the wall or ceiling. If this is the case, it is wise to run a new cable to the outlet(if possible).
  11. Reassemble everything.

This *should* solve the problem 99.99% of the time. I would be interested to know if it doesn't!!!!

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