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Enjoy FREE DTV and improve your Winegard Sensar batwing antenna's UHF performance with the Wingman.
This lightweight, sleek add-on attaches with 4 simple snap-on screws to the Sensar head to increase UHF performance up to 100% on DTV channels. Designed using advanced computer design software and 50 years of experience, the Sensar Wingman is optimized for Digital and HD programming, providing you with the ultimate DTV/HDTV antenna. Wingman is compatible with all Winegard Sensar batwing antennas. Elements are powder coated white for long lasting durability in harsh environmental conditions.
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I upgraded the TVs in my RV to digital last summer. With the existing amplified Winegard
antenna the TVs intermittently picked up 4 channels. I installed the Wingman and the TVs
picked up 11 total channels from Minneapolis steadily and clearly. I was camping at the
time 60 miles north of Mpls/St Paul. (Flat terrain) This is a simple easy to install solution for
better reception. In my case the existing antenna was clear of obstructions and it took about
5 minutes to install.
I made the same mistake as some others, assuming my RV's antenna was a Winegard, when instead it was a look-alike Signal Commander. The Wingman could be installed on a Signal Commander only by Jerry Rigging.
I installed the Winegard Sensar IV antenna head with integral amplifier, which gives a perfect fit and excellent reception when mounted to the Signal Commander mast. Both
the Winegard and Signal Commander websites recommend against using different components with their products, but this
installation fit exactly, performed superbly, and looked perfect. It took less than half an hour to change out the antenna head - one co-ax connector to unscrew, then
reconnect, and two pins with retaining clips to remove and replace. New pins and retaining clips are packed with the
Winegard Sensar IV head.
Our antenna is located near an exhaust fan and we would get noise interference on the TV whenever the fan was turned on. Figured I'd try this and see if it would remove the interference and it did! Still some noise on a couple channels with weaker signals but I'm very pleased with results. Installation was very easy with no tools required.
Bought with high hopes based on others reviews. I am not
seeing much if any improvements. Same channels. I am
finding here in rural Massachusetts with the wingman
attached, my signal seems to fluctuate more than without.
Its okay, but not an improvement for me.
Installing the Winegard took only a few minute and we found that we could receive more channels and that the ones we did receive came in stronger. For the cost it is well worth adding it to your system.
After reading several reviews, the most being positive, I ordered the Wingman. When I recieved it i thought to myself. There is no way this little add-on is going to do much. Prior to having it installed I was only getting 5 over-the-air local channels. After installation I was getting 22 and all crystal clear. Amazing.
I installed the Winegard Wingman on my existing Winegard antenna system.
Installation couldn't be easier. There is no wiring change involved (new or
modifications). The addition of the Wingman enhanced my reception greatly. I can and do recommend this item.
Instructions say to install with the antenna in the raised position. We turned our antenna to the side of the camper and lowered it all the way down. We were able to install it in about 5 minutes standing in the back of our pickup. We installed it while camping in a poor reception area where we couldn't watch any of the 4 channels picked
up. With the Wingman, we didn't pick up any additional channels but the 3 digital
channels turned crystal clear and reception on the analog channel was vastly improved. Might give this a 5-star with further use.
Easy to install. Works great for something so inexpensive and simple. This helped me locate another local channel and improved reception on another one. Was glad to have weather radar that first weekend. Installed fine on a 1999 antenna.I will make sure to always have an antenna with this attachment from here on out.
What a great inexpensive add on. We just got back from a trip to an area we used to
get next to no reception but now were able to pull in 14 channels crystal clear! It
snapped into place without a single tool.
The Winegard Wingman is a must if you want to get the most out of your off air TV
reception in the weak signal areas. The installation only take minutes and the
improvement in antenna directivity reduces signal distortion due to multi-path as well
as improving the gain of the antenna to help pull in the weaker signals when you are
out in the boondocks. Well worth the money.
Just recently took a trip to Gulf Shores with this product attached. On a previous trip to the same area the tv signal strength meter was in the 40 to 45 range with the wingman installed the signal strength was anywhere from the mid 80s to the low 90s. It looks like it works. It seems to work best if you use tvfool.com with your location to verify the
direction the wingman needs to be pointed. I am happy with it BUT because of the antenna length now when lowering it down in travel position it has to be cocked to clear the a/c shroud but in that position it is stowed well enough to travel. So be sure to measure the area it will be mounted in for clearance......it seems to be worth it.
Installation was a breeze. Unfortunately, we were never in a location to really feel the extent of coverage improvement. Winterizing and putting the RV into hibernation are what's important now. We'll get a better opportunity as we travel next spring. I would like
Camping World to charge the correct amount for delivery to my door in Canada. Nothing is worse than an additional customs fee. The unit eventually cost me 3 times the price.
Should have purchased this item in Canada.
I replaced the analog TV in our RV with a digital flat screen. Adding the Wingman RV-
WING UHF Add-On to my amplified Sensar antenna was a snap. The antenna worked
great, the number of channels we got was amazing, and the HD reception was sharp.
Very pleased with the purchase and performance.
The Wingman does help pull in weaker signals. Some of the channels that we could hardly watch before now come in well enough to watch. I did notice however when an airplane flies over it can cause the tv picture to lock up.
The Wingman arrived within a few days of my placing the order. The instalation took less then 5 minutes and allows me to receive over the air stations in campgrounds where I was never able to get any reception. The product is great, everyone should have one.
I have had this product two different times. First location, it didn't do anything. This year I used it again, at another
location. The results were, I doubled my channels. You have to turn the unit to get the best signal. If you have a HD
converter box, it will have a signal strength meter in the menu. You might have to fine tune each channel, but that
takes only a second. If you have a strong signal, like mentioned above, you won't see any difference. This works on
the stations you can't get or ones that are weak and have a poor signal.One last thing, be sure your ant amp is turned
on. I have helped folks time and again, that didn't know about the ant amp. The amp is a black push in switch on your
main ant connection, and when it is on, a green light, will be on. Last note, HD is directional, you have to turn the ant, to the strongest signal to see results.
Easy installation, far better range.
Digital signals rule the airwaves now so for an inexpensive alternative it works great. I also swapped out my converter and the combo just works far better than the 2 stations I usually got at my Favorite
location. If you are hardcore for TV while camping then get satellite otherwise this is as great
Not too many things do what they are advertised to do, but this one little inexpensive, easy to attach item does exactly that and more. Before attaching the Wingman, I did a channel scan and picked up 20 channels with the trailer parked at my home. I then attached the Wingman and was able to pick up 29 channels. Great addition!
I had a clearance problem with the vane cross piece at the far end of the Wingman due to a regrigerator roof vent. I call Winegard's 800 customer service and was told it was OK to totally remove the end cross vane or cut off one side. I used a dremel to cut off the right side of the end vane. The reception is GREAT! Major improvement in reception and picture. Great value and easy install for outstanding results.
I have been in maintance all my life, and to see this work is amazing. i only had a few
channels before and now unbelievable. this products works. I am amazed, and it took
longer to get on the roof than to put it on, thanks camping world
Super easy installation. 3 minutes and it was on. Took 5 minutes to ger the shipping box open. Whats with the new glue? Added reception was great. Cured channels that kept fadding. Well worth the money.
This appears to be a well built addition for the Winegard Antenna. I was looking
forward to installing it and seeing the difference in my reception. Unfortunately, my
travel trailer did not have enough clearance between the antenna and the refrigerator
vent so I could not use the wingman attachment. I believe it takes at least six (6)
inches of clearance to effect an installation. This is not a reflection on Winegard quality,
just an installation issue that I believed prospective buyers should take into
consideration before purchasing this addition. I was able to give the antenna to my
dad for his travel trailer. He has not installed it yet so I don't know what reception
improvements he may have.
How does this work with no electrical connections? The large flat element that is the original antenna is a simple dipole opitimized for channels 2 thru 13. Inside the white housing is the amplifier for channels 2 thru 69 or older units may go to channel 83. I don't believe that these antennas support the FM broadcast band well, but they may work fairly well. The Wingman add on are only "parasitic" elements. Simply, they are "tuned" for UHF channels 14 thru 69. By adding the elements the dipole antenna which is bi-directional is converted into a directional Yagi or beam antenna. It will receive signals from all directions but looking at the signal strength meter you can watch the signal strength increase or decrease as you turn the antenna. When the signal is the strongest you will notice that the end of the antenna (the smallest end of the new Wingman) is pointed at the transmitting tower. this is not magic, but physics. Wineguard has been in manufacturing antennas for the last 45 or more years. Back in the '60s I was installing the original antenna on large boats, rv's and homes. The antennas have been improved over the years and the Wingman addition is just engineering and marketing genius! Enjoy the new digital tv technology. By the way, those of you that feel your Wingman modification doesn't work correctly will find they have not installed the the kit correctly or are not pointing the antenna in the right direction or may have another problem with the installation.
Was somewhat skeptical, but I did a test and I was surprised! Before installing the wingman, my best signal in my backyard was 21%. After installing, signal strength went up to 36%. Was able to pick up more stations also. Installation took less than 5 minutes with no tools needed.
I installed the Winegard Wingman today on our travel trailer. We are approximately 35 miles NW of St Louis on the Illinois side of the river. I am really pleased. Before installation the max signal strength was
about 62-64%, after installation I am a constant 92-95%. We were able to get 11 channels before, but I was constantly getting pixelation on our screen. This added only one channel, but now I do not get any pixelation at all and I was able to view any channel at any time all day
today. The installation only took about 5 minutes. I will say that I agree with a previous post about there is not a "electronic or metallic" connection, so I can't explain how it works. I do not know if my results with this are typical. At least on those rainy camping days, we can
tune in to something. I hope this helps, I don't think that you will be disappointed.
I installed the Wingman in about five minutes with no tools on my 2005 motorhome. Parked in my driveway, I received three channels before the Wingman. After intallation, my reception jumped to 31 channels in the same location. The Wingman is reasonably priced and the improvement in performance makes it worth every penny.
Purchased the Wingman with many doubts as to how it would work. I followed the instructions, which were very easy and installed in about 5 mins. Took longer to get the ladder out than to install the Wingman. I purchased a new lcd tv and turned it on with the wingman and so amazed at the reception looked like cable television really impressed with this product.
Was unable to receive any digital channels at all until I put the wingman on my existing antenna. Now it receives great. Was able to
pick up channels that my chimney mount antenna wouldn't pick up. Highly recommend product.
This is not a gimic. Its real antenna technology. It has to work! And does!
12 out of 21 people found this review helpful.
August 17, 2009
I'm a Ham Radio Operator, K2RAY. This is a very simple modification to the existing antenna which is a VHF/UHF dipole antenna. It is able to capture signals from two directions. This may be a plus in some locations but also makes the antenna inefficent. The original 40+ year old design was an engineering compromise made to work on channels 2 thru 69 + (favoring channels 2 thru 13). The Wingman turns this antenna into a rather efficient directional UHF Yagi or beam for its size. With the new digital tv format it takes a little getting use to. If this antenna modification dosn't work a problem exists elsewhere. Either the coaxial cable or connectors are defective or the antenna
amp or the power supply for it is bad. This antenna with the Wingman is not very directional, but with digital tv it really dosn't matter. With digital signals there are no more snowy pictures. Either you have a perfect picture or you have a pixilated or no picture signal at all. You
can get a perfect signal of the "side" or "back" of the antenna. The farther away from the transmitter the receive antenna oreintation or the direction which it is is pointing will become more critical.
The "end" of the Wingman is the "end" which should point to the transmitting antenna. For the money to add the Wingman to my existing antenna and the very short time it took its a terrific upgrade for the analog to digital changeover. I did the install while in a rv park in Fla. and I am very happy with the results. I was able to "see" an additional 6 + channels after I modifiied the original antenna. And the
cost is reasonable.
It was a very easy install, less than 5 min. I went from a couple of channels to at least 14!!! I recommend the wingman because of the easy install and the low cost, less than $30. It is a must have for me.
Since the TV went digital, I could only receive Canadian Analog Stations in our area, on our RV TV. The converter box had no signal, and I disconnected it to receive the Canadian Stations. I purchased the Wingman attachment when I was at the Nascar Race in Watkins
Glen Aug 9, 2009. I installed the Wingman today Tuesday Aug. 11. I can now receive 6 TV Digital Stations very clear. I recommend the Wingman, it is cheaper than buying new Digital TV's.
Before I installed the Wingman I was only picking up 2 analog a six digital channels. The analog comes from Canada, I'm in Michigan. Once I changed my Batwing and added the Wingman, I picked up 13 analog and 12 digital channels. With each channel coming in crystal clear. I was about 55 miles away from most of the transmitters. Wow, Winegard has a great product here.
I installed the wingman a few months ago and finaly got around to writing this review. I traveled across the US and then north testing it along the way. The one real problem that I have encountered is the fact that without the Wingman the batwing would pickup stations in two directions, north/south east/west.
In other words, the antenna without the wingman will pickup two cities in opposite directions. But with the Wingman the antenna is 90 degrees off and only picks up the UHF stations off the side of the
antenna. So, if you are a distance (40-50 miles or more) from the city with the
transmitter you will not get the stations 2-13 with the wingman unless you turn the antenna back 90 degrtees and reprogram!
Example: I am presently in Franklin, Pa. on the top of a hill. With the wingman I can only view TWO stations(UHF) out of Erie,Pa. and no VHF. And no stations from Pitts.,Pa. Without the Wingman I can get about Ten stations or more out of Erie,Pa. and Pittsburgh,Pa(opposite directions).
so, in my opinion, it may be a good product if you are close to the City and you don't watch stations 2-13!
Installed our wingman in less than 5 minutes. Previously only picked
up 8 channels with the converter box. First time out with the wingman
we picked up 15 channels. It helps to re-program your converter box
once you arrive at your camp, even if you camp there frequently. Its
amazing how much difference a few feet make when receiving the
digital signal. The wingman is worth the $26 and change we spent
It was very easy to install and I went camping over Memorial with two
other families that did not have the booster. I was getting all the
channels from san diego and LA, they were not. Turned out great!
Installing the Wingman can be done by a 5 year old, it was VERY
easy. After I installed it Wingman I only picked up 2 extra stations and
the highest I could get the signal meter was 72, I live 40 miles from
Atlanta so I should be able to pick up several stations since it is a
major market. I am hoping to get a better signal in the different
places I camp. Time will tell!
By eBay seller id: texas_trader_inc from Corsicana, TX
Better than I whould have ever thought.
8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.
May 08, 2009
I read some of the other reviews and really wondered about this Winegard Wigman, but I wanted better reception without the expense of going satelite. I had hooked up a Digital Converter and was happy with the extra channels, but the quality of the reception was not all that great. I then ordered the Sensor ll and hooked it up in 15 minuets and was amazed at how much improvement I gained. I then ordered this Winegard Wigman and had 100% more quality and the reception was just like satelite but not the cost. Keep in mind, if you don't get the reception you want, move your RV a few feet. Rotate the antenna also. No one can go wrong with this item. Get a Sensor ll as well and you will be a Happy Camper again. The folks at Camping World were really helpful with all my questions. Ask them questions before you buy. They do have the answers! The only tools I needed were a ladder and a pick. Removed the rubber pads on the bottom of the Sensor and pushed in the 4 supplied plastic screws. Was watching many more channels in a matter of minutes. It's a must have add on if you watch TV.
Installation was easy, but signal strength improvement questionable. I have used the Wingman in various areas throughout the country with the same results. It's installed on my Monaco Motorhome and my antenna has a senor to indicate that it is down. If your coach has a senor it needs to be readjusted.
I received mine yesterday and installation was simple. Before installing my digital signal was too low to get a picture. After installing my reception ranged from 56% to 83%. For some reason the only network I do not get is CBS. everything else is great. We are approx. 50 air miles from Little Rock where the stations are located. I would recommend it.
We bought the wingman approx 1 month ago, very easy to install yourself in approx 5 min to install, no tools needed, we went from 14 channels to 83 channels and this was in an area with mult power lines overhead. helps to have a tv with hd and yes there is a big difference in digital and analog channels. would definitely
recommend this to anyone.
Installation was easy as noted in the instruction sheet. As to performance. can't tell any difference. There may be a slight improvement because that was what I wanted to happen. I have used
the antenna in Brenham, Jefferson, and Tyler all in Texas and cannot tell any difference in reception at those locations before/after installation. I know it didn't hurt anything however.
Quick and easy to install. Ran the channel setup after installation and received several channels I could not pick up before. Just be careful about what other rooftop items it may hit. I had to bend my radio antennae out of the way.
We are full-timers and my wife installed the Wingman on our Georgetown motorhome. Before the Wingman was installed we could only get reception for a local station in Tampa 8.1 and some
channels above that. After installing the Wingman we reprogrammed our DTV box and recieved channels down to 3.1 and more channels that we did not get before. My wife was delighted with the quick
installation. She said it took more time to climb up on the roof of the coach than it did to install the Wingman. We travel alot so we will do updates on the reception in the other areas that we travel.
It went on easy. But, it really does not fit my rv because it hits my vent cover. I hope it doesn't break any thing. You should check clearances before you purchase it. I have not tried it yet because I have not ordered the new tv yet.
Very quick and easy installation. Anyone, even someone who is not a "handyman," can quickly and easily install. Make sure you will have clearance for the Wingman when the antenna is lowered, as it installs at a 90 degree angle from the antenna head. I am currently in a very
strong reception area so I cannot comment on weak reception benefits; however, with the Wingman installed, much less antenna rotation is necessary to receive signals from different stations.
If you use an RV cover, check to see if the wingman will go toward to the outside of the coach or to the inside. If you need to mount it to the outside of your coach and it contacts your RV cover, you will need to put a plastic or fiberglass piece over the wingman to prevent your RV cover from contacting the antenna crossbar and rubbing a hole into the cover.
When the original Winegard is retracted, and laying on the roof, how much additional space is required for this Wingman attachment?
by GizmoJune 06, 2013
With the Wingman installed, you will need at least 10" of clearance between antenna and the nearest obstruction or roof edge.
June 10, 2013
Do you need this with Sensar IV head?
by BudFebruary 21, 2013
No, the Wingman is not needed with the Sensar IV.
February 25, 2013
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