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Parts List
Model FV-HD30 FreeVision Antenna
Made in USA (Designed for use with U.S. DTV frequencies).
FreeVision Antenna
Mounting screw
and nut
UHF Elements
U-Bolt
Mini Coax
Cable
Mounting
Bracket
Mounting Nut (2)
Matching
Transformer
Nut (2)
WINEGARD
FREE VISION
Antenna Assembly
Start by placing the FreeVision antenna on a flat
surface so that the molded “Winegard FreeVision”
Logo on the front of the unit is facing up, Figure 1.
FIGURE 1
Lift the forward elements up until the holes in the
elements line up.
With the holes lined up, install the UHF element by
inserting the threaded posts into the holes in the
forward elements. The threaded posts should extend
down towards the body of the FreeVision antenna.
Forward elements
Point Toward
Stations
HD
Label
Thread the supplied nuts on the back of the threaded
posts. DO NOT tighten at this time.
WINEGARD
FREE VISION
Thread the coax cable through the body of the
FreeVision antenna and connect it to the matching
transformer. See Figure 2.
For an indoor installation, use the 6’ long mini coax
cable (provided).
For an outdoor installation, connect the cable that will
run from the antenna into the building.
Remove and dispose of the rubber boot on the
matching transformer before installing the matching
transformer in the body of the FreeVision antenna as
shown in Figures 2 and 3.
Logo
FRONT of Antenna
Forks
FIGURE 2
Once the matching transformer is installed into the
body of the FreeVision antenna, slide one of the forks
of the matching transformer between the two forward
elements on the threaded post. Repeat this process
for the other post. See Figure 4.
Coax Cable
FIGURE 3
Tighten the nuts making sure the matching transformer
Matching
Transformer
Top side of
Antenna
is still connected.
FIGURE 4
Forward
Elements
Matching
Transformer
w/ fork ends
Nuts
1
Remove and dispose of the rubber boot on the
matching transformer.
Mounting the antenna:
Mounting Options:
The FreeVision antenna is intended as either an indoor
or an outdoor antenna. However it is important to
mention that all antennas perform at their maximum
outdoors. In most cases you will lose as much as half
of your signal by installing the antenna indoors.
Wall Mounting - The FreeVision has been designed
with holes to allow it to hang on a wall from a nail. See
Figure 5.
The FreeVision antenna is designed to be mounted
either of two ways:
Location Selection:
FIGURE 5
Before deciding on a location for the FreeVision
antenna, determine which channels you want to
receive and where they are coming from. This will help
you determine the best location and direction to aim
the FreeVision antenna.
Mounting Holes
There are a couple of sources for this information.
Online: www.antennaweb.org or www.tvfool.com or
www.antennapoint.com
If you do not have internet access, contact Winegard
support at 800-788-4417.
WINEGARD
FREE VISION
Mast Mounting - The FreeVision antenna comes with
a bracket and U-bolt to allow for mounting to a pipe or
mast. To use a pipe or mast for mounting the antenna,
first attach the mast clamp to the FreeVision antenna.
On the back of the antenna, thread the nut onto
the screw holding the mast clamp to the FreeVision
antenna and tighten it as shown in Figure 6 below.
Each of these sites have a feature that allows you to
enter your address and get a listing of likely channels
available in your area, including a listing of the
compass heading for each station’s tower.
For most locations, stations will only come from one
or two directions. If the compass headings are similar
(less than 30 degrees apart), the FreeVision can be
aimed between the two areas and receive signals from
each location.
Once the clamp is attached, assemble the U-bolt
around the mast or pipe as shown in Figure 7 and
install the nuts securely to keep the antenna in place.
FIGURE 6
The FreeVision antenna has an approximate range of
30 miles when installed outside. Any station outside
this range is less likely to be picked up by the antenna.
This range is reduced by any obstructions (such as
buildings, trees or hills) between the antenna and the
broadcast tower. This is true with any antenna.
Distance, obstructions and compass heading all play
a role in deciding on a location to permanently mount
the antenna. For this reason, it may be necessary to
try the antenna in several locations, checking signal
on multiple channels to determine the location that
will provide the best signal. Moving the antenna three
feet in one direction is often enough to change the
reception.
FIGURE 7
U-Bolt
When mounting the antenna indoors, keep azimuth in
mind and try to mount the antenna so that it can look
out a window on the wall facing the broadcast tower.
Mast or Pipe
Finally, select a location approximately 3 feet away
from other electronic devices. Electronics, including
the television itself, can interfere with the reception of
the antenna.
Mast Clamp
2
Back
Mounting
Screw and
Nut
Attach the ‘HD’ label:
Painting the FreeVision antenna:
Remove the backing from the ‘HD’ label and carefully
place the label over the front of the UHF element so
that it covers the center block of the elements. See
Figure 8.
The FreeVision can be painted as long as the metal
prongs of the forward elements and the matching
transformer forks are not painted. See Figure 9. Your
antenna will not work if these areas are painted.
FIGURE 8
If you choose to paint the antenna, cover the two
circled areas with tape before painting.
Getting the most out of the antenna:
You will also want to use a primer when painting the
antenna or the paint will easily flake.
The signal that you receive at the antenna is all the
signal the system will ever have. Amplifiers can only
keep you from losing this signal as it runs to one or
more televisions. This is the reason that mounting
location and direction is so important.
FIGURE 9
An amplifier may be required if:
Forward
Elements
The cable between the antenna and the television is
longer than 50 feet.
More than one television is connected to the antenna.
Matching
Transformer
In these cases, contact your antenna dealer or Winegard
for the best amplifier for your application.
Troubleshooting:
Issue:
Possible cause:
Static or snow in the picture.
Digital Television is all or nothing. This means that
the picture is either great or there isn’t one. Static means there is interference between the digital tuner and the television screen. If you have a digital converter, one of the connections or the cable between the converter and television may be bad.
Not getting channels.
Several things can cause this:
- Try running a new channel scan on the TV or
converter box.
- A faulty connection between the antenna and the TV or converter box.
- The matching transformer may have come loose from the antenna.
-Try the antenna in a different location. There could be something obstructing the signal.
One Channel is missing
Try turning the antenna 10 or 20 degrees in either direction to avoid reflections or better peak on the signal.
The picture or sound freezes while I am watching a
channel or there are boxes in the picture.
This is often caused by a weak or intermittent
signal. Try moving the antenna to a better location or
aiming it directly at the tower for this channel.
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