Nevertheless, there are occasions when we like to be able to view television (NFC playoffs, Superbowl anyone?). But when we moved Eolian from what was essentially downtown Seattle up here to Anacortes, we moved out of the over-the-air broadcast area. Yes, that's right - here at the dock at Cap Sante Marina we receive exactly zero stations. Zip. Nada. With our ancient Shakespeare SeaWatch 2015, that is.
So last fall I looked into the new offerings in the marine TV antenna market. Surprisingly, the 2015 was still being offered, but we already knew how this performed. And there were newer models too. But ignoring the cheap Chinese ones left either a Winegard or a Shakespeare (which was also manufactured by Winegard). And both of these had (what for us) was a difficulty.
The power supply for our existing 2015 uses either 12V or 110V. On Eolian, it was the 110V option that was used in the original installation, presumably because there is no 12V nearby. But both the new antennas offered only 12V power supplies - and had an overly elaborate switching enclosure that was designed to be installed in a standard switch wiring box like you'd find in a house... or an RV.
So I equivocated. But as of the first of the year, Shakespeare abandoned Winegard and began manufacturing their own antennas. And with these new antennas, the elaborate switch box is gone, and we are back to a power supply that can use either 110V or 12V. Hallelujah!
|(That's a temporary coax hookup)|
Part the veil? Holy cow! It ripped wide open. We get a total of 18 channels! Yep, those from Orcas and more, and several from Canada as well.
Can I recommend the new self-sourced Shakespeare antennas? Absolutely and without reservation!