King Controls Designs FLEX Portable Antenna

March 12, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

FLEX portable automatic satellite antenna

The new FLEX portable automatic satellite antenna from King Controls offers an easier way for RV owners to get their favorite TV programs from DIRECTV, DISH and Bell TV, according to a press release.

This new, innovative design combines power, data and satellite communication over a single coaxial cable for simplified set-up, the company said. The FLEX antenna connects directly to the RV’s portable satellite input via coaxial cable with no need for an external power source or cable and also works with a variety of receivers for SD programming from DIRECTV as well as SD and HD programming from DISH and Bell TV.

Dual coaxial outputs provide compatibility with up to two receivers.  The compact, lightweight antenna unit measures 17.5 inches by 16 inches and weighs just 10 pounds. A closed loop carry handle provides easy transport and a convenient spot to add a cable and lock for security.

Inside the RV, a small antenna controller with AC to DC power supply simply plugs into the same AC power outlet as the satellite receiver eliminating the need to find a properly fused power source.  The antenna controller can be easily attached to the top of the main satellite receiver or mounted inside a cabinet with the provided hardware.  According to King Controls, just push a button to automatically lock on the satellite(s) in minutes.  The FLEX controller can also be used to program the antenna for the desired satellite service without any special tools or the need to open the dome unit.

Indicator lights on the controller provide complete diagnostic information including verification of proper coaxial connections and satellite signal blockage.  The FLEX model VQ2100 portable satellite antenna has a suggested retail price of $649 and is available in the U.S. and Canada through King Controls’ wholesale distribution partners.

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Tailgater Satellite System Earns CES Distinction

November 18, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Tailgater from King Controls

The new Tailgater portable satellite TV system has been named an International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards honoree, according to a press release.

Jointly designed by King Controls and Dish Network, the Tailgater is the “first-ever fully automatic, portable satellite TV antenna to provide direct communication with the Dish Network satellite receiver for completely automated set-up.”

“This award from CEA recognizes the Tailgater as an innovative solution to bring high definition television outdoors,” said Ira Bahr, chief marketing officer for DISH Network. “The Tailgater’s simple set-up combined with full access to DISH Network’s programming packages at convenient month-to-month pricing makes it the best ‘TV-on-the-go’ option for outdoor enthusiasts.”

The Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the producer of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology trade show, and has been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering ever since 1976. Products included in this CES program are judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and journalists to acknowledge outstanding design and engineering in innovative consumer electronics products that encompass 32 categories.

“Since 1999, King Controls has led the RV market with new and innovative mobile satellite TV antennas that allow people to enjoy their favorite TV programs while living the RV lifestyle”, said Lael King, president and CEO of Bloomington, Minn.-based King Controls. “We’ve introduced many industry firsts over the years, but the automatic portable antenna category and the Tailgater antenna more specifically have been the most gratifying for me. At a retail price of just $350, automatic satellite TV reception is now a very affordable entertainment option for all RV owners and easier to use than ever before.”


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King Controls, DISH Develop Portable RV Antenna

August 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Tailgater portable satellite antenna

Bloomington, Minn.-based King Controls announced the launch of its Tailgater portable satellite antenna, making DISH Network high-definition programming an affordable option for all RV owners.

Designed in conjunction with DISH, the Tailgater system is a fully automatic, portable satellite antenna that provides quick and easy access to a wide selection of premium HD channels, according to a press releasae. Innovative software integration for direct communication between the Tailgater antenna and the DISH Network receiver provides the best possible customer experience available.

“It just couldn’t be any easier”, said Craig Bartyzal, vice president of sales and marketing for King Controls. “The portable antenna menu screen is extremely intuitive and will certainly be a refreshing change for RV owners,”

A customized menu screen automatically appears on the TV when the Tailgater and receiver are connected, and the receiver is automatically configured for mobile use. From the on-screen menu, RVers can simply select their state, and then scan. Within minutes they are locked on with access to all your favorite DISH Network HD channels.

Pop-up screens automatically appear after scanning for satellites to indicate when satellite signals are partially or completely blocked, prompting the user to move the antenna when necessary. “Diagnostic information that previously required a laptop computer, customized diagnostic tools and a thorough understanding of satellite antenna technology is now automatically displayed on your TV in plain English,” said Bartyzal.

Another feature is the single coaxial cable connection between the antenna and the receiver. A 50-foot coaxial cable is included and provides power to the antenna from the DISH receiver. The patented antenna design is 16 inches wide by 17.5 inches high, weighs just 10 pounds and includes an easy carry handle for transporting.

The Tailgater antenna is compatible with DISH Network’s VIP211k receiver and can be used with an existing home subscription or the new pay-as-you-go service from DISH Network.

The Tailgater model VQ2500 antenna has a suggested retail price of $350 and the DISH Network VIP211k receiver has a suggested retail price of $150. Both will be available in the U.S. through King Controls’ major wholesale distribution partners.


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Winnebago Selects King Controls TV Antenna

July 12, 2011 by · Comments Off on Winnebago Selects King Controls TV Antenna 

JACK digital antenna from King Controls

JACK digital antenna from King Controls

Supplier King Controls announced today that Winnebago Industries Inc. has selected the new JACK digital over-the-air TV antenna for its 2012 model year motorhomes.

“While the digital transition of over-the-air TV signals provides enhanced picture quality and a greater selection of available channels, the process of finding digital signals has proven to be much more difficult than with analog,” said Craig Bartyzal, vice president of sales and marketing for Bllomington, Minn.-based King Controls.

The JACK antenna includes a built-in digital signal meter to allow fast and accurate antenna pointing without having to blindly scan in multiple directions to find local digital TV channels.

“The ability to pin-point the location of broadcast towers before scanning for channels is exactly the type of innovation that our customers have come to expect from Winnebago Industries,” said Russ Garfin, director of product development for Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago.

Measuring 11.25” high x 16” wide x 12.5” long and weighing just over 2 pounds, the JACK OA8200 Series antennas are up to 70% smaller than traditional RV antennas yet require no cranking up or down, so less roof space is needed for installation. The antenna is easily rotated a full 360-degrees, allowing complete flexibility in finding the strongest signal.

“After testing all the available antenna options, we chose the JACK for its superior performance, ease of use and design flexibility,” said Brad Stricker, electrical engineer at Winnebago. “It’s great when we can incorporate new technology into our products that have such a positive effect on the overall customer experience.”

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King Controls’ Digital HDTV Antenna System

December 10, 2010 by · Comments Off on King Controls’ Digital HDTV Antenna System 

One drawback to RV travel is the need to continually locate TV signals for the evening’s entertainment each time you set up camp. King Controls’ new JACK Digital HDTV antenna system with integrated signal finder incorporates a built-in digital signal meter which allows fast and accurate antenna pointing without having to blindly scan in multiple directions to find your local TV channels; LED lights illuminate as the antenna is rotated a full 360˚ to indicate which direction the digital TV signals are strongest. The unit also includes a variable sensitivity adjustment to fine tune the antenna position for best reception in both strong and weak signal areas. The fixed height, aerodynamic  design requires no cranking up or down, so less roof space is needed for installation and the antenna is always ready for travel, and the unit’s rotation shaft features an adjustable “tube in a tube” design allowing installation on various roof thicknesses without any cutting or gluing of components. Available in either white or black, the antenna system includes a 12-volt wall-plate switch that fits all standard electrical boxes and includes two TV outputs, a cable TV input and can be used as a selector switch between campground cable and over-the-air signals. For more information, contact King Controls, 11200 Hampshire Ave. So. Bloomington, Minn. 55438; (952) 922-6889 or visit

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King Controls’ SureLock Finds Digital Signals

June 25, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

SureLock photoKing Controls has introduced another industry first with the SureLock digital TV signal finder. The SureLock simplifies over-the-air antenna pointing and takes the guesswork out of finding the local broadcast channels, especially in rural areas where the TV signals are not as strong. The built-in signal meter detects digital TV signals as the antenna is rotated to indicate the best antenna position for maximum TV reception. The switch last summer to broadcasting over-the-air TV signals in the new digital format versus analog has provided both benefits and challenges for today’s RV owners. While the new digital signals provide greatly improved picture clarity, channel guide information and more channels than ever before, finding the digital signals is much more difficult. The old process of selecting a channel and rotating the antenna until you had the best picture no longer works with the new digital technology. Today, the antenna must be pointed correctly for adequate signal reception before scanning for channels in order to properly load the program guide. Without knowing where to point the antenna, the set-up process may require multiple scans in several directions, and each channel scan can take up to 15 minutes to complete. The SureLock digital TV signal meter connects to an existing TV antenna output or may be installed in-line between the antenna output and the TV or converter box. Simply rotate the antenna until the maximum number of LED lights are illuminated on the SureLock to get the strongest TV signal. A built-in signal attenuator lets you adjust the sensitivity when in very strong or weak signal areas for reliable antenna pointing anywhere. With the SureLock you can pinpoint the broadcast towers in just seconds to save time and eliminate frustration. King Controls’ SureLock model SL1000 Digital TV Signal Finder has a suggested retail price of $39.95 and will be available in the U.S. and Canada through King Controls’ distributor partners and extensive dealer network starting July 22. For more information on the SureLock, the location of authorized King Controls dealers or to learn more about its entire product line, call (800) 982-9920 or visit

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JACK Antenna: Covers the Full Digital Spectrum

March 10, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

DTVO-4(White)King Controls, Bloomington, Minn., manufacturer of the King-Dome and VuQube mobile satellite systems, introduces the JACK digital, over-the-air HDTV antenna for RVs. Covering the full digital spectrum for both UHF and VHF signals, the JACK offers improved reception of UHF signals where over 80% of the new digital local channels are broadcast. With a wider reception range, the JACK antenna is less directional than traditional RV antennas to simplify finding a signal and scanning for available channels. At just 12 1/2 inches long, 16 1/2 inches wide and 2 inches high, the JACK antenna is up to 70% smaller than competing products and offers less wind resistance when deployed or traveling. The amplified antenna includes an AC to DC power supply and can also be used with an existing wall mount or video switch supplied +12-volt antenna power switch for simple retrofit. Two different mounting brackets allow quick and easy installation on your existing RV antenna lift or a pole in just minutes without any special tools. MSRP: $49.95. The JACK antenna is available in the U.S. and Canada through King Controls’ extensive dealer network. For more information on the JACK antenna, the location of authorized King Controls dealers or to learn more about its entire product line,  call (800) 982-9920 or visit

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