Winegard Co. has introduced the Pathway X2 Portable Satellite TV antenna developed exclusively for DISH programming. According to a press release, the Pathway X2 will be available in August.
The Pathway X2 represents the next generation of automatic portable satellite antennas that delivers the true HDTV experience during outdoor activities such as RVing, tailgating and camping. Key benefits to the Pathway X2 antenna include:
• Automatic satellite acquisition from Eastern or Western Arc satellite orbitals.
• Ability to hook up two single-tuner receivers to allow viewing on two TVs.
• Access to all local channels in HD for both Eastern and Western Arcs in the lower 48 states (some channels and international programming may not be available).
• Better performance with larger 18-inch reflector.
“Winegard has always had a long standing relationship with DISH and we wanted to create a durable, high-performing and weather resistant satellite TV antenna, exclusive for DISH customers, that is simple to use,” said Aaron Engberg, director of mobile sales channel for Winegard. “Our mission was to simplify set up and maximize performance and we certainly accomplished those goals.”
Designed with a larger reflector to optimize signal strength, the Pathway X2 is able to access Eastern Arc locals in HD, a feature other portables aren’t always capable of offering. With automatic toggling, the user never has to hassle with aiming or re-pointing the antenna.
The Pathway X2 is compatible with DISH Solo HD receivers 411, ViP 211, ViP 211k, and ViP 211z single-tuner receivers that also provide power to the antenna. Users simply enter in the state they are located and the antenna will automatically tune in and toggle between the appropriate satellites.
Pathway X2 comes with an easy-grip carrying handle and a security eyelet that is molded into the base. Also included is 25-foot coax cable for extra flexibility in finding the ideal location for best reception. Since the Pathway X2 gets power through the DISH receiver a power cable is not necessary.
For more information about the Winegard Pathway X2 automatic portable satellite TV antenna or to request notification when the Pathway X2 is available, visit www.winegard.com/pathway.
Winnebago Industries, Forest City, Iowa, has selected the Winegard RoadTrip Mission and SWM TRAV’LER satellite antenna products as their choice across all production lines for their 2014 models, according to a press release. In addition to the factory installed satellites, all vehicles not equipped off the line will be pre-wired for both the TRAV’LER and Mission for easy dealer installations.
“The Winegard Mission and TRAV’LER are industry leaders and we are pleased that Winnebago Industries has selected our products to include on their coaches,” said Keith Larson, national sales manager of mobile products for Winegard. “Winnebago Industries is recognized as a strong, long-standing member of the recreational vehicle community and the ability to work with them as a partner is a bonus for our company.”
“We implemented the TRAV’LER last year on several models to give our customers a DirecTV HD option.” said Brad Stricker, Winnebago product development leader. “So it was a natural progression to include the Mission in-motion and stationary satellite antennas this year for a complete package choice for our Winnebago Industries coach owners. Winegard is well-known in the industry and we are looking forward to our partnership.”
Winegard Co. is a leader in the design and manufacture of TV reception products for the RV market. For more information about all Winegard satellite antenna products, visit the Winegard website.
Winegard Co. has introduced a free mobile app that makes it fast and simple to set the elevation on its Carryout Anser portable satellite TV antenna. According to a press release, the design is “ideal for RVs, tailgating, picnicking, family outings and other outdoor activities.”
“The new Anser app allows antenna owners to use the GPS on their smart phones to set the satellite elevation through a simple three-step process,” said Aaron Engberg, director of mobile products for Winegard. “Using this app, Anser users can typically produce the antenna elevation in less than 15 seconds and can be watching TV in minutes. We developed this app to enhance the mobile Anser experience when watching TV on the DIRECTV, Dish or BellTV satellite networks. It also lets you find the nearest Winegard dealer.”
Anser customers can find the elevation in three easy steps when they activate the app:
• Select elevation guide.
• Select the service provider.
• Select the target satellite.
The app will display the correct elevation to set using the built-in guide on the Anser housing, as well as clear pointing instructions.
The app also offers a dealer locator feature making it easy for customers to find a Carryout Anser nearby. The Winegard Anser iPhone app is available free to download from the Apple® App Store and Google Play.
Winegard Co., a leader in the design and manufacture of mobile TV reception products, has introduced the RAYZAR Amplified Portable Indoor HD antenna.
According to a press release, the new, amplified version of the RAYZAR over-the-air antenna is capable of receiving local broadcast channels from up to 50 miles away and requires no assembly or permanent installation.
The razor-thin, multi-directional amplified antenna has the most advanced dual band (VHF/UHF) consumer antenna on the market, according to Winegard. It weighs just over 2 ounces, is .002 inches thick, measures just 12 inches by 13 inches and receives all local HD broadcast signals.
“We’ve designed the RAYZAR Amped as a razor-thin, flexible and feather light broadcast antenna that is a powerhouse at delivering free TV for those who enjoy the mobile lifestyle,” said
“The Amped is one of very few indoor dual band antennas on the market, which means consumers don’t have to worry about missing out on a major network that other UHF indoor antennas may experience,” said Winegard National Sales Manager Aaron Engberg.
Designed with Winegard’s “Clear Circuit Technology,” the embedded amplifier is able to amplify 100% of the signal at the element to maximize channel reception and minimize pixilation and dropouts for the best viewing experience possible.”
The antenna is black on one side and white on the other to match any décor, and is easy to set up. Simply connect the coaxial cable to a digital HDTV, position the antenna wherever signal is strongest, plug in the USB power cable with 110-volt or 12-volt adapter, and run a channel scan.
For more information visit www.winegard.com.
During the 2013 National Dealer Conference in San Diego, NTP Distribution Inc. honored Winegard Co. as a 2012 Vendor Partner. This marks the fifth consecutive year Winegard has received an award from NTP.
“It is a great honor for Winegard to receive this elite award once again,” said Keith Larson, national sales manager for mobile products at Winegard. “Winegard is committed to innovating new cutting-edge, high quality antennas. This year we launched the Carryout Anser Portable Satellite Antenna and Rayzar Portable Indoor HDTV antennas that have resulted in great success at the dealerships.”
Winegard, based in Burlington, Iowa, supplies their diverse line of satellite and over-the-air HD antennas to NTP, including TRAV’LER, RoadTrip, Carryout, Sensar, Rayzar and RoadStar along with a wide variety of accessories. For additional information visit Winegard.com.
Winegard Co. announced that it received Stag-Parkway’s “Peach” Award during the distributor’s annual ‘Driving Success’ Trade Show running this week in San Antonio, Texas.
According to a press release, this is Winegard’s fifth Peach Award, which recognizes innovative new product designs, outstanding product quality, dedicated customer service and support, communications with dealers and consumers and their superior dealer training program.
“I am extremely honored to accept this coveted Peach award,” said Aaron Engberg, director of mobile product division for Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard. “This is a result of never-ending hard work by everyone at Winegard and we are thrilled to add it to our collection. Stag-Parkway has been a key partner to Winegard and it is so rewarding to see our commitment and dedication recognized.”
Winegard supplies their complete line of satellite antennas and over-the-air TV antennas to Stag-Parkway, including TRAV’LER, RoadTrip, Carryout, Sensar, Rayzar and RoadStar antennas along with a wide variety of accessories.
Atlanta-based Stag-Parkway’s product management team uses a 10-point scale to measure supplier performance across four important business metrics. The overall score is then added to a subjective component that helps the company arrive at the final group of recipients.
During its 2013 National Dealer Conference in Red Wing, Minn., Northern Wholesale Supply Inc. honored Winegard Co.’s Carryout Anser Portable Satellite Antenna as the “Best New Item.” According to a press release, attending dealers cast their votes with the announcement made the final day of the show.
“We are thrilled to see such a great response from the dealers. When we developed this hybrid automatic antenna our goal was to design a portable antenna that was simple to use, yet very affordable for the consumer,” said Keith Larson, national sales manager for mobile products at Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard. “The Carryout Anser is unlike any other portable antenna out there. After setting the elevation, the antenna automatically finds the satellite making set up fast and easy.”
Winegard supplies a complete line of mobile products to Northern Wholesale Supply, including TRAV’LER, RoadTrip and Carryout satellite TV antennas, as well as Sensar and RoadStar over-the -air TV antennas, and a wide variety of accessories. To learn more about the Winegard Carryout Anser Portable antenna or other Winegard antennas, visit http://www.winegard.com/mobile.
Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Co., a leader in antenna design, announced that on Nov. 16 the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington D.C., affirmed the jury verdict in its favor in the ongoing patent lawsuit against Electronic Controlled System, Inc. dba King Controls.
According to a press release, King Controls had previously accused Winegard’s Carryout product of infringing claims of two U.S. Patents owned by King Controls and had asserted more than $5 million in damages. Winegard stipulated that the Carryout product infringed the patents but argued and later proved the patents were invalid as obvious. A five-day jury trial was held in November 2011, where the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Winegard. in just over two hours of deliberations.
Winegard was represented by the law firm of Lane & Waterman LLP in Davenport, Iowa.
Newmar Corp. held its 2011 Vendor Appreciation Dinner Thursday night (Oct. 18) at Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, Ind., in an unusual family-style dinner at which the Nappanee, Ind.-based motorhome builder took the time to recognize vendors from throughout the country who excel at the fine points of servicing Newmar as an original equipment manufacturer.
It’s something that Newmar, a family-held company, has done for 18 years — with the exception of a couple of years during the recession – hosting a dinner for the top-rated suppliers and presenting awards to a number of them.
“We do a bi-annual evaluation of about 150 vendors,” explains Mike O’Connell, vice president of purchasing for Newmar. “Through that process, we end up with scores, everything from ‘excellent’ to ‘unacceptable,’ and the people that we invite to this Vendor Appreciation dinner received excellent scores.”
Of the 44 suppliers and 140 diners in attendance at this year’s dinner, the top award, the “Virgil Miller Award of Excellence,” went to Industrial Finishes, an Elkhart, Ind.-based exterior paint supplier. On hand to accept the award were President Glenn Duckworth, Eastern Region RV Manager Rich Dotson and Mike Pratt, who’s in charge of business development.
Also honored were Almega Tru-Flex Inc. (Wire Harnesses), Alro Steel Corp. (Structural Steel), Fantastic Vent division of Atwood Mobile Products (Ceiling Vents), Fabritech (Bed Spreads), Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (Chassis), Quality Hardwood Sales (Hardwood Stiles), S & H Metal Products (Galvanized Metal Boxes), Equipment Service/Stressco (Slideout Components), Postle Aluminum Co. (Aluminum Extrusions) and Winegard Co. (Satellite Dishes & Antennas).
Additional awards bestowed at the event included Salesman of the Year: Jim Cramer, Global Link; Inside Sales: Amanda Girten, Positron Corp. and Judy Hafel, Flexsteel Industries Inc.; Truck Driver of the Year: Ross Minanik, YRC, and the Innovation Award, which went to Equipment Service/Stressco.
In looking down the road in his dinner remarks, Newmar President Matt Miller said Newmar has put in place a succession plan that will keep the company in the family of his father, founder Mahlon Miller, for the next generation. And he said the company has been making headway as well in terms of product innovation, despite the limitations of the recent recession.
“We believe the future of our company is very bright,” said Miller. “We have taken the opportunity during the downturn to prepare ourselves for a lot of innovation, which we’ll be introducing in the next 12 to 18 months, and we’re not slowing down on that at all.”
“We have fewer dealers than we did before the downturn, but we have higher quality dealers, and we have initiatives underway to recruit more dealerships. We have fewer brands than we’ve had, but we’re more focused on the brands that we do have. And we feel good about where we’re at right now.”
If Newmar was coming out of “survival” mode at last year’s supplier dinner, added John Sammut, vice president of sales, the company this year “is getting back on the offensive in its approach to selling and marketing its products throughout the U.S. and Canada.”
In fact, Sammut said the last five weeks beginning with the week before the Elkhart’s 5th Annual RV Open House Week through mid-October were “the best five weeks of order writing at Newmar in four years.” For this and other strategic reasons, Sammut said, Newmar is accelerating production schedules to four units a day for the balance of 2012 and for some time into 2013.
Winegard Co. has introduced the paper-thin, translucent Rayzar HDTV broadcast antenna for the tailgating, camping and RV markets. At just 0.6 inches thick, this flat antenna can be hung on internal vehicle windows, making it ideal for tuning in local broadcast channels.
Weighing in at just over five ounces, the 12 inch by 13 inch patented Rayzar portable HDTV antenna finds and pulls in the local broadcast stations for free viewing. The unit can be rapidly set-up once the vehicle is parked and removed quickly for departure. The Rayzar requires no installation and offers a solution for RVs with little-to-no roof space available.
“The Rayzar is a great fit for the mobile lifestyle, the quick release suction cup clips make it easy to reposition the antenna at each location for maximum reception,” said Aaron Engberg, director of mobile products for Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard. “Consumers will be amazed at the almost Blu-ray quality picture and quantity of channels it pulls in for free wherever they are parked.”
Rayzar com, which retails for $44.99, also comes with 15 feet of mini coaxial cable giving the viewer flexibility in positioning the antenna where the signal is the strongest.