Winegard Co. will be showcasing its all-new Rayzar Automatic antenna as part of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) National RV Trade Show, Dec. 2-4 in Louisville Ky.
According to a press release, the Rayzar Automatic is a fully automatic HD TV antenna that quickly scans for all available local broadcast channels. Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard will unveil the Rayzar Automatic at its display in the Kentucky Exposition Center’s South Wing Hall 1A, Booth No. 166.
The dual band antenna boasts state-of-the-art technology ensuring “effortless usability and an optimal viewing experience,” the company said. The Rayzar Automatic’s external hardware searches for live, local signals, while an LED wall plate inside the RV illuminates all locations where TV signals are available. The antenna positions itself automatically to ensure maximum channel availability. There is also a manual override option that allows the user to look for a specific broadcast channel.
Combined with Winegard’s state-of-the-art Surface Mount Technology, the Rayzar Automatic’s ultra-low noise amplifier provides optimal signal strength for better picture quality with little-to-no pixilation or picture loss. The Rayzar Automatic pulls in both VHF and UHF channels.
The modern-looking Rayzar Automatic measures only 15 1/2 inches in diameter by 7 inches high, weighs a light 4 1/2 pounds, and is easy to install with a simple coax hookup. There is no need to drill a hole in the roof for a crank handle.
A sleek, low-profile dome houses the technology, protecting the hardware from shock, vibration, high humidity and extreme temperatures.
The U.S. patent-pending Rayzar Automatic comes in black or white and retails for $399 at Camping World Supercenters and RV dealerships nationwide. It is expected to begin shipping mid-December.
Winegard Co. has introduced the all-new Rayzar Air HD antenna. According to a press release, the sleek and powerful multidirectional antenna provides front and back reception for maximum channel coverage in situations where the broadcast towers are geographically spread apart, thus requiring minimal aiming to tune in channels.
Optimized for North American digital TV frequencies (high-band VHF and UHF), the Rayzar Air is designed to eliminate interference from other non-TV frequencies to maximize signal reception. With near Blu-Ray quality HD and no monthly programming fees, users can enjoy live regional programming anywhere in the U.S. from major broadcast networks.
“We are excited about this next generation of antenna,” said National Sales Manager Aaron Engberg. “With Winegard’s Sensar being on the majority of RVs, it was important for us to design an antenna that could be easily retrofitted to the Sensar or other antennas that attach to the Sensar boom. The Rayzar Air retrofit antenna allows RVers to easily update their antenna and double their coverage in just minutes for around fifty dollars.”
The Rayzar Air’s features a 4.4-inch stow height, eliminating the worry of driving under low clearances, yet extends to 16 inches when deployed. The boom and lift assembly raise the antenna above most surrounding obstacles for superior look angle and signal capture. Its durable housing materials protect against UV rays and inclement weather and it has been rigorously tested for use in typical RV conditions with wind tunnel and shock/vibration testing.
A retrofit antenna with boom upgrade option is available in white or black and retails for $49.99. A complete antenna with lift and mount has an MSRP of $129.
According to a press release, the new antenna is almost half the size than its predecessor, the Carryout (GM-1518), and features a sleeker lightweight design.
The Carryout G2 portable satellite antenna is fully automatic and is quick and easy to set up, offering two coaxial outputs so two TVs can be connected. The antenna is powered through a 12-volt output (included), but can be connected to a 110-volt outlet with a power converter (sold separately).
“The Carryout G2 pushes the ‘size-versus-performance-trade-off’ common to satellite antennas to the limit,” said Aaron Engberg, director mobile sales channel for Winegard. “Reducing the size by 40% from our original Carryout, without a single compromise in performance, is truly what makes Winegard the leader in antenna design. Consumers want smaller, faster, better and Winegard has once again delivered with the Carryout G2.”
Key benefits to the Carryout G2 antenna include:
• Fully automatic antenna eliminates the need for manually aiming/finding satellite signals.
• Compatible with all major satellite TV programming providers.
• Works with most satellite receiver models, including activated receivers from home.
• Backed by a two-year parts, one year labor limited warranty.
• Several mount options are available.
The Carryout G2 is now shipping and has an MSRP of $649; models are available in white dome (GM-2000) or black dome (GM-2035).
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With the completion of its new, state-of-the-art testing facility this summer Winegard Co. will soon establish itself as a “world class” antenna testing facility.
According to a press release, the newly added facilities will allow Winegard engineers to quickly and accurately characterize antennas from 50 MHz to 50 GHz in-house and reduce design and development time in half. The test facility will reside in Winegard’s newly constructed North Plant which expands the company’s manufacturing and warehouse space to approximately 410,000 square feet.
“This is the next step in the evolution of our company,” said Winegard President Jon Manley. “Rapid growth in the enterprise and consumer markets are driving the company’s expansion, and the desire to move all testing in-house. Having the ability to test all of our products in-house gives Winegard a competitive advantage. Not only does this decrease development time significantly, it also reduces expenses incurred by outsourcing and improves our quality control.”
Winegard currently maintains an extensive portfolio of antenna test and measurement capabilities, including indoor and outdoor VHF and UHF antenna ranges and a Nearfield Systems Inc. (NSI) indoor near-field scanner. The company is adding an advanced NSI indoor compact range and spherical near-field scanner to create a comprehensive testing facility that can test virtually any antenna product manufactured today that operate in the 50 MHz to 50 GHz range. Measurements include 2-D and 3-D pattern cuts as well as antenna gain and directivity. All equipment complies with IEEE standards.
For more information on Winegard visit http://www.winegard.com.
Winegard Co. has introduced the Pathway X1 satellite HD TV antenna developed exclusively for DISH high definition and standard definition programming.
According to a press release, the Pathway X1 portable satellite antenna is the smallest satellite antenna on the market today. It is 40% smaller than the popular Winegard Carryout, weighing just 10 pounds, and is also the only portable satellite antenna available that offers the ability to convert to a permanent roof mount antenna. Consumers will also appreciate the user-friendly operation and 15-minute setup.
“Expanding our Pathway family has been a top priority in order to offer our mobile customers smaller, lighter, faster and automatic satellite antenna options,” said Aaron Engberg, director mobile sales channel for Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard. “The X1 contains the latest technology available and is super easy to setup and operate. For Winegard, it’s all about improving convenience and ease of use for our customers, as well as providing them with the highest quality TV viewing experience – wherever they travel.”
Key benefits to the Pathway X1 antenna include:
• Automatically finds DISH satellites.
• Single cable setup – antenna powered through receiver via one coax cable.
• Perfect solution for one TV, but also supports two coax ports for two TVs.
• Unique ability to permanently convert the portable to a roof mounted antenna without having to pay the high price of a roof mounted antenna (roof kit sold separately).
Both Pathway X1 and X2 antennas are compatible with DISH Solo HD receivers (models 411, ViP 211, ViP 211k, and ViP 211z) and with pay-as-you-go programming available in SD/HD packages. Using the remote, customers simply select the state in which they are located and the antenna will automatically locate the DISH satellites.
If mounted to the vehicle roof, the Pathway X1 is for stationary use only. Receiver bundle packages (antenna plus DISH receiver) are available for both the X1 and X2. Additionally, Winegard offers a two years parts, one year labor warranty on the Pathway models.
For more information visit www.winegard.com/pathway.
For the second year in a row, Winegard Co. earned top honors in the 2013 “Best Satellite TV Hardware” category in both the MotorHome and Trailer Life magazines’ annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
According to a press release, more than 130,000 MotorHome Magazine readers were asked to vote for their favorite brands in a broad range of categories. Conducted online at TrailerLife.com, the Trailer Life Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards asked more than 196,000 monthly readers to vote in 25 categories among 104 brand.
“Winegard is honored to receive an award so directly related to our customers’ satisfaction,” said Aaron Engberg, director of mobile products for Winegard. “We are dedicated to being the No. 1 choice of our RV owner customer base for both satellite and broadcast TV antennas. Our company is firmly committed to providing top-quality products at the best value and these awards are proof that we are delivering on that commitment.”
Winegard offers a comprehensive lineup of satellite and broadcast TV antennas in the industry, with popular brand names such as TRAV’LER, RoadTrip, Carryout, Pathway, Sensar and Rayzar.
Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Co. has collaborated with DISH to develop and introduce the Pathway X2 Portable Satellite TV antenna exclusively for receiving DISH program content.
According to a press release, the Pathway X2 delivers a true HDTV viewing experience for mobile or outdoor activities such as RVing, tailgating and camping. The new Pathway Antenna is available through Camping World Inc. and RV dealerships nationwide.
“The Pathway X2 represents the next generation of automatic portable satellite TV antennas for DISH customers on the go,” said Marcel Guajardo, lead product manager for Dish Network’s RV and mobile platforms. “Its portable design and easy setup gives our customers an affordable and flexible way to receive and watch high-definition TV even in remote areas.”
Designed with a larger reflector to optimize signal strength, the Pathway X2 has the ability to access “Eastern Arc” locals in HD, a feature other portables aren’t always capable of offering, according to Winegard. With automatic toggling, the user never has to hassle with aiming or re-pointing the antenna.
Key benefits to the Pathway X2 antenna include:
• Automatic pointing to DISH satellites.
• Ability to watch different HD channels on two TVs simultaneously.
• Setup and watch live HDTV in less than 15 minutes
Enhanced signal durability for watching TV across the lower 48 U.S. states.
• Powered through a compatible DISH receiver (required, sold separately).
• Access to all local channels in HD.
• Access to the same DISH HD English channels available to residential subscribers.
Customers have the option to sign up for a 24-month commitment or a monthly pay-as-you-go, no-contract service option. Existing DISH subscribers that already have services at home can simply add the Pathway to their current account and enjoy the same programming on a single bill.
“As a manufacturer of the residential satellite antennas for DISH, Winegard has always had a strong, long standing relationship with them,” said Aaron Engberg, director mobile sales channel for Winegard. “We wanted to take the customer experience to a whole new level of simplicity and so we worked closely with DISH to create a durable, high-performing and weather resistant antenna that is ultra easy to set up and operate.”
For more information about the Winegard Pathway X2 automatic portable satellite TV antenna and/or DISH receiver activations, visit www.winegard.com/pathway.
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.