FAQ - Marine TV Antennas
Can the Shakespeare SeaWatch� 2020-G, 2025 and 2030-G Marine TV antennas receive digital TV signals?
A: All Shakespeare SeaWatch® Marine TV antennas are digital HDTV receiver ready. However, if your TV is not digital ready, a digital to analog converter box is required.
How can I tell if my Marine TV antenna is digitally ready?
A: If the TV antenna was purchased after 2001 and has gold-plated connectors, the antenna is digitally ready.
How can I tell whether my antenna is affected by the 2002 USCG Safey Alert?
A: Only units of Style 2040 and 2050 which were manufactured in 2000 are affected. Style 2030-G was originally listed erroneously by the USCG. A corrected Alert removed the 2030-G from the list. For complete information, click here.
How can I check the SeaWatch® Marine TV antenna to make sure it is working?
A: Check the voltage from the power supply for 17 vAC on AC operation and 12 vDC on DC operation. If you are experiencing difficulties, try moving out of the slip to see if interference from other boats might be causing your reception problem. VHF TV transmission is line-of-sight, so at sea level you're quite possibly out of "view" of the TV signal.
Why can I pick up some channels but not others?
A: Marine TV antennas have the same limitations as the ones that install on top of your home. Poor reception can be caused by location, height (for example, is your boat at sea level?), atmospheric conditions, and power.
Can I mount the antenna upside down or sideways?
A: Yes. However, be sure to seal the coax connector located on the underside of the antenna.
Can I mount the antenna in an enclosed area?
A: No. TV signals bounce off of flat, reflective surfaces, which would effectively shield the antenna from the station's broadcast.
Can I use the Style 2020-G or Style 2030-G for my house?
A: Yes. In fact, the reception can be excellent, depending on where you are. For best results, mount the antenna in a clear area, away from obstructions.
Why does the power supply's red light stay on when I run the unit in AC mode?
A: This modification was made by Shakespeare to show that power is getting to the antenna. This is true only if the power supply on your unit is black in color.
Why can I get better reception on my boat with a pair of rabbit ears?
A: Your Shakespeare SeaWatch® Marine TV Antenna is doing its job too well. It's delivering too much signal, overloading the TV's Automatic Gain Control circuitry. Use an in-line attenuator (available at most Radio Shack stores, for example) to reduce the antenna's signal to a usable level. Shakespeare's SeaWatch® 2025 Marine TV Antenna System uses dual amplifiers to permit boosting or attenuating the signal as needed. The control panel for the 2025 is available as an upgrade for other Shakespeare antennas as SeaWatch® Style 2025-CP.
Can I run two or more TV's off of the same antenna?
A: Yes, two TV's will work with one antenna, as long as the total coax run is kept relatively short.
How long is the warranty for the TV antennas?
A: SeaWatch® Marine TV Antennas carry a Shakespeare Limited Warranty for 1 Year from the date of purchase. You can inspect the warranty's terms here (PDF).
Will a booster help me get more signal?
A: No, a booster just amplifies the signal that is being received. Boosters are used for increasing signal strength for multiple TV installations with long runs of coax.
Can I replace the preamp myself?
A: No, this is not a stock replacement part from Shakespeare. The antenna head has to be returned to Shakespeare for repair.
What is the difference between Shakespeare units having the gray power supply and those with the black power supply?
A: In units having the black power supply, the RED light stays on in AC and DC operation, and a thermal fuse has been added.
What is the difference between the 2020-G and the 2030-G TV antennas?
A: The Style 2030-G is larger (21" diameter, instead of 14"), and also heavier (11 lbs., instead of 3 lbs.). The Style 2030-G is designed for maximum omni-directional performance in the marine environment. The 2020-G is the ideal smaller marine TV antenna where styling and size are the predominant factors. It's perfect for close-in, or stronger signal areas.
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