Winegard FV-HDC3, FV-HDCO User Manual

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Model FV-HDC3/FV-HDCO Antenna

(Designed for use with U.S. DTV frequencies.)

For help, call 1-800-788-4417 or email

Do not return antenna to place of purchase.

U.S. Patent D612,370

and Patent Pending

Digital Television Facts

Your Winegard antenna is digital and HD ready. This means that the antenna receives all available digital and HD local programming in your area.*

A commonly unknown but key feature with over-the-air (OTA) antennas is they deliver the highest quality digital and HD signals to your television—even better than satellite and cable! With the signal being received directly from the

broadcast tower and transmitted to your television, it is in its uncompressed and purest form.

As more and more local networks are broadcasting their programs in HD, you can experience reception of your favorite shows in crisp, clear FREE HD! You also have the ability to receive programming that cable and satellite companies may not provide. It doesn’t get any better than that!

*Antenna reception may vary based on transmitting antenna tower height, lobe pattern of the transmitter, height of the receiving antenna, weather conditions and terrain on receiving path including trees, buildings, hills, mountains, etc.

Receiving HD

Your antenna is HD ready. However, in order to receive HD programming, you also need a quality coaxial cable and a digital TV with an ATSC HDTV tuner. If the TV was sold as an “HDTV” or “DTV”, the TV is supposed to have a built-in ATSC tuner. “HD ready” TVs do not have a digital tuner.

How do you know if your TV has a built-in tuner? Most televisions sold as an “HDTV” or “DTV” that were manufactured after 2007 will have a built-in tuner. You can also check the specs in the TV owner’s manual, or search online for the make and model of the TV to see if it has an ATSC tuner. If your TV menu has an option for scanning for digital channels, then it has an ATSC tuner.

If your television is not digital ready, you will need a digital tuner or set top box. This will ‘decode’ the signal for your television.

Before Assembling the Antenna

Check that you are within a 30 mile range of the stations that you want to receive. The FREEVISION antenna has an approximate range of 30 miles when installed outside. For a listing of likely channels available in your area, go online to or








UHF Element


10-32 Hex


Flange Nuts (3)












1/4-20 Hex


Flange Nuts (5)

Matching Transformer



1-3/4” Screw

50’ RG-6

Coax Cable

HD Label

2-1/2” Screw


5/8” Bolts (2)


Mounting Bracket


Antenna Assembly

Start by placing the FREEVISION antenna on a flat surface so that the Winegard FREEVISION logo on the front of the unit is facing up (Figure 1).

Figure 1


Front Side


of Antenna







Antenna Assembly, Cont’d

Lift the forward elements until the holes in the elements line up (Figure 2).

Figure 2

With the holes lined up, install the UHF element by inserting the threaded posts into the holes in the forward elements. The threaded posts should extend down towards the body of the FREEVISION antenna as in Figure 3.

Figure 3

Thread the supplied 10-32 hex flange nuts on the back of the threaded posts. DO NOT tighten at this time.

Remove and dispose of the rubber boot on the matching transformer as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4


Rubber boot

Continue to page 4 to complete antenna assembly.


Antenna Assembly, Cont’d

With the logo facing up, thread the coax cable through the bottom of the FreeVision antenna. Connect the coax cable to the matching transformer. See Figure 5. (For an installation that does not require full 50’ coax cable, coil the excess cable up and store it behind the television.)

Figure 5

Matching Transformer



Installation Place for


Matching Transformer


Coax Cable

Insert the coax and matching transformer into the installation place. Then, slide one of the forks of the matching transformer between the two forward elements on the threaded post. Repeat this process for the other post. See Figure 6.

Figure 6

Forward Elements

Tighten the nuts, making sure the matching transformer is still connected.

Mounting the Antenna: Location Selection

Check that you are within a 30 mile range of the stations that you want to receive. The antenna has an approximate range of 30 miles when installed outside.

For a listing of likely channels available in your area, go online to or On each of these sites, you can enter your address and get a listing of likely channels available in your area along with the compass heading for each station’s tower. For most locations, stations will only come from one or two directions. If the compass headings are similar (<30° apart), the FREEVISION can be

aimed between the two areas and receive signals from each location.


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