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post #61 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-03-13, 02:13 PM
 
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stampeder, today I only can get 5-1, 23-1, 23-2, 29-1, 29-2, 29-3, 43-1, 43-2, 43-3, I think it is due to the weather today. I will try another day.
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post #62 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-03-13, 05:28 PM
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Your quantity seems fine, but what I'm after is signal strength and relative reception quality results like you see in quite a few of the other results posts. If your tuner has a signal strength meter or other such reading in it, perhaps you could post what it is reading on each of the channels you get.

With a good quality outdoor antenna your quantity and quality of stations would be very stable except in maybe the biggest storms.
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post #63 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-03-19, 10:59 PM
 
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Upper Middle & 8th Results

Here is signal strength:
2-1: 36%-45%
4-1: 79%-86%
5-1: 93%
7-1: 77%
9-1: 30%-36%
23-1: 100%
29-1: 79%-86%
43-1: 100%
53-1: 30-36%
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post #64 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-06-15, 01:22 PM
 
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In old Oakville, facing the lake - OTA options?

I'm in a fifth floor apartment in old Oakville, facing the lake. I'm thinking about an OTA setup, but my views of Toronto and Buffalo are obstructed by buildings.



Do I have any hope of decent reception with a relatively compact, "aesthetically pleasing" antenna, placed on the balcony? Or would I have to go big and ugly? Just wanted to get some opinions before I spend any time or money on this.

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post #65 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-06-15, 01:31 PM
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Buildings that close will probably cause multipath interference on almost any antenna, but I really think you should borrow one to test or else get a pro in for an evaluation. You might find that since you are 5 floors up they are not totally mangling the signal but that you need one that can really grab the scatter, like a CM4228.
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post #66 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-06-23, 09:54 AM
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Oakville - Glenashton & Parkhaven

Samsung SIR-T351 and a $10 RCA pair of rabbit ears with a UHF loop sitting on top of the display with the 'ears' down.

All Buffalo networks including FOX, PBS and CBC... most 7-8 bars.

Thanks WZ1.

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post #67 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-06-23, 12:20 PM
 
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Lakeshore at Brownsline with PC OTA HDTV

Hi,

I'm on Lakeshore at Brownsline, south side second floor. East facing window + North/East Balcony. Using the small antenna that comes with the ATI HDTV Wonder card I receive CBC English & French, SUN, City. CTV CBLT shows strong signal but no picture.

I have to stress here that I'm not working at getting more stations with different decoders or other hd/sftware. This is out of the box reception.

Others here seem to have more success using Watch software with various hdware decoder/tuners which IMO is relatively generic.

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post #68 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-07-10, 01:24 PM
 
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reception in Oakville

I'm back with a few more possibly naive questions...

1) If I can pick up a decent analogue signal for CH Hamilton, Fox Buffalo, and most Toronto stations using a cheap antenna on my balcony, does that suggest that I might be able to get decent HDTV OTA reception with a quality antenna like the CM4228? (please see my post #132 above, and stampeder's reply #133)

2) If I were to purchase an antenna like the CM4228, is it possible to make it more neighbour and landlord friendly by putting some sort of fabric slip over it, or would this interfere with reception?

3) How much does it cost to get a pro in for an evaluation? Would it be closer to $20, or $200?

Thanks
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post #69 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-07-19, 06:08 AM
 
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1. I think stampeder was suggesting a CM4228 just might be the ticket.

2. Fabric would most likely interfere. "neighbour and landlord friendly" ? You wouldn't need to have the antenna stick out where it would be seen. Close to the edge would work.

3. $20 for an in home consultation? Probably not.

Worth the effort? I think so.
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post #70 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-07-22, 01:05 PM
 
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Near to the Lake in East Oakville

This is what has prevented me from pursuing the idea of mounting an OTA antenna on my two storey house near to the Lake in East Oakville. I have satellite but I'm intrigued by the idea of receiving OTA signals, which are claimed to be better than the compressed satellite signals, but being near to the Lake means I don't have the advantage of elevation. What's the opinion of others that maybe in the same kind of situation ?
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post #71 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-07-22, 01:46 PM
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jgvp if your view towards the lake is not blocked by a tall building then you should have fine reception of the Buffalo stations.You can test your reception with a indoor uhf loop antenna of the analog stations.

Attic CM 4248 at Buffalo,M4 at Buffalo.VHF yagis at Toronto .
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post #72 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-07-30, 10:44 AM
 
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Oakville (Dundas x 403): $$$$ for OTA vs. HD from cable?

I am in Oakville (Dundas/403 area), in a 2 storey house without any tall buildings around and subscribe to Cogeco's HD channels using their HD-PVR STB (I believe it is the 6208).

The next TV I purchase will likely have an ATSC tuner.

I would imagine the cost to purchase an indoor antenna and perhaps amplifier would be comparable to buying an additional HD STB (without PVR), and an outdoor setup including installation much more. I peg that at about $250 for indoor setup and > $500 for an outdoor setup.

Since I didn't see any results using indoor antennas from anyone else in my geographic area, I'm not sure if it would be worthwhile to use an indoor setup. This is based on my assumptions above on pricing and lack of evidence of other indoor OTA users.

Am I far off-base?
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post #73 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-07-30, 02:56 PM
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Hi cannon_fodder, I think your cost estimates are off by quite a bit, and I've moved your post here to the Oakville thread from GTA. Please read through this thread to get a sense of what others in Oakville/Brampton/Mississauga have done/are doing, and you'll see what the options are for your area. You'll also be getting some feedback from others too.
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post #74 of 1351 (permalink) Old 2006-07-31, 09:26 AM
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Am I far off-base?
I'm just down the road. I use a $25 Philips indoor amplified antenna available at Wallymart and get all major US networks CTV and CBC with a Samsung STB. Try this first.

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Originally Posted by kneedfreetv
Here are some of my choices

CM 4242
CM 3678
CM 3671
CM 3679
CM 3020
CM 4228
WINEGARD PR7052
WINEGARD HD7082
WINEGARD HD8250
CM 4228 one of the best.
PM Yaamon, he will sell you one.
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