Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ottawa (Stittsville), ON, OTA (DB4e & VHF-HI folded dipole, AP-2870 pre-amp in Attic), MythTV HTPC
Crankshaft, you are certainly in a great location for OTA! Camp Fortune and Herberts corners are about 160 degrees apart so you should be able to pick up the stations from one off of the back end of the antenna. Also, for the local transmissions, the signal strengths all look good so any quality suburban VHF/UHF combo antenna should give good results.
If you wanted, you also have a good chance of picking up a PBS station. WNPI is almost directly behind HC, and is is more than 60 dB weaker than a bunch of stations from it, so it might be tough to pick up without lots of notch filters. As a result it might be easier to receive WCFE, even though it is slightly weaker. To receive this, I would point a deep fringe UHF antenna towards it and combine it with a suburban VHF antenna pointed towards CF (HC won't have any VHF stations post transition).
One other thing to consider in all of this is there is a chance that VHF-LO (channels 2-6) won't be used post transition (though that has not been decided yet). Since the antenna elements for VHF-LO are by far the longest and furthest apart, antennas for VHF-HI and UHF can be made significantly smaller. Waiting a little bit for the dust to settle may permit you to have a smaller antenna, which is good from both an aesthetics perspective and is less likely to be damaged in an ice storm. Regardless, it would be good to do some trials with the antennas mlord has kindly offered to lend you.