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post #2281 of 2290 (permalink) Old 2016-12-21, 11:59 AM
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Sorry I derped on the image... but I guess you don't need it anyway.

Yes, you fairly accurately guessed where I am, now please try not to spread it! Yes, I get OTA is all location, location, location.

Not sure why CBLT and CBLFT are like that. :/

My bedroom's on the second floor, oh, and here's a spanner for you: my window faces north. Besides that, there's not much of a good way to get cable down here from up there, unless I just go all messy and run it down the stairs. (Though, I've considered putting a computer and USB tuner up there.)

Those antennas you named are pretty pricey, but if they can get anything from Buffalo, they're sure to be worth every penny. I didn't know you could have that kind indoors.

Yeah, I'm pretty screwed on Buffalo in general, huh? Especially as Cogeco doesn't carry them in HD, and hell will freeze over before subchannels are allowed. But I know the dentist office near me gets it... with a large rooftop antenna.

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post #2282 of 2290 (permalink) Old 2016-12-21, 01:20 PM
 
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Greg,

Don't waste your time with the RCA CANT1400, read the POST HERE.

Even installed in a basement you'd be surprised.

As for WNED, if you believe in miracles
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post #2283 of 2290 (permalink) Old 2016-12-21, 02:08 PM
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Greg (I fixed that in my post)
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please try not to spread it!
I also fixed that.
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Not sure why CBLT and CBLFT are like that.
They are like that because the tvfool site doesn't have enough people to do data updates.
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Those antennas you named are pretty pricey, but if they can get anything from Buffalo, they're sure to be worth every penny. I didn't know you could have that kind indoors.
Those two antennas I mentioned are for CBLT, CBLFT, CICA, CIII if the RCA doesn't work. There are less expensive clones (copies) but they have sharp elements that might hurt you. Sometimes the best indoor antenna is an outdoor antenna. I recently did a setup with an indoor antenna using a GE34792 Attic Antenna (assembly required) that was on sale. Most of the channels were UHF, but there was one VHF-High channel, 13.

For Buffalo you would need a high gain UHF antenna outside, or at least looking out a window that faces Buffalo.
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Besides that, there's not much of a good way to get cable down here from up there, unless I just go all messy and run it down the stairs.
That would be OK for a test to see if it would work.
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That's understandable since it is the first part of your username.

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post #2284 of 2290 (permalink) Old 2016-12-21, 02:52 PM
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Thank you kindly, rabbit73. "Northeast Hamilton" is about as precise as I'm willing to say on the public internet in 2016. It's not the same as it once was...

Ahem. I'm expecting even the cheapeast garbage around to do pretty well with the Toronto stations. Even with just a loose cable connected down here, I can get a slightly-unstable CBC. I don't expect CBLFT or TVO to pose a challenge, and Global probably isn't a stretch either. Not having WNED isn't a total deal breaker, but it would sure be nice to have if possible within reason. (Darn mountain!) But, BOUVAL seems sure I'll be disappointed.

You've both mentioned using outdoor antennas indoors, well, if it's safe and they can be freestanding, and might get WNED, I'm willing to give it a shot! As long as I buy from a good store I can always return anything that doesn't work out, right?

I believe the only VHF station I stand to get is CTV, right? Yeah, I don't care about that channel in the least, so I can probably ignore VHF entirely.

On the subject of cabling, there used to be cable upstairs. The cable was removed to wire the basement, (and as such the CATV wiring is... messy) but the holes for that seem to remain. It's in the back of a closet buried under a lot of heavy junk, but might be possible.

Windows... ah, I'm pretty screwed again, aren't I? On top floor, only south window is in my mom's bedroom. No way she'll ever let me put an antenna there. One floor down, and there's the back door and kitchen window. I don't think she'd let me put one there either. That only leaves one last possibility, there's a south-facing window in the laundry room. In the basement. Maybe that'd be better than top floor north? Doubt it!

Well, I was slightly joking on running the cable downstairs. I don't think I have something long enough for that (ooh, more buying!) and I'm not sure how much the signal loss would be vs. just having it downstairs. If I have success with Toronto and a cheap antenna (in basement!) I'll probably try to get a USB tuner, then I could experiment on my laptop upstairs.
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post #2285 of 2290 (permalink) Old 2017-01-23, 05:38 PM
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my channels i get

living at upper gage and Mohawk in Hamilton using a 8 bay channel master attenna and a channel master 7778 preamp and a channel mast distributator amp to use on 2 different tvs I get the following channels. 2.2-2.2-2.3 4.1 5.1 6.1-6.2 7.1-7.2-7.3 9.1 11.1 13.1 17.1-17.2 19.1 23.1-23.2 25.1 26.1-26.2 29.1-29.2-29.3 28.1 35.1 36.1 40.1 41.1-41.2 42.1 47.1 49.1-49.2-49.3-49.4 57.1 67.1-67.2-67.3-67.4 that's 41 channels with the lowest at 59% signal strength and 97 % quality.the attenas on top of a 11 story building about 30 degrees right of the chch tower.was wired from the attenna down to the cable box where it was split with a distributating amp one to the lounge and one to my apartment on the 4th floor.

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post #2286 of 2290 (permalink) Old 2017-05-18, 07:59 PM
 
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Anyone in Ancaster Meadowlands lose CBC 5.1? Been gone a few weeks, not sure if it's my setup or CBC's end.
Re-scan on my TV's, nothing.
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post #2287 of 2290 (permalink) Old 2017-05-19, 09:36 AM
 
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CBC 5.1 is coming in fine in Brantford - you may want to rescan.
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post #2288 of 2290 (permalink) Old 2017-05-19, 10:14 AM
 
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Thanks, did a rescan on a couple of TVs, wonder if the signal is now "too strong"? I can't remember if that can be an issue although I've never had a problem with 5.1 before.
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post #2289 of 2290 (permalink) Old 2017-05-19, 09:19 PM
 
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Both 19 and 25 are strong solid signals?
With your remote go directly to channel 20.1.
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post #2290 of 2290 (permalink) Old 2017-05-19, 10:25 PM
 
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So I completely disconnected a TV from my setup and only hooked it up to a single CM4221HD I had sitting around, raised it up in the air, the scan only gave me 6.1, 6.2, 11.1, 36.1. This method reliably picked up 5.1 in the past, don't know what's going on.
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