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post #106 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-09-20, 03:17 PM
 
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i know there is a rotor on sale at The Source for 80 something $

i only paid 90$ for my CM4228 in St. Catharines

i paid 30$ for a Magnavox preamp at Nutech, which has been amazing, and I don't see how it could perform any better. (the 7775 would certainly be a much better preamp and probably shows fairly improved performance over cheap preamps, but i don't see how thats worth spending 90$ extra, especially when you in Brantford where the signals should all be fairly strong.)

perhaps you should find a dealer where you can buy a less expensive preamp and try it out, and then if it doesn't gett all channels, take it back and get the expensive one.
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post #107 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-09-20, 03:23 PM
 
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Not sure, but probably useful to look on ******** for comparitive pricing. Remember that shipping may be extra.

I personally bought most of my stuff from this guy and picked it up:
http://stores.********/RWANTENNASAT
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post #108 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-09-20, 03:28 PM
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I don't know about the others, but the CM4228 seems expensive to me. tigerbangs told me that $42.00 (+/-) is the going price for a CM4228 in most areas of the US. I was thinking of picking one up on a recent trip to DC, but I decided to wait to see what happens to WWNY in 2009 (it is currently on 7 and 35 and I gather that the 4228 isn't very good with channel 7).
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post #109 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-09-20, 05:22 PM
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Are you sure you even need a pre-amp (sorry I can't remember your location.)?
For $119 I'd be tempted to wait and see if your 4228 can't pull in the channels you want, and if it does need help, then think about a pre-amp. The 4228 already has a lot of gain.
Did a dealer suggest the pre-amp? If so, does he realize you are not using this for analogue?
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post #110 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-09-20, 09:24 PM
 
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Are you sure you even need a pre-amp (sorry I can't remember your location.)?
For $119 I'd be tempted to wait and see if your 4228 can't pull in the channels you want, and if it does need help, then think about a pre-amp. The 4228 already has a lot of gain.
Did a dealer suggest the pre-amp? If so, does he realize you are not using this for analogue?

No....I was just going with what people said here, regarding the preamp. Like you said, I might not even need it. That is a lot of money for the preamp. I might just get the antenna and see how that goes
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post #111 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-09-20, 09:44 PM
 
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Where in st catharines, and do they have it in stock?
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post #112 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-09-21, 01:05 AM
 
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$119 Canadian is a fair price for the CM4228. Antennas are cheap in the U.S. and you won't find cheap here in Canada.

$139 for the 9521a (rotor and controller) is a good price.

Sorry but I don't know about preamp prices.
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post #113 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-09-21, 02:02 AM
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what do you guys think of these prices, that I got quoted for the following gear? CM4228 $119.00 9521A rotor $139.00
7775 preamp $119.00
I pulled up an old thread comment from 2005 about my costs:

"I purchased the CM4228 and the 9521A rotator with cable from Solid Signal online and had them shipped to a relative south of Buffalo. The shipping wasn't cheap (gas prices?) so, the parts cost me $195 CND including shipping, on my Visa."

I had relatives who helped me out. Yes, US prices appear to be lower but most US sellers won't ship an antenna to Canada. I think your prices are reasonable and availability is improving.
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post #114 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-09-21, 07:28 AM
 
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Where in st catharines, and do they have it in stock?
Call Skyway.
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post #115 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-09-21, 07:42 AM
 
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england, I'm 15 minutes west of Brantford and I did a little experiment with my CM7777 preamp last night.
I tuned in my strongest signal on 4.1 (WIVB-HD) @ 98%, then went downstairs and unplugged the preamp.
The signal dropped to 0%.
I would strongly suggest getting the preamp and having everything installed during one service call.

As far as the prices go, they don't seem outrageous.
But sometimes patience can really save a few bucks. It took me about 3 weeks to assemble all of my gear for installl, cause I was shopping around. I purchased my CM7777 on eBay for $51 US, the best deal of the bunch.
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post #116 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-09-21, 08:45 AM
 
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I tuned in my strongest signal on 4.1 (WIVB-HD) @ 98%, then went downstairs and unplugged the preamp.
The signal dropped to 0%.
the reason it went to zero is because your amplifer (on mast) doesn't continue the signal unless the power source is plugged in, therefore everything would be at zero.

if you wanted to test your results without using a preamp, you'd need to take the amplifer off the antenna and go straight from antenna to your TV.
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post #117 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-09-21, 11:17 AM
 
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So it wasn't an empirically sound experiment, I concede that.
LOL
Thanks for the explanation.
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post #118 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-11-09, 08:22 AM
 
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Anyone know a decent 10db indoor preamp distributer/brand in the GTA area?

Thanks,
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post #119 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-11-09, 09:13 AM
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I did a antenna install on top of a tower on the weekend and I told the customer to go and buy one.

He went to Rona and got one for $20.00. You can also try Walmart there is no need to pay more than that.

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post #120 of 1051 (permalink) Old 2006-11-11, 02:55 PM
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Michigan Channel Master/Winegard Dealer

Denny Duplessis has contacted me about his full service TV Antenna shop in central Michigan. For DHCers in southwestern Ontario and the Sault Ste. Marie area you can purchase Channel Master and Winegard OTA gear from:

TV Antenna Source
3758 W. Washington Rd.
Ithaca, MI
48847-9793
www.dennysantennaservice.com

Ithaca, Michigan is located northwest of Flint and Saginaw, so is a handy trip from the Sarnia area.
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