Trying to determine wether this monstrosity will provide good quality DigitalOTA.
It's erected in Welland, Ontario.
My father-in-law has this setup:
His best guess is it's about 30 years old.
He thinks the two bottom antennas are for FM?
Can anybody expand on this?
Is this an UHF loop?
Any idea what type of rotor this is?
It still turns
UPDATE! just looked at the control box. It's a 'Superior Antenna Rotator', by Superior Electronics out of Montreal. The model number is not obvious, but it does say the warranty expires in "APR 1974". There is also a sticker "Installed by Welland Tower and Antenna Service"
The plan is to capture DigitalOTA and feed it into a Toshiba DVD-Recorder D-R6
, which is S-video connected to a Sony FD Trinitron Wega KV-32FS100
oldschool 4:3 TV.
Apparently the DVR has ATSC capability and The Net seems to indicate using a DVR is a workable instead of getting a converter box to feed 4:3 TVs.
Any Comments on that?
I'm trying to help him out 'on the cheep'. I gave him the DVR. But, if we can keep the old gear and make it work, that'll help his pension.
Although, I have kinda convinced him that we absolutley must replace the cable with new RG-6. (unless Yous suggest something different).
I tinkered with the DVR tuner vs just the TV tuner and there doesn't seem to be a difference. with the antenna pointed N.NE-ish (Toronto-ish) he's getting channels: 5, 9, 11veryfuzy, 19fuzy, 25, 41fuzy, 47fuzy, 55fuzy. The thing is that, there's no 'extra' channles coming in when the DVR ATSC is being used, which makes me think this antenna is just for hi/lo VHF, and it's not feeding anything only the DVR can decode.
I'm thinking we need to rip all three of those antennas off and get a 'modern' VHF/UHF (long wide tail with the UHF scoop at the front, 10-15' long 1980's type antenna) mounted onto that pole. New Coax, keep the dino-rotator (for now) and go with the DVR-TV hookup.
keep the VHF unit and bolt on an UHF unit (but which is most cost effective and more astetic?)
Secondly, I was thinking (last night when it was still dark...assuming his antenna was the 'modern style') we had to get the fancy new flat square HD antennas. My Antenna shop, in Oshawa, has the CM 4885hd (or whatever) 8bay square unit (you know what it is)...and they say it's the be-all-end-all.
Any comments on that? Go square or go traditional -or- keep the old junk?
Thanks for your guidance and direction!