I am almost finished my tower installation - top section still missing due to mismatch (getting that Tuesday). However, the installed put my TV Rotor and the antenna up in temporary on the last section's "legs". So I am at same height as before and potentially skimming my trees. However, I can accurately aim my tower.
The best idea I had was to spend 130 on a Rotor used for TV. They install and point to NORTH (0 degrees) - right now it was eyeballed because it was temporary for weekend. I have the remote control in my home office at my desk and can aim the antenna by 1 degree increments sitting at my computer. The data I put in is a number between 0-360 degrees.
I found a calculator on Google site that would let me enter latitude and longitude or TWO points and it calculates distance and Degrees
. I get the towers lat/long from http://www.spatialdatabox.com/map-de...anada-map.html
and then used a Google map addin that gave me the long/lat of my House. So now I have chart liek this:
Horseshoe Tower 36.0 deg 3.4 km 44.546667 N 79.681667 W
Midhurst Tower 183.4 deg 6.7 km 44.460833 N 79.712222 W
Hillsdale Tower 314.4 deg 8.1 km 44.572778 N 79.780278 W
Menesing Tower 230.2 deg 13.4 km 44.444444 N 79.836667 W
It takes me 2 seconds to accurately aim my antenna to whatever tower I want.
As you mentioned there are more factors than distance.
Geography (hills and trees)
Time of day load on Tower
Won't be 100% done until Tuesday - extra 10 feet and accurate compass point of rotor to north
Best to worse:
8.1km , 13.4km, 6.7km and 3.4km....
Geography has major impact on the closest.. i might get lucky and change with extra 10 ft making tower 70ft.
After 4:30 - the first 2 towers switch positions due to load --- but due to my rotor that won't be problem as it takes 1 button push to reaim accurately.
By the way my signal never various from 100% at any tower even ones 30 km away so the main issue is obstacles in way - trees and hills. The clearest towers to me are the furthest. 3.5 to 1.8MB down - really various and upload is the bitch.. 0.10 to .80 Up... still have work to narrow that down.
But at least for the first time in 3 weeks my son was able to play his online games and not get booted after 20 seconds of play. He just has not bothered while we sort this out.