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post #16 of 243 (permalink) Old 2009-08-17, 08:21 AM
 
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Talking My NeigHbours tHinks I'm nUts ANyway

  1. Constantly going on my roof to "adjust" the mast on my poor little tripod while ignoring chores around the house
  1. Telling co-workers about free HDTV and my apparent addiction to it (better than cigarettes unless you fall of of your tower/roof)
  1. Surfing websites for OTA info, Trop Scat info, pricing on amps, rotor's, dreaming of what my ultimate setup will be
  1. Constantly bothering the great people of this forum who contributed so much info that newbie's like me keep harrassing them for more
  1. Proud that I don't subscribe to Bell ExpressucksVu anymore nor do I engage in illegal FTA
  1. Wish that our CRTC would issue $40.00 rebate cheque's like our American counterparts to the south

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post #17 of 243 (permalink) Old 2009-08-17, 01:01 PM
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You'd rather watch an infomercial from some station 200 miles away than prime time programming from local stations.

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- You watch an analogue tropo channel fade in and out for 2 hours, 17 minutes, and 23 seconds of horrible late night infomercials just to find out the station ID!
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post #19 of 243 (permalink) Old 2009-08-17, 03:02 PM
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Talking You Know You're An OTA Addict When...

Now, regularly climb a 40' tower to make 'improvements.' Previously, couldn't climb a step ladder to change a light bulb.

At 20 I had a good mind. At 40 I had money. At 60 I've lost my mind and my money. Oh, to be 20 again. --Scary
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post #20 of 243 (permalink) Old 2009-08-17, 06:10 PM
 
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You come home after a hot day at work (today) and check this site for news even before you crack open a cold beer
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post #21 of 243 (permalink) Old 2009-08-19, 01:22 AM
 
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You take a day off from school so you can keep working on your homemade GH antenna (yes this was me today...)
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post #22 of 243 (permalink) Old 2009-08-19, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Variants of some previous posts:

- you see a shopping cart and wonder if cutting it up would give you a good reflector mesh for your GH

- you see a pile of angle-iron and wonder if you could build a tower out of it

- you wonder if your kids' game joystick could be rigged to control a rotor and electric tilter

- you grimace every time you see the term "HD Antenna" on any retail sales material

- you read TV broadcasting articles just to see if OTA is mentioned

- you get steamed when OTA is not mentioned in the above
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post #23 of 243 (permalink) Old 2009-08-19, 05:00 PM
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...You've got a turkey going on the BBQ, and you speculate that the rotisserie would get a lot more use as a rotor.

...You've contemplated the logistics for a reception rig that would violate several hundred federal aviation regulations (CAR or FAA) http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/show...206#post550206

...You've sent an email to an OTA station Engineering Department. Double addict if they replied back, and you've introduced them to join this forum.

...You monitor several weather services to find out which one has a forecast more favourable for tropo.

...While clearing out your parents' basement you come across a pair of snowshoes, and decide to keep them for those winter treks across the roof (joking - please don't try this).

...You think the phrase "getting caught in the Crossfire" has something to do with antenna installations gone bad.

...You can barely open a web browser and you're not quite sure what email is, but you've somehow managed to get 4nec2 installed on your PC.

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post #24 of 243 (permalink) Old 2009-08-19, 05:07 PM
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- you read TV broadcasting articles just to see if OTA is mentioned

- you get steamed when OTA is not mentioned in the above
Actually we now read them to see if some guy name Jon has been used as a source, and get steamed if he isn't.
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post #25 of 243 (permalink) Old 2009-08-19, 09:43 PM
 
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you know all the local television station call letters and there transmitter locations.

When going on family treks and your child can name the styles and types of antenna's. (My son's favorite is still the Parabolic style)

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...when you've had no less than three strangers knock on your door so far this summer to ask you about your ganged CM-4228's on the roof.
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post #27 of 243 (permalink) Old 2009-08-19, 11:43 PM
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...you wonder when antenna rotators will go on sale...
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post #28 of 243 (permalink) Old 2009-08-20, 03:40 AM
 
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you go to the st lawrence river and the highlight of the trip for you is how many canadian channels you can get with your homemade antenna

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post #29 of 243 (permalink) Old 2009-08-20, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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- you know what a balun is, and how to macgyver one from coax that works better than commercial ones
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post #30 of 243 (permalink) Old 2009-08-20, 12:41 PM
 
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