Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Brampton, Ontario
Can I change my vote to "Oi, vey!" ?
Well, I'm a little embarrassed to say how much I've spent. $1100 +
Seeing as it was spent over the course of the last year or so, the damage was not so hard to take.
I started out with a $300 Humax tuner and a $50 RCA antenna. This first taste of ota, in particular the HD, was enough to whet my appetite.
My set up has graduated to a proper tower install this past month. A good used tower $120, plus $150 for a professional install. I was fortunate to find a true pro with 45 years experience who still climbs.
My gear gets the DHC OTA'er seal of approval. (I think)
CM4228 ant., CM9521a rotator, RG6 with proper boots, and the whole gamut of ground wires/clamps/arrestors/rods.
A second Humax tuner for $250 feeds the tv in the family room.
Of course, there is always a couple of bucks spent on odds and ends that never make it into the system. Those won't be wasted; they'll be donated to a good friend's setup.
Was it money well spent? Yes. I enjoy using the ota gear very much.
(As we know, a fool and their money are soon parted.)
I'm not sweating the expense, however. To put it in some kind of perspective; I paid $90 U.S. per round of golf X 6 rounds this past February while at Playa Grande, Dominican Republic. Yes, it was worth every single greenback.
Like WZ1 has said in the previous post, it is a hobby and I've got the bug also.
The tower went up those several days ago when we were experiencing the very active tropospheric skip. The weather here in the GTA was damp and foggy at night and into the mornings; then warming to brilliant sunshine and unseasonally high temps for November. You can imagine my pleasure when the first channel scan picked up Rochester along with everything else.