My location is Pickering, Ontario (near the boarder of Scarborough). The house that I bought has already an antenna on top of it's roof on a long pole. I am 96% sure that this antenna is from Look Communications company that was offereing digital TV service couple of years ago. Here is a link to the picture of the antenna simillar to what I have.
My question is this: Can I use that antenna for receiving free HDTV on the air if I buy a HD tuner? I already have an HD projector in my basement, but it needs HD tunner. Please let me know. Thank you.
Location: Vancouver - OTA, Pioneer KURO Elite Signature PRO-141FD, 27" iMac, WDTV Live.
You cannot use a Look antenna because they operate on different frequencies. But all is not lost, you can use the mast for attaching a recommended outdoor antenna and your existing cabling, but you can't use the Look antenna for OTA reception.
The different frequency ranges should ensure no cross-interference, but I would make sure that the 2 antennas are at least 30cm apart on the mast so that the reflectors of each don't cause multipath interference with the other.
If possible the OTA antenna should be on top. If you have to move the Look antenna to do that, make sure to scribe or mark the aiming direction on its brackets and on the pole so that you can remount it elsewhere on the pole again with no fuss.
I don't know your location so I'm adding that its also possible to put a rotor up top and mount the OTA antenna on it, above the Look antenna.
I've been sniffing around for a while now, and plan on taking the HD OTA plunge shortly. I'm in Ajax ON about 1km from the lake and will likely go 4228 aimed at Buffalo with a professional install, but thought I'd inquire about the existing antenna/mast as it is at the highest point on my house.