: ON - Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Halton - OTA
2011-04-01, 02:49 AM
It's a shame you did not see Stampeder's antenna guide before you bought your antenna.
I can assure you that antenna is NOT on the list.
If it's not too late to return the antenna you've purchased, I would strongly suggest it.
Even at 5 feet off the ground, you should be getting better results.
P.S. For an explanation of why the forum's filters block out that company's name, see Post #1 in the following thread:
2011-04-01, 03:23 AM
Again sorry for the link I won't post anymore.
as for Returning the Antenna No Possible the have no refund Pollicy
just store credit .
my moving the Motor I got 3 HD Stations now
CH 36.1 17 Signaladded
Non HD Drop to 2 Station
I am going continue to play with it
2011-04-01, 01:56 PM
I now have the antenna 12 FT up on Temp Mount - any Aiming Advice?
2011-04-03, 05:23 PM
Hello to all.I,m just doing some research on OTA. Just wondering if there is anyone in the area and what there using.I see the CM 4221 AND CM 4228 are very popular antennas.I,m stuck with Bell untill Oct,then was thinking about getting rid of the dish and mounting an antenna on the existing j-pole.Any suggestions would be great.
2011-04-03, 05:43 PM
Results with a roof mount 4228/mast mounted pre-amp are pretty good but I must use a rotor, as the half-way point between Toronto and Buffalo does not bring in all stations.
Global and Sun-TV are summer-only stations(will likely improve post-transition) and for Fox-29/WUTV I need to rotate a bit further in the westerly direction from the other Buffalo stations for good results.
Two 4221 antennas might give as good or better results without the need for a rotor.
2011-04-04, 10:05 AM
Update I took the head off my UHF Antenna with Rotor and then Mounted to Brickwork of house
Pointing it Right at the Lake so it was not amplified about 18 Feet up
Did not like signal out put
so Pulled out my a Drop Amplifier
here what I got
WGRZ 2.1 SNR No 16.3
WGRZ 2.2 SNR No 15.4
WGRZ 2.3 SNR No 15.4
CBLT-DT 5.1 SNR No 18.5
WKBW D 3.4 SNR No 3.6 No Signal or took weak to pick up
CHCH-DT D 11.1 SNR No 27.5
CJXT-DT D 15.4 SNR No 13.2 No Signal or took weak to pick up
WNED-HD D 17.1 SNR No 23.2
WNED-SD D 17.2 SNR No 23.2
WNED-TH D 17.3 SNR No 24.2
WNLO-HD D 23.1 SNR No 30.2
CTS-HD D 36.1 SNR No 26.4
I am going to Bigger Antenna since this was ment for rotor it very Small
I am going move it up to around 25 Feet if Possible.
2011-04-18, 10:18 PM
I'm in Milton and can pull the channels from the Grand Island tower. However, after much tinkering, I still can't get Fox. I'm starting to obsess over it. If it means anything to anybody, I have a DB8 mounted on my roof with about 50' of cable, a pre-amp, and a Samsung HD Plasma. I'm getting everything else, but want Fox as well. Please help, I'm going crazy over here.
2011-04-19, 03:56 AM
Does your TV have a signal strength meter? Hopefully you can post a list of what channels you get and the typical signal strength on each of them so that we can look for any oddities.
2011-04-19, 11:42 AM
try pointing the antenna slightly left of that tower. I have a db8 but located at 9th line/brittania (border of milton/mississauga) and can get FOX. I was not able to at first when trying to point at the tower but moved the antenna slightly left (west) and no problems.
2011-04-19, 02:53 PM
I don't have a signal strength meter (any recommendations?). My channel list is as follows:
on occassion I have gotten 26-1, 26-2, 26-3
It's a nice channel list, but I know I'm missing a few more; especially Fox.
2011-04-19, 02:55 PM
What is the model number of your Sammy Plasma? There might be a signal strength indicator somewhere in the menus.
2011-04-19, 04:49 PM
Not sure if this is a silly question or not…and I cannot find anything on this forum (or the internet in general) that seems to confirm or deny it. So I am hoping one of you may be able to shed some light on it for me.
My (soon to be set up) system will feed three TV’s in my house. All TV’s are fairly new and have built in tuners. Only one of the three TV’s can be connected directly to the RG6 cable. The two other TV’s are connected by a single HDMI cable to a receiver. All components (Blu-Ray, Game Consoles etc…) are connected to the receiver (for surround sound) and the video signal is feed to these 2 other TV’s via the single HDMI cable mentioned earlier. The HDMI cables are fed through conduits hidden in the wall and then into the TV’s (both are wall mounted). It would be extremely difficult (i.e. I would prefer not to have to try) to feed the coaxial cable to the TV and then run audio OUT of the TV and back to the receiver for surround sound. I would prefer if there was some way to attach the ‘feed’ into the receiver and then it (along with the rest of the inputs) are fed to the TV via the already connected HDMI cable.
However, it seems the only way to do this is to buy an external tuner/box that has outputs (HDMI or other) that can be connected into the receiver – which seems like $$ I don’t need to spend if the TV’s already come with built in tuners.
So what I was thinking (but can’t test right now) is if I can use the Cogeco Cable HD PVR receivers I currently have (when cable service is cancelled) to ‘pass thru’ the signal to the receiver (as the Cogeco boxes have HDMI output etc…) and then the signal will be managed by the TV’s built in tuner that way. If that would work, then it saves me having to buy two external tuners/boxes…but I have no way of knowing if that would work and was wondering if anyone here could comment or provide insights on this?
Conversely, I have an old VCR with coaxial input and A/V output jacks. Would the same theory hold true for it as well (i.e. main coaxial line run from Antenna goes into VCR and then use A/V cables out to receiver to pass the signal to the TV)?
I hope all this makes sense. It isn’t a matter of trying to cheap out on anything…it is merely a matter of trying to repurpose what I already have if it can be used. I am posting this here as I am hoping other former Cogeco Cable subscribers have some experience in this respect…
2011-04-19, 08:51 PM
Ok, here is my channel list and signal strengths (out of 10 bars) on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:45pm:
on occassion I have gotten 26-1, 26-2, 26-3:0
Not sure this query belongs in this thread, but it is OTA related.
Your new TVs' ATSC tuners "in" points are the coax jack. I would suspect that even if the "pass through" idea did get the OTA TV signals through to your TVs that your TV tuners wouldn't get the signal from the HDMI-in port. I doubt there is any route from the HDMI-in port to the ATSC tuners built-in to your TVs. But I don't really know if I'm right.
My guess is that you might have to spring for the external tuner boxes. You can get two HD ATSC tuner boxes for a pretty low price. Channel Master, this month, is releasing a new CM7001 that is both and HD ATSC tuner and a Digital-to-Analog converter box -- presumably using the most up-to-date tuners.
2011-04-20, 01:15 PM
You're old VCR idea won't work, they only have analog tuners, and not even heavy enough for a boat anchor. :)
No, the cogeco box won't tune ATSC either.
If you really don't want to run cables to/from the TV, you'll need external ATSC tuners, with HDMI and/or Component/Dig Aud outputs.
Sounds a lot easier to add RG-6 into the TV and optical out. (I have a feed to the TV and to an external tuner, and the FM reciever)
But, If you really want external tuner, why not spring for the dual tuner DVR? I love watching recorded content, only takes 42 minutes to watch a 1 hour show. Plus, you don't miss one show because you were watching another, etc., etc., etc.
2011-04-29, 04:11 PM
We are new to Milton, and renting a townhouse in a brand new neighbourhood. TVFool does not recognise the address.
I would like to try OTA and am wondering what type of antenna I should use. It will have to be a simple attic mount as I am unable to mount anything to the roof/exterior.
I was thinking DB4 or CM4221. This would be attached to a 32" LCD in the second floor Mstr. bedroom and a 46" plasma on the ground level.
To make matters worse, the attic hatch is in the master bedroom closet and is not very big. For this reason perhaps DB4 is the way to go if it's smaller?
OTA may not work in this situation.
I have searched this thread for Milton and appreciate the info. Thanks.
Look at the Winegard four and eight bay antennas. They come unassembled in a very small box 7" X 7" or so. If you can fit in the attic, then your antenna boxes will.
And the Winegards seem to be tuned perfectly for GTA reception channels.
2011-05-09, 01:12 PM
i ended up buying an AD DB8 and a PA18 pre amp. Now I just need to find someone to do an attic mount for me.......
Will one good antenna be enough or is two better (Toronto/Buffalo)?
2011-05-12, 10:44 PM
Update to Post #864: I was going to combine 2 db4,s one facing Buffalo the other Toronto.I see some Burlington folks are using cm 4221hd.Does anyone have any feedback on how 2 db4,s would preform compared to the cm 4221hd.