: ON - Mississauga, Brampton, Bramalea, Port Credit - OTA
2008-02-05, 01:20 PM
Can anyone in Mississauga reliably tune in WUTV? I can't I only get 49% on that channel. I spent Sunday tweaking my CM 4228, without success. I went so far as to buy a 10dB amplifier but it didn't help that situation. In my neck of the woods (Mississauga) you aren't allowed to erect a tower. In my case I connected the CM 4228 to a pipe for a fence and then strapped that onto my deck. The antenna stands about 14' off the ground (just barely high enough) to clear my nieghbors fence. I would obviously get better signal levels if I could get the antenna higher.
I would obviously get better signal levels if I could get the antenna higher.Are you allowed to use a wall mount to get it up higher (roof level)?
2008-02-05, 05:42 PM
Angelfish: you can most certainly erect a tower in Mississauga. The only restrictions in terms of municipal bylaws deals with C-band dishes (BUD's) and how high they can be above ground. The only thing stopping you from getting a tower might be some restrictions imposed by the builder/developer. Those typically only last for set number of years.
The "neighbour factor" is the one to be more concerned about. ;)
Height is your friend when it comes to OTA around here. If you can get a tripod and do a roof mount you'll be amazed at how many more and consistent channels you'll get.
I'm in the Erin Mills and Britannia area and my CM4221 is up about 30'. I receive all the Buffalo networks and everything off the CN Tower. Only channel that won't work is CTS (36?) but I attribute that to my aiming.
2008-02-05, 07:45 PM
Angelfish Wutv-dt was rock solid 90 to 95% during Super Bowl .My antennae are in my attic but I have a clear 300 feet to my South.Try mounting on the roof peak.
2008-02-21, 05:46 PM
I just hooked up my antenna again. . CITYHD - strong signal . I could never get it before. CBC and PBS strong as always. Now I can't get ABC , CBS or NBC and I could usually receive them last summer and fall. ( not a big loss)
2008-02-29, 03:54 PM
Okay so hi folks, first time here, first time poster and I've lurked around here for long enough. Good informative info here too.
Location is in Brampton (Castlemore). Near Goreway.
So I just bought an Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick and I've been enjoying tinkering with this tuner. With my DIY antenna I made, I can get these channels with great results and no dropouts, etc. I made a CM4228 DIY "quick" clone and it works nice.
4. CFTO HD
6. CKXT-DT - SUNTV
Now should I be able to get other channels from the US? I notice some others here have had more US channels. But with the software it only scans for the channels, I cant input anything. Is there a way I can input and try other channels?
2008-02-29, 04:17 PM
From your location you'll have to aim your antenna roughly SE in order to pick up the US networks. Hopefully there's nothing substantial blocking your line of sight.
Also, the higher up you can install the antenna the better.
2008-03-12, 10:32 PM
I live in mississauga close to square one and tried the indoor PHDTV3 silver sensor and it got me 1 channel. I tried various positions by it still didn't work. Has any tried dishmount antennas. clipon dish antennas. I am thinking of going out doors as I am likely to get better results. Any feedback is appreciated.
2008-03-12, 11:34 PM
I'm very surprised/shocked at only 1 station coming in for you in Mississauga! Which channel is it, BTW?
Post #1 in the Knowledge Base & FAQ tells you how lousy clipon sat dish antennas are: they are garbage. In Mississauga a ZSS Clone should be getting much more than one station, so can you tell us a bit about where inside your home it is located, how much coax cable you're using, and which direction you've pointed it in?
2008-03-13, 09:36 PM
I was surprised too. I live very close to SQ1 . I had it hooked up to my 6141 expressvu system on the second floor of my house. only used the coax it came with probably 3ft. I pointed it towards the CN tower south west. I tried various positions. It only picked up CTV. I was surprised I didn't get more, since the MANT510 got me 3 channels. CTV, a french channel and I think is was CBC. Bad Luck I guess maybe I should try a channel master? I'm not giving up yet. I love how the uncompressed picture looks. Any help is appreciated.
2008-03-13, 10:43 PM
You meant southeast, right? ;)
2008-03-14, 12:52 AM
From square one area, the CN tower is slightly north of due East. Buffalo towers are South East. A great resource for aiming is post #8 in the OTA Forum Knowledge Base and FAQ:
I suggest you try and get the Toronto stations first, and then worry about Buffalo.
Are you pointing this antenna out of a window? If not, does your house have aluminum siding? Are there big/tall buildings or large trees near you in the direction of the CN Tower?
2008-03-14, 01:12 AM
3 months ago I got my new Hauppauge HVR 1600 and couldn't wait to get an antenna to take advantage of the ATSC OTA signal and start recording some High Def TV.
I was out shopping today and found a $25 dollar PHILIPS Amplified - CSA050 antenna which is supposed to do UHF-VHF-FM and HDTV. I have been playing around with this thing for the last 4 hours and I can't seem to pic up any type of signal.
8th Floor in condo with 9 FOOT floor to ceiling windows that run about 30 feet along the one side of my condo.
From what google maps is saying, I am pointing my antenna slightly north east towards the CN Tower.
I guess my big question would be. Does anyone know if this antenna LED is supposed to shine green if I have a signal? It is always red. I am just wondering if it is DOA.
thx in advance
2008-03-14, 01:49 PM
Hi Barzmun, with your location and elevation you should be getting signals booming in! I'm shocked because the Oakville/Mississauga/Brampton area is the best geographic area in Canada today for OTA DTV!
Get rid of that antenna (it probably is DOA so hopefully they'll refund your money) and get at least a ZSS Clone or hopefully an outdoor antenna. See the Antenna Chart :)
2008-03-26, 02:15 PM
South of Britannia and Tenth Line. If I want to pull in all the channels from CN tower and Buffalo.
1. CM4221 & CM4228, which one should I choose?
2. Do I have to install pre-amp?
3. Do I need to have rotor installed?
2008-03-26, 07:50 PM
You're in a pretty good spot so a 4221 will probably be fine. I would mount it up as high as you can (chimney mount?) The beamwidth of the 4221 is wider than the 4228 so you should be able to aim it between the CN Tower and Grand Island and receive stations from both locations.
I'm near Erin Mills and Thomas and can receive pretty much everything from TO and Buffalo with my 4221 at about 30' AGL. It's pointed roughly ESE.
2008-03-26, 09:04 PM
Thanks, mr weather.
I'm planning to use a tripod on the roof as there is no chimney on my house.
2008-03-27, 08:14 PM
A tripod is good too. Just make sure to goop up the lag bolts when you're done to prevent leaks down the road. :)
If your coax run will be lengthy (75+ feet) you might want to consider an antenna-mounted pre-amp.
2008-04-04, 09:19 PM
I am not 100% positive even after reading the FAQ but anyway, I apologize if it's any trouble regardless.
I have been using my TV (AQUOS LC-32D40U; WS LCD HDTV) as my computer monitor. I have not really used the 'high definition' aspect from a source point of view. Anyway, I am interested in 'Over-The-Air' HD channels and I am a bit confused. From reading some threads here, I get the impression I might need antenna of sorts and from other posts, I only really need an ASTC tuner (Which my TV has). However, I have been unable to obtain at HD channels via the Air/Antenna Auto-Search.
In this case, would it be the case that I need an antenna? I am currently in Mississauga (near Hurontario/Eglinton, soon moving to Brampton, Bovaird/Kennedy)
2008-04-04, 09:58 PM
You need both an antenna and an ATSC tuner. The tuner lets you decrpyt the signal and the antenna lets you pull in the signal over the air.