: ON - Mississauga, Brampton, Bramalea, Port Credit - OTA
I decided to try and get a little more signal strength on NBC and WUTV so I turned my antenna a little more east and this has helped tremendously. However, I've lost about 20% signal strength on CBC but all other toronto channels are still around 100%. Any ideas why? I figured they would all go down together as they all originate from the same place.
2012-01-22, 03:56 PM
JSA, it could be that your antenna presents a different gain off the side for channel 20. Also, not all channels on the CN Tower utilize the same antenna array.
Thx Jase88, still new to the OTA technical stuff. Also, has anyone noticed that OTA CBC's picture quality is actually worse that the Rogers feed? All the other channels are excellent. Or could it just my tv?
2012-01-23, 05:40 PM
Ya since September 1st CBLT -dt has the poorest picture quality.Looks like a DVD.
2012-01-31, 11:46 PM
I'm located in Mississauga, and have two outdoor antennas, one that points to the CN Tower and the other to Buffalo.
A month ago, I received from 15 - 20 stations. All clear.
Now, I receive only five.
Although CFTO and TVO broadcast from the CN Tower, I can receive only TVO. The TV can no longer lock on to CFTO.
I haven't changed cabling, or added TVs in the house. Nothing has changed on my end.
Just tuned into the NBC superbowl pre game show which is also being broadcast on CTV and the NBC feed is clearly behind time although the commercials are different. How is this possible? It is almost as if the ctv feed is being sim-subed. Weird.
2012-02-05, 05:03 PM
After the Superbowl "wardrobe malfunction" several years ago, the FCC laid a big fine on the TV network. As a result, most US broadcast networks put live feeds through a delay of about 5 seconds so they can cut away before any offensive material gets to air. If CTV is getting a direct feed from the Superbowl venue they won't have any delay other than their internal studio operations and transmission link to the transmitter. In Toronto, the link is fibre so the delay is negligible.
2012-02-05, 10:14 PM
Loxcel there are many variables that can effect your reception.Check the cabling,poor water soaked connections,baluns,terminals.Combining antennae can be problematic and CFTO is the only VHF signal which may require a VHF antenna and watch for preamps that block VHF.
2012-02-07, 09:13 AM
I would concur with rob50312's comments. Some people try to get away with using cheap quality RG6 cable (dollar store stuff). If water gets in (for whatever the reason), you will definitately lose quality.
My signals (from TO, Hamilton and Buffalo / N.Falls) have roughly remained the same over the past three months. Some tropo days and nights some not.
Try mclapp's antennas located in the antenna development section.
2012-02-07, 02:00 PM
mclapp has a website here (http://m4antenna.eastmasonvilleweather.com/index.html) that documents his bowtie designs and helps you decide how to pick the best one for your situation. You can even buy pre-made kits that you can slap together.
2012-02-15, 03:30 PM
I believe this is the closest thread to me, as I am a five min or so drive from Port Credit, I wanted to know what kind of luck everyone has at receiving US stations, I get the ones from the CN Tower, but only when it is a very clear day will I be able to pick up the US stations, how should I go about improving my antenna setup
2012-02-15, 06:18 PM
I am at the QEW & Hurontario St, 2 km from Port Cfredit.
My 100% reliable Buffalo stations are:
2.1, 2.2 (NBC & Antenna), 4.1 (CBS), 7.1 (ABC), 17.1,2,3 (PBS) 23.1 (CW) 29.1,2 (Fox), 49.1,2 (My TV, Cool TV). Most of the time (95%) is 26.1,2,3,4.
Sometimes is 67.1,2,3,4 (WBBZ) and 51.1,2,3 (ION) - rare in winter, often in summer
2012-02-17, 09:29 PM
m3repair...see my location (under my handle). I get all Buffalo Stations 100% of the time with the exception of WBBZ and ION, which I get on occasion in warmer weather.
2012-02-22, 09:45 AM
I may have to do some fine tuning then if you can get them well enough, I still would like to get them, what type of antenna do you use vap57?
2012-03-06, 11:43 PM
I have been doing a lot of research on OTA services lately, and I am considering purchasing a Channel Master CM-4221HD or Mohu Leaf antenna for my place. (Yes, I know that the 4221 is technically an "outdoor" antenna.)
The problem is, like many people, I am in a concrete high-rise and even an FM radio in my place gets scratchy, spotty reception. My place has relatively deep balconies, so even outside the window, there are layers of concrete above and below, narrowing the clear view.
Yes, I have done the analysis on TVFool.com. It doesn't know about the massive amount of concrete surrounding my place.
1. Considering that I live in the West GTA area more than 10 stories above ground, with exposure facing SouthWest through deep concrete balconies, do you think there is even any point in getting an antenna? (I am not permitted to mount anything on the balcony.)
2. I heard CBC and such are very strong. Do you think there is any chance of receiving the CN Tower channels, even though I face away from the CN Tower? (Hopefully I can get HNIC! )
Thank you for any comments.
2012-03-16, 05:15 PM
As the post title states, I'm in NW Mississauga, just south of the Lisgar GO station (10th Line and Argentia). Would appreciate your collective insight as to what equipment you recommend for a rooftop or 40' tower installation (house). I have an Antra AT-MB04 four-bay antenna - will that be adequate to receive maximum number of channels from Southern Ontario (mainly CN Tower), or should I get an eight-bay antenna? Channels from the Buffalo area would be nice, too, but not mandatory.
Here (http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d0b86c92f759192) is the TV Fool report for my location.
2012-03-16, 09:16 PM
I'm at 403/erin mills in Mississauga and have been thinking about OTA for awhile. Probably once I get my roof redone.
Here is my tvfool report (http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d0b86c691405146).
Any suggestions on hardware and direction to point? Would a 4-bay antenna like the CM4221HD or DB4e work here?
2012-03-17, 02:36 PM
Currently I am using DB4e antenna and channel master 7777 preamp. I also have a rotator , but with this antenna it is not required as this antenna is very multidirectional,. I have tried different antennas over the last year but this set up I like the best.
2012-03-19, 06:28 PM
I see you have been busy lately :) with your combined set up YA - 1713 and 91 XG, something I wouldn't have mind trying myself and now you switched to DB4e antenna with channel master 7777 preamp. I believe you also had the stacker combo at one time. I was wondering if you had success in receiving (Year round) Ion and WBBZ with any of the combos.
With the warm weather today I am receiving 51 Ion haven't seen 7 WBBZ yet, we must have a good trope today. I'm suprised your getting good results with DB4e are you getting all the US and Canadian channels from your location?
I am receving all US & Canadian channels today only missing WBBZ channels. BTW I am using combo 4228 plus 7777 rotor & 4221 setup works well. I was thinking of trying a combo of the 4228 with rotor and 91XG to see if I can pull in Ion all year round
2012-03-19, 08:26 PM
Hi, Biggy , I gave up on WBBZ since I would pick it up only on a few occassions , so no point having big antennas on the chimney. But to my surprice I really have had gool luck with the Ion stations since I started using DB4e 3 weeks ago.I have combined my antenna with set or rabit ears to get CHCH , so maybe on tropo days I will be able to pick up WBBZ , but I don't really care. In a few months we should be able to get CTV2 and CHCH from Hamilton using UHF antenna , so no point in investing in big VHF antenna.