: ON - Mississauga, Brampton, Bramalea, Port Credit - OTA
Just an update. Since I have an extended warranty on my Samsung I called them with this issue. The tech came out and upgraded the firmware and the problem still exists. So he is ordering a new main board for the TV.
What I found interesting is the following. When the sound stops working, if I change my surround sound receiver (Yamaha HTR-5640) to 6ch or movie or anything other that Dolby Digital the sound works. On the TV, when the sound goes, if I go into the Tools Menu and change the Audio from English to any of the other languages listed (French or Spanish) the sound works - but it is not coming in Dolby Digital (i.e. the sub-channel audio is not in DD)
Here is the odd part, if I just use the TVs internal speaker (i.e. turn off the External Speaker option) - the sound on the TV works all the time - the issue appears to be with the digital optical output.
So this leads me to believe the audio that is being transmitted is changing it's compression for commercials or certain broadcasts.
I can't seem to find any setting on the TV to change the Audio Settings to deal with this issue. Note I have an digital optical cable connected from my TV directly to the Yamaha.
Worst case if they can't fix this I get a new TV - or the equivalent FutureShop version of a new TV (i.e. store credit towards a new one).
I will keep you posted...
2012-07-17, 08:47 AM
I am not sure if this is the Best Place to post this Form. I live in the South of Q.E.W. and Winstonchurchill. I would Like to know which Antenna is the Best to use for further distances. Like for ion in Batavia N.Y. Rochester N.Y. and Erie PA.
I right now have a tower approx. 30-40 ft. in Height and I am using an 8-bay Antenna but would like to use a Direct DB4e Extended Range Antenna. Which one would give me the Best distance and the Best results. I do have an Amp. on the one I have now. Or is there another one similar that gives me better results and distance. Please help and let me know. Thank you in advance for your help.
2012-07-17, 09:50 AM
The correct thread is the reception results thread for your local area.
But in the meantime, nothing will pull in stations that aren't propagating.
Having said that in general your best bet to take advantage when they are, i.e. DX'ng, would be to use a rotor.
below link does a decent job explaining the principles of how radio signals can sometimes travel beyond LOS.
If you read this thoroughly, you should be able to understand why it is not always possible to pull in distant stations.
2012-07-21, 08:43 AM
I live South of the Q.E.W. and Windsonchurhill of of Truscot. I am not to far from the Lake. If I use the dbe4 and CPA-19 Prem Amp. Combo will I be able to pickup 99% of these Channels? 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 4-1, 5-1, 7-1, 8-1, 8-2, 9-1, 11-1, 15-1, 17-1, 17-2, 17-3, 19-1, 23-1, 25-1, 26-1, 26-2, 29-1,29-2, 36-1, 41-1, 44-1, 47-1, 49-1, 49-2, 51-1, 51-2, 51-3, 54-1, 54-2, 54-3, 57-1, 64-1, 66-1. I do have a 40 feet Tower and a Rotor. Would this combo dbe4 and CPA-19 Per Amp work for me. The Lake is approx. 40 miles across. Would I also pickup the Canadian Channels? What do I have to do to pick them up?Would it also Have a More consistent reception? Please Help and Let me Know. Thank you in Advance. Please confirm you received this Message.
2012-07-21, 10:11 AM
I live South of the Q.E.W. and Windsonchurhill of of Truscot. :
Hi Ted, I tried to send you a private message, you don't have that function.
I suggested earlier that you'd be better off with 2 antennas, toronto and buffalo are 80 degrees apart where you are.
You can try the combo you mention, its a very good combo. But, to get toronto while pointing at buffalo, you may have to point more east of buffalo. That would compromise buffalo reception, and reduce hamilton reception.
I don't know where you got your channel list, 64-1 is Omni, they changed channels, 66-1 Sun is gone. I don't know who 54-1 is, and 8 is rochester, you don't need the repeat of buffalo. If you want an install, you can contact me through Save and Replay, the OTA forum sponsor.
2012-07-21, 11:09 AM
Channel 54-1 is Erie PA. I thought since I had a 40 feet tower and a Rotor with a dbe4 and CPA-19 Combo that would be enough to bring in 99% of the Channels. You said I should have two Antennas that are db4e. Do you mean one on top of the other facing the same direction? Why Two wouldn't the COA-19 Pre Amp bring in 99% of the Channels? What would I have to do with the Channel Master Video Amplifier Model: 3410 just remove it from the Antenna Cable or use both? Please let me know and Thank you in advance.
2012-07-23, 10:05 AM
Ted, I'm sorry, I thought from your earlier post, you wanted rid of the rotor.
If you like the rotor and searching for distant stations, the DB-8 is more directional and better for long range than the DB4e.
No, do not use the distribution and with a pre-amp.
2012-07-23, 10:17 AM
Thank you for letting me know. I am new at this and the only question I have is why can't you use both amps? I also have a Rotor on the 40' Antenna Tower.
2012-07-23, 02:38 PM
tjones357, too much amplification is just as detrimental to reception as not enough signal. Using two amps in your typical OTA setup will cause over-amplification...effectively killing your reception.
2012-07-23, 03:23 PM
I guess I will only use the CPA-19 Pre. Amp from Antenna Direct but I am not sure which Antenna I should use from Antenna Direct,the db4e or the db8 to get most of the channels. Which one would be the better one to use?
2012-07-30, 08:32 PM
I moved to mississauga 4 days ago and was thinking about testing a little tv antenna in the 2nd story of my house to see if i can get 2-3 channels. Anyone know the simplest antenna required for me to get 2-3 channels in this area? heres my tvfool if it helps http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d990017954e26ef
Live North West corner of Brampton. Had a Channel Master a DB8 with pre-amp installed on roof. Receive all Buffalo channels: NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, PBS, CW, and MyTv. Picture quality is much better than cable. Just had a nasty summer storm and never lost signal on any channels.
2012-08-07, 02:09 PM
I know there have been questions in the past about the legality of TV antennas in the City of Mississauga. So the Mayor has been kind enough to provide this reply with some sources of information.
Compliance and Licensing Enforcement staff have advised me that TV antennas are permitted and are regulated under the City of Mississauga Zoning By-law 0225-2007. I have also been advised that a receiving/telecommunication device either without a dish, such as an antenna, or with a dish having a diameter 1.0m or less, is permitted in a residential zone, with no restrictions. A receiving/telecommunication device in a residential zone with a dish diameter exceeding 1.0m must be in compliance with Subsection 4.1.19 of the Zoning By-law 0225-2007.
Should you require further information or assistance on this matter, please contact Mr. Douglas Meehan, Manager, Compliance and Licensing Enforcement, by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at (905) 615-3200, ext. 5676.
HAZEL McCALLION, C.M., LL.D. MAYOR
2012-08-07, 02:29 PM
Hamid14: a basic UHF loop and "rabbit ears" would likely yield a few channels for you. Remember that a balun must be used as well.
2012-08-07, 04:11 PM
Anyone know the simplest antenna required for me to get 2-3 channels in this area?You could build one of these simple Stealth Hawk [VHF/UHF] antennas:
You should get a lot more than just 2 or 3 channels with this.;)
2012-08-09, 10:38 PM
hey guys, i am new too this ota stuff, i am getting rid of my rogers so looking to install ota, i wanted to get both toronto and buffalo stations and wanted to know what best option was to go about doing this. I will get it via a delaer but don't wanna get completely ripped off and want to know what to expect.. here is my tvfool info:
should i get a 4 bay? 8 bay? 2 of the 4 bays? i would prefer getting this put into two rooms, but if it would be too expensive to be in 2 rooms, one room would suffice. Please p.m me or post here for replies. much appreciated. Thanks
i live in Mississauga, Britannia and Winston Churchill area.. thanks in advance for your suggestions
2012-08-10, 08:28 PM
My advise is to start with 1 channel master 4 bay and aim toward Buffalo.You can turn slightly east if the Toronto gives trouble.
2012-08-15, 01:56 PM
hey rob, thanks for the advise. Would aiming one channel master 4 bay to buffalo, also give me the ability to pick up toronto? Since ur in the same area as me, your input is greatly appreciated? also who did you get it installed from?
2012-08-15, 05:59 PM
HarisF one 4 bay may bring in all Toronto/Buffalo stations.Aim it at buffalo and turn it slightly east until you get all the torontos.I have a homemade M4 4bay on my PVR and it is receiving all the stations but it is a compremise.My yagis perform better but use a switch at each TV to select which antenna.99 % of the time just use antenna at Buffalo.I installed all my antennae myself.
2012-08-15, 07:58 PM
Hi ... Anyone in Brampton / Mississauga area able to get any of these channels >>> WROC-DT > 8.1 , WHEC-DT > 10.1 , WICU-DT > 12.1 , WHAM-DT > 13.1 , WUHF-DT > 31.1 , WSEE-DT > 35.1 , WBBZ-DT > 67.1 ???