: OTA: Quebec & Atlantic Canada Parts, Sales, Service, Installers
2009-09-18, 10:27 AM
Sensitivity both are the same.
Plus for the CM7000: S-video Output.
Plus for the Zenith : great menus, Analog-pass thru.
Minus for the CM7000:Horrible menus, No Analog-pass thru.
Minus for the Zenith: No S-video.
do you know where I can get a decent UVSJ splitter/combiner around here or in online canadian retailer???
2009-09-26, 11:45 PM
Où je peux acheter la wade wl 7-13 ?
2009-10-16, 02:02 AM
As-tu trouver un magazin pour acheter un CC 7870 antenne joinner de Wineguard ?:confused:
2009-10-20, 11:46 AM
I just called Raybel to verify if they stock channel 13 specific antennas (ABC digital is broadcast on VHF 13) and they don't have anymore. I was told the manufacturer no longer makes channel specific antennas, but rather a 7-13 cut.
Anyone know if a 10 element 7-13 VHF antenna will perform better then a 5 element channel 13? That's what I currently own but I'd like to get my reception up on ABC.
Or where else can I source out a 10 element channel 13?
2009-10-20, 12:02 PM
Yep, I think only Wade and Blonder Tongue make channel cut antennas in North America anymore, and they are very expensive! $$$ :eek:
You might want to consider building your own:
Making/using custom channel-cut yagis for UHF/VHF TV (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=96013)
2009-10-25, 09:17 PM
I've dealt with Montcalm in the past for some stuff. And to be honest the owner/operator isn't very pleasant to deal with and personally I don't think he really knows what he's talking about.
When I called asking about a 10y13s antenna last week, he said no longer available. When I asked what I can use he suggested a high VHF antenna (channel 7-13). I asked if that would work better then my current 5y13s that brings in ABC during the evenings but not during the day. He said didn't answer...then when I mentioned all this was in my attic, he said I won't pick up anything from my attic...after I told him I already receive all DTV stations in the area 100% of the time, except for the aformentioned ABC.
He then suggested I purchase the Wineguard 7698 @ $285.00 and install it outside. While I don't doubt that would work fine, my call was regarding my only issue of properly receiving ABC digital 13. Everything else was working fine.
Luckily I managed to find a 10y13s on Thursday. Installed it that night, ran new RG6 cables yesterday and everything is coming in perfect, from my attic!
Moral of story...do your own research and get info from forums like here before buying anything from a local installer...knowledge is power my friends.
Weve said this before, about Montcalm, and although we cannot necessarily attribute the reception problems encountered by some of their customers directly to Montcalms responsibilty...Montcalm is quickly making a BAD name for themselves with poor service, why they continue to be recommended here and elsewhere is beyond me. ponchos experience and others are numerous
2009-10-27, 05:12 PM
I'm looking for a good price for a 6' mast to mount a diy DBGH on the roof of my triplex. I went to addisons, but it seems they don't sell masts or towers anymore (I know they used to...) and all I found was a 10' 1-1/4" galvanised conduit at Rona. Not sure if that would work, but it's a bit long for what I need.
Any suggestions? I also need some good baluns for the DBGH.
2009-10-27, 08:33 PM
Use the conduit from Rona and you will be fine.
2009-10-27, 09:31 PM
Use the conduit from Rona and you will be fine.
Hey thanks. :) I was not sure if it was "safe" or appropriate for this use.
10' is too long though. I don't have any room for guide wires to hold it (the roof not being mine) so I don't want to push my luck. I'll cut it to 6' and the extra 4' can come in handy for another smaller antenna later on.
And what about the baluns? Do I need spacial ones or are the ones at addisons good enough?
2009-10-27, 11:56 PM
For everything you ever need to know about poles:
OTA Mounts, Towers, Rigging Hardware (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=29559)
For everything you ever need to know about baluns:
Baluns (Brands, Designs, Losses, DIY Loops, etc.) (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=100512)
You'll know what to buy after that. :)
2009-10-28, 02:10 AM
Wow! Thank you. :) I have to admit I haven't been through the whole forum yet. This place is huge! I need more time to read through everything.
2009-10-31, 12:32 PM
I've been looking for PVC fittings to build either the M4 or SBGH, and I couldn't find anything in 3/4" at Home Depot. When I asked, I was told I would not find any. He said it was not legal to install PVC not CPVC for water intake (drinking water) in Canada and that it can only be used for drainage. So you can only buy PVC in 1-1/2" or larger. :o It's the first I ever hear about this.
Anyone else have info on this? If it's true, then it means we need to find new materials for building these antennas. :(
So you can only buy PVC in 1-1/2" or larger
I have the same problem, cant find those PVC fittings here in Montreal, apparently others have because they all say go to HD, or RD in the plumbing section, but the only ones I ever saw are the fittings for Carlon (dark grey) and the 1 1/2" threaded fittings (white)...:confused:
I think its only in the US or order online!
good luck with that
2009-10-31, 01:06 PM
Yeah, I can see that. I went to RD & Canadian Tire at Marché Central and all I could find were some CPVC fittings (too small), but no PVC at all. And HD were no help at all. The Carlon stuff is for flex pipe (irrigation) so thats no good either. If you find any, please post back here. I'll keep looking and do the same if I find anything.
the Carlon fitting can work, but they are mostly "male", and it will take some time to try to size everything together, by the end you will be very frustrated :mad:
you could check in the Montreal threads using search criteria & see what the local DIYs used & where they bought...
2009-10-31, 10:40 PM
Est-ce que quelqu'un connait un endroit qui vend des CM7777 sur la rive nord de Montreal?
2009-11-02, 06:54 PM
I finally found a shop that has everything we need in PCV, and prices are cheaper than at local reno type stores. Most of all, they have cross (4-way) fittings which I couldn't find anywhere, even in CPVC.
The store is called Fastenal. I don't think I'm allowed to post store links (am I?), so you'll have to do a google search, but they have stores in pretty much every area across Canada and the US. There is one in Pointe-Claire.
They don't have the parts in store (at least not in the Montreal area) so you need to order but it only takes 2-4 days. You just need to call them to place an order, and pick it up at the store when it comes in.
Note: Prices on the website are in USD and you have to pay transport on orders ($2.50 or 4% of your order, whichever is highest) so its higher than what is listed on their website, but some fittings are half the price of HD so it's still worth it. I ordered enough to make 2 antennas and it only cost $2.50 in transport.
I think I'm allowed to list out the part numbers (?), I'll just leave out the prices.
All in 3/4". If you need other sizes, you'll have to search for it.
#0472035 3/4" Dia x 10' White PVC Sched 40 Plastic Pipe
#0471328 3/4" SxSxS PVC Sched 40 Tee (SxSxS means 'slip', not threaded)
#0471541 3/4" SxSxSxS PVC Sched 40 Cross
#0471462 3/4" SlipxSlip PVC Sched 40 90Deg Elbow
and optional, I got 1" x 1" x 3/4" Tees to use as snap on standoff for mounting to a mast:
#0471349 1"x1"x3/4" SxSxS PVC Sched 40 Reducing Tee
I looked for wire, but you need to buy insane amounts (750'-1000') so it's no good for that. But you can find everything else at the usual shops.
Most of all, they have cross (4-way) fittings
darn, that means I have no excuse not to build... ;)
Thanks for the research...