: OTA: Quebec & Atlantic Canada Parts, Sales, Service, Installers
What do you think is going on here then...do you think I could have damaged the Regal in leaving too long of the copper wire (in the RG6) extend past the screw fitting and into the splitter ports...
2009-03-25, 12:13 PM
Oh yes, I've done that once...if that copper part of the coax cable is too long, DO NOT JAM IT into a "device". Really bad for it. He seemed really nice, maybe you should ask him for an exchange (no refunds of course).
Also, I found 3 way splitters have EXTREMELY HIGH LOSS (for obvious reasons) and I try to refrain from using them unless it's crappy a analog signal :)
I was afraid of that...the copper extended maybe 4-5 mm past the fitting edge, but I didn't meet much resistance when screwing the fitting...???
2009-04-17, 08:33 AM
I bought my DB-8 about 3 weeks ago at Microinformatique (5455 boul. Cousineau, Longueuil (Saint-Hubert) 450.462.8416). It seems there is very high demand for this model. When I picked it up, I was told they had sold 20 in that week. I just checked their website and don't see it listed any longer. Let me know if you can find it somewhere else.
2009-04-17, 11:37 AM
I found this place while doing a google search. They are located in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and the DB8 is listed for $90. Here is the link, hope someone find it useful.
2009-04-18, 08:08 PM
Did anybody find an installer on the South Shore of Montreal?
I tried contacting Montcalm by email and asked them if they did installations on the South Shore, if they could remove my old tower (if it's unsafe) and install a new one, etc...
The reply I got was that they installed towers that are attached to the roof of the house with no answers to my other questions and that they would be happy to answer my questions. :confused: :confused: :confused:
So I'm still looking for an installer that can remove the old tower and install a new one with new attennas...
I just want to refresh the status and availability for sources on OTA equipment in the Montreal region since I have been looking around for the past week and it is a little disappointing:
Raybel Electronique - CM4228HD only $99.95, no CM4221HD
Montcolm Electronique - CM4228HD only $120.00, no CM4221HD
Addissons - MultiSat 4 bows(******** clone)$49.99, no CM products
LavalSat - ******** clones only
Vi-Tesse - Overpriced ******** clones only that cost as much as genuine CM
MegaPC - ******** clones only
2009-04-24, 12:33 PM
Thanks for that, EdT, so maybe a trip to Vermont might be necessary for some types of antenna. :eek:
People should read this thread if they're wondering why there are ****s instead of a brand name:http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=95059
Many of the merchants tell me that their CM products are on back order and CM can't supply them. This might be true since their is a huge influx of US customers buying it up during the DT transition till June of this year, but on the other hand my little voice in me tells me that it is simply "profits and greed" that drives them to carry a product they can wholesale for less and sell them at the same cost of the more expensive CM products ! I mean what is the percentage of people doing research like in these forums, maybe 10% or less, so in the end they come out ahead in terms of profits.
Does anyone know if Addision's is still selling those GE pre-amps ? it is not on their online catalog and I don't want to make a trip there for nothing :(
2009-04-27, 02:28 PM
EDT: I would recommend investing in the PCT one I mentioned from Ebay...much less noise.
2009-04-27, 03:10 PM
I just ordered a DB8 antenna from gloria.ca. The order came out to be $110 including taxes and shipping to Montreal. They were out of stock for some time and I just noticed that they have some in stock.
I'd like to know where I could buy a CM 4221 UHF antenna in the Montreal/Laval region.
I've looked in the Addison/Addtronique kinds of store, but I haven't found anything serious there.
Where did you buy your OTA reception equipment?
2009-05-14, 10:35 AM
You can't go wrong with PCT (that's Channel Masters ampifier range), great DB gain for splitting purposes and doesn't amplify noise which causes a reduction of signal/blackouts :
They have up to 4 outputs, you power them via a coax cable. Mostly these can be found on ebay, hard to find in Canada, but sometimes you can find them in pro shops that sell Channel Master Equipment.
If you do buy from ebay:
1) Check the feedback of the person, ensure they have LOTS of positives (the number to the right of their name, click it).
2) Ensure they use Paypal so you can dispute if they don't send the product
3) Most important, some don't come with the A/C plug, you can't buy this A/C plug in stores, it's an injector (one end is the outlet plug and the end has a *COAX* plug!)
Ouf signal meters, not sure where you can get those off the top of my head as my TV has a signal meter...your TV doesn't have this option?
2009-05-14, 11:39 AM
Here is a link to the site sponser. They have the Channel Master amps/splitters.
I'm presently using the CM3412. Very happy with it. Nice solid built stuff. And, I have ordered from them. Within two days, my order was at my door. If you do have problems ordering on the site, just e-mail them, and they'll give you a quote.
2009-05-15, 10:18 AM
Electropath in Laval 450-667-1222
www.electropath.ca Luigi and Patrick
has Channel Master stuff along with less expensive equals. The 4 cell at $50 is perfect.
They have not been able to get the conbiners in as yet to conbine more then one antenna line into one TV.
Addision sell a $90 3 line (2 UHF one analog) that includes a booster.
My HP 42 LCD doesn't have a signal meter.
I'm going to try 2 antennas so that I get clean/clear 3,5,6,22,33,44,57, and 12,46, and 62 analog.
2009-05-15, 11:38 AM
Well if they do carry Channel Master they haven't updated their website in a while, all I see are crappy rabbit ears:
For good quality distribution amps such as Channel Master / PCT see above from Blackburst.
I was just at Raybel today to pick-up another CM4228HD and to my surprise they only had 2 more left from the dozen or so 2 weeks ago. The guy told me they are not able to restock more of them so they are stocking the Winegard HD-8800 instead, he was putting it up on display when I was there, I didn't really like the built quality of antennas with tubular tubes like the 8800.
2009-05-16, 02:49 PM
The Winegard PR-8800 is a good antenna option that I recommend if an original CM4228, DB8, or modified CM4228HD are not available.
Raybel is feeling the same supply problems as many OTA suppliers. I think Channel Master's distribution system was not ready for the demand for their new antennas, especially now that the CM4221HD and the CM4228HD can be greatly improved with some hardware hacks. ;)
Anyone know where I can find a FM trap in Montreal ?
The Radio Shack ones on eBay even though are .99c, but with the shipping they become more than $12usd plus I don't know if they filter out channel 6 CBC as well.
jaimerais savoir ou je pourrais me procurer des balun ChannelMaster ou autre marque reconnue a MTL. Jai acheter des balun chez Raybel sur N-D dans l'est et jpo trop certain de leur qualité. Je ne crois pas pouvoir trouver qqch de qualité chez ADDtronique a PAT...
Donc, jaimerais avoir dautre suggestions pour me trouver ces balun pour modifier ma cm4228 pour avoir plus de stabilité avec WFFF, sinon va falloir que je deal mon proprio pour la monter sur son toit (dernier recours)