: BC - Victoria, The Island, Sunshine Coast, BC Interior, BC North - OTA
2011-12-02, 01:26 PM
Same for me here all the way south... RF 22 signal jumping up and down. Was okay on Sunday...
.. but then again all your BC channels are pretty weak these last few days...
I just wish those broadcasters would bump up their ERPs.
Time to build SBGH and hope it can beat my M4 I'm currently using.
2011-12-08, 04:32 PM
Well KVOS 12.1-12.2 (rf 35) has sold to Reston OTA broadcasting, so they have 3 months left then they could end broadcasting from what I am hearing.
It sounds like speculative investors have bought the company in hopes that if the broadcast spectrum in the US gets even smaller they will be able to cash in on the sale of that part of the spectrum, and just dump the channel for profit, lame how this is unfolding the digital conversion looked so good in the beginning. On a side note I contacted most of the BC TV stations asking about any new sub channels in the future none of them have any plans from what I have heard either.... sigh.
2011-12-08, 05:32 PM
But I wouldn't miss KVOS that much. Since it's turned in MeTV and CoolTV.. just old TV show re-runs and lame music videos... they were good when they did local broadcasting and local news from BC and Bellingham.
I can get old shows on Antenna TV (RF 22.3 in Seattle), which I rarely watch as well.
Too bad it seems your broadcasters are mainly owned by Cable companies now (Rogers,eh?).. so maybe they just want to shut off OTA and force you go subscribe to their cable... d'oh!
2011-12-21, 08:03 PM
Well, living in Victoria, I should have followed Stampeder's antenna recommendations. Ordered a second antenna (not on his list) claiming to provide a 20-36dB gain. It took Canada Post a couple weeks to deliver it and I eventually threw it up on the roof. Of course, it doesn't come close to providing what my CM 4228HD does.
Called the store this morning and was told, "Returns only within 10 days and we never told you it was a deep fringe antenna - works fine for us here in the GTA though."
Hopefully, I can sell it to someone who only expects to get the local transmitters and / or knows they have no hope of getting the Mt. Seymour / Seatac signals. Then I'll get another CM 4228HD or try a DB8 (but definitely not from THAT store).
2011-12-21, 08:48 PM
second antenna (not on his list) claiming to provide a 20-36dB gain
What is the name model of the abtenna so others can learn from this outcome?
2011-12-21, 10:07 PM
Hi danBCman: I chose my words carefully because when I posted about this antenna when I first ordered it (I was quite excited at its potential), I was informed that the posting had been removed due to 'issues' with this company. Digital Home does not allow mention of this company on the forum.
Having said that - Google "OTA antenna 20-36db" - it's the 4th one down. :)
Hopefully - that will pass.
2011-12-22, 01:33 AM
Well, I just ordered HD-8800.... hopefully I can pick up your Mt Seymour stations from 140km away. heh. Currently, I can get CHAN 8.1 (RF 22) and OMNI (RF 20) a "good" days for a few hours only using a homebuilt M4 and SBGH.
2012-01-23, 04:44 PM
Yesterday's 100 km winds took out my double stacked antennas. All in all - I'm very lucky The Channel Master 4228HD only bent a little in one corner when it dropped ~10m to hit the ground. The cables and my ground wire managed to hold onto the mast and the roof so it never hit the ground with full force.
The wind was enough to pull out two sets of screw anchors and two zap straps holding the mast in place. Admittedly, I'd used the same holes for the anchors a few times - so that must have weakened it.
Although it's beautiful now - Environment Canada has issued another wind warning so I'm in no hurry to climb back up.
Might consider installing them in the attic.
2012-01-23, 10:57 PM
I have mine in the attic (modded cm4228hd, cm7777) 26 feet off the ground and I am able to get all the stations in the area other than a few seattle ones that are tropo friendly.... it is worth a shot you might be pleasantly suprised.... nice not to have weather damage either. Let us know how it works out for you. Cheers
2012-01-29, 04:30 AM
New to the forum.
I've got an older TDP antenna (3BG17?) with twin lead connections and a co-axil cable to my TV. What should I use to adapt the connection at the antenna. Thanks
Victoria, B.C.,- Oaklands neighbourhood
2012-01-29, 04:48 PM
Vic Ant, welcome to the forums!
To answer your question, you use what's called a "Balun" (balanced/unbalanced converter), or what's also called a Matching Transformer. This (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=100512&highlight=balun) thread discusses them further.
2012-02-05, 05:45 PM
Thanks Jase88, I'm going to mount a new UHF on the roof but I thought I'd try to keep the old VHF for what it's worth a little lower on the pole and hope they don't interfer with each other.
2012-02-05, 05:54 PM
Hello Ndnile, I understand you are almost my neighbour at Kings and Shelbourne in Oaklands (Victoria). Any chance of comparing notes on your equipment and reception possibilities perhaps by a PM? I tried looking around at roof tops to spot you, but now I realize your antenna is in your attic. Can you get the PBS station K24IC or is it called KBCB?
2012-02-06, 01:07 PM
Yes I receive kbtc (pbs) solid, I responded to your pm cheers.
2012-02-19, 03:05 AM
Looking to get into OTA HD TV. Mainly in the UHF freq, as it seems all the Canadian stations switched over to digital in Aug 2011. I've studied the Antenna Decison Chart 8.2, but can't seem to find a local or Canadian supplier for most. We do have The Source which offers:
CHANNEL MASTER VHF/UHF HDTV ANTENNA - CM-2018, CM-2020, CM- 3671 or th CR 3671.
Any advice on which of these would be best? (It would be nice not to go too big.)
Mt Seymour, near Vancouver, which seems to have the Canadian stations is 78 km (48 mi) due East.
Bellingham, just over the US border, is 113 km (70 mi) South East.
My TV Fool Chart:
Any advice would be appreciated.
PS Thanks for steering me away from the 'weird and wacky' antenna I'd almost bought.
2012-02-19, 04:31 AM
Welcome to the forums, katapeltes! Please refer to the Where to Buy (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=164) thread for info on over-the-air parts vendors in your area (or online).
2012-02-20, 04:27 PM
Katapelts - I was up in Parksville in November and stumbled into Blue Door Audio / Video. They seemed to know what they were talking about and had a couple antennas on their roof connected to a 60" Sharp and something else. They were pulling in some Mount Seymour signals without any problems.
They'd be pretty close to you.
2012-02-21, 05:58 PM
Katapelts, I have TVFool envy! You are looking very good for reception. And you have an easy answer:
Channel Master 4221HD. Excellent antenna and very wide beam width. The Seattle stations are simply out of reach, but you are very well positioned to get both the Mt. Seymour stations and the Bellingham stations quite easily by aiming your antenna right in between them! Consider yourself quite lucky. You can get the 4221HD from the Source online, but you could also check out some other distributers to get the best price. Welcome to the forum and good luck.
2012-03-27, 06:06 PM
Anyone having problems with 2.1 (CBC - CBUT) and 12.1 (KVOS) today? I get CBC French on 26.1 (CBUF) but no English.
I'm experimenting with a new Antenna Direct DB8 in the attic because the CM 4228HD won't fit through the hole in my attic. Had to assemble the DB8 in the attic this morning.
So far - all is looking good (sans CBC) - so I will likely be ordering my second DB8 later today to point to SeaTac transmitters.
2012-03-27, 06:36 PM
CBC 43.1 is 100%
KVOS 35.1 and 35.2 is 100%
CBC French 26.1 is 100% and for me has always been French language.
Attic install may give a multipath issue?
re aim scan re aim scan hopefully the sweet spot will be found.