: AB - Calgary, Lethbridge, Southern Alberta - OTA
2010-10-02, 11:45 PM
@redec: I am using those "but it's a POS anyways (powered philips rabbit-ears)" myself and I see no real problem.
But you may be located badly for the Harvard Tower, as it would put you "behind" the Acadia, Diamond Cove or Queensland hills. So the ever-true mantra of "higher is better" is probably the way to go.
And I've seen some ho-hum on attic-placements, so if you are able to place the antenna outside on top of the roof, then go for it. If not, then the attic would help out a bit.
You could try first to build the famous SBGH (placed in posts elsewhere in this forum) instead of shelling out the dosh for a CM422x...
But you should be able to receive CICT-DT and CKAL-DT with a piece of copper-wire in your aerial input, they are that strong... CFCN-DT is a bit less, and especially this afternoon I only got about 30% on CFCN-DT, so the (spaceweather) conditions may be a bit worse than normal...
2010-10-03, 09:58 PM
Interesting...so I plugged my antenna directly into the TV and now I get CICT just fine....so....I guess it must be some sort of problem with my DVR, rather than with my reception. Thanks for your help guys!
2010-10-05, 03:46 PM
@redec: If you have some european-style PVR (european brand possibly) you might notice that the RF output is not located on VHF-LO (channel 2 or 3) but UHF (around 37 to 42). This might explain some interference into the reception of CICT-DT on channel 41...
If you connect the VCR to the TV via Composite/HDMI and split antenna to lead to both PVR and TV you might have eliminated any conflict...
Just my $0.02
2010-10-12, 01:17 AM
I'm in a townhouse near downtown at 15th Ave and 5th St SW but unfortunately the condo association rules do not allow outdoor antennas/satellite dishes, any chance of picking up channels indoors? Otherwise, my balcony/doors are facing South, any chance of hiding the antenna from view on the ground of the balcony (the balcony is solid concrete)?
Thanks in advance for any advice you might have!
2010-10-12, 03:25 AM
@monarch0300: Welcome to the Calgary thread!
To answer your question ... It might, it might not. With indoor antennas, you really can't tell until you try. With a general idea of your location, it should be doable.
Here are some links you might want to see.
- Chart of recommended commercial antennas by Stampeder:
- DIY antennas on this forum:
- TV Fool to check predicted signal strength for your location:
Will this be on a ground floor or will it be higher? Higher is generally better.
It can take a bit of patience to find just the right spot where you can place the antenna to get all three local stations. (And soon it will be four!) You could get lucky and get it on the first try.
I'm not too far away from you (Hillhurst). I also have a south-facing suite with no direct view of the transmitting towers and I only use indoor antennas for local digital TV at the moment. Works like a charm, most of the time.
I also suggest looking back through this thread (or searching for the word "Beltline") to see reception reports from other folks in the area.
Happy hunting and let us know what you find!
2010-10-12, 03:46 PM
Here is a thread regarding one the the indoor Antennas on the chart.
I personally have had good success in Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa with one.
2010-10-20, 10:51 PM
So I'm visiting Calgary with my Terk HDTVa and I have a nice big window pointing South in my hotel room 3rd floor. If I point Almost straight south I pick up CityTV with a beautiful singnal lock. From there If I point a bit west I get a nice lock on Global. My question is where the heck is CFCN? I can't seem to find it. Also, I'm using 7 Media Center, is there a way I can manually add CFCN and then use the hauppauge 950q signal meter to find it?
Any help from would be appreciated.
2010-10-20, 11:42 PM
Sounds like you are in Motel Village (based on 1804 Crowchild Tr), so Broadcast Hill CFCN is WSW from you. City & Global should be about dead west from you. Also see post #10 in the main OTA FAQ for other methods of determining the location of antenna's.
2010-10-21, 01:03 AM
Thanks for the 'pointers' much appreciated. ;-)
2010-10-21, 11:20 AM
Also, CFCN is currently broadcasting with far less power than Global and CITY.
2010-10-21, 05:18 PM
Yeah I think my south facing window is not quite giving me enough view of the west. I will try again tonight.
2010-10-22, 12:45 AM
Does anyone know where to point to get OTA stations in Calgary?
I'm in Hidden Valley at N 51,150 W 114,130 but the front of house faces directly E so anything South towards broadcast hill has my neighbours house in the way
2010-10-22, 02:46 AM
davecason, just follow all the steps in the following post:
Hopefully Nose Hill does not block your signal path from Broadcast Hill.
2010-10-22, 02:51 AM
Thanks for the note ..... I'll go start reading right now !
2010-10-31, 11:39 PM
You're going to have a difficult time in Hidden Valley. Nose hill park pretty much destroys the signals from the broadcasters for us, not to mention the hill comming stright down from the 14th Street entrance.
I had to put a roof mounted antenna and even then I'm in the 65% range for two of them, and in the unwatchable 40% range for CFCN. It's doable, but it's not trivial. It's going to depend on antenna height and gain.
2010-10-31, 11:48 PM
Don't forget: CFCN will (soon?) be upgrading their transmitter power levels. With hope, that will improve your reception potential, even though you are in the shadow of Nose Hill.
2010-11-01, 12:12 AM
Yup, that's what I'm hoping for. If the strength is as good as the other two (Global and CityTV) then I won't have any problems.
I was thinking they were going to flip the switch during the 50 year celebration they just had, but ...nope....
2010-11-01, 10:22 AM
Sorry xciton - from my contact with CFCN, there is no new equipment installation in progress yet. More time will have to pass. From what I see, I think that early next year will be more promising for the channel 29 high powered service to begin.
2010-11-06, 03:53 PM
I'm wondering if anyone was knows what the gain is on a CM 3679 antenna. The channel master web site doesn't seem to say,just that its a high gain antenna.I'm trying to determine if it would have higher gain than a winegard 7082,and which would be better to receive analoge broadcast in carseland alberta. The transmitters all seem to be about 35-38 miles from me. My neighbor down the road has trouble picking up channel 2, and channel 5,the others all seem to be fine, but he has a small combo antenna.So i'm looking for antenna to bring these channels in better. I don't need the digital broadcast yet,going to wait till switchover is complete, before deciding if i will stay OTA or not,and we currently just have analog CRT,s.Will one of these antennas be suitable, I will be driving 4 tv's from it? I am leaning toward the winegard due to the fact i can get it for a great price.
2010-11-06, 04:27 PM
Latest C-M Catalog only provides Average Gain specs for CM3679:
Lo-VHF=4.0 dBd, Hi-VHF=8.1 dBd and UHF=9.5 dBd
BTW: Their spec table only says "dB", but it's clear they mean dBd based
on history & spec values for CM4221HD & 4228HD. [dBi=dBd + 2.15 dB]
Fortunately, Stark Electronics still posts the detailed antenna specs (in dBd):