: AB - Calgary, Lethbridge, Southern Alberta - OTA
2011-08-25, 02:33 PM
From the site: Consistent gain through the entire UHF DTV channel spectrum
Totally new engineering for post-2009 UHF DTV frequencies
Only issue is that is a UHF antenna and there's two VHF channels 7 & 13 in my area. I would only receive channel RF 46 with the Colorstream 2.
It is a nice looking antenna. I noticed that it has an option to use a base indoors.
I'll keep my options open. Thanks for the suggestions :)
^ This is my bedroom TV.
2011-08-25, 02:46 PM
qwerty...if you go to the Antennas Direct website, you will find that they now have a CS2 "Complete" that receives VHF. It may work for you. For UHF, it is a powerhouse of an antenna.
2011-08-25, 02:49 PM
I must have searched for the wrong one. Oops. Thanks for re-directing me.
2011-08-25, 06:51 PM
Okay I live in Hidden Valley in Calgary and when I hook my antenna (it is a cheep one) up to my HDTV and do a scan for OTA channels all I can get is CTV analog. Zero digital channels:(
Am I just in a reception shadow area from Nose Hill park or am I doing something wrong? Would a $100 antenna solve my problems. I did make an antenna from a YouTube how to video and had the same results as my other store bought antenna.
2011-08-25, 08:30 PM
maybe try punching in your address in to tv fool and see what it gives you. If your using an indoor antenna it might not be getting a signal, you may need to try moving it to different locations to see if that helps, ie near a window, and maybe higher up.Also the antenna must be capable of recieving UHF channels. If its just plain rabbit ears it probably won't work since all digital channels in Calgary are broadcasting on UHF frequencies.
2011-08-25, 08:52 PM
Just found TV Fool and it does show me in a signal week area because of a hill between me and the TV tower. I guess I'll have to get something on the larger size to stick in my attic.
2011-08-25, 10:36 PM
msharp: Would you like to post the link to your TVfool result? There are some of the most knowledgeable users on the forum that may be able to help in your setup. Hidden Valley area may be almost impossible to get a signal depending where you are located (TVfool link does not provide your personal info.)
2011-08-26, 03:12 AM
@msharp: Welcome to the forum.
Apart from using tvfool.com to share some useful info, as other members has suggested, do take a moment to see these helpful instruction for new members.
That will help you provide us with the right info so we can all help you better.
2011-08-26, 01:13 PM
msharp - what is the nearest intersection to your location. This will help us to determine what TVfool predicts?
2011-08-26, 09:55 PM
I am close to Hidden Valley Dr. and Shaganappi
these are my results
2011-08-27, 11:00 AM
You will have to scope out your own attic but I think you may be able make a bowtie reflector work for you. Being in Hidden Valley, if your house happened to be two stories high, with vinyl siding, and the gable happened to be more or less oriented towards the south/southwest, your signal loss through the attic might not be too bad.
If you have stucco, or the orientation of your house means the signal must pass through roof shingles, or other houses in the way... you may be in a tough spot. After having a look in your attic, rerun your TV Fool with an estimate of the height above ground level when the antenna is positioned in your attic.
Check out the antenna chart from this forum for bowtie reflectors, UHF only. I have been pleased with my AntennaCraft U4000 and U8000's. In your situation I would look at the best performing antenna that is still physically small enough to get it through your attic hatch.
2011-08-30, 12:24 PM
23 Analog (CBC Fr) in Lethbridge has fixed the lack-of-picture problem that has been extent for over a week. 10 Analog (CBC) on the same tower is now giving a better picture without subsumed roll bars. My location 1 mile from antenna.
CTV 13 analog is still broadcasting. No sign of 13.1 yet.:(
2011-08-30, 02:29 PM
10 is receivable north of Coaldale on my parents farm. In the basement, on a 7" TV! I think that's cool.
23 is still weak here. I don't watch it much just thinking of all the french Canadians living in this area be in University or College. I'm sure that's the only folk who watch CBC French OTA here.
I'm looking forward to CFCN switching to digital. That should get rid of the nasty herringbone pattern I'm seeing on 13.
When I was up in Calgary, I scanned all the channels. Got all digital - aimed it at Broadcast Hill, Artist View. Was in Tuscany near Sobeys.
I am so impressed with digital now. No ghosting, no ugly patterns on my TV and best of all it's CLEAR!
2011-08-30, 02:37 PM
That should get rid of the nasty herringbone pattern I'm seeing on 13You too?
Can't wait for the switch. And, if the tower is already converted, I would think that there would be power savings from the conversion.
2011-08-30, 03:55 PM
This double ghosting is annoying me on 13. Plus the noise from the overhead electrical wires behind my apartment. I think that's adding to the herringbone effect.
Phoned the engineer. He said that the transition will occur tonight at 12:01 AM.
Looking forward to re-scanning the channels come Wednesday morning.
2011-08-30, 05:08 PM
Phoned the engineer. He said that the transition will occur tonight at 12:01 AMExcellent news!:D
2011-08-30, 10:50 PM
Its good to know that I'm not the only one with interference. Hopefully CFCN Lethbridge does pull the switch tonight.
2011-08-31, 02:30 AM
Channel 13 CFCN-5
Before 12:05 AM: Ghosting, lines throughout picture
After 12:06 AM: Clear, bright picture with correct PSIP
Funny the switch was thrown right after the news.
Receiving 3 nice clear digital OTA stations in my part of town. :D
2011-08-31, 09:00 AM
Four digital stations received clearly in West Uplands although I only watch three of them.
CITY, formerly 2, now 46: Unreceivable before, strongest picture now. 5 stars. 6 miles from tower.
CTV, 13, blurry and snowy before, perfect picture now. 4 stars. 6 miles from tower.
CJIL, 17, snowy (but unghosted) picture before, perfect picture now. 4 stars. 4 miles from tower.
Global, 7, good analog picture before, perfect picture now. 3 stars. 4 miles from tower.
Since no other channels other than CBC Analog (English and French), which I don't expect to go digital, are receivable here, that's it for OTA Digital. So I shall keep my satellite. ;)
An excellent improvement, nevertheless even if the networks had to be dragged kicking and screaming to it.
Added: my "stars" are for report-card purposes only and do not reflect signal strengths.
2011-08-31, 10:01 AM
In Magrath with a roof-top I get the same channels as Baslim. Signal ranging from 7-10 bars out of 10 except CJIL, which is 2-3.
Back in July I tested with a UHF antenna indoors and was able to pick up CISA with 3-4 bars.
I also notice that CFCN has PSIP Guide working I'm glad to see someone finally has the proper PSIP.