: ON - Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, Bruce Peninsula
2006-07-16, 01:45 PM
Do you think this (http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&cs=CADHS1&sku=A0616974) would do the trick or do I need something better? I'd rather just buy one antenna than both a silver sensor and rabbit ears if it's possible.
2006-07-16, 02:09 PM
LN the silver sensor is better and with city-tv coming from a different location it will allow you to set the best position for city ,near a window without banging or moving the dipoles around.Does your tv have a separate connection for uhf only?IF not then you can buy a combiner for about 5 bucks at Canadian Tire.
2006-07-16, 02:30 PM
I won't be using a TV but rather an All-In-Wonder card because I won't have the space and I like the features of the card. The All-In-Wonder has a coax connection.
I see why you're saying two antennas would be better. I would actually like to record shows from both CTV and CityTV without being there to move the antenna so two antennas sounds like the way to go.
Now where can I buy these antennas for a good price? I've had cable all my life and have never used OTA TV. I'll be in the Buffalo/Niagara area next weekend so recommendations for Canadian and US stores would be great! Glad I cancelled my Terk TV5 order.
2006-07-16, 06:41 PM
LN Silver sensor on E-bay for 5 US from a canadian seller.
2006-07-16, 11:51 PM
Thanks for the eBay recommendation. That looks like a great price. And I'll have US Dollars in my Paypal account once my Terk order gets refunded so no currency conversion needed.
Where would I get rabbit ears for cheap? I need the ones that will stand on their own since I'm not using an actual TV. Also, will i need any additional wiring or amplification? Or should it work fine just having the Silver Sensor, rabbit ears and combiner? Thanks for all your help.
2006-07-17, 02:35 AM
I've been browsing around on eBay and just found a Terk HDTVa from a Canadian seller for $35 USD with shipping included. It looks just like the silver sensor but also includes the VHF dipoles.
Just wondering if this would be much worse than what you recommended. I'd rather just buy one part and be done with it than buy 3 different parts if possible. I will be able to place the antenna near a window.
2006-07-17, 03:19 PM
It looks just like the silver sensor but also includes the VHF dipoles.See posts 50 through 53 in this thread:
2006-07-17, 03:28 PM
Great! Looks like I'm going to get the Terk HDTVa. I'll post my results when I move to Waterloo in a month and a half. Thanks for all your help guys.
2006-07-17, 11:10 PM
Thanks for all your help guys.And good luck with school too! :)
2006-08-10, 04:13 AM
Just have a few quick questions about signal stength in the KW area...
I'm gonna be going to UWaterloo next year, staying at Conrad Grebel, what kind of signals could I pull in from there?
Would digital be a possibility with an indoor antenna?
Thanks for the help?
2006-08-10, 01:37 PM
I'm gonna be going to UWaterloo next yearWelcome here, and please read LNahid2000's posts earlier in this thread about OTA at UW. Maybe both of you can compare notes either in this thread or by PM?
2006-08-11, 03:21 AM
He was talking more non-digital I think...
I was just wondering if you could pull in any HD signals from the KW area with an indoor antenna?
2006-08-11, 11:13 AM
He was talking more non-digital I think...
I was just wondering if you could pull in any HD signals from the KW area with an indoor antenna?I doubt it.You are in the fringe area for the Toronto low power digitals and Buffalo. No local digitals on air.Sun-dt on 15 from Hamilton is the nearest. How is your reception of analog 11 chch. No hd on Sun anyway
2006-08-15, 05:09 PM
Right now in Saskatchewan, not very good... lol
Oh well, so much for HD...
2006-09-16, 06:02 PM
Hi Guyz & Galz !
I've been intrigued by some of the accomplishments by the OTAers !
I myself am located in Cambridge, ON (wallace & cowan blvd area) and 983 ft over sea level and 68 miles from Buffalo (as the crow flies) and have a Radio Shack Mini-state antenna in the attic, similar to what's found below except that mine has an infared remote:
Currently I get the following channels very clear :
CITY TV 31
Channels I get with some tweaking (and depending on weather/time of day):
NBC 12 (ERIE)
UPN 23 (BUFFALO)
FOX 29 (BUFFALO)
No reception :
ABC 7 (Buffalo)
NBC 2 (Buffalo)
CBS 4 (Buffalo)
I can't get the CM 4228 into the attic due to the size and installing outside isn't an option due to its size. :( ! The attic door is very small, 26.6 inches wide . Any other ideas ? How about the winegard HD9095 Channel Master 3023 ? If' I've posted in the wrong forum, my apologies.
2006-09-17, 12:34 PM
Hi Sqamar, with your list of channels, I assume you're analog only.
The reason you don't get 2, 4 & 7 is that your antenna is UHF only. As far as size, a 4221 would give you more gain and fit in the attic. But its still UHF only.
Most of us have gone all digital. And in this area, all digital stations are and will be UHF. You'd need an ATSC tuner. If you've never tried digital TV, you'll be surprized at how much better the picture and sound are. Global and CH might go digital someday.
2006-09-17, 09:17 PM
Thanks for the reply Tom ! The documentatin with my antenna states it's a VHF/UHF ? I get global 6 and CBC 5 ? So to go digital do I need a receiver ? I see some running satellite receivers in their lists of equipment. I assume that's ATSC receiver. I've tried to read the OTA stickies but there's so much info to take in. :o
If I went digital, would I be able to get ABC, NBC and CBS digital on UHF ? I'm so confused !!! lol
Thanks very much.
2006-09-17, 09:53 PM
sqamar, if your antenna is VHF and UHF, then you are not recieving 2,4, 7 analogs because your antenna is not strong enough.
either way, with a powerfull antenna, you should be able to pull in the ABC, NBC, and CBS HD channels, along with a handful of other HD channels. All HD channels are UHF (no VHF).
i think your first step would be to get yourself an ATSC (digital) tuner, and see what digitals your current antenna can pull in. since you've said you can pull in 23 and 29, this is a good indication the Buffalo channels do exist where you are.
when Tom.F.1 said the 4221 is 'still UHF only", he meant it would be no good for analog channels that are VHF. However it's great for ALL digitals (since they are all UHF) Could you mount a smaller antenna like the 4221 on your roof? I think that would be the ideal setup for you.
2006-09-24, 05:27 PM
Well I've just read Stampeders post about "attic antenna's" and I am going to put the antenna I have outside on the roof as a test. Right now, as things stand watching FOX 29 clear as day and can watch NBC Erie 12 pretty clear as well.
Putting the antenna outside should help out as it has a built in amplifier as well as a rotor. If this doesn't work, i'll pick up a CM 4221.
Just don't tell my wife !:eek:
Any idea where I can get a OTA receiver to go digital ??
2006-09-24, 11:21 PM
Any idea where I can get a OTA receiver to go digital ?Check through the OTA Equipment & Vendors sub forum in the ATSC threads and the local suppliers thread. You'll find several listings. Also please put your location into your DHC user profile so that it shows up in your posts.