: ON - Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, Bruce Peninsula
2009-07-31, 10:19 AM
Really nice setup! Does the 91XG handle the high-VHF channel as well as the CM 4 or 8 bowtie does?
Did you install the tower yourself or did you contract that out? I remember you saying in another thread that you were planning to do your own install.
Were I'm located, I seem to be in the low part of the area in a bungalow, with big trees in the back. I'm pretty sure I will need a tower too :(
2009-07-31, 10:48 AM
Most of the tower work was done by myself: Digging the hole, climbing and installing the sections. Of course I had help on the ground. And I had a local company deliver the concrete for the base. I didn't use a "Gin Pole", but if I were to erect a tower again I'd likely construct one as it makes lifting the sections far easier.
The 91XG can receive channel 13 well (the station is less than 10km away). However, channel 11 Hamilton is very snowy, and I can't receive 9 whatsoever (CFTO analog Toronto). Therefore, this antenna doesn't do VHF-high.
While the 91XG is an excellent performer, those wishing to save money by not buying two antenna may wish to consider a quality combo. Perhaps something like the Crossfire series from Channel Master.
2009-07-31, 11:06 AM
Perhaps something like the Crossfire series from Channel Master.I don't know if Winegards are available locally in your area Jase88 but the gigantic HD8200P VHF/FM/UHF Combo is also getting rave reviews down in the states now that the big Delhi combos are off the market.
2009-07-31, 02:06 PM
Would I be able to get better reception if I used a Dual coat hanger antenna? Also, Jase88 i already PM'd you. thanks.
2009-07-31, 02:40 PM
Don't use coat hanger antennas! Here's why:
OTA Clone & Coat Hanger Antennas - Avoid Most Of Them (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=106108)
If you want to build your own antenna for Cambridge then the only one you should build is a deepest fringe Double Bay Gray-Hoverman:
Which Gray-Hoverman TV Antenna Should I Build? (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=81982)
2009-08-01, 12:27 AM
try reading some review,s of that apex box,you,ll be suprised.circut city among others have rated it as very poor at channel pick-up.get a zenith or insignia thier both the same box.they gave it a 1 out of 5.
2009-08-01, 09:08 PM
I connected a coat hanger antenna and a loop antenna to one tv and quality of 2 channels increased a little bit. When I have time, I will try to build SBGH antenna for my area in Cambridge.
hello guy today i bought a eaglestar pro model 53-6303 antenna i mounted it on my roof I'm about 30 feet off the ground im in south cambridge on. it hooks up to my sonicview h8000hd and then to my samsung 42" plasma (tv doesnt have a digital tuner only ntsc) so anyway i did a scan and got 15 channels 5 are hd some in t.o and Hamilton and buffalo but i could not pick up ckco tv witch is really close to me i get omni 1 and omni 2 but they sometimes freeze and loose signal is this because my antenna is a cheap one i paid 30 bucks for it i would like to get more channels if possible if if its the antenna i will pick up a new one. what do you guys recommend
2009-08-10, 01:34 AM
If you noticed on the packaging, the eaglestar pro model 53-6303 says it's good for channels 2-69.
That is impossible because it is only a UHF antenna which is channels 14-69and it is actually made in China for an Australian antenna supplier that specs out for UHF channels 20-69. Thay also say on the package 55 miles, but in reality it's only reliable up to 35 miles on a good day.
If you want a 4bay that actually works in North America, go for a CM4221.
2009-08-13, 01:47 PM
No offense, but store bought antennas make me puke. Coat hanger antenna is the way to go! My apex dt250 sucks, so I just use normal analog tv. With the coat hanger I get channel 13, 6, 79, 82, 112, and 117. Store bought antenna that was $30, I got channel 13 ONLY. :)
okay, hamid14, use whatever antenna you wish. You apparently have what you need so lets leave it at that and end this part of the discussion.
2009-08-13, 05:10 PM
hamid there are no OTA channels above 69 in our area I think your TV is set on Cable not Analog. You can get 15 plus OTA DTV channels in our area with an antenna outside. Either a SGBH or DBGH or CM 4221 or CM 4228.
2009-08-13, 10:50 PM
I live in the galt area hsplrguy. Thanks for the recommendations though! I might try a CM 4228, if I can find a cheap one. I built a dipole antenna for channel 56, (cable 112) didn't work the way I wanted it too, but it did remove ghosting and fuzz from channel 6.
2009-08-13, 11:29 PM
The 4228HD will run you about 100 bones, 4221HD little more than half of that; out of the box.
2009-08-13, 11:29 PM
hamid I know a few people in Galt that have OTA works pretty good actually better signal than in H Town. Suprisingly channel 5 VHF is eaiser and clearer to get than 56 CBC repeater?? I don't know why? But 41 UHF Global is clearer than 6 VHF global?? I think 6 gets too much interference from CB radio traffic on the 401. I think if you check Wintronic Computers or Neutron Electronics in Guelph they will have what your looking for. I see also Sayal out on Fountain St by Toyota MMC is selling Channel Master amps but not antennas.you will need a channel master amp too.
2009-08-14, 10:54 AM
Which part of Galt are you in? North Galt? East Galt? etc... What major intersection are you close to?
Assuming all goes well, within a week I'm hoping to get an CM4228HD antenna and will post my results.
2009-08-17, 06:16 PM
Not too sure, I think West Galt. hsplrguy, I think I will check out those antennas. Thanks for the tip! :)
2009-08-18, 01:01 AM
hamid14 only thing is west galt your heading closer to the Paris transmitter farm and Global may cause overloading but depends where u are. there was some one near parkhill rd before check it out with him see what he has.
2009-08-21, 05:19 PM
Based on the potential channels available in Kitchener, the one I am after is analog based. What can I do to improve my reception of analog channels? Right now I have simply built a coat hanger antenna and have only tested it on the main floor of my house. It doubled the number of channels my TV could pick up. I hope that moving it up into the attic will make a difference too, but wanted to know if there is anything else I could be doing. (Besides purchasing an actual antenna and attaching it to my roof.) Thanks.
2009-08-22, 11:48 AM
I don't know how much I would invest in analog TV since the Kitchener channels will most likely be switching to digital before 2011. Not to mention, that digital channels coming in HD, many of them 1080i, will blow away the picture quality of analog.
I guess it depends on what your goal is, though. I have installed a cm4228 on my roof and the money I invested (aprox $400), can easily be recovered in less than a year by cancelling my cable subscription.
I was kind of leary about mounting an antenna on my roof, wondering how it would go
over with neighbors but have not had any complaints yet. In fact my neighbor seems
very interested in the set up himself. If you can roof mount a proper antenna you should be able to get some digital channels from toronto, hamilton and buffalo. Depending on your elevation and obstructions, you should get paris and london also. I am blocked by a hill, so I only get tor, ham and buf.
Roof mount will also improve your analog reception while it lasts.