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2017-12-08 03:50 PM
rads47 CTV2 Wingham has not been operating for a number of months.
2017-12-07 04:02 PM
tvlurker CTV2 Wingham (what you call 33) is only on analog on 8, if it is indeed still operating. I'm pretty sure Bell has applied to shut it down.
2017-12-07 02:02 PM
rob50312 Hi, your TV fool says it all.2 edge stations are usually not reliable.Stations showing LOS are to be expected and 1 edge are variable.I suspect if you point both panels at Hamilton you might receive 35.1.
2017-12-07 02:29 AM
Waterloo Reception


I am not getting the results I would have expected with my setup in Waterloo so was curious if anyone has any tips or advice. Mostly targeting the CTV2 broadcaster (35) but if anyone can explain why I can't find City (31) that would be great as well.

I have a Focus-Antennas-BEST-8HD-180-Directional-Antenna on my roof approx 25 feet up connected to a Focus Hamza LTE TV Antenna Amplifier. It is currently pointed towards Toronto based on the strongest CBC signal I could get. I have 1 split for my TV and a Tablo Device.

I do have a Winegaurd LNA-200 Boost XT available but the Hamza has the LTE filter and higher DB Gain so I setup with that.

My TVFool report is here: TV Fool

What works:
I receive 13 no matter what I do even with the antenna not being for VHF channels.
17 (virtual should be 6) and 28 are strong enough when pointing at Toronto so no issue there.
36 and 15 come in fine, 36 can get pixels sometimes.
20 (CBC) is solid, in fact it's my strongest most reliable channel in my current setup, I've never seen it go out.
25 (French CBC) also is solid.
19 (TVO) works most the time. Some strong windy nights it has pixeled a bit.
41 Toronto Global pixels often but generally is fine.
32 (WNLO) I have seen come in a few times in warm mornings and evenings.
44 (City) This channel pops up about once a week for a few hours along with the omni 1 and 2 stations (40, 47).

What Doesn't work:
8, 9, 10 I don't get these, only using a UHF antenna so no surprise. I shouldn't need any of these channels anyway as they have UHF equivalents.
35 (CTV2 Hamilton) I have only seen come in once in over a month yet it's rated fairly high in my tvfool report, any ideas? I've tried rotating half and the entire antenna directly at it but nothing worked and nearly all other channels suffered.
33 (CTV2 London repeater) never seen this channel work. I suspect 33 is not an actual live channel yet and they are still on 8, anyone know how to find out?
31 (City) I can't this work reliably either, I tried pointing antenna in it's general direction but no signal strong enough.
2017-12-06 04:25 PM
rads47 cdnmr,

Great to hear you've got the CM4228 ready to go up. Please post your results here once you've got it installed!
2017-12-06 10:24 AM
cdnmr I will measure the height once I mount it this weekend. Depending on my results may be looking for a pre-amp.

I picked up the CM HD4228 last night (came pre-mounted to an 8 foot pole), connected it to my TV and with the antenna 6 feet off the ground leaning against my house, pointing general direction of Burlington I pulled in 17 channels. A few were cutting in and out. I am excited to see how things are after I get it up on the tower and aimed.
2017-12-05 02:07 PM
cdnmr Thanks Rads47 and Jase88.

I dont think I'll bother with Buffalo in that case.

My tower is probably 30 feet high but there is an old antenna on it (not sure of the make/model-was there when I bought the place 5 years ago) so I would be mounting to the side of the tower or on the roof of my second story. In either case antenna would be approx 22-24 feet above ground.

This past weekend I connected the old antenna that is on my tower, plugged in the "ChannelMaster 0064C" power supply I found in basement following the old coax (I assume other end is plugged into pre-amp) and ran a scan but only got one channel (36-1) and it was a pretty pixelated picture. I dont have a rotor controller to re-aim the antenna, nor do I know if the rotor itself will even turn. It is currently pointed at Burlington/Hamilton just inside the treeline running towards the back of my property.

Found a local guy selling his CM HD4228 that I am planning on picking up. It's on the antenna list from this site so expect it will suit my needs and location.
2017-12-04 05:03 PM
Jase88 Which installation would put the antenna higher above ground?

You're probably at the outside edge of consistent reception of most Buffalo stations. Though I'd like to know the tower height...
2017-12-04 04:52 PM
rads47 Hello cdnmr,

I would suggest based on your TV Fool the Buffalo stations with the exception of WNLO and most likely WIVB, will be unlikely for regular reception with the DB8e. At the distance they are at and a 2 Edge signal my experience tells me that would be unlikely. In my opinion based on the signal strength's and noise margin's both WNLO and WIVB should be obtainable on either antenna. The DB4e will easily get you all the Toronto transmitters as well as your Hamilton, KW etc locals.
2017-12-01 08:07 PM
Newb needs advice. DB4e / HD7694p etc and be happy with Toronto or go for more?

Hi all, first timer here, just started reading, hoping to learn the basics as quickly as I can.

My TV Fool [HERE](TV Fool)

Just South of Guelph and the 401. House faces North-north-west. My path to the East is pretty clear.

I pointed a compass toward Buffalo at 132 degrees:
-If antenna was mounted on West side of house on pre-existing tower, would sit approx 20 feet East of trees that run the length of my yard, intersecting tree line approx 30 feet away.
-If Antenna was mounted on second story of my house, it would sit approx 45 feet East of trees and would intersect tree line approx 80-90 feet (might even clear some of them-I have not gotten up here yet).

According to the Sales person I spoke with they said a DB4e on its own would get me Toronto stations. They said a DB8e with an amp would get me Buffalo if the trees don't come into play.

I know its hard to make recommendations without seeing first hand but assuming the trees are 70-80 feet away from antenna mounted approx 24 feet off the ground.....should I shell out $300 and go for Buffalo or save a couple hundred $$$ and stick with Toronto?

Thanks for any advice.
2017-10-08 10:52 PM
NormanWalsh Good day all just a follow up, I am still getting 34 channels when I get the Tropo propagation channels signal coming in stronger I get 45 to 48 stations with my new CM Adjustable Gain Preamplifier CM-7777HD
2017-09-29 10:38 AM
Jase88 CITY TV Woodstock (Rf31) is easily received in Kitchener Waterloo. Of course, providing that you have your UHF antenna pointed that way...
2017-09-28 04:29 PM
OTAFool2017 @Inglewood
Thanks for the suggestion. I will give that a try.
2017-09-28 10:25 AM
Inglewood The City and Omni signals are much weaker - I don't always get them perfectly either.

Since you can get CTV Kitchener, have you tried picking up City/Omni by pointing your antenna towards Woodstock on the repeaters?
2017-09-27 06:09 PM
OTAFool2017 It's been a while but I ended up getting another antenna (DB8e) and am able to pull in a couple Toronto stations like CBC, CBC French and TVO.
Can't seem to get CityTV or OMNI though.
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