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post #166 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-18, 03:08 PM
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I need to replace my rotor...


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post #167 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-18, 04:49 PM
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Just checking in from K4B. Hooked a small Phillips indoor antenna to my Bell 9242, and am getting CBC French and English HD, and City HD!
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post #168 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-18, 06:59 PM
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Wouldn't it be great if the Bell boxes had the guide?

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post #169 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-18, 08:03 PM
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Definitely. Really, the only thing that I need it for is watching Senators games in HD. You know, those nights when CBC MTL has the habs, and CBC TOR has the Laughs, and the Sens gets shoved to 208. Hopefully, some of those games get produced in HD...
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post #170 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-18, 11:00 PM
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The antenna is pointing somewhere between S-E and S-S-E. About an hour ago, I got a glimpse of WWNY, but also WKTV... Wow! We could have an NBC! No more signal from those two, but I see a weak signal for WWTI and WPBS. I would need to climb to help things out... not going to happen!

Speaking of signal, I did see a signal on 35-1 (Watertown) earlier, and now 47-1, 19-1 and 44-1 (Syracuse). Too bad the antenna's pointing towards WCFE... Will CBOFT-DT, CJOH and OMNI-TV get turned off tonight?

Edit: WWTI is coming in (11:33), I see a signal on 29 again (WKTV Utica) and WWNY is back (11:38)

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post #171 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-19, 12:30 AM
 
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Yup Good tropo night.

In addition to Watertown 7 & 50

I am also getting

2.1 (real 29) WKTV-HD Utica NBC
2.2 (real 29) WKTVDT2 CW
43.1 (real 44) WNYS-DT Syracuse MyTV

My antenna is always pointed towards Watertown. I think I will install a rotor in a couple of weeks.
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post #172 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-19, 01:26 AM
 
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WHEC 10.1 (real 10) is also trying to appear, just cant lock it in.
I also see Syracuse fox 19.1 is on the edge. gmd did it lock in for you?
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post #173 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-19, 08:33 AM
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No other station locked. I would have had to turn it to point South.

At 7:00 this morning, only WWNY was coming in.

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post #174 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-19, 08:44 AM
 
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Last night I was also getting the feeds on 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3

Nice to see something new. Somehow I think that these feeds will come in like 50.1, etc...about 50% of the time for me (including last night).

I will check it again today.
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post #175 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-19, 06:41 PM
 
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So my tower install guy came back again today to finish up my dish install for 97W on the 33" dish, we manage to get a strength of 91% and quality of 78%

We also realized that my antenna on a channel master rotor is not turning, which will explain why I haven't been able to lock onto other stations. He is going to come back with a new motor to try it out
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post #176 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-22, 08:33 PM
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Winegard HD7698P

Hi,

Is Winegard HD7698P a good antenna for Ottawa area. if yes, where i can buy one of them.
Tnx, EPA
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post #177 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-22, 11:27 PM
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The problem with the Winegard HD7698P is that it won't receive VHF-LO (2-6) and Global is currently scheduled to remain on channel 6. It also may be overkill for the locals, but may help receiving the American stations. Where in Ottawa are you?

As for where you can buy one, check out the OTA: Ontario Parts, Sales, Service, Installers thread.
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post #178 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-23, 01:14 PM
 
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I was pondering a similar question. What is the best simple general antenna solution for the Ottawa area after the transition?

It depends where Global really ends up, but if it stays on 6, we are stuck requiring VHF-lo (Global), VHF-hi (CTV) and UHF (the rest). Since OMNI is moving down we will probably require from a 2-51 solution.

Not everyone wants 4 antennas on their roof like me. Do you think the best low price options for local reception would be something like a CM3018 or CM3020?

A two antenna solution (pairing a vhf antenna like an antennacraft CS600 or Antennas Direct V15, with a CM4221) may be a better bet. VHF pointed to camp fortune, UHF on rotor or midway between manotick and CF. However this may complicate some.

Just curious what people think.
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post #179 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-23, 02:57 PM
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It depends where Global really ends up,
That really is the million dollar question.

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but if it stays on 6, we are stuck requiring VHF-lo (Global), VHF-hi (CTV) and UHF (the rest).
Don't forget CBOFT. It will likely end up reverting to channel 9, so it will also need VHF-HI.

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Since OMNI is moving down we will probably require from a 2-51 solution.
That is a given. No one will be allowed to use channels 52-69 post transition.

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Do you think the best low price options for local reception would be something like a CM3018 or CM3020?
Those would likely be overkill for central Ottawa, as there likely isn't any hope of receiving American stations (except maybe most parts of Orleans, but they should really have their own thread). If Global stays on 6, I think a CM3014 or CM3016 would be good enough as a single antenna solution, though a rotor would likely be necessary.

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A two antenna solution (pairing a vhf antenna like an antennacraft CS600 or Antennas Direct V15, with a CM4221) may be a better bet. VHF pointed to camp fortune, UHF on rotor or midway between manotick and CF. However this may complicate some.
I agree a two antenna solution would be much a better option, though, as you say, it might be a bit too complicated (or bulky) for some. The choice of UHF antenna really depends on your exact location. For many a reflectorless antenna would be best, but a CM4221 is a good start.
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post #180 of 2254 (permalink) Old 2010-08-23, 08:44 PM
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Hi,

Is Winegard HD7698P a good antenna for Ottawa area. if yes, where i can buy one of them.
Tnx, EPA
Thanks for the reply and hyperlink (OTA: Ontario Parts, Sales, Service, Installers thread).
Where in Ottawa? AltaVista / Elmvale Acres.
What do you mean by '….but may help receiving the American stations…' ? I was hoping I will get them.
Right now, I do have an outdoor antenna (4 bay) and I am able to get 6 HD channels. The others (non HD) channels (except couple of them) are not clear. I thought by using Winegard HD7698P, I will solve both problems, 1) I will get more HD channels (American stations), 2) and will get better quality local/non-local VHF/UHF channels.
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