Wife and I are running an experiment of dropping cable tv cold turkey and turning towards other options. In my thread on the subject HERE
some of the guys advised me to look into OTA, which I have. Here is my initial results:
I have a CM4211HD connected to an EyeTV 250 Plus running into my iMac. The antenna is indoors (for now, baby steps). We have cathedral ceilings in our kitchen area with very little attic. I have a setup up on top of the closet in the room putting the antenna about 10 feet off the ground. There are 2 skylights near by and large window. It's the best place for now that I can actually take advantage of as the iMac is also in the kitchen:
I'm in the Castelfrank/McCurdy area (a little higher than most of the houses around the area., here is my TVFool:
based on indoor 10 feet high (current setup): Current TV Fool
based on outdoors on roof, 20 feet high (planned setup): Future TVFool
I'm pointed pretty much right at Camp Fortune (23 degrees mag in my case) give or take a few degrees to the East.
I tried pointing between Fortune and Herberts corner but I get mixed results so for my indoor test I will keep focused on Camp Fortune unless someone has tips.
Here are my results:
4 CBC. fuzzy but viewable.
5 A Channel. Lots of static, not viewable to watch tv but can see the channel emblem and hear actors talk
6 Global. Oh so close to being viewable, some horizontal lines and slight hiccups. Enough to not be watchable.
9 CBOFT. Comes in quite good, would be watchable.
13 CTV. Comes in excellent. This is good as I will be recording stuff for the wife.
14 Omni2. Can see video and hear but not watchable.
24 TVOntario. Comes in great, close tie with CTV for best clarity.
30 CIVO Top notch clear
32 CTS. Barely hear it, 90% static
34 TQS. Top notch clear
40 CHOT. Top notch clear
60 Omni1. Barely hear it, 90% static
4-1 CBC amazing, no drops
9-1 Radio-Can Really good HD
20-1 Sun. really good HD
The only channel I'd really like to tweak is Global tv. It's so close but I can't seem to get it clean. I see in some posts that it is a weak signal. If there is anything I can do in the current setup that would be great.
The A Channel would be nice too but there is quite a bit more static on it.
In the spring I'm going to have the antenna properly mounted on the roof.