Greetings, knowledgeable folks !
I have decided to go OTA, I am booting Videotron out
I am in Saint-Colomban, 10 km west of Saint-Jerome, and read the last few pages with lots of interest (almost neighbours).
I have done my homeworks, did a lot of reading, and already purchased an Antennas Direct DB8 (similar to 8-bay CM4228) with an Antennas Direct CPA19 17dB low noise preamp (1.8-2.2 dB noise figure). The preamp purchase may have been a bit premature though. Final setup will have 6 to 8 loads (TVs + a few HDHomerun networked TV tuners)
Here's my TVFool : http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...1dda92140d9e28
And a google map view of the area: http://maps.google.ca/?ll=45.761213,...05311&t=h&z=18
As you can see, there are so many trees it is almost a forest area
Luckily, I am at the onset of the laurentian hills, elevation 164m, and according to TVFool I am LOS of all stations that interest me (Mt Royal and Mt Mansfield).
Yesterday evening (fairly clear sky), I have put up the antenna (and preamp) at the end of a 20' telescopic rod (used to remove snow off low roofs) and attached it to my patio ramps, so the antenna would have been about 20' above ground (and the house 16' on the side so probably not a detrimental factor).
I was glad to see all Montreal stations, and NBC, PBS and some Vermont educational channels. Did not get ABC, CBS nor FOX. I was using a small Haier 7" LCD TV, that unfortunately gave no power readings.
My worries are with the trees. I am well aware that people setting up antennas in winter can have pretty bad surprises comes summer, due to leaves growth. The question is : how bad is it ?
Am I better off to wait till July before doing the roof installation ? It is a 2 story home and I should easily gain an additional 10 feet. I think that waiting for full leaves growth ensure the correctness of location.
Also, are my chances of getting those 3 US channels pretty good with somewhat higher elevation and possibly with a higher gain pre-amp (CM7777, 30dB vs 17dB) ?
Last question, as I am subject to vertigo, I will pay to have the final installation done on the roof. Any good
installer recommendations ? Ones that will not cut corners on quality !
Thank you !