Several years ago I lived about 4 blocks west of my current location, approx. same elevation. WBXZ was just coming online at the time before I moved. Occasionally there I would pick up Global 17 during tropo. Never seen Global once here, 600 meters away. WBXZ is weaker than most (20dB on Hauppauge signal mon,) but VERY stable. 59 Miles away and my ERP is 0.793. Very much favors east in its transmit pattern. My boss in Ashburn, 45 minutes north east of me has no trouble with it at all, (~28dB).
Since they came back online after their extended outage a few weeks ago, they're a tad stronger here and I require far less precision in aim. Most of their content is decades old, so the 9 channel split doesn't really hamper PQ. Will and Grace currently airing on .1 looks better than it did on SD cable all those years ago..
Unless something has changed, conditions must be unique tonight. WBBZ Ch 67 (VHF 7) just scanned in for first time. There are 5 channels including METEST with no content. Signal is strong. Hopefully they've increased power and this is permanent since this looks like a good channel.
WBBZ is very dependent on conditions. Its on and off here now that we are into the warmer weather. It is also a low power station and VHF. When conditions are right, it comes in on my UHF antenna, a CM 4221, pointed at Grand Island.
WGRZ 2.1, is now problematic. Its in and out throughout the day and night.
Staray's been broadcasting without a license for years... he originally had one in the 1990's but they took it away when they removed the experimental licenses. He fought the CRTC and things kind of were left in a legal limbo without any final decision ... so for years they just left him alone. As long as no one is complaining they just won't do anything about it. He was using RF15 but when CHCH moved onto 15 he moved to RF22 not to interfere and cause problems for himself.
I live in Mississauga at Dixie and Bloor. My antenna could be at about 35 feet above the ground.
Which antenna is generally regarded to be the best? Thanks.
“Best” depends on what you’re trying to accomplish.
Let me ask this: do you watch CFTO? If yes, you’ll want an antenna that can pick up the VHF channels available to you.
A good first step is to go to tvfool.com and get a plot of what stations are available to you OTA, then we can talk antenna; with downtown Toronto to your ESE, Hamilton/K-W to your W and Buffalo SSE of you, something with a reflector is probably on your horizon. But you might not get CKVR out of Barrie.
There is no one fixed antenna that will get everything. If you use a preamp for the weak Buffalo channels, it might be overloaded by the strong Toronto channels. You must be willing to try some experiments to see what will work for you.