Hi, all. For the last few months,I've been using a a Hughes E86 receiver with a Terk TV44 for getting local OTA channels, but about a week ago I replaced it with a CM 4221 I purchased from Yaamon's place. While the weather was still decent, I mounted it to the south side of my two-story house using a satellite dish mount; I jam-fit a piece of 1 1/4" ID galvanized pipe into the mast and mounted the 4221 to that after using a level to make sure the pipe was vertical. The pipe extends perhaps 38" from the end of the satellite dish mast for a total length of about 5 feet..... the top of the antenna is about 6" under my eaves.
Yesterday, I aimed the CM 4221 towards the southeast and did a scan with the receiver. All the Toronto digital channels come in 100 bars of signal stength, so I will skip that part (it doesn't seem to matter where I aim it towards the South, I get full strength on all of them...heh-heh!). Previously, I was unable to get any Buffalo channels, but lo and behold I got the following:
2-1 WGRZ-HD 58-72 bars
2-2 WGRZ-SD 58-72 bars
23-1 WIVB-HD 72-79 bars
23-3 WNLO-SD 72-79 bars
29-1 WUTV-HD 37-51 bars
29-2 WUTV-SD 37-51 bars
29-3 WUTV-EN 37-51 bars
39-1 WIVB (?) 24-30 bars (no image)
39-3 WIVB (?) 24-30 bars (no image)
43-1 WNED 15 bars (no image)
I guess what puzzles me most is why PBS digital isn't coming in at all. I see some signal strength there, but so far I have been unable to peak it enough to get a picture - yet signals from much further away like WGRZ and WIVB are coming in fine .....(at least the 2-1 HD and 2-2 weather channel are fine, 39-1 and 39-3 are breaking up...)
Do you think this is because:
a) the Buffalo PBS signal is directed from Grand Island towards Buffalo, i.e. away from Richmond Hill/Toronto?
b) the PBS transmitting signal is 156 kW vs 480 kW for WGRZ?
c) my antenna isn't projecting beyond my roofline, even though I still have an unobstructed view to the South with the current setup?
Oh, yeah: I am located in the 16th Avenue and Bathurst area. Thanks....