Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Leamington, Ontario
There should be at least a couple Detroit digitals possible with a indoor antenna unless the walls in your place are blocking the signals or the digital converter box is defective. What type/model of indoor antenna are you using right now?
The best spot to put an indoor antenna is on or near a window facing the direction of wanted TV signals. A west facing window without a metal screen should pick up at least a few Detroit digitals with varying success. WJBK (FOX) Detroit is on VHF 7 and will be very difficult to get indoors though. Lots of electrical interference indoors coupled with the close by local high powered radio stations can further hurt VHF digital TV. An FM Trap or HSLJ can be used to keep FM radio stations out and allow VHF-hi digital TV channels to pass through.
The local analog stations currently on channel 9 CBC,16 /A\,22 Global TV,32 TVO,34 CFTV,54 SRC should be easy, even with a cheap indoor rabbit ear+UHF loop based antenna. Hopefully when they convert to digital next summer they will still come in decent.
It's a good idea to read the OTA FAQ's here at Digital Home and also look back through this local Windsor-Sarnia-Leamington-Chatham OTA thread to see what has worked for others in this area, what is available, and what to expect. Like Betamax suggested though, take a look at your TVFOOL results and post them here. I have found that reception can vary dramatically with the large ridge in the area. On the north side just a few kms north of town the reception from Toledo/Cleveland is much more difficult (no LOS), where Detroit is easier. On the south side near the lake Toledo (LOS) and Cleveland may be easier.
While a indoor antenna might get some Detroit UHF dtv signals, most people are using an outdoor antenna for reliable OTA dtv reception, especially for the stations in the region that are on VHF now. If you cannot have your antenna outside but have some space indoors and don't mind, a CM4221HD or similar smallish antenna could work very well.
If you would want anything from Toledo or Cleveland, a good outdoor antenna mounted at least 20 feet off the ground would be required due to the distance away they are (50-70 miles). A preamplifier like a CM7777 or a distribution amplifier (powered splitter) can help stop further signal loss from the antenna's output from longer RG6 coax cable runs.
Also, depending on how far north in town you are, you also could experience some UHF signal multipath from the new wind farm to the northwest like i am. (leads to bad digital dropouts and fluttery analog UHF reception)
I find it is worse near ground level. Mounting the antenna(s) up higher helped a tiny bit though.