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Well, I've realized that for whatever reason, the upstairs Dell is not the unit to test with. It could be it's proximity in the building or distance from a window or weak receiver.
Anyway, I set up my cheaply made home made Gray-Hoverman antenna and was able to pick up:

2-1 CBUT (CBC)
8-1 CHAN (GLOBAL)
12-1 METV (KVOS) INCL. 12-2 (MOVIES) & 12-3 (TEST PATTERN)
17-1 CIVI2 (CTV)
26-1 CBUFT (CBC FRENCH)
32-1 CIVI (CTV)
47-6 RF47-6 (??)

Most are quite stable (at least right now). I'm probably going to add a line level amplifier to see if I get any boost. I may also set up something stealthy on the roof and try for the Seattle stations.
What I get right now combined with a Tablo unit, Netflix and maybe one or two other streaming services should suit my needs.
I'll definitely keep an eye on this forum thread for new ideas though. I'm glad I found it!
 

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djshag:47-6 should be CHNU (JoyTV) from Abbotsford, it physically on Channel 47 while it claimed itself as 66-1, you can try to enter 47-1 in your TV and see if it can tuned that into 66-1. But since that is religion-based channel so I think you might be ok without that.

The only channels you had missed in Vancouver-area (which are both transmitted from Mt. Seymour) is 42-1 CHNM(OMNI; Physically on channel 20) and 10-1 CKVU(City; Physically on channel 33) because they had the weakest signal in all Vancouver stations.

Another digital channel you might possible get would be 6-1 CHEK (Independent Station, Physically on Channel 49) from Victoria but I highly doubt it due to the direction your windows facing.

For Channels South of the boarder, besides of KVOS, the channels you would most likely can get would be KBTC 28-1 (PBS; Physically on channel 24) and KBCB 24-1 (Sonlife: another religion-based channel; Physically on channel 19) from Bellingham(the same city where KVOS is from).

The success rate on getting channels from Seattle is pretty low in Metro Vancouver due to some geographical reasons (i.e. an antenna (with amplifier) facing the exact direction is needed in most success stories) and channel conflicts between stations in Seattle and Vancouver may cause trouble on getting channels from both direction in one antenna.
 

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Is it Tropo?

Seattle seems to be going out. I lost Joe TV a couple of years ago. Then KONG became unreliable. KIRO has always been erratic. But now KING is low strength and fading out
KOMO drops out at sunset. And horrors, Dancing with the Stars is not on the Canadian channels anymore. And you cannot get it on the internet. What will I do?
Or is it my tuner that is failing.

laurie in Ladner BC with a DB8e on a rotator on the roof and using the tuner in my CM7000PAL PVR .
 

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There is some weird atmospherics going on...UHF channels from Seattle have all but disappeared but VHF 9,11,13 coming in strong.
BTW a new channel called 'Countdown to Decades' at 11.2 KSTW.
 

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Hi Laurie

You've had great results - could I see your tvfool?

For you and everyone else - I'm dealing with this little annoyance on KVOS. I've tried repositioning my antenna, eliminating the cable run and tried different tuners.

What I'm seeing I don't really know how to describe - its like a shudder, or maybe a slight refocus. Sometimes its more noticeable than other times. It's most visible on things like faces. Is anyone else seeing this? Is it in the feed?

The only thing I haven't tried is a whole new antenna.

thx
 

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TV Fool. Not sure how to post mine but I'm at 49.08591 and -123.05522. The antenna is about 30 up on the roof.
I have also posted in my albums if you can get there, a comparison of my old and new antennae, and with and without the pre-amp.
laurie
PS love having a rotator to chase down wandering hot spots.
 

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New OTA member in Surrey/Newton area

New member... Just ditched my Cable service and went OTA. Bought a Phillips paper-thin antenna from Walmart (~$35) and installed on my TV. My house is on top of a Panorama Village hill and TV is ground level. When I put the antenna on ground level, only had 3 channels. Then started reading on this forum, as well as at tvfool and realized that the antenna height makes a difference. After elevating the antenna to about 10ft, got 11 channels:

2-1 CBUT (CBC)
8-1 CHAN (GLOBAL)
10-1 CKVU (CITY)
12-1 METV (KVOS)
12-2 (MOVIES)
17-1 CIVI2 (CTV2)
24-1 KBCB - intermittent
24-2 ? - intermittent
26-1 CBUFT (CBC FRENCH)
32-1 CIVT (CTV)
42-1 CHNM (OMNI)

djshag seems to be in the same/similar area and got somewhat similar results.

This is the first antenna I tried. Not sure if I should try another antenna, look for ways to re-position my current antenna higher/outdoor (I'm in a 2 story home, I could certainly wire it up in the attic or 2nd level).

-drdjuro
 

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Nice start. You should be easily able to get the PBS station out of Bellingham. Panorama Ridge. Good spot to be. With a decent antenna, some , if not all of the Seattle channels should be reachable. How's your TVfool report look? I have a DB8e in Ladner but each half is a DB4 and each half is almost as good as a whole. There is an antenna chart on this site which compares and recommends antennas. And don't forget, that the number of connections and using the right co-axial cable ids important too.

Laurie in Ladner with a DB8e, roof mounted.
 

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Well done, drdjuro, looks like your research is helping you. As Laurie stated, there are a few more local station you may still be able to pull in. In addition to the PBS Bellingham, there is CHEK from Saturna Island and JOY-TV from Abbotsford. Your TV Fool profile will give you a better indication of how likely those are for you to pull in.

DO you know how to generate and post a TV Fool report for your location?
 

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So what's with CHEX-channel 6?
I'm getting a solid 93% signal from the side on my south pointing DB8e, but lately the channel hangs up and doesn't let you change stations. But I get the solid signal but no picture or sound. Is there something new happening , or heaven forbid, is my expensive Panasonic plasma TV now obsolete.
I stopped even trying to get 12.2 SURSAGR when it started doing the same thing and took it off my channel list.

Laurie in Ladner BC
 

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Antenna selection and pointing advice

I am new to this and was hoping for some advice. I live a the crest of the semi peninsula in South Surrey and I was hoping to get US stations out of seattle. Is this a reality?

I was going to buy a DB8E and point it solely at Seattle. In doing so would i pick up the north shore and bellingham from the back and sides?

Need amp? If you think a different antenna would be better let me know

Thanks in advance

TV Fool
 

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I can tell you that I just finished a side by side comparison between my 10 year old stacked cm4228s ,DB8e and 91xg and the stacked 4228s is still the winner.
The DB8e was a close 2nd but did not out perform the old 4228s.
You will not pick up the Mt Seymour channels reliably on the back side of the DB8e when you're pointed to Seattle.
One thing the DB8e did well was combine channels from different directions, ie I pointed one section to Mt. Seymour and the other toward Seattle and got all Vancouver channels and channels 6, 12, 20, 24, and 28 from the South.
Your TV Fool is very similar to mine.
 

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Can anyone check CTV (32.1) to see if they have this same audio issue? It occurs on CTV Vancouver on Bell satellite and OTA, but not on CTV Calgary on Bell. These are 3 recordings of the same program. The CTV Vancouver recordings have audio crackling sounds at the same time for both recordings.

#1. CTV Calgary on Bell TV: no audio issues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W0PZt89-oA
#2. CTV Vancouver on Bell TV: has audio issues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8KGsZo5ZJA
#3. CTV Vancouver on OTA: has audio issues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThzvTiatCM8
 

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Since the audio problem occurs whether over OTA or on Bell it is an upstream problem of both, so contact the station for comment. This is not an OTA issue.
 

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Does anyone know if KBTC finally cranked up the power in the past month? I was originally getting a faint 10-15% signal which prevented me from locking onto the channel during scans. Now I'm getting 85% on my amplified ClearStream Eclipse. I'm impressed with the quality of programming on the main channel as well as the sub channels of NHK and MHz. It's a nice alternative to KCTS and I'm happy with the additional channel selection. I'm surprised that KCTS doesn't have a transmitter close to the border considering the significant amount of donations from the Lower Mainland.
 

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Does your friend have an attic? If so, you may wish to consider putting a reasonably big possibly amplified antenna there, and then wire it to a conduit that you would install in the wall behind his TV.
 
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