Whoa! Is it one of these: http://www.digitalhomecanada.com/forum/showpost.php?p=202264&postcount=21mr.eous said:I've even played around with an old 5 or 7 foot parabolic UHF antenna that's on a rusty old 20 foot tower on my grandparents old house, and it's proven surprisingly good for ATSC reception, too.
No, I don't immediately suspect it's one of those Channel Master "Para-Scope" parabolic antennas since the actual antenna part doesn't look like the sophisticated bowties in those pictures. Mine's more of a symmetrical squiggly thing, although the reflector assembly looks identical. The other hardware from the old system included a Delta-Benco pre-amp, which was garbage compared to modern ones -- way too much leakage from VHF stations into it. When I removed this, I was also trashing a decrepit VHF all-band antenna, mounted just a bit lower on the mast, that had lost a number of its elements. Who knows, maybe the UHF antenna I have is an old Delhi product, or something these guys used to make.stampeder said:Whoa! Is it one of these: http://www.digitalhomecanada.com/forum/showpost.php?p=202264&postcount=21
If its a Channel Master 4251 you have the greatest comsumer UHF antenna ever sold, but its been out of production for quite awhile. That antenna provides the highest UHF gain you can possibly get at your location so you might want to consider replacing your W9032 with it if you have a good enough mast. UHF antennas pick up both NTSC and ATSC so its no surprise that the cliff effect of DTV doesn't seem to happen as bad on it.
Sorry, it's not on my list of things to discardstampeder said:If it is a CM4251 and you don't want to keep it, you might want to PM Tigerbangs and I think he'd be interested to hear about it. Actually if there was some way to get that big brute out to the west coast I'd love to add it to my monster antenna collection... but mrs. stampeder would probably freak.
Heh, nope... no relation. But I hereby claim to be the first person to ever respond to an Internet request about receiving ATSC signals in Kitchener, after dismal response to similar requests @ http://www.cdtv.ca/index.cfm?page=replies&t_id=265&bg=1&CFID=9521375&CFTOKEN=6860506stampeder said:BTW mr.eous, are you related to Mr. E. Guest or Mr. E. Responsible?
See my post #41.Bazooka Joe said:I am looking for any others in the K-W/Cambridge/Guelph areas that are pulling in OTA HD. I would like to know what your setup is, and how you have your antennas pointed. I know I am quite far from the transmitters in Toronto and Buffalo.
You're lucky you're getting any signal whatsoever out of the attic -- we're not as fortunate as people living in Toronto or on the lakeshore, with ample signal to penetrate through structures.Bazooka Joe said:I know the attic is a problem, but I am thinking that my neighbours 2storey home (mine is a bungalow) which is partially in line with Buffalo is also a problem.
1. Get rid of the RadioCrap amp -- it'll introduce too much noise which can effectively cancel out the benefit of amplifying any of the signals. You need a pre-amp right at the antenna, preferably a Winegard AP-4800.Bazooka Joe said:FYI - I had also tried to use a RadioShack 10db amplifier. That made a marginal improvement on the CBC stations, but did not help with anything else. Any help on how to point the antenna would appreciated as well.