Copied and pasted from another post.tlpl said:I live in St. Catharines too. The problem is that Toronto and buffalo are in totally opposite direction from here. I tried to use two antennas, one for each direction. but it over lap the signal or something I couldn't get it to work. I pointed my antenna just to buffalo right now. I can receive ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and UPN. I am using the wineguard squareshooter.
Copied and pasted from another post.dsspredator said:I'm in St. Catharines and CITY 53.1 is difficult to receive.
You will get Toronto 1 at 66.1 and 15.1 without problems.
Now with a pre-amp all buffalo channels come in strong except
for NBC 33.1 and WB 34.1.
33.1 is giving me problems since UPN came on with a very
strong signal at 32.1.
And 34.1 has a weaker signal than CITY.
Zoltar101 said:I too live in St. Catharines close to the lake. As Johnny said you should be able to receive stations from Buffalo and Toronto 1, but you will have great difficulty tuning in CITY. Acccording to their tech department they do not transmit their signal over Lake Ontario towards St. Catharines.
My OTA setup was only able to receive PBS and Toronto 1 until I installed a quality preamp
Copied and pasted from another thread.Zoltar101 said:I am using a Delhi Super Flying Arrow for UHF reception only. It is a directional antenna with high forward gain set on top of a rotor attached to my chimney. As well I ran RG11 cable to reduce loss due to a cable run of about 100 feet.
Copied and pasted from another post.sphinx said:Here's a list of stations and signal strength I get in Port Colborn(About 20 minutes south west of Niagara Falls)
I'm using an ATI HDTV wonder and a RCA 30dB indoor antenna.
29-1 WUTV-HD 61-64% (FOX HDTV)
23-1 WIVB-HD 85-88% (CBS HDTV)
23-2 WIVB Doppler 85-88% (CBS Doppler)
23-3 WNLO Digital 85-88% (UPN)
2-1 WGRZ-D 71-74% (NBC HDTV)
7-1 WKBW-HD 80-82% (ABC HDTV)
7-2 WKBW-SD 82-85% (ABC SDTV)
4-1 WIVD-HD 85-88% (CBS HDTV
4-2 WIVD Radar 85% (CBS Doppler)
4-3 WNLO SD 80-85% (UPN)
43-1 WNED-HD 91% (PBS HDTV)
43-2 WNED-SD 91% (PBS SDTV)
43-3 Think B 91% (Kids network)
Every now in then I get 14-1 and 33-1 I know that 33-1 is NBC but I have no idea what 14-1 is as it never comes in.
Reception is acceptable and watchable on all the stations I mentioned
Fox is VERY picky. Anywhere else and I get from 0-66%
Actually the CM4228 does a very good job with VHF High band channels (7-13) but does nothing in the 2-6 range. A good VHF-only antenna should do the trick, such as a Wade-Delhi 306. Oh ya, I forgot, you're going to try to do this in your attic...da_jonesy said:If I mount a CM4228 will I be able to pick up channels 2-12 with it? Or do I need to also mount a VHF antenna?
You will get ALL Toronto HDs but CITY-HD (53). I get 20, 40 and 66 with my 20 year old tower pointed towards Buffalo. If I move it just right I can get CITY but there are some breakups. If you are in Thorold you have OVER 200 feet in extra elevation perfect for Buffalo, Toronto, Rochester and Erie.jbracing24 said:I would like to hear from Niagara OTA users about reception success with the Toronto HD stations given the recent startups. I can receive CBC-HD on a good night
With Stampeder's encouragement, I would like to start experimenting with my antenna "out of the attic". If it is worthwhile, to get the Canadian stations, I might invest in a tower, rotor and CM 4228. First though, to play with what I've got. Buffalo is already loud and clear.
A good effort but not wasted because it shows that you've got to be losing something like 25db in that attic, but it makes me a little nervous that you have such a high energy amp driving equipment with noisy signal. Nevertheless you're right that if all things are equal by including that line amp why not leave it in the attic until you decide whether to go with a full outdoor mast. BTW if there's room for the antenna to turn inside the attic then a rotor would be fine.jbracing24 said:I did some experimenting on the weekend with the UHF antenna, which I took from the attic.
The antenna I have looks like 3 or 4 bowties about 12" wide and the antenna is about 3 to 4 feet long, mounted on a pole vertically. I only need clearance of a foot or so between the trusses. Height could be the problem, unless I go nearer the center of the roof.stampeder said:BTW if there's room for the antenna to turn inside the attic then a rotor would be fine.