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Hi Stampeder,

I have been using this antenna since last fall around October. There is a rf remote for directional tuning which makes this antennas control very good.

I am soon going to get it mounted just below my amateur antenna (Ringo Ranger) within the next month and will then be at the 60' mark. I figure I can then reinforce the current reception and help with Watertown as well.
 

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So I picked up this mini-state antenna, and just putting it in the same room I had my old antenna, I'm now receiving 27.1 and 66.1 (though 66 is quite unstable).

Also, got a signal on 38, but not enough for a lock. Thing is I'm not sure if it's WCFE, or if it's the CRC's diver loop from the west end. Can anyone confirm if that channel is still operating?
 

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I am soon going to get it mounted just below my amateur antenna (Ringo Ranger) within the next month and will then be at the 60' mark. I figure I can then reinforce the current reception and help with Watertown as well.
Certainly increasing elevation is a good thing, but I am not convinced that a mini-state antenna will have a high enough gain to receive American channels (though from Metcalfe it might be close).

The biggest issue I have with a mini-state antenna (or any antenna with a rotor) is you can't watch/record two programs from different broadcast antennas at the same time. Similarly when you go away, you can't record programs from two different broadcast antennas unless you find a way of automatically rotating the antenna.

For this reason I prefer either using a single wide angle antenna, or, if that isn't feasible, combining two or more different antennas. Mlord has an excellent solution for the latter, using an HTPC (MythTV) to automatically switch multiple antennas to multiple tuners. This could be easily extended to have multiple frontends to support more than one TV.
 

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Orleans - are these good results?

With a small mini amplified antenna about 6 inches long, and 4 inches wide I am able to pickup.

SUNTV
CBCHD -English
CBCHD -French
OMNIHD -1
OMNIHD -2

I mounted this antenna about 20ft off the ground.

Does anyone know if this is good results or not?
 

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Does anyone know if this is good results or not?
Those are all the DTV stations transmitted in Ottawa so I guess those results are OK. How well do you receive the analog broadcasts? That is a much better indication of how good the antenna is.

With a better antenna you might be able to pick up one of the PBS stations from the US, but from your description of the antenna you have, you won't get them with it.

My biggest concern with your antenna is that it is likely UHF only and after the Canadian analog shutdown some stations will use their analog channel number on VHF (for example CJOH plans to stay on channel 13) so you may need a different antenna at that time.
 

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The antenna I used does not support analog, therefore I cannot confirm those channels.

Supposedly it does support VHF, but I wont know until the time comes to test, but currently I am getting no VHF channels.

Thanks for you response.
 

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A tv antenna that doesn't support analog? How is that possible?!
 

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ottme2, I hope you'll read the OTA FAQ to see how antennas work since you have said something that doesn't make sense... :confused:
 

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The antenna I used does not support analog, therefore I cannot confirm those channels.
There is no such thing as a digital only antenna. All antennas will receive both analog and digital signals equally (assuming it is designed for the correct band). Labels such as digital or HD antenna are just marketing hype in an attempt to sell more antennas.

The thing about digital broadcasts is you either get a perfect picture or nothing at all so with a good tuner you can get great results even if the signal is bad. If you can't get very good results with analog broadcasts (especially for TVO on channel 24 since CBC and Sun TV share a broadcast antenna with it), the antenna probably isn't very good, but good enough for the local digital stations, especially with the antenna mounted 20' in the air. You may get similar results with a paperclip. The problem is, in bad weather, you may loose your picture. With a better antenna you will receive a more reliable digital signal and a good picture in analog.
 

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With a small mini amplified antenna about 6 inches long, and 4 inches wide I am able to pickup.

SUNTV
CBCHD -English
CBCHD -French
OMNIHD -1
OMNIHD -2

I mounted this antenna about 20ft off the ground.

Does anyone know if this is good results or not?
Which tower broadcasts the DTV versions of OMNI-1 and OMNI-2? I have an omnidirectional (MS-1000) antenna ~25 feet off the ground, and only get very poor analog versions of those two channels, signal strength 25-75. Something I can do to get the DTV versions?
 

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I live in Carlington, have an omnidirectional (MS-1000) antenna ~25 feet off the ground, and only get very poor analog versions of those two channels, signal strength 25-75. Something I can do to get the DTV versions?
The first step is to post a link to your TVfool results.
 

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tvlurk... you're correct I meant to say my receiver does not support analog, but the antenna does.

As for the Antenna I found it on usedottawa with the name in title (New HDTV Indoor/Outdoor Antenna 20db, VHF,UHF) I tried to post a link to it, but this required approval and it was never approved.

So far works fairly well from Avalon area in Orleans.
 

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ottme2, Glad you are happy with your results, but for your money I think you could do much better. They claim it will receive VHF, but I highly doubt if will do very well with it. I don't recommend any of the antennas I see on Used Ottawa. Many of the ads are very deceptive.

PS. FYI, retail links are not allowed in this section of the forum.
 

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Hi Vince, I'm in Orleans and on my 2nd floor TV I am currently using a pair of SBGH (single bay Gray-Hoverman) antennas in my attic, one pointed at Camp Fortune (home of CBC, CTV, Global and all of the French channels) and one pointed at Herberts Corners (home of OMNI1, OMNI2 and CITY). I use an inexpensive RCA switch from Home Depot to select the antenna. The antennas were very inexpensive - rigid styrofoam boards (4" thick) with galvanized fencing wire and cheap baluns from Home Depot.

For my main floor TV I am using a single SBGH antenna identical to the other ones, which is sitting on a chair which we turn back and forth to aim at the transmitter as required. This is a temporary setup, eventually we will run coax cable from to attic to one or more antennas as required.

These antennas pick up all the local channels, except Global analog (channel 6) is a bit snowy, and OMNI2 digital (channel 66) is hard to pick up at all.

There may be other solutions such as a rotor or an omnidirectional antenna which would work, but I am happy with this setup for now. I will reassess the situation in a year or so when the cutover takes place.
 

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reception in ottawa

I am too lazy to look up that postal code but in the south end near bank and conroy rd I use an omni amplified antenna with good results on all digital and anologe channels. Gobal is snowy at times but watchable ( i have split the signal ways). My antenna is at 35ft on the side of my ham radio tower and my location is quite high, so your results may vary.
 

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Hi folks,

We are hopefully going to be moving into a house in the Orleans area next month, fingers crossed. We are moving from the GTA and I plan to bring my OTA Anetnna CM4228 with me along with the accessories.

Is it worth me putting on the roof, and what channels can I look forward to picking up? If am going to get all the channels avail in the Ottawa area depending on where the towers are, do I need another antenna to supplement what I already have, if so should I get another cm4228?

Cheers

Michael
 

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Hi folks,

We are hopefully going to be moving into a house in the Orleans area next month ... Is it worth me putting on the roof, and what channels can I look forward to picking up?
Stampeder: this belongs in the "reception thread", not "station status".

That said, lima20, just go to tvfool.com, enter your address (or better, coordinates), and see what it tells you.

Best case, Ottawa is nothing like Toronto. For digital OTA, we have only CBC english/french, SunTV, and Omni1/Omni2. CityTV-DT is coming Real Soon Now. Some people are lucky enough to receive WNPI and/or WCFE PBS stations from the states, though Orleans can be very troublesome for that.

Cheers
 

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My bad - it's now in the correct thread. :) lima20, I put in "Orleans" into the Search This Thread tool and got lots of hits.
 
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