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Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 08:28 PM   #1
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UHF Antenna Reception (Television)

I am at Bayview and Lawrence in Toronto and I can only get CBC, CTV, OMNI and TVO.

I have this antenna: Future Shop: TV & Video: Video Accessories: RCA Digial Flat TV Antenna (CANT1400)

Other experiences? What gear are you using?

I thought I was going to be getting loads of channels, I just get the normal antenna ones.
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I am in the west end of the city near the airport. I can bring in CTV (very clear), City, Global, Omni, TVO, a couple of french stations and CHCH. I am using a very cheap ($20.00) Coby 5 inch black and white TV.
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I am at Bayview and Lawrence in Toronto and I can only get CBC, CTV, OMNI and TVO.

I have this antenna: Future Shop: TV & Video: Video Accessories: RCA Digial Flat TV Antenna (CANT1400)

Other experiences? What gear are you using?

I thought I was going to be getting loads of channels, I just get the normal antenna ones.
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Old Sep 4th, 2009, 07:47 AM   #4
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Also try checking to see which channels you can expect to get by using TV Fool
It will colour code a map to show you where the signal should be strongest.
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Old Sep 4th, 2009, 12:00 PM   #5
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I am at Bayview and Lawrence in Toronto and I can only get CBC, CTV, OMNI and TVO.

I have this antenna: Future Shop: TV & Video: Video Accessories: RCA Digial Flat TV Antenna (CANT1400)

Other experiences? What gear are you using?

I thought I was going to be getting loads of channels, I just get the normal antenna ones.
Um, that antenna is a piece of junk. First off, do you have an ATSC (digital) tuner or just an old NTSC (analog)? All of the US stations switched to digital-only broadcasting back in June so you won't be able to see any of them without an ATSC tuner.

The coat hanger antenna can be OK, but if you are going to build one, you ought to look for the (open source) Gray-Hoverman plans. Just as easy to build, far superior reception.

Finally, any antenna will perform better if it is outdoors and high up. It is commonly said that an indoor antenna is getting no more than 1/2 of the signal that is available outdoors.

There are at least 25 digital channels that can be received reliably in the GTA with a decent quality, outdoor antenna system.

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Old Sep 4th, 2009, 12:20 PM   #6
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Um, that antenna is a piece of junk. First off, do you have an ATSC (digital) tuner or just an old NTSC (analog)? All of the US stations switched to digital-only broadcasting back in June so you won't be able to see any of them without an ATSC tuner.

The coat hanger antenna can be OK, but if you are going to build one, you ought to look for the (open source) Gray-Hoverman plans. Just as easy to build, far superior reception.

Finally, any antenna will perform better if it is outdoors and high up. It is commonly said that an indoor antenna is getting no more than 1/2 of the signal that is available outdoors.

There are at least 25 digital channels that can be received reliably in the GTA with a decent quality, outdoor antenna system.

Craig

Can you suggest a system that I should buy?

I live in a Condo with no balcony (unfortunately), so I can't have an outdoor one.

Where do I get an ATSC digital tuner?

I really appreciate your input, exactly what I am looking for!

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Old Sep 4th, 2009, 12:24 PM   #7
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Is this what I need?

Buy the KWorld SA290-Q LE External ATSC/QAM TVBox at TigerDirect.ca

Or this one:

Buy the KWorld SA290-Q DVI External ATSC/QAM TVBox at TigerDirect.ca

I am also trying to use a spare monitor that I have. So it doesn't have a tuner. Would this device pick up the HD channels and then connect to my monitor via the HDMI/VGA?

Thanks!
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For indoor, I think the Zenith Silver Sensor is considered one of the better choices. With it, you may get PBS from Buffalo but the other US stations are unlikely to be reliable. How many floors up are you and do you face south?

Haven't seen those KWorld devices before. Looks like they should drive your monitor. What are you doing for audio?

Since this is a Mac forum, why not turn your Mac into a PVR? Elgato makes a couple of products that let you record and watch HDTV on any recent vintage machine. (Recording digital TV is easy and takes very little horsepower. Playback requires a Core Duo or better.) The EyeTV Hybrid is about U$150.

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Old Sep 4th, 2009, 05:19 PM   #9
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I have some nice logitech Z series speakers for audio. I don't want to have my mbp tangled up in a TV, and I wouldn't be any closer to gettting over the air HD.

I am on the second floor. No buildings over 3 stories for blocks. Lots of trees though...
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