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Old 13-Apr-2010, 2:42 AM   #1
Ian
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help for fringe reception

Hi Everyone
I am new to this and is a first post.
I live 30Mi NE of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I have attached a radar profile of antennas serving the area. I would like to pick up the Toronto as well as Buffalo stations.
I am looking for suggestions on an Attic mounted unit that will pull in a decent digital picture from providers. I am mostly looking to get Hi Def quality from the UHF but if I can get the VHF in digital quality that would be great.
The attic is high and I was planning to suspend ant. from framing about 18ft above ground.
What would you do to get the best and most pictures?
Is there anything else I need in addition to antenna (besides the TVs of course.
I would like to feed 3 tvs is that possible? Is length or type of cable an issue?
The runs would be 30ft and 2 at 60ft each.
Thanks for any help you can offer
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Old 13-Apr-2010, 3:22 AM   #2
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Hello from Newmarket.

You've got to visit this site

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=81

They know our area very very well. We live in one of the best areas in North America for OTA. I'm watching Buffalo and Toronto stations in HD from Newmarket. You live even closer than I do. You will should do even better. Hope to see your results. I'm New2OTA on that site.
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Old 14-Apr-2010, 9:08 AM   #3
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Looks like the Toronto and Buffalo stations are all within a few degrees of each other. That's great news because it means you can probably just point an antenna between them and get both sets of channels without ever having to adjust anything.

If you have the room, I'd suggest the Winegard HD8200U. It's a big antenna, but it does a great job on both VHF and UHF stations.

I would hold off trying to use an amp at first. See how much you get with the antenna itself, and split to your multiple TVs. The local analog broadcasts are still on the air (until August 31, 2011) and might be too much signal for some amps to handle. If you discover that the signals are not strong enough to get to all of your TVs, you can add an amp later.
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Old 16-Apr-2010, 2:23 AM   #4
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Thanks for info.
any thoughts on reception for channel 3 strong signal coming from NW and about 100 degrees off the Toronto/Buffalo stations?
I really didnt want to add a rotor
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Old 16-Apr-2010, 9:22 AM   #5
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For low VHF3 you will likely want a separate VHF antenna. Keep this in mind though. The low VHF channels will be gone in a little over a year. CKVR will be moving to RF10. I purchased a cm4228hd and it handles high vhf (7-13) quite well. That is a common antenna choice in our area and will work very well for you pulling in UHF from Buffalo and Toronto. I pull in Buffalo from Newmarket with it.

A low VHF antenna for RF3 is needed but its only gonna help you for a year so is it worth it? Up to you really. Whatever happens let us know what your results are. I love hearing good local OTA stories Also much of the programming on CKVR is also on the American networks out of Buffalo.
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