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[Merged] HD channels over the air from antenna

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[Merged] HD channels over the air from antenna

So I installed a tower and had a CM4228 antenna on it, along with a rotor and amp. No more cable bills :-)

Here are some of my results:

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WHOA!!!.. howmuch does everything cost in total???.. from antenna to receiver other....

Where do ya live??.. wanna come do it for me??.. I'll pay ya..lol
Dec 31, 1969
Do you have any specs on the antenna needed for something like this? Say I want to just put one on the roof instead of a tower.
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Bethel
Nice!!!

So, how many channels do you get... and what equipment did you use (sources)?
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Specs:

CM4228 antenna

CM7777 amp for better signal after splitting it and long cable run

9521a rotor from channel master also

I got all this from a company called Nutech electronics in Hamilton, but I believe they have a store in the GTA or Toronto also

I get over 15 digital channels, amonst them 10 HD channels, and I also pull in about 10 analogue channels.

The tower 36ft cost me $250. My LCD HDTV has a built in ATSC tuner which you need, if you don't have that, you will have to buy a stand alone tuner for the HD channels.

People without built-in tuners, use this samsung below

http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.process?Product=4144839
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Brampton
Thanks for posting this. I've been looking at doing this for a while as I am not too happy with Bell and Rogers.

How much was the cm 4228?
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must have been put up by mickey mouse installer, because you see a lot of them driving around, and they have stood the test of time.

Also am sure there wasn't HD broadcast at that time, unless it was recently that you were a kid :idea: You didn't install next to the falls did you?

GimmeGear wrote: ah the tower -- brings back memories. Had one when I was a kid, until a storm blew it down.
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Vaughan
I want to install CM4228 in the attic - what kind of mast do I need to buy in Home Depot?

Also, where can I get roof/attic mount bracket like this -
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or like this -
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glaswegian wrote: Specs:
I get over 15 digital channels, amonst them 10 HD channels, and I also pull in about 10 analogue channels.
Do you get any educational channels that would be interesting for kids?
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RedDeer17 wrote: Do you get any educational channels that would be interesting for kids?
Check out this site for channel listings

http://www.remotecentral.com/hdtv/

PBS 43-3 is "Think Bright kids' educational channel", which has some interesting shows. I'm getting PBS perfectly with a really sh***ty setup.
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The screenshot of your tv with the channel guide on display, is that produced by your atsc tuner in your tv or are you using something like mythTV?
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CM4221 C$40 + shipping

http://sensuz.com/store/catalog/product ... 0268ceddc1

More info on OTA (over the air) Free HD

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

Normal channel line-up for GTA:

2.1 WGRZ-D
4.1 WIVB-HD
4.3 WNLO-SD 480i
5.1 CBLT-DT
7.1 WKBW-DT 720p
9.1 CFTO-HD
23.1 WIVB-HD
23.3 WNLO-SD 480i
25.1 CBLFT-D
29.1 WUTV-HD 720p
29.2 WUTV-SD 480i
43.1 WNED-HD
43.2 WNED-SD 480i
43.3 THINKB 480i
53.1 CITY-HD
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Boy I've been waiting for a post like this to kickstart my brain and get into OTA HD. I have the Viewsonic N3751W, which says it has an integrated ATSC/NTSC tuner.

So do I need a tower, or can I roof mount a rotor and antenna? I have clear lines of sight in every direction from the highest point on my house. Or are there any antennas that don't require a rotor?

Finally, where did that channel guide come from? I suspect your TV cannot build a guide on the fly based on channels you are able to grab from antenna....

Thanks for the thread, glas, and any info you can provide.
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deep wrote: Boy I've been waiting for a post like this to kickstart my brain and get into OTA HD. I have the Viewsonic N3751W, which says it has an integrated ATSC/NTSC tuner.

So do I need a tower, or can I roof mount a rotor and antenna? I have clear lines of sight in every direction from the highest point on my house. Or are there any antennas that don't require a rotor?

Finally, where did that channel guide come from? I suspect your TV cannot build a guide on the fly based on channels you are able to grab from antenna....

Thanks for the thread, glas, and any info you can provide.
I personally have a wall mount with a 10 foot mast. (did not want to mess up brand new roof) Dont have a rotor. Cm4221 is pointed directly at Buffalo but due to proximity to CN tower, I can still get TO channels no problem. A lot of other installs are Roof, Chimney, Attic or Tower.

The line up provided are only the HD, I also get regular feeed (non-HD) like Global, CHCH and such. I have a Samsung receiver that scans all available HD & non-HD channels.
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Yes...I have spotted a few cartoon channels for kids, and CW also shows some kids programmes, depending on their ages



RedDeer17 wrote: Do you get any educational channels that would be interesting for kids?

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