Dear Minister Moore,
I finally installed my new Channel Master CM-4221HD antenna.
After waiting for more than four weeks for Tiger Direct to deliver it (along with another antenna for my dad), I initially hung the antenna from my living room’s curtain rod.
Facing the antenna south, I was able to faintly pull in a half-dozen U.S. stations (note The Hills episode featured above) and most of the digital Canadian TV stations that are currently available in the Greater Toronto Area.
After my dad reminded me that over-the-air TV is all about “line of sight” (you want your antenna to “see” the transmitter, meaning there are no buildings or trees standing between them), I decided it would be better to install the antenna on the east side of my house since I can see the CN Tower from that side. Although the US DTV signals don’t originate from the CN Tower, pointing in that direction is still a good idea since it’s next to Lake Ontario. You also want to face the front or back of the antenna to the south, not the narrow side.
Using a broken wooden shovel handle as a pole, I attached the antenna to one end of the handle and used a 1/4 ” X 5 ” screw to attach my makeshift tower to the peak of the highest roof I could safely climb. I also used a 3 ” corner brace for added support.
The antenna could be a little straighter, both vertically and horizontally, but it’s close enough. I am using a shovel handle for my pole after all!
After buying a 75 foot roll of coax cable from a dollar store (note: dollar store coax is poor quality but good enough), I was able to connect my antenna to my Zinwell DTV converter box and scan for available DTV signals.
Here are the results:
44-1 OMNI 2
49-2 Cool TV
57-1 City HD
64-1 OMNI 1
66-1 CKXT DT
I’m sure if I played with the antenna that I could also pull in CHCH HD from Hamilton. I can receive it when the antenna is on the west side of my house (facing Hamilton) but now my house is blocking the signal. Hopefully once CHCH goes to full power I will be able to receive it. Also looking forward to receiving TVO in August (they go digital August 18, 2011).
All together, my DTV antenna and install cost around $75 Canadian (not including the DTV converter box).
No connection fee, no subscription fee, no caps and no throttling.
That’s my story! What’s your DTV antenna story?