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Old 2009-08-10, 12:42 PM   #1
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Question Best DIY Antenna For Cambridge & Kitchener, ON?

What is the best GH antenna for Cambridge, Ontario that I should build?
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Old 2009-08-10, 01:38 PM   #2
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First let's get your TVFool results to help us give you the best GH advice:
  1. use Google Maps Canada to find your home and get your exact Latitude and Longitude map coordinates
  2. enter your exact map coordinates at the TVFool site and wait for your results page to load
  3. after it loads, copy-and-paste the URL of your report into this thread
Once we see your results we can verify the Canadian stations using this site: http://www.user.dccnet.com/jonleblan...a_TV_Stations/ and then recommend the best GH version for you to build.
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Old 2009-08-10, 06:57 PM   #3
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Default Best GH for Kitchener East

Hi all, I'd love to build one of the GH antennas for my place. I would really appreciate some input on what type to build. My tvfool.com information is here:

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...7d49f9f21e02fb

At the moment it's looking pretty bleak for DT reception. I'm hoping that I can build something to make the picture a little brighter
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Old 2009-08-10, 08:49 PM   #4
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Whew, that is pretty miserable. I would try a DBGH and aim it at 75 degrees for the most possible channels.
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Old 2009-08-11, 12:24 AM   #5
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Hi 300ohm, thanks for the advice. Would I be better off with a Gen I or Gen II or a GS? I'm willing to try out a few builds just for the heck of it. I've built a couple of prototypes and I'm having fun with the tinkering, so I'd be willing to try out a couple of options.
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Old 2009-08-11, 01:07 AM   #6
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I think the DBGH gen1 for your postive NM range would do as well as others. You basically need your peak gain over the channel 40 to 47 range. Channel 51, your strongest channel, should come in over the back side.
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Old 2009-08-11, 10:00 AM   #7
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Okay, I'll give that a go and report back when I've got it up. Thanks again for the help.
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Old 2009-08-17, 03:33 PM   #8
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Default Help with CBC in Cambridge, ON

I live in cambridge, ontario and here is my tvfool : http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...23c57d26c7bd85.

I know it says that I absolutely NEED a roof antenna to get at least those 4 channels in red, but I don't. My current antenna is good enough to get analog channel 6, 13, sort-of-clear 79, terrible 82 and a fuzzy 112. I know my tv is set on "cable mode", but I cannot change it to antenna mode, because the remote is a universal remote.

Anyways, I basically need CBC, which for me is channel 112. It used to be channel 5 on cable, I think it still is. So, I need to make antenna for channel 5, I tried folded dipole antenna, but it didn't work well. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 2009-08-17, 07:50 PM   #9
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Can't help but I live in Guelph and just did the tvfool thing after reading the post. I can't see ANY channels I'd want to watch apart from City-TV that I could get off air. I even set tvfool to a 50ft high antenna which I know that my wife would veto. Guess I'll stick with Rogers.
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Old 2010-03-05, 04:50 PM   #10
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http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...b7c8319b0fc7a8

What do I need to build in order to get the best....if any...reception?

Thanks.
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Old 2010-03-05, 11:26 PM   #11
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You forgot to say which city/town you are in, and the neighbourhood name or nearest major street corner.
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Old 2010-03-06, 11:08 AM   #12
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Oops

Kitchener On

Warren Road and Forest Hill Drive
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Old 2010-03-06, 11:31 AM   #13
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ebomer: You look to be in better shape than me. I'm working on a dual bay gray hoverman that I intend to mount on my roof. I'll let you all know what I get from it.

Last edited by epicDistortion; 2010-03-06 at 11:36 AM. Reason: I didn't see he'd posted the tvfool info :S
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Old 2010-03-06, 11:58 AM   #14
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I've re run my report and I appear to have improved reception results? They look very similar to ebomers. I put my antenna at 30 feet which is close to the height of my roof.

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...b7c84707e3b799

I've given up trying to find heavy guage wire for my antenna. I'm going to try and find some of the 1/8" copper tubing to use instead. I may even have it built this weekend. I'm not sure I'm ready to get on the roof and mount it even though it is a balmy +3 degrees this weekend.
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Old 2010-03-12, 08:37 AM   #15
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Oops

Kitchener On

Warren Road and Forest Hill Drive
You're not that far from me.
With a 4228 style antenna I was able to pull in about 15 HD channels and penty od analog channels - basically the stronger Toronto and Buffalo channels.
I'm going to try a DBGH later this spring to see if it does any better.
Have any of you tried an industial supplier for the copper rod (ie brafasco) I'm pretty sure they carry 1/8 copper rod.
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