[kwlug-disc] Home made indoor TV Antenna

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Sun Apr 27 19:41:41 EDT 2014

Followup on followups ...

The latest attempt, and the one I will probably settle on, is this Philips


It is the same as the one that I tried before, but a little bit bigger, and
4 dB more.

It was $40 off, so final price is $50. So, $3 cheaper than its little
brother (from Philips as well) sold at Walmart.

With it, I can get the following channels, stable and clear.

Real Virtual Call Sign Network
 20   5       CBLT      CBC Toronto
17   6       CIII      Global
13   13      CKCO      CTV
15   11      CHCH      From Hamilton
25   25      CBLTF     CBC Toronto French
28   28      CICO      TVO
35   35      CHCJ      CTV Barrie
36   36      CITS      From Hamilton

The two on and off ones from the other antenna are now coming in clearly,
and one more (CBC French).

Now, here is the interesting part:

After monkeying around for 3 hours on the roof, including finding ways to
go up safely, coordinating with the SO for tuning the TV while I move the
antenna, ...etc. I got the above list, plus a glimpse of CJMT (Omni 2,
channel 40) but it did not get a consistent picture even.

After the above experiment, on a whim, I said I will experiment by the
backyard fence. And to my surprise, I got all the above channels clear as

Here is a picture (with apologies to your neck). Yes, this is a squeeze
extension you see there, tied with old speaker wire. A temporary setup
until I buy a mast, proper cable and clamps.


And no need to worry about driving screws in the roof or the side of the
house, and easier adjustment if it gets misaligned, ...etc.

Bye bye Rogers!

On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 6:34 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:

> Following up on an old thread ...
> If you want to try an inexpensive and compact TV antenna that gets you
> a few channels, then consider this Philips antenna, which is amplified.
> It is at Walmart for $53
> http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/sdv8622t27-philips-digital-tv-antenna/6000060459300
> Hanging it up from a 2nd floor window gets me the following channels
> consistently:
> Real Virtual Call Sign Network
> 17   6       CIII      Global
> 13   13      CKCO      CTV
> 15   11      CHCH      from Hamilton
> 28   28      CICO      TVO
> 36   36      CITS      from Hamilton
> The following channels come in occasionally, depending on positioning
> and not very inconsistent. Probably better positioning will do the trick.
> 35   ??      CHCJ      CTV Barrie
> 20   ??      CBLT      CBC Toronto
> The quest continues ...

Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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