[kwlug-disc] Home made indoor TV Antenna

CrankyOldBugger crankyoldbugger at gmail.com
Tue Apr 29 11:49:22 EDT 2014

Keep the antenna stories coming, Khalid.  I'm still trying to decide if I
want one or not.

On 29 April 2014 11:38, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:

> Some more notes.
> For mounting the antenna permanently in the back yard, one needs a mast
> that can withstand the wind and rain.
> The proper way is a 10 ft pole like this mast
> http://www.thesource.ca/estore/product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=Tower+%26+Antenna+Access.&product=1509144
> http://angelelectronics.ca/shop/ota/channel-master-all/channel-master-cm-1810
> It is $40 online with store pickup at The Source, but only $25 if you have
> a trip to Mississauga.
> Or a chimney mount, which spreads the load and does not drill holes that
> can fill with ice ...etc.
> http://www.thesource.ca/estore/product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=Misc_Parts&product=1509132
> The chimney mount was not an option for me since there is a big tree and a
> house south and south east.
> So, a pole in the backyard was it.
> I went to Lowe's and got a 10 ft conduit from electrical for less than
> $12. Made of metal and seem to be galvanized. Very sturdy. A couple of
> clamps and screws made the total $18 or so.
> Not sure if such a heavy pipe will be appropriate for the side of the
> house or not, and I am glad I don't have to make that call.
> Now the antenna has a permanent sturdy mount in the backyard. I lost one
> channel in the process though (CHCJ 35) and another came in (CICA-DT on 19
> which is TVO from CN Tower, it is a duplicate of the local one on 28, so
> not needed). I just moved the antenna one foot on the fence, and the height
> is not the same. More height is NOT good for some reason. Will fiddle with
> it when weather permits.
> Another interesting point: the older man helping me with the screws at
> Lowes asked if this is a TV antenna and was interested since he is paying
> Bell $90 a month for TV alone! He said something weird: Kitchener has a
> bylaw forbidding antennas. I am not sure if this is a fact, or FUD spread
> by entrenched interests/landlords? Not my concern since I am in Waterloo
> anyways.
> And I see a huge antenna on Highland road's south side west of the Super
> Store at Fischer Hallman. This is more like a tower with an huge 4 or 8 bay
> and another huge (yagi?) directional antenna on the same mast/tower.
> Speaking of Waterloo antennas, I noticed two clusters emerging in my
> subdivision (Westvale). On University Ave across from Food Basics there are
> 2 or 3 antennas up. Also on Westvale Drive north of Thorndale there are 3
> or so more. All are small antennas on masts or a mast + tripods Pointing
> South East. A couple are omnidirectional.
> Perhaps someone experiments, neighbours see it and ask questions, then
> they do the same.
> Still with me here? Please accept my sympathy for the time wasted ... ;-)
> --
> Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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