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Posted 02 June 2019 - 03:16 PM

I bought an HD Homerun Connect from Amazon. I just pressed the purchase now button a moment ago.

Apparently it will arrive June 4, so in a couple days from now.

I just can't afford the cable subscription any longer.

I guess I'll see how it goes. There is only three OTA where I live, but there is never anything on Bell anyway.

I'll keep my fiber gigabit connection.

Looking forward to getting it working with Emby!

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Posted 02 June 2019 - 03:20 PM

I bought an HD Homerun Connect from Amazon. I just pressed the purchase now button a moment ago.

Apparently it will arrive June 4, so in a couple days from now.

I just can't afford the cable subscription any longer.

I guess I'll see how it goes. There is only three OTA where I live, but there is never anything on Bell anyway.

I'll keep my fiber gigabit connection.

Looking forward to getting it working with Emby!

 

 

Congratulations!!! I love mine!

 

I suggest this antenna or it's bigger brother for long range tuning. Quality Build and great reception.

 

Also, get a compass app on your cell to aim accurately and look up your channels on https://tvfool.com/ to see where to aim.


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Posted 02 June 2019 - 04:16 PM

Congratulations!!! I love mine!

I suggest this antenna or it's bigger brother for long range tuning. Quality Build and great reception.

Also, get a compass app on your cell to aim accurately and look up your channels on https://tvfool.com/ to see where to aim.


Thank you for letting me know about this.
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Posted 02 June 2019 - 08:43 PM

Definitely use TVfool to get the best directions sorted out (weak antenna on the front lobe and strongest on the rear lobe). It will also also give you an idea of what antenna an lounting location will be needed.

Also I use the app “Signal GH” that lets you use your phone to lock the 2 tuners of the connect box onto 2 channels and get live signal strength/quality while you slowly reposition the antenna for best results.
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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:13 PM

Definitely use TVfool to get the best directions sorted out (weak antenna on the front lobe and strongest on the rear lobe). It will also also give you an idea of what antenna an lounting location will be needed.

Also I use the app “Signal GH” that lets you use your phone to lock the 2 tuners of the connect box onto 2 channels and get live signal strength/quality while you slowly reposition the antenna for best results.

 

 

I looked and couldn't find this app for android but there's Tower Finder and  few other similar apps on android.



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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:16 PM

I'm actually looking at the Amazon delivery box through my home security right now.

The antenna you recommend costs about 200 Canadian, so I'll be saving up for it.

Maybe in a couple weeks.

Looks like it's a bit of a puzzle to put it together. I look forward to it.

Did you end up using the booster that comes with it or did you just using the one in the he Homerun?

I read somewhere that it's not a good idea to use an external booster with this device.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:21 PM

I'm actually looking at the Amazon delivery box through my home security right now.

The antenna you recommend costs about 200 Canadian, so I'll be saving up for it.

Maybe in a couple weeks.

Looks like it's a bit of a puzzle to put it together. I look forward to it.

Did you end up using the booster that comes with it or did you just using the one in the he Homerun?

I read somewhere that it's not a good idea to use an external booster with this device.

 

 

Which one are you looking at? The 60 Mile + VHF is $86 plus state sales tax (8.xx %) here. The 75 mile one is more of course.

 

I used the booster and my signal is fine with my antenna mounted in the attic of my two-story home. Of course, I can see Mt Wilson where the towers are from my house even though it is about 50 miles from me so that's got to help.

 

I got a Winegard and this one at the same time to compare the two. The Winegard had a very cheap 1970's feel to the build but the Televes is quality through and through.. plus the Winegard was much longer so it wouldn't fit in my attic and the signal was slightly less.



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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:29 PM


Which one are you looking at? The 60 Mile + VHF is $86 plus state sales tax (8.xx %) here. The 75 mile one is more of course.

I used the booster and my signal is fine with my antenna mounted in the attic of my two-story home. Of course, I can see Mt Wilson where the towers are from my house even though it is about 50 miles from me so that's got to help.

I got a Winegard and this one at the same time to compare the two. The Winegard had a very cheap 1970's feel to the build but the Televes is quality through and through.. plus the Winegard was much longer so it wouldn't fit in my attic and the signal was slightly less.

Cool good to know.

Yeah unfortunately, 86 dollars American is worth sooo much more then our Canadian buck. It's actually quite sad.

By the time I paid for import charges and the exchange from amazon.com, purchasing it through amazon.ca was the same.

Man, if you saved 100 000 dollars in the US and then came to Canada, you would be 100 thousand dollars richer... 😂 And universal health care... 😂

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to hd Homerun and putting this giant antenna together. It's gonna rock!

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:30 PM

BTW, you may want to poke around here.


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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:31 PM

Cool good to know.

Yeah unfortunately, 86 dollars American is worth sooo much more then our Canadian buck. It's actually quite sad.

By the time I paid for import charges and the exchange from amazon.com, purchasing it through amazon.ca was the same.

Man, if you saved 100 000 dollars in the US and then came to Canada, you would be 100 thousand dollars richer... And universal health care...

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to hd Homerun and putting this giant antenna together. It's gonna rock!

 

Not to get political but there's no reason for every person to not have access to basic health care. I guess it just comes at a cost (via VAT?).


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Posted 04 June 2019 - 06:18 PM

Hey @Luke I love that the Emby label is on the back of the box.

Emby also found it on my network very quickly. Now I just have to wait for an antenna.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 06:43 PM

Hey @Luke I love that the Emby label is on the back of the box.

Emby also found it on my network very quickly. Now I just have to wait for an antenna.

Would be good to go to a site like antenna web or tv fool, to check whats needed in your area. Not all antennas are the same, some are good for certain signals and some are not. Depending on what type of signal those three channels are you may not need to spend so much.



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Posted 04 June 2019 - 06:56 PM

Would be good to go to a site like antenna web or tv fool, to check whats needed in your area. Not all antennas are the same, some are good for certain signals and some are not. Depending on what type of signal those three channels are you may not need to spend so much.

Good to know,

I notice the box had seven channels including some US stations in HD.

But mostly Canadian stations I recognize as Toronto HD channels.

So I'm thinking I've got to reach the CN Tower which is about 100 km away, or close to it.

Just did the conversion and it's about 65 miles.

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 12:35 AM

Ah, I see the App is only available for IOS:
https://genhelp.com/apps/signalgh.html

I use this antenna on a J mount (satellite mount) above the roof and the backside gets 40 miles front 60miles (Toronto backside, Buffalo front side)
http://nutechelectro...active-antenna/

But as it sounds like your a bit away from the antenna in Toronto, if you don’t care about looks, this should do the trick. Just add a pre-amp.
http://nutechelectro...xtremetenna-80/

And lastly, here is a similar antenna to the one Sammy recommended but in Canada and a bit better price (no preamp included however)
http://nutechelectro...master-cm-2020/

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 06:32 AM

@chef

This brings to mind the issue of VHF vs UHF and even LoVHF and HiVHF.

Real channels 2 through 7 are LoVHF and 8 through 13 are HiVHF. Those above 13 are UHF.

The "pancake" style antennas only typically pick up UHF. Antennas with DiPole rods pick up HiVHF but very few of them have long enough DiPoles to grab LoVHF. You need to know what channels you have to decide which antenna to get.

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 06:11 PM

Not to get political but there's no reason for every person to not have access to basic health care. I guess it just comes at a cost (via VAT?).

Not to be political either but every person in the US does have access to basic health care.  Nobody is being stopped from purchasing insurance, paying cash or going to free clinics. :)

 

On the subject of this thread. @chef, if you want to PM directly I can help you out with antenna choice for your specific location.  In a nutshell you need to lookup and find the channels and towers, the signal strength you can expect based on height of your antenna(s).  You may or may not need multiple antennas depending on tower location and directional gain of antenna as well as bands needed.  There is UHF, VHF-LO and VHF-HI with UHF being the most common.  I need all 3 in my area.  As you can tell, there are quite a few things that come into play to finding the proper antenna type.  Then there is the gain of the antenna.  We are talking pure gain of the antenna and not "digital" gain via an AMP.  An AMP does not help reception one bit but only "magnifies" what you do receive to overcome cable runs.  You can't "boost" something that isn't there to begin with.

 

Once you know all this and know the gain of antenna(s) you need, then you can determine if you want to purchase or build an antenna.  If you only need UHF it's pretty easy and cheap to build you own and do better than anything you can purchase.



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Posted 15 June 2019 - 05:18 PM

Oh man Amazon delivered my giant antenna today! I got the HD Homerun connected in my network box and just for the hell of it attached the antenna to it to see what would happen.

Wow! Lying on the floor in my server room facing SW, and I get a bunch of HD content. I can only imagine what I'll get when I put it on my roof this week!

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 09:54 PM

@chef just curious what antenna you went with?

I just installed 2x CM4228HD’s yesterday as my own little upgrade, now to test it all out...
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Posted 16 June 2019 - 07:57 AM

@chef just curious what antenna you went with?

I just installed 2x CM4228HD’s yesterday as my own little upgrade, now to test it all out...

 

I bought two different ones.

 

The one that Sammy recommended and a cheaper one.

 

Cheap one: ViewTV WA-2708B (which is the one that showed up yesterday, and seems to get some pretty good reception for fifty bucks

 

and this one which hasn;t shown up yet: Televes DATBOSS Mix UHF VHF Amplified Outdoor HDTV Antenna with LTE Filter (149483)






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