Friday, October 26, 2007

OTA TV reception in downtown Kingston

I decided to try to save money in Kingston, so I didn't subscribe to cable TV. Instead, I purchased an old-school over-the-air (OTA) television antenna for my 25" TV. I have a RCA CANT1020 VHF/UHF antenna from Future Shop for $35. After applying dipole antenna principles for VHF channels, I get decent reception on most VHF frequencies.

Here's a listing of all channels I can receive:
ChannelCallsignFrequencyReceptionComments
CTVVHF 6Perfect audio, snowy pictureReception would improve with antenna fine-tuning
CBSVHF 7Perfect audio, snowy pictureReception would improve with antenna fine-tuning
CBCCKWSVHF 11Perfect audio, near perfect pictureMinor ghosting
PBSUHF 16Decent audio, snowy picture
Radio-CanadaUHF 32Perfect audio, perfect pictureCable quality
TVOUHF 38Perfect audio, near perfect pictureMinor static and ghosting
ABCUHF 50Decent audio, snowy picture

The antenna is placed behind two panes of glass, has an obstructed view of Cataraqui Bay and Lake Ontario, and is located in downtown Kingston.