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Old 07-25-2010, 10:01 AM   #31
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Yes we in Canada have same system although digital conversion deadline is somewhat delayed.
Before you ask I do not live in an igloo and there is no skiing here past April normally so if you do come to camp in Canada leave your skiis at home.
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:55 PM   #32
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Yes we in Canada have same system although digital conversion deadline is somewhat delayed.
Before you ask I do not live in an igloo and there is no skiing here past April normally so if you do come to camp in Canada leave your skis at home.
Actually I do plan on returning to visit up that way next year (most likely in the late summer).

In addition to many wonderful military temporary duty trips up your way, I took a very unplanned road trip after high school with a friend up around the Gaspe Peninsula my graduation year.

Additionally I was in command of a C-130 returning from Europe when the New York trade towers were attacked. Canadian Forces Base Greenwood Nova Scotia hosted my crew and I for a week while the USA sorted out the skies. They were totally wonderful. If you get a chance to visit, the "thank you plaques" the crew and I sent to just about every organization on the base, from the motor pool to the kitchen, are most likely still hanging there.
You guys ROCK
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Old 07-25-2010, 01:06 PM   #33
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One last thought.

The ancient ones among us probably remember "Wolfman Jack" and his pirate radio station. While the advanced "digital" standard is required for all "legal" broadcast stations, the amount of VERY high quality, CHEAP, suddenly obsolete broadcast television station equipment on EBay and flea markets will make home grown standard def local broadcasting a snap.

Looking for a cool hobby?

The new ATSC tuners are required to be able to receive standard definition signals. If you do a scan and you get a hit on channel 17.0 for example, THAT is a standard definition broadcast from a station that most likely is simulcasting High Def Digital on 17.1

Any station coming in on a dot zero channel is most likely standard definition receivable from an old set.

It may just be a local station with too few watchers to justify the expense of upgrading to digital, so they are waiting for the government to get around to shutting them down. Its a good bet that the government has more important things going on right now and it may be years (maybe never) till they do.
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:34 PM   #34
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Ok, With the added Wingman Digital Signal Amplifier, which part do you "aim", the loop or the new amplifier portion?
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Ok, With the added Wingman Digital Signal Amplifier, which part do you "aim", the loop or the new amplifier portion?
The elements of the Wingman point like an arrow to the broadcasting tower. Since the plastic control head (which contains the loop) is on the same side as the elements if the Wingman is installed correctly, it should be pretty easy to aim.
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:35 PM   #36
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herk7769, Thanks, so point the wingman point towards the signal, not the loop. I'll try that on my next adventure.
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:28 PM   #37
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herk7769, Thanks, so point the wingman point towards the signal, not the loop. I'll try that on my next adventure.
The "loop" you refer to are the wings of the Antenna. They are the VHF elements of the antenna. Like two rabbit ears; just flat.

The "real" UHF loop antenna is inside the white plastic case with the amplifier. The Wingman acts like a magnifying glass focusing the signal onto the plastic case.

So, yes, point the pointy part of the Wingman towards the signal.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:48 AM   #38
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Thanks, I'll have to remember the Indexing arrow in the internal rotating knob is 90 deg off from the directional aiming of the antenna.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:57 AM   #39
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Thanks, I'll have to remember the Indexing arrow in the internal rotating knob is 90 deg off from the directional aiming of the antenna.
Scroll down to my reply 24 July for a link that will help you to aim the antenna and find out where to aim it.
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Just purchased my "wingman" Saturday. Already installed it. Not makeing that huge of a difference here at home that I can notice. Can't wait to try it out down at the Gap. Just praying that I can pick up the CBS & ABC stations. I'd be so happy!
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