Self Introduction

Good afternoon All.

Very new to ‘cutting the cord’, but a few steps along already. We do not own a Tablo at this time. Hope you won’t turn me away because we don’t own one, yet.

We live in Niagara Falls, Ontario, about 20 minutes from downtown Niagara Falls NY (on a good day crossing over that is!)

Purchased a new Direct ClearStream Indoor/Outdoor Digital TV Antenna and a Mediasonic HW150PVR HomeWorx HDTV Digital Converter Box for our older analog TV.

We have a 46" flat screen in my son’s man cave, but it rarely is used for TV watching. When this last analog TV dies, we’ll recycle it responsibly and buy a new flat screen in the 46" range.

The antenna, decoder and our wireless router were next door to each other this afternoon when we tested by-passing Bell Fibe and connecting the TV directly to the decoder and antenna. Test revealed that with the antenna sitting on the floor at our back sliding doors, we were able to pick up about 60 channels all in the green signal strength range.

I plan to mount the antenna on the back wall of our home about 18 feet off the ground (under the eave of the roof line), aimed slightly south and east to pick up a few Toronto stations that due south orientation did not capture. We have a hydro field abutting the rear of our property facing south with 500KV lines on 75 foot towers.

Running Coax from the decoder to the TV resulted in this cyclical clicking noise on the audio. The video was fine. We moved the antenna about 20 feet away, but the clicking continued.

We switched from Coax to RCA cable input from the decoder to the TV and the noise was abated. My guess is that although the Coax is shielded, it did pick up the wifi frequencies as audio noise. We can live with the RCA connection for now, and will likely switch to HDMI once we move to a new flat screen.

One thing though, my wife is trying to get her head around, “How will I know what is on TV if there is no channel guide?” A conundrum for sure! Ideas anyone?

So that’s us in a nutshell. Looking forward to watching TV like we did back in the 60’s only better now!

Without a channel guide, it really is like watching TV in the 60s.
Tune in a channel, watch for a bit, guess what’s on, or wait until they announce what’s on after a commercial break.
Or, check online with something like

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