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New HD Antenna Store in Toronto
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Post 1 made on Monday November 15, 2010 at 18:56
Antenna Guy
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Hi Again to Everyone (including the annoying lady who likes to complain)

We closed our retail store on St. Clair - we will open another one again soon hopefully.

In the meantime we are still installing a few antennas every week - we have now been operating for over 3 years and we have hundreds and hundreds of satisfied customers. We install almost exclusively Antennas Direct Products - especially the Clearstream 2-V all over Toronto. It has a VHF element, which helps with CTV - channel 9 and CHCH - channel 11.

We now have offices in Toronto, London and Sarnia and we install basically anywhere in Southern Ontario from Scarborough to Windsor - Markham to Hamilton. It takes about 2-3 hours for installation in most cases and costs around $500 including antenna, parts and installation.

Please visit our web-site at www.TheAntennaGuys.com to find out more about us.

Call us toll-free at 1-855-672-HDTV(4388) or
Toronto - 416-654-HDTV(4388)
London - 519-672-HDTV(4388)
Sarnia - 519-338-0035

Why Pay for FREE TV?!?!
The Antenna Guys

Last edited by Antenna Guy on April 2, 2013 20:15.
Why Pay for FREE TV?
The Antenna Guys / The HD Antenna Store
881 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto
Post 2 made on Monday November 29, 2010 at 17:55
Ernie Bornn-Gilman
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While we usually decry posts by blatantly commercial interests, I applaud your approach and your openness. Please keep involved in remotecentral by answering questions that don't necessarily point people toward your front door; then you'll be a GREAT member here, as we're all here to share and help.

I did find this amusing, though:
On November 15, 2010 at 18:56, Antenna Guy said...
...got tired of traveling to Mississauga for supplies (2 hours by public transit each way).

Yeah, I would, too! I imagine that it's not the simplest sort of arrangement, carrying a ten foot mast or two on the bus. Or the train. Or even, say, one or more UHF + upper band VHF antennas, where the boxes are at least three feet long.

I also got tired of missing out on the business from those people who wanted to install their own antenna.

Well, now, there's a real good point. You save those people the hassle of taking masts on the train, too!

So I opened a retail store.......

Best of Luck!
We can't give you a good answer, or maybe any, without the make and model of everything.
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Post 3 made on Thursday August 11, 2011 at 19:41
fiesty
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Be very careful using this company. They would not deal with any of the issues I had regarding their installation, promised me 22-30 channels and got 10. Finally had to hire someone else to come and correct their installation. The most telling part was they had installed my antenna with no ground wire.
Post 4 made on Friday August 12, 2011 at 23:46
el gran chico
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I had contacted them about my install. I emailed them a question about insurance and never got a response. I really wish them luck in their business but if they want to be pros, operate like pros. If you are going up on people's roofs, people need to be confident they won't be sued if the installer falls off the roof and ends up in a wheelchair for the rest of their life.

Last edited by el gran chico on August 21, 2011 12:52.
Post 5 made on Sunday August 21, 2011 at 07:50
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I'm really curious to see how this store does. Of course, I wish them luck and every success. But now they need cash flow to pay the rent and labour to man their store 7 days per week. They are trying to make a living over what many of us do as a hobby.

What will the market bear for a new OTA installation? I'd imagine it would be a multiple of the clients monthly cable or satellite bill? As another lister pointed out, what is the minimum professional antenna installation required for liability purposes... providing a path to ground might be one such thing... and what that adds to the cost. Being absolutely clear about HDTV expectations is another issue so there are no unfounded expectations.

Hope to hear more as time goes by.

;-)
rfdude
Post 6 made on Tuesday August 23, 2011 at 18:09
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The owner Geoff is not a pro. You will find that if you ask him a question he doesn't want to answer he just doesn't. I don't belive he has insurance, I know when I contacted WSIB he hasn't been making his payments, this information is free and open to anyone who calls WSIB. I spoke to him two weeks ago about my shoddy installation, and all I got for my trouble is being yelled at. Told me I didn't get all the channels he promised because of the weather (huh). The weather has been the same since the other installer came and yet I get 26 channels. He also told me that his installer has entered rehab two days after doing my installation, and I asked him in that case he should have taken my complaints a little more seriously. I wouldn't bother with him, save your time and aggravation and deal with someone else. I went with V & E Antenna in Pickering and he was very professional (and no he is not paying me to say this). He seriously put my house and the one's at either side of me in jeopardy, if it wasnt' so expensive I would take him to court. I have lived in this house for thirty years and I have never been treated so badly by any company before, being yelled at, being blamed for everything (oh yes, everything is my fault), and being hung up on.
Take your money and business to someone who deserves it.
Post 7 made on Sunday September 4, 2011 at 23:35
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Well they are literally 2 minutes from me walking, I'd have liked to ask them what I can do now the my Rabbit Ears met a forced retirement, but many times they are closed. I've owned a store so I understand that keeping longer hours is not always a profitable thing and as I owned a computer store people always wanted free advice after buying stuff else where it gets really old, quickly especially cause they don't want to pay for service, I 'd imagine its the same in his business. As I now have NO Antenna signal thanks to DTV, I will go in and talk to them and keep an open mind IF I find them open !!
Post 8 made on Monday September 5, 2011 at 14:02
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With all due respect and. expenting this does not sound harsh in anyway, your loss of signal has more to do with the fact that you did not follow the PSA's advices or in other words did nothing about it rather than with the DTV switch over. Granted that maybe there were maybe not enough PSA's, or maybe they started too late so close to dateline, or maybe not enough during prime time but ultimately you and others (and beleive me I have talked to people recently who though their bedroom tv broke and were going to get rid of it) should have somehow ate least done something about it before the dateline.

In any case and, while Welcoming to the Forum where you and others will always find answer to your questions, I will gladly help you further if needed. I will be later today visiting friends in the St clair area, where the store is, so is no trouble for me to give you some advice on site if you like. Feel free to PM me with a contact info for more details if you want. Feel free also to open a new thread if you like with more info on the particulars of your antenna requirements so we can help you further here and at the same time it will help others as well.
Post 9 made on Monday September 5, 2011 at 19:44
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I had payed for them to install the products I purchased from them, I did not ask for anything that I did not pay for.
Post 10 made on Monday September 5, 2011 at 20:42
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Just in case, my coments were a reply to Sunnbuzz sudden loss of signal, not related to any other posts.
Post 11 made on Thursday December 8, 2011 at 14:41
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You stated, "Finally had to hire someone else to come and correct their installation". Who was that - is it someone a friend of mine who lives in downtown Toronto contact for OTA equipment and installation? Thanks
Post 12 made on Thursday March 29, 2012 at 21:24
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I am looking to have someone install an antenna at my home in Mississauga, so far, I have contacted 3 companies, The Antenna Guys, Toronto HD Antenna Installers and Dr, Antenna. Has anyone heard of these companies? If so, can anyone please tell me if they are any good? A couple of them sound good, Dr. Antenna offered a two year guarantee to cover any installation issues but the guy said he would use my existing cable connected to my TVs, however, I read in a form that a cable run should not be longer than 50 feet otherwise you will get signal issues or something along those lines. The same guy says he has a strong antenna that streams both UHF and VHF, the other guy says he prefers to use the DigiWave antenna as it does a good job pulling in channels, either way the antenna will be installed on my existing tower which with a mast will sit higher than my roof top. Any advise or recommendations would be greatly appreciated or if you know someone that you trust will do a good job, and they work within the GTA, please let me know?
Post 13 made on Friday March 30, 2012 at 20:39
el gran chico
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Cooksville, how much do you want to spend? I haven't used any of the guys but the guys you mentioned, but the guy who did mine works as an installer for SaveAndReplay. http://www.saveandreplay.com/

Have you bought your gear? If not, the installer will bring a number of antennas and will recommend one for your location and what you want. You WILL be satisfied.

That said, he might charge more or even a lot more than the guys you mentioned. I was very satisfied FWIW.
Post 14 made on Tuesday June 19, 2012 at 11:52
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hi Cooksville,

not sure if you've found someone since March to do your install, but I highly recommend V&E Antenna in Pickering. They are a no-joke, serious company... will do the job one time only and do it well.

Without question, the most experienced installers in the GTA.

**edit** V&E actually restructured into Stanley Communication since early 2012.

Last edited by anteco on June 19, 2012 13:16.


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