What I Miss About Toronto In 60's | Page 10

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  1. W. K. Lis

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    The 1950's and 1960's were the height of television antennas on the rooftops (pointing towards Buffalo) and 300-ohm twin-lead wires down to the television set (singular).

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    And we had to sometimes add another antenna (small one pointing towards someplace called Agincourt) to get a clearer picture from the brand new Canadian television station called the CTV Television Network around 1961 (channel 9 on January 1, 1961 in Toronto)!! See link.
     
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    More specifically, the Buffalo-based television stations have their reception primarily from Grand Island (more specifically near the Fantasy Island amusement park if I remember), perhaps because Grand Island is on higher elevation and is the municipality within Erie County closest to Toronto; many Buffalo-based stations relied on Torontonians for their survival.
     
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    Most of the rooftop antennas had to be grounded, either to a water pipe or grounding rod into the earth. It was to create a pathway for lightning strikes. Without it, lightning will follow the pipes and/or wiring inside the houses.

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    Same reason satellite dishes should be grounded.
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