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When to use preamplifier
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Post 1 made on Tuesday April 20, 2010 at 18:03
Lurking Member
April 2010
I am new to hd antenna, Does outdoor preamplifier increase no. channels
you get ? Anyone experiences or used these before, it would be great help.
Post 2 made on Friday April 23, 2010 at 20:14
Long Time Member
November 2009
It's hard to say

Whether an amplifier might help you depends on where you are and what stations your trying to bring in, what type of antenna your using and how high it is off the ground.
Post 3 made on Saturday April 24, 2010 at 16:08
Long Time Member
August 2008
The use of an outside, mast mounted pre-amplifier will only help on three possible cases:

1 - The co-axial cable run is long ( even 50 feet at UHF frequencies is long) and attenuates the rf signals before it reaches the TV tuner

2 - The TV tuner requires a larger signal due to its possible sensistivity levels (some set or digit boxes require more signal than others)

3 - A splitter was inserted along the co-axail cable to feed more than one TV

However, if the HD antenna is blocked, no signal or multipath, a pre-amplifier may not be much help.

Also, keep in mind that with an amplifier deep rf fades will result in more possible outages.

My suggestions, with the low cost of these amplifiers, a trial and error method is worth it.
Post 4 made on Tuesday April 27, 2010 at 00:02
Ernie Bornn-Gilman
Yes, That Ernie!
December 2001
Indeed, trial and error is the best.

Note that a preamp might hinder things because if signals are already strong enough to cause distortion in the amp, that distortion might make it harder to receive the channels.

As for the name -- is it Barney?

A good answer is easier with a clear question giving the make and model of everything.
"The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." -- G. “Bernie” Shaw

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