Your Universal Remote Control Center
RemoteCentral.com
HDTV Reception Forum - View Post
Previous section Next section Up level
Up level
The following page was printed from RemoteCentral.com:

Login:
Pass:
 
 

Topic:
Good signal booster for HDTV recommendation
This thread has 5 replies. Displaying all posts.
Post 1 made on Thursday September 30, 2010 at 16:00
RexM
Junior Member
Joined:
Posts:
September 2010
1
Hi guys... I'm in Queenston, Ontario (on top of the Escarpment, thankfully!), and am just setting up my HDTV. So far, so good, and I've got a decent outdoor antenna set up. However, there are a couple of stations that are on the weak side (notably WPXJ/ION out of Buffalo on 23-1). I have seen some people report good luck with signal booster/amplifers, and I would like to get some recommendations.

Whatever advice you have would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Rex
Post 2 made on Thursday September 30, 2010 at 19:01
Daniel Tonks
Wrangler of Remotes
Joined:
Posts:
October 1998
28,001
I've been pretty happy with Channel Master preamps.

However I think we need a bit more info on your antenna setup.
Post 3 made on Saturday October 16, 2010 at 09:42
DrSat
Junior Member
Joined:
Posts:
October 2010
4
On September 30, 2010 at 16:00, RexM said...
Hi guys... I'm in Queenston, Ontario (on top of the Escarpment, thankfully!), and am just setting up my HDTV. So far, so good, and I've got a decent outdoor antenna set up. However, there are a couple of stations that are on the weak side (notably WPXJ/ION out of Buffalo on 23-1). I have seen some people report good luck with signal booster/amplifers, and I would like to get some recommendations.

Whatever advice you have would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Rex

WPXJ is actually broadcasting out of Batavia and not Buffalo. Their signal is mostly aimed in an east-west pattern so it might be hard for you to receive their signal consistently. However, you can try aiming your antenna a bit more east to see if it comes in. Also, a good preamp such as the Channel Master 7777 will improve your chances substantially to receive this station.
Post 4 made on Saturday October 16, 2010 at 13:11
keaster2000
Long Time Member
Joined:
Posts:
April 2007
180
I agree wil DrSat. WPXJ is nearly impossible to get. It is for me in St. Catharines, and I've got a 13 foot (boom) antenna 35 feet in the air. In fact, I'd consider channel 51 not watchable here. When I do get it, I'm turning my antenna almost due east for the 'most bars' on the signal meter

I am using a CATV drop amplifier with my antenna and they are great. I've used the Permacolor amp/preamp--similar to the 7777 and have had good results with that too.

I never install an antenna without an amp.

If you're up on the escarpment, you might have better chances at getting WPXJ.

BTW: Is anyone keeping track of WNYO's request to change their 'directional' signal to a more reliable one?
Post 5 made on Thursday November 4, 2010 at 11:31
R.W.ANTENNA SERVICE
Junior Member
Joined:
Posts:
November 2010
13
The channnel master 7777 are good preamps , however the preamp is only as good as your antenna. Also if your using a uhf only antenna then you really dont need a 7777 . A better choice would be the winegard ap-4800 uhf only with almost 30 db gain. A single banded preamp will always perform better than a dual. I have customers in Rew PA. with a yagi and a winegard ap-4800 pulling the buff stuff at 75%
Post 6 made on Thursday November 4, 2010 at 18:05
BillFromGI
Long Time Member
Joined:
Posts:
March 2009
174
On November 4, 2010 at 11:31, R.W.ANTENNA SERVICE said...
The channnel master 7777 are good preamps , however the preamp is only as good as your antenna. Also if your using a uhf only antenna then you really dont need a 7777 . A better choice would be the winegard ap-4800 uhf only with almost 30 db gain. A single banded preamp will always perform better than a dual. I have customers in Rew PA. with a yagi and a winegard ap-4800 pulling the buff stuff at 75%

AP-4800 eh? That's good info...

What is the make/model of the Rew yagi?

PS: Welcome to the board


Jump to


Protected Feature Before you can reply to a message...
You must first register for a Remote Central user account - it's fast and free! Or, if you already have an account, please login now.

Please read the following: Unsolicited commercial advertisements are absolutely not permitted on this forum. Other private buy & sell messages should be posted to our Marketplace. For information on how to advertise your service or product click here. Remote Central reserves the right to remove or modify any post that is deemed inappropriate.

Hosting Services by ipHouse