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Old 3-Jul-2020, 10:04 PM   #3
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Hello BigBean:

I would think UV rays and heat from the Sun along with other weather conditions, all contribute to shorten the life of preamps. I don't think you're going to get any longer life out of the preamps you mentioned. You might get longer use out of commercial grade ones if you look around the Net, such as Antennas Direct, Channel Master and others; reviews are good for these. But I've had no experience with those higher end preamps. However, others on this forum have used commercial preamps and have posted their findings.

From all that I've read on TV Fool, the majority of opinions would recommend using stronger gain antennas with feed lines shorter than 100' (50' optimal), to pull in the channels you want. But for some folks because of their more challenging locations, they need a preamp/amp to reliably receive the stations in their markets.

I know you said you don't like to climb up on your roof that often, but unless you can find a longer lasting preamp that has a proven history, you might have to stick with what you have, since it's been working for you.

I would look over the various threads that mention preamps on TV Fool, check out the above websites and others on the Net, to see what might have some promise for you. I'll keep my eyes open regarding your issue and post anything else that might be of interest.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. But there are others here with experience in such matters that might help you hit "pay dirt."

All the best.....

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