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Old 30-Jul-2019, 12:09 AM   #6
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I have an Antennas Direct 'Juice' and have also used the RCA TVPRAMP. Given the differences in construction, I am not put off by the price difference between the two. I can recommend both, favoring the Antennas Direct for it's performance, construction and US based customer support.

Having said that, I would caution against the common misconception that amplification gain is a substitute for antenna gain. All amplifiers will amplify what you feed them. If you feed them a weak signal mixed with noise, you will get more signal and more noise at the output plus any noise generated by the amplifier. There are a few examples of low quality tuners that can be helped with amplification but for the most part, an amplifier is only useful for overcoming cable and splitting losses. (Hence my signature.)

If there were signals on your report that were expected to be receivable but you were not getting them reliably, I would suggest moving the antenna out of the attic as the first step toward improved reception. If the signal(s) that were hard to receive were relatively weak, I would suggest an antenna with higher gain. Once you have reliable signals with the antenna, not more than 50' of coax and a single TV, then I would consider the merit of amplification.

What antenna are you using presently?
If the well is dry and you don't see rain on the horizon, you'll need to dig the hole deeper. (If the antenna can't get the job done, an amp won't fix it.)

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