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Old 20-Feb-2015, 5:55 PM   #7
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Agreeing with TG, An amplifier can not distinguish between desirable signal and noise or interference... It will amplify all the signals present at the input of the amp. Then, amplifiers will add a small amount of noise and distortion of their own. Amplifiers can not / do not 'pull' signal from the air, antenna or coax... They 'push' signal + noise + interference + distortion through the loss of cable and splitters on the output side of the amp. If you drive an amplifier with too strong a signal, the distortion problem becomes extreme, leaving you with less or even no reception.

Signal quality and signal strength are not the same thing. Reliable reception starts with the correct type of antenna, it's location and aim. If the antenna is not located where it can intercept a clean signal, it doesn't matter how much you amplify the low quality signal...

Consider, would polluted water be any more healthful to drink if you delivered it to the tap at a higher pressure?
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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