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Antenna with VHF and UHF

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by Dan9, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. Dan9

    Dan9 Godfather

    Feb 21, 2005
    I have an RCA 55 dB amp indoor antenna, and I was wondering if it's better to have the amp turned all the way up on both VHF and UHF, or just one of the two? Thank you very much for your help, and have a great day, bye.:confused:
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    How you set the gain depends on a number of factors that you haven't shared with us. Among the factors:

    1. How far away are the stations
    2. Whether the broadcast towers are all in one place or scattered.
    3. How many adjacent channels are there in other markets that might interfere.

    Go to http://www.tvfool.com and put in your location information and you should be able to help us help you.
  3. Kansas Zephyr

    Kansas Zephyr Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007
    An amp can only amplify what it receives, and can never make up for a poor antenna, and/or mounting location.

    If you have the amp turned all the way up, you are also amplifying a lot of noise which can make it more difficult for your TVs tuner to lock onto and decode the datastream.

    Get the best signal with the amp either off, or the lowest setting first, then increase it just enough to give you a stable signal. Don't go by "signal strength" alone.

    I too, recommend going to tvfool.com, and see if you'll need a better antenna either outside or in your attic.
  4. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    It all depends on your specific situation regarding each channel's signal strength at your location, type of antenna, signal directions, etc. Only you can tell what works best in your location.
  5. Dan9

    Dan9 Godfather

    Feb 21, 2005
    I was mainly just wanting to know how I could get the Memphis locals better, cause at the moment, I only get CBS, ABC and the CW out of Memphis in HD. I'm about 65 miles from Memphis. I live in Jonesboro and can't even get KAIT DT on it and the transmitter is only about 15 miles away.

    According to tvfool.com most of the stations I'm looking to get are LOS, and some other ones are 2edge for the Path.
  6. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    2Edge means there are hills or alot of distance (or both) between you and the towers. I would definately suggest looking into an appropriate OUTDOOR antenna (maybe on a rotor) , and then add a preamp if necessary. Get that outdoor antenna up as high as you can (10-12 feet above roofline generally).

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