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Alexander Olar

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I’ve recently reconfigured my OTA setup and I need a good preamplifier. Ever since I’ve moved my antenna outside, CBC Windsor (30 miles away) has been slightly pixilating. Would this be a good mast mounted preamplifier to get? RCA TVPRAMP1Z Preamplifier
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I’ve recently reconfigured my OTA setup and I need a good preamplifier. Ever since I’ve moved my antenna outside, CBC Windsor (30 miles away) has been slightly pixilating. Would this be a good mast mounted preamplifier to get? RCA TVPRAMP1Z Preamplifier
Thanks!

That's one of the ones I have. I recommend it. Another good one is the Channel Master CM-7777HD.
 

Alexander Olar

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It’s CBET-DT Channel 9.1 Hi-VHF My antenna is about 8 feet off the ground. Attached is my tv fool report
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I think I’ll go with this preamplifier then. The channel master is too expensive.

One of the upsides to the TVPRAMP1Z is that you can add a second, separate VHF antenna and it combines the signals from both. In your case, CBET is VHF, so this could work to your advantage.

On a side note, with trees coming into full summer foliage, I'm experiencing signal loss on one or two of my stations also. So if you just recently noticed a drop in signal, that could be why. Moving your antenna up as high as possible (on the roof or strapped to a chimney if you have one) could help a lot.
 

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An appropriate antenna is probably going to serve you better than amplification given that what you want is all in the yellow or better.

You have two VHF-high channels now (WJBK and CBET) and will be adding another (Daystar) as part of the repack. The Clearstream is UHF-only so it isn't doing you any favors on RF channels 7 and 9.
 
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A good, proper antenna is always better. If you do not have much signal to work with, a pre-amp is not gonna help much, if at all. You can not amplify what you don't have.
 

Alexander Olar

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I’m getting WJBK just fine, with 90%Q. I think I’ll switch back to a attic antenna and get the stellar labs vhf antenna and the rca preamplifier. The RG59 cable running from my attic broke, so how can I fish a new RG6 cable through the wall?
 
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I’m getting WJBK just fine, with 90%Q. I think I’ll switch back to a attic antenna and get the stellar labs vhf antenna and the rca preamplifier. The RG59 cable running from my attic broke, so how can I fish a new RG6 cable through the wall?

If the present RG59 isn't stapled, use some black electrical tape to tape some RG-6 on the end of it (don't make it too fat to fit through any drilled holes), and pull it through while pulling OUT the RG59 cable...
 
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