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Generally - one doesn't use both an amplifed antenna / pre-amp and a distribution amp unless there are extreme cases for doing so, such as long cables combined with multiple drops. Even then, your distribution amp should only barely make up for your splits. And not powering an amp kills reception through it.
I should know this - because I have a OTA / distribution setup that would drive most people here nuts. I'm doing both - 19dB Winegard pre-amp on a CM4221 antenna, coming to a Channel Plus Multiroom distribution system, with a Radio Shack distribution amp because I needed MORE outputs, along with some very long (50-100 feet in some cases) runs of RG6 coax to the reception devices. When it's done right - it's beautiful - when somethings not right - it's really not right.
You CAN put antennas on your owned and/or controlled property...
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