Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, about 40 miles north of "New York"
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A few observations. You are only feeding two sets, so you probably don't need a pre amp. I have a "fringe" antenna, which feeds four sets and full wiring without any amps in the system, and I'm 40 miles from the transmitters-and get over 80% for the weakest stations.
An Amp is only needed for a lot of TV sets, excessively long wiring, or as a last ditch attempt to pull a weak signal. Use it last, put the money towards the antenna. Use a normal cable splitter and leave it there....you should have sufficient signal strength for your two tv sets and coax runs. Amps can pull in interference from other sources, so use it last of all.
Mount the antenna outside, on the roof, if you can. I don't know enough about this type of antenna but I think you may need more gain, a Yagi style antenna-the DB looks like it is more for urban use. If you get a good signal as-is, you might not need to.
I'd just hook up a splitter and see how it goes. My next step would be to put the antenna outside, and aim it with a helper...I'm off axis from TV FOOL direction at my location due to the the hills, but it's a guide, not a regulation.
Don't be afraid to move the antenna itself around. UHF has short wavelengths and your reception can vary from front of attic to back of attic....but up on the roof is still first choice.
Don't spend money yet. Just see if you can get a solid signal from the antenna alone with a splitter....and if you are "close" move the antenna or get a larger one before going for an amp.
Good luck. Uncompressed TV is well worth it.
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