Originally Posted by Trajik00784
What is the best dtv converter for an area that the closet transmitters are at least 40 miles away? I'm using a winegard 7698 and plan to get a preamp as well.
Depends on the path to those transmitters. If they are *all* line of sight, with that antenna outdoors, most any CECB should work OK. Enter your address into the form on tvfool.com and it'll give you an idea of what your reception environment is like.
Are all your stations in the same direction? If not, do you have the antenna on a rotator? That antenna is pretty directional. You may have trouble receiving signals that are off of the side of the beam.
I wouldn't advise buying a preamp until you have the converter box and see how strong the digital signals are. You may not need an amp. If you find that you get consistent 80%+ signals on the stations you care about why bother with a preamp?
If you are worried, get a CECB model with better than average reported weak signal reception ability (ChannelMaster, Zenith, etc.) Definitely get one with built-in signal meter functions so you can tweak your antenna pointing for best reception. Definitely avoid those models that don't have update or add-on scan functions (just my bias).
I prefer models that allow for manual channel entry by RF channel. That way, I can check the signal level even if that channel isn't added by the box's channel scan function. That is helpful when trying to adjust your antenna (system) to bring in weaker stations.