Originally Posted by Lou3
Thanks, TydalForce. Would an amplified antenna be a good idea?
I generally don't like amps on antennas unless you know you need one. I have a distribution amp on my current antenna cuz the wiring is split off all over the house. I used a pre-amp on a DB2 I used when I lived in Broomall, because I had an odd angle to the antenna and needed that extra bit of help. But if you don't need the amp, I fear it'll cause more problems for you in the long run. (Note the heaping spoonful of uncertainty in my answer...)
If you go with an amplified antenna, see if you can find one where the amp can be turned off.
The simple indoor antennas are cheap enough you can try one that's without an amp first, then get a second one with an amp (or vice-versa). Maybe buy one from a local retailer so you can return it, if you can find a decent enough model at someplace like Sears or Radio Shack, etc.
You could also go with an unamplified antenna, and then tack on a separate amplifier, but that might be *too* powerful, and would probably be at least as expensive as buying a second antenna anyway.