So I blew up my little cheapo "in line ,behind the set, $7.95 signal booster.-. had it out in the snow playing with antennas.. Might have gotten wet.. It got HOT, and just quit...
I ordered the RCA preamp online from Wally, and for $2 extra got 2 years warranty beyond the 1 year that RCA gives which in itself is better than most.. So if it burns up within 3 years, i'm good..
It was at the store for pickup in 2 days.
I hooked it up behind the set as it was freezing out, and it worked nicely. The graph/number signal meter on the set showed about the same as the inline booster did,,- that cheap inline little booster claimed 20dB, and really did help until I blew it up.. So now that I knew that the RCA unit worked, I got "antsy" and got up on a ladder, took my antenna down in 20 degree weather, and put the preamp on the mast.. Re scanned and found some UHF channels out of Hazelton Pa.I hadn't seen before, WOLF-TV..
More repeats of what already have in 2 other markets, but its the first time I ever saw it on my set...The RCA was doing its job
WNEP was there, and was consistent all afternoon, all last night and all day today even at high noon when before it was always dropping out or pixelating.. WNEP was the station I wanted most, and it seems it won't be a problem, as it seems more consistent with the RCA booster in the mix.. I scanned 41 channels... Thats with that tiny GE antenna pointing in one direction,, With a rotor, I can honestly say I would get 50+, but as they are all duplicate or triplicates why bother?..
thats what I get for getting all my signals from 3 small markets within 100 miles.. All the majors from each market, all the PBS, and most of the subchannels are repeats. the same stuff from each market.. 3 Laff/3 Ion/ 3 Fox/ABC/NBC/CBS etc... However, considering I am getting dependable signals over the Endless Mountains of Pa, from 75 miles away, UHF and VHF, and still have enough antenna/amplifier strength to catch stations on the backside, I am pretty impressed with what I am getting up here in the hills, with huge powerlines 15 feet away from the antenna that I have to shoot through as well as a line of trees i have no hope of avoiding totally.. Looks as though i bought 2 BIG, "deep fringe" antennas for no reason.. I will have to see what happens as the weather warms up, but right now, getting 41 channels with another 12 or so readily available just by turning the antenna is pretty impressive for this area..
The signal quality graph /number indicator is really no higher than it was with the cheap little booster, but seems much more steady, not jumping around near as much.. Might only show say 40 or even 35, but it STAYS there, doesn't drop to 0 and start pixelating/dropping out.....
It was well worth the $25 spent!
I can get much stronger signal from the 2 big antennas, but if i am getting a good clean picture at 40, why do I need 75??.. If there was more stuff to catch up in the air, I might go whole hog, but its all just more of the same.. Rochester/Syracuse/Buffalo are not going to happen, so its the little markets of Scranton/Binghamton/Elmira I am stuck with.. I can't complain however, there are folks that would be VERY happy with what I have I suppose.
I'll keep updating on this thread as changes are made... bob
Last edited by steel guitar guy; 01-25-2018 at 01:20 PM.