Originally Posted by newdorplane
Good Evening Y'all:
I am renting an apartment on the Eastside of Greenville (SC), and I would like to boost the signal coming out of my non-amplified Antop antenna, by 10-15db.
I'm looking for something inexpensive, yet as I look into what's available on the market, I find that users are reporting a high rate of failure. In other words, when I speak of a failure rate, I am not talking about the longevity of the item, I speak to a significant number of users claiming that the devices that they purchased did absolutely nothing to strengthen their existing signals out of the antenna.
Can someone recommend a UL or ETL listed, inexpensive yet solidly reliable, unit that will boost the signal of one antenna/TV by 10-15db?
Thanks in advance
Several Antop antennas come with an included inline amplifier, and their newer SBS models have a built in amplifier. I suggest antenna versions 400BV or 800SBS. The 800SBS has very good reception and very selective adjustable gain control on the amplifier, and dual outputs. And it has an indoor stand. There are various price points on Amazon and HSN, and best coupon price is $129. That antenna ould provide better overall results, although the single VHF dipole may remain problematic for 13-WLOS.
But with your current antenna, you may try ordering an Antop amplifier separately from Amazon. Model AT-601B is an inline amplifier with adjustable gain, currently priced $17.98. The identical white version is a dollar more. And their new amplifier with more selective gain control is model SBS-602B, priced $36.98. Or you may consider Winegard LNA100 inline amp, but there is no adjustable gain. The inline amp is paced near the TV or junction box, and the longer cable run goes to the antenna.
The other choice is a preamp, such as Winegard LNA200 which can be placed at the antenna. But Channel Master Amplify may be a better choice as it offers adjustable gain. Or a Channel Master 3410 distribution amp has 15db gain and can be placed right at the antenna with a 1 to foot cable o avoid signal loss.
But short and simple, and price wise, you may consider ordering the Antop AT-601B inline amp for $17.98 and see if that offers some improvement. But for 13 you may need a stronger VHF antenna.