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"If you get an antenna that can provide a stable, reliable signal from your local DTV stations the picture should look identical to your cable HDTV service"


What exactly is a GOOD stable and reliable signal strenght, and when should you get an amplifier or a better antenna?

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A Good Stable Signal is one that doesn't "drop out" often. Audio Drop Outs, Video Pixelation, Blank Screen... I don't think there is a perfect signal since they're are too many variables. A pre-amp can help amplify a signal with low signal strength but cannot amplify a signal that cannot be locked in. The signal has to be detected before it can be amplified.


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There may be members better qualified to answer your question than I, but IMHO, around 76 should be very reliable--it has been for me anyway. I can watch my local PBS-DT at 45-50, but it doesn't last long and sooner or later it drops down to its usual 28.


As for amplifiers, unless you're using a long cable, it may not be necessary. There have been many posts on this forum regarding antenna signal strength issues--try a search to see if someone with more experience has answered some of your questions.


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It also depends on the STB. With the dish6000, once the signal falls below about 47 you will lose the picture. A good signal can hold a picture at 52. A weaker signal sometimes is not happy unless it is above 60. The only way to know if you need an amp is to try one, every location is different.



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