You are fine. Your amplifier is a distribution amplifier and can be used with any antenna. I love stories like this. Congratulations on your easy free TV channels.
Originally Posted by waldensghost /t/1518154/first-time-trying-to-get-over-the-air-hd-basic-questions#post_24365157
I hope this is the right thread for this. Kind of a newb to over the air stuff.
Anyways - I just moved into a house about a week ago from an apartment. I picked up an RCA indoor antenna/amplifier ( http://www.amazon.com/RCA-ANT1650F-ANT1650R-Digital-Amplified/dp/B0027FGW3K ) so we could pick up local channels and watch the Olympics.
At first, it worked OK. The channel I needed would come in and out, and it was kind of annoying. I'm in the DC suburbs in Maryland and I could pick up about 20 channels. I noticed while out in my yard that there appears to be an old TV antenna on the roof. I'm not sure what type it is. I think it's multidirectional. It's one of those deals that looks like metal pipes with smaller pipes coming off of it (great description, I know). I've seen them on people's roofs since I was a kid. I imagine this one is kind of old.
So, I noticed a coax coming down the side of my house leading up to the roof antenna. I routed that around the side of the house to the room with my TV in it. I hooked a coax from the wall (and therefore from the roof antenna) to the amplifier that came with my indoor RCA antenna and plugged the amplifier up to my TV. I did a scan, and WOW! It found closer to 40 channels, all the HD ones included, and the signal strength is unwavering. Much better!
My question is - is it safe to leave that amplifier plugged up to that roof antenna? Is it simply amplifying the signals coming from the antenna? Is there some weird fire hazard here I should know about? I love the added signal strength, it's amazing. I'd love to keep it hooked up this way, but I want to make sure I'm not doing something wrong.