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Today was the day when I finally hooked up my ChannelMaster antenna, Winegard amp and optimized my signal. Good news first :


Using the Winegard UHF amp (with VHF passthru), NBC & Fox to the North of me transmitting UHF come in great. The amp boosted the signal from the 30's to the 70's.


Bad news. My VHF channels to the South of me all plummeted from the 90's down to the 60's. The Winegard amp is supposed to pass through the VHF signal unamplified, but it seems to severely degrade the VHF signal only (while nicely boosting the UHF). I think I've got 2 options, but I wanted the forums advice :


1. Replace the Winegard UHF amp with either a ChannelMaster 7777 or comparable Winegard that boosts the VHF signal as well (maybe risking overloading the VHF signals to the South of me as they're only 5 miles away ??)

2. Leaving the UHF set up as is and maybe hooking up a small, indoor VHF receiver to boost my VHF signals to the South only.


If I go with Option #2, I presume it involves some sort of diplexing ?? If so, would I diplex the signal from my VHF antenna with the signal after the UHF power supply, but before it goes into my TV, or does it work some other way ?


I'm sure the easiest may be to just replace the Winegard with the CM7777, but you know how it can be returning equipment sometimes.....


Any advice would help. Thanks.
 
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