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Hi. I have a dish 6000 with off air card and live 20 miles E of Seattle. I have tried to get some local HD reception using a Channel Master directional 3023 and a Terk 50. Both using pre amps. In either case when I turn the amp on the signal goes to 0? When off I get 50 - 60. Why would the signal go down when the amp is on? I have tried several locations for the anttena but get the same results. Has anyone had a good experience with the dish 6000 and a UHF antenna with a pre amp? Also is there anyone out there selling a UHF signal stregth meter to help me find a good location? Thanks.
 

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The one thing that good-old analog TV gave us was a visual indication of signal issues. So what happens to your reception of analog UHF stations with/without the preamp?


My first guess is that you have a multipath problem as opposed to a signal strength problem, so the preamp is just overloading the receiver. But, if so, you should observe the same thing on the analog stations.


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I have the Dish 6000 with the off-air module, and live in Kansas City. Before buying a UHF antenna I hooked up a cheap old set of rabbit ears I had lying around, and the reception on all available channels was in the 80's.


I then went to radio shack and bought a couple different amplified and non-amplified UHF antennas. Neither worked as well as the rabbit ears, and the amplified was the worst.


The odd thing is that I live about 20 miles from the towers, and my set up is in the basement. I didn't expect to get anything at all. Turns out the cheapest solution (and the one that apparently shouldn't have worked) was the best.
 
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