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I live in College station 85 miles outside of Houston and can just get traces of the signals using a large ratshack antenna. I was just wondering if a preamp would help with DTV signals. The antenna is in the top of my attic, but I do plan on moving it out on the roof with about a 6 foot mast.
 

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In your situation absolutely, try the channelmaster 7777. I think there are 1 or 2 members from college station that have had luck with Houston reception, do a search for College Station and you will find their posts.
 

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In your situation absolutely, try the channelmaster 7777. I think there are 1 or 2 members from college station that have had luck with Houston reception, do a search for College Station and you will find their posts.
Do you know if the CM-7777 works with any brand antenna or does it specifically have to be a Channel Master?


I'm actually in Cypress (just on the fringe of Houston) but my antenna is attic-mounted. I get a fairly good signal on some channels but not all. Most likely a pre-amp will solve my problems.
 

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It will accept a coax line so yes any antenna will do.
 

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At 85 miles, you will need more than a pre-amp. You will need a top of line antenna and a height of 30-35 (plus) feet above ground level. This may not be enough. And you will need a line of sight to the antenna. I have found that around 60 miles is about the limit to receive digital signals on a regular basis with little or zero dropouts. To be honest, everything will have to fall in place for you to receive those 85 mile distant UHF digital stations. Good Luck. I am not saying it can not be done but it will take some work on your part...and some money.
 

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I'm 60-65 miles from both Syracuse and Buffalo, NY, and I can get DTV from each. I"ve tried antennas in the attic (didn't work), and antennas outside with and without the preamp.


I was never successful without the preamp. I use a ChannelMaster 7775, which is a UHF-only preamp.


Good luck, and let us know if you can pull anything in from 85 miles out.


Ron
 
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