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FM Radio - Preamp or Distribution Amp?
Date Modified: 2009-04-17

Question:
I HAVE A FM ONLY ANTENNA IN MY ATTIC HOOKED UP TO A SONY HD RADIO TUNER. NORMALLY IT RECIEVES MY FAVORITE PUBLIC RADIO HD STATION FINE, BUT THE OTHER NIGHT I LOST IT A FEW TIMES. I WANT TO GET AN AMPLIFIER FOR THOSE FEW TIMES WEATHER DOES NOT COOPERATE, AND THE RECIEVED SIGNAL IS MARGINAL. THE ANTENNA IS A SIX ELEMENT TRIPLE DRIVE MODEL. SHOULD I USE A PREAMP, OR DISTRIBUTION AMP?

Tech Tip:
The one thing you must remember is that an amplifier can not extend the range of an antenna or pull in signal that does not exist at the antenna. Amplifiers can only amplify the signal the antenna receives and build it up so that you can over come you cable and splitter loss between the antenna and the tuner. It may be that you will have to go to a larger antenna in your attic to make up the loss of the incoming signal. If you want to try a preamplifier use model AP-3700 with the FM trap switched out.



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