Hi, I am wondering if I even need a pre amp, but I am trying to find a way to get over the hump with picking up the channels. I live in Houston, TX (15135 Memorial Dr, 77079) and it is not all that far from the towers, but not all that close either...probably around 15 miles. However, I live in an apartment complex and my unit is kind of in the middle of the complex. To make it worse, I am on the first of 3 floors. So, I am not able to mount anything on the roof. I can mount the antenna on my patio outside though.
So, I was not able to get any of the main Houston stations (NBC, CBS, or ABC) and so I went to Frys and puchased an Antennas Direct Clearstream 2 that is an indoor/outdoor antenna with 50+ miles of range. I was hoping that it would be able to pick up the signals through all the building that I live in since I am in the middle. It did do a much better job and I was able to get NBC pretty good and CBS and ABC but not good at all. The Coax cable that I am using is only 15 feet long. From all that I have read, the preamp is meant for people with really long coax cables??? Would it help me out at all? If so, which one should I use?