Hooking up an antenna amplifier is a great way to get weak television channels to come in more clearly. With the digital conversion, most antenna amplifiers are now used for HDTV purposes, but no matter what your reason, it's a simple install that takes just a few minutes of your time. Plug the coaxial cable which runs from the antenna into the "coaxial in" port on the amplifier. Plug one end of a section of coaxial cable into the "coaxial out" port of the amplifier and the other end into the "antenna in" port of the power inverter. Screw a small section of wire into the "television out" port of the power inverter and plug the other side of that wire into your splitter. Depending on the splitter, you'll have a one in four out configuration or a one in two out configuration.
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Luckily, modern technology has whisked antennas into the 21st century. The key to success is to manage your expectations and prepare yourself for a little trial and error. In the end, a little effort goes a long way to helping cord cutters stay off cable for good. Here are some tips on how to install a TV antenna in your home, as well as how to hunt down the perfect one for your location. Plug in your ZIP code and street address and the site will show the locations of local TV broadcast antennas relative to your home. For instance, at our address, a medium-sized directional antenna would appear to be the right choice.
This page will help you select and install the TV antenna preamplifier best suited to your reception needs. The coax cable length from the antenna to the preamplifier should be kept as short as possible for the best results. No signal splitters should be installed on this cable between the mast mounted preamplifier and the power supply without the use of voltage blocks see below. However, there should be a ground block lightning arrestor installed on this cable at the location just before the cable enters the house. Above is a Winegard preamplifier power injector and power supply.
If you have installed the pre-amplifier properly and receive worse signal then before you installed it, one of the following issues may be the cause: Over driving your tuner If you have TV stations within 25 miles, it is possible to overdrive your TV Tuner with too much signal. Please see our article on choosing the correct pre-amp for more info.