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pretty good for the price
on June 2, 2010
Got this to replace the failing amplifier on our old Terk indoor antenna, and it does indeed bring our OTA (over the air) TV signal back to the same level as when the Term amp worked well, there would be more gain on an outside antenna. The adjustable gain does increase or decrease the signal by 7 to 10 db but only on our clearest signals. On the plus side, the unit seems to be fairly sturdy and well made, comes with pretty good instructions, and was easy to install, and gives a decided boost to the digital signal. Our digital decoder box signal meter runs from 0 to 100, with a signal in the low 30's necessary for decent viewing. This amp boosts some stations reading in the mid 20's into the low 30's, but I expect to see better performance in the winter when the leaves are gone. It won't work miracles, but if you need a modest boost in signal strength it's worth the modest price.
(Warning: RANT: This digital signal stuff stinks. With analog, we were able to get decent to great signals from towers in three different directions at distances of 20 to 60 miles with the Terk. Analog signals were affected by weather and time of day but not nearly to the extent of these digital signals. Now, we can count on losing signal when the trees leaf out, blackbirds flock, rain, sun, mist, clouds, no clouds , traffic jams on the Blue Ridge parkway and for all I know someone on the fourth floor of a building moving their ficus tree onto the balcony in the path of the digital signal. End rant. Excuse me.)