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RCA TVPRAMP1R Preamplifier for Outdoor Antenna Performance Enhancement & Extension (use with ANT3038XR & ANT3036XR), Black

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  • Designed specifically to improve the performance of outdoor antennas in low signal strength areas
  • Gain: VHF: 16 dB; UHF: 22 dB
  • Separate or combined inputs for UHF/VHF
  • Switchable FM trap reduces interference from FM frequencies
  • Separate amplification for UHF & VHF bands to improve performance
  • Designed specifically to improve the performance of outdoor antennas in low signal strength areas
  • Gain: VHF: 16 dB; UHF: 22 dB
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  • Brand Name: RCA
  • Model Number:  TVPRAMP1R
  • Width: 3.90 inches
  • Display Height: 3.80 inches
  • Item Display Weight: 1.05 pounds
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RCA TVPRAMP1R Outdoor Antenna Preamplifier

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Technical Details
Brand NameRCA
Item Weight14.1 ounces
Product Dimensions5.8 x 3.5 x 3.8 inches
Item model number TVPRAMP1R
Color NameBlack
Item Display Height3.80 inches
  
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ASINB003P92D9Y
Best Sellers Rank #1,207 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableJune 3, 2010
  
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140 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin on April 7, 2011
I bought this pre-amp to combine with an RCA Digital Outdoor Antenna. The outdoor antenna works okay by itself, but we were about 40 miles from the stations I was trying to receive and reception was hit or miss at times.

Adding this to the antenna greatly improved reception. All stations now show solid signal instead of the so-so signal I was getting before.

The installation is simple: Attach the pre-amp to the antenna pole with supplied hardware. Wire the lead from the antenna to the VHF/UHF combined input (you can also use this with separate VHF and UHF antennas if you would like). Then run a wire from the output/power port into the house. In the house, you need to attach the power inserter on the coax line to power the pre-amp. From their, you can plug the coax into the TV.

The pre-amp has a built in FM trap to reduce interference. This can be shut off if you choose, by default it's set to on.

All in all, the $30 I spent on this was well worth it to improve reception and to avoid the headaches I was having with the antenna before. Wish I would have bought this sooner instead of spending hours outside standing on a ladder trying to adjust the antenna to get a decent signal on all the digital stations we were trying to receive.
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118 of 128 people found the following review helpful By HiTechHiTouch on September 17, 2013
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I want to report my findings with my new RCA TVPRAMP1R Amplifier. This looks like one of the few remaining switchable dual VHF/UHF input, mast mounted, pre-amps. with a switchable FM trap.

Manufacturer (for RCA) is VOXX International
RCA literature says :”Outperforms old preamps made for analog & preserves signal purity with Extremely Low Noise (ELN) circuitry” but doesn’t specify an actual NF. Other features listed include:
Separate or combined inputs for UHF/VHF (switchable)
Switchable FM trap reduces interference from FM frequencies

Before I ordered it I contacted Audiovox Electronics (the company who makes them for RCA) and requested its specifications. I received the following information in an email.

From Audiovox Electronics:
The TVPRAMP1R is spec at: 16dB gain with a 2dB noise figure and 22dB gain with a 3dB noise figure.

Thank you for using Audiovox Electronics

A follow up email indicated they did not have any more data available.

A technician @ Antennas Direct who goes by “ADTech” on the digital home web site had previously characterized this model around Christmas time and shared what he found on that forum. He has access to some pretty impressive HP test equipment for characterizing preamps. including an HP8569B Spectrum Analyzer & an HP 8970A Noise Figure Meter.

Here is what he found for the RCA TVPRAMP1R:
Low VHF - 3.9 dB NF/16 dB gain
High VHF - 3.1 dB NF/16.2 dB gain
UHF - 2.6 dB NF/23.7 dB gain

I wasn’t bothered that the RCA didn’t quite live up to its published specifications. On the contrary, it came much closer than others –some of which I own.

The supplied power brick is hard wired to the power inserter and is rated @ 12 VDC, 200 ma.
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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful By B. Popp on October 9, 2011
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Like so many others, I wanted to avoid cable companies completely (including satellite) for all the popular reasons. I live in a rural area near Trinidad, Colorado and bought this to supplement an "RCA ANT751R Outdoor Antenna Optimized for Digital Reception". It certainly did help, as I tried it with and without this connected. You may want to know that it has two parts: one that connects outside to the output from the antenna, and one that connects inside to the cable leading to the TV. The inside part must be plugged in for power, so if you have more than one TV you will have to connect it to the inside cable before going to a splitter for the other TV's.
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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Expat Kiwi on September 6, 2011
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Got to install the RCA TVPRAMP1R last weekend and I'm very impressed. Really lifted signal strength with low noise.

I will primarily start using this model over the Winegard pre-amps from now on.

The Pros:
They cost only 2/3rds the cost of the Winegard pre-amps.
Mounting hardware fits over 1.66" J Poles (Winegard pre-amps do not).
Has separate VHF UHF pre-amps and a combiner switch (this kills two birds with one stone over Winegard where two different products required).

The Cons:
None that I have found yet.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By B. Besse on March 14, 2013
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I installed this amplifier on my RCA 751R antenna, and it made a significant difference. First, I am around 35-45 miles from the broadcast towers, and all signals are on the lower end of the signal range (20%-40%). One a cloudy or rainy day, many of the signals would intermittently drop out and few would not come in at all. I also had one channel that I could not pull in because it is on the back side of the antenna and blocked by the house. Now, it comes in crystal clear on a normal day, and it has a few stutters in hard rain. All of the rest of the channels have no issues, including the ones that would sometimes drop out completely. A few observations:

1.) The setup is very straightforward. The settings on the amplifier are set for my combination UHF/VHF antenna right out of the box, but they are simple to flip the switch to change them.

2.) It mounted right onto the side of my satellite mast with the nuts provided. I snugged it down, but since the bracket is plastic, I was hesitant to torque it down greatly.

3.) The rain boots come with the amplifier and fit snugly over the connectors. One trick I found out online is to slice the bottom end of the rain boots about a 1/4" to allow the coax end to fit into the small end of the boot. Otherwise, you would need to install them on bear wire and then terminate the connection after installed.

4.) Another step which I think is more practical sense, is not to torque down the coax cables to the female connections on the unit. Since the housing is plastic, and the connectors likely connect straight to a pcb, I didn't want to risk over tightening. I judged to make sure I put just enough to where I thought it couldn't move.

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