Originally Posted by rlongfield
Is anyone running a pre-amp in Kingston and if so how much does it improve your signal quality?
Yes, I'm running a UHF only preamp from Research Communications at top of tower on my UHF only antenna. (it's an ultra low noise pre-amp ... and they claim it only adds about half a db or so of signal noise ... only 0.5 db added noise ! )
and YES ! it helps.
I am able to make some comparison of the difference - with/without preamplification - because the pre-amp has a power injector box with a switch on it to shut off power to the pre-amp - in which case the pre-amp DOES still feed UHF signals through with no pre-amplification.
Relatively nearby WPBS digital from Watertown goes from maybe 75% to 91% signal when the pre-amp is powered.
The digitals from Syracuse - 90 miles plus away - under good conditions / when they are coming in good - the pre-amp makes a HUGE difference.
Let's say from 40% without ... to 80% or even 90% BEST when pre-amp power on. (from barely watchable under best reception conditions - to solid and watchable with no dropouts)
But keep in mind - Syracuse from Kingston is relatively FAR for reliable OTA. 90 miles plus is FAR.
Even with Great UHF antenna and pre-amp, up on tower outside, Syracuse digitals come and go based on reception conditions.
I am amazed I'm getting them at all - if and when they do come in good.
Usually at night and early in the morning the ones from Syracuse are stable and watchable.
There *IS* signal to be received in Kingston. I think many of us have shown it.
Awsome to see how things have progressed. Good stuff everyone!