Boosting my sat dish signal
I am using a 100 foot coax cable, then a cheap little coax connector to a 20 foot cable, to take the signal from my dish to my bell 3100 receiver (non hd). I was using the 100 foot cable direct to the receiver, and it looked "slightly" better when not involving the connector. It's minor, but I can detect an approx 5% downgrade in picture quality. Not a big deal, but I'd like to improve this if I can. The reason I am using the connector is for aesthtics... I can hide the cable by running it through the basement. And the 20 foot cable cannot easily be replaced as it goes up through the floor to where the tv is.
The 100 foot cable is rg-6, 18 guage. Pretty cheap cable. Would it make a big diff to use a better cable? I know that I'm losing db's for using such a long cable, plus the connector.
I checked the "point dish" signal meter on the receiver this morning. It was at 50%! I thought that too low to get any signal. It was higher, like in the 80s, before using the connector. Strange.
I ordered a db booster for cheap (10$) on ebay. It supposedly boosts the signal by 20db before it starts its journey. Maybe that will help things? Instructions are to run the signal through this, near the dish. I am assuming that my long cable plus the connector results in significant db loss.
The good news is that I never get interuptions (yet) and the picture is quite good, for non-hd. But I like tweaking.