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May
19

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HDTV Expert Gets Juiced

Putman,PetePete Putman is a renowned television technology expert. The articles he pens on HDTVexpert.com find their way into the TV industry’s leading publications, and, if you frequent technology conferences, chances are you’ve seen him at the front of the room. So when a guy like Pete has great things to say about one of your products, you listen.

Recently, our ClearStream Juice™ Amplifier System was featured in a Pepsi-challenge-like lineup with antennas that Pete assembled and tested:

“I also found a new inline signal preamplifier from Antennas Direct. The Juice UHF/VHF Amplifier ($79.99 from www.antennasdirect.com) can be used inside or outside and provides about 18 dB of signal boost with a low noise figure, which is real handy in areas where TV reception can be problematic. (Successful digital TV reception is all about signal-to-noise ratio!)”

And, with every spectrum analysis, Pete found our Juice™ Amplifier made for the juiciest reception.

“Finally, the Antennas Direct’s Juice amplifier is a solid performer and delivers the goods. A noise figure approaching 2 dB in the UHF TV band is excellent in performance for the price.”

Boosting the signal is the easy part. You can get boosted signal from any amplifier, but what is difficult, and we have managed to conquer, is low noise. Our Juice amplifier is a commercial grade amplifier available to consumers!

Read all of Pete’s words (complete with spectrum analysis) HERE.

Photo Credit: HDTVexpert.com

Feb
6

Posted in Antenna Update, Ask the Expert | Comments

How the ClearStream Juice Saved the Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl is an event people prepare for all year. You invite friends over, make some kick ass snacks and stock up on beer. Now imagine the panic that sets in when you’re OTA antenna does not get the channel needed for the game. This is exactly the scenario Marshal Rosenthal of Examiner.com experienced with his nephew this past Sunday. However, Marshal knew there was a solution to his dilemma. He knew he could juice up his signal with the ClearStream Juice! Check out his latest article to see how our ClearStream Juice was able to save the day.

http://www.examiner.com/review/get-juiced-up-with-the-clearstream-juice-uhf-vhf-preamplifier-system

Dec
16

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Using Existing Cable Units for Your OTA Television Antenna

I have the same situation as with Helena. Mom of four boys and just tried to make ends meet got rid of cable expense. Interested in the DB2 with the J post to be located in the attic. My house was pre-wired so cable company just came in and connected service. Now that my service is gone…can I use that same box on the side of my house where they hooked up their cable and connect it to the DB2 up in the attic? There are 8 cable outlets in the house…would it still work and what kind of amplifier should I use? From Mariel in Richmond, VA

Hi Mariel,

Since it sounds like you already have coaxial cable running through the house it might be worth it to see if there is or is not a single network of coax inside the house. If it is not a single network, you may not receive reception on all of your TVs.

Also, when using the leftover cables you must ensure all of the distribution items installed by the Dish company are removed such as splitters and diplexers because they could interfere with your reception.

Amplifiers are sometimes necessary to overcome signal loss related to splitters and junctions. Remember that an amplifier does not create a signal. It will only enhance a signal that is already there, but may be weak when split to different televisions. Here are some previous blog posts that might help.

Do I Need an Antenna Amplifier with my Antenna?

What is the Difference Between an A Distribution Amplifier and a Preamplifier?

How to Cut, Strip and Terminate Coaxial Cable

Oct
20

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Do I Need an Antenna Amplifier with my Antenna?

Looking about getting the DB4 UHF HDTV Antenna. All stations are located with 35 miles of our location. Will this antenna require any amplifier? We will be placing the antenna in the attic area, no metal roof. Coax will be no more than 20 feet in length running to a single TV. From William in Odessa, Missouri

Hi William,

We always recommend trying to put antennas outside on your roof instead of your attic. Even though you don’t have a metal roof, your home insulation and other side wall materials in your home have a greater chance of getting in the way of broadcast signals in the attic. If those materials are wood, vinyl or something else you could experience a 20% or more loss in your signal.

With that said however, we have had customers use the DB4 in their attic with mounts and without mounts and report that it works great. It will really depend on your specific location, house structure and terrain. Find out more about your location at www.antennapoint.com.

You shouldn’t need an amplifier with a 20 foot coaxial cable. However, sometimes an amplifier is necessary to overcome signal loss related to splitters and junctions. I would not recommend adding an amplifier if you don’t need one. An amplifier does not create a signal, and may increase noise. However, if you are using a splitter for several televisions in your house, you may need an amplifier.

View some of our most popular television amplifiers and click on images below for more information.

Pre-Amplifier Kit

CPA19 ClearStream Pre-Amplifier Kit

Pre-Amp KitPA18 UHF / VHF

PA18 UHF / VHF Antenna Pre-Amp Kit

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