[mythtv-users] OT Question About OTA Antennas

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Mon Sep 24 15:35:39 UTC 2007

James Oltman wrote:
> On 9/24/07, *Brad DerManouelian* <myth at dermanouelian.com
> <mailto:myth at dermanouelian.com>> wrote:
>     Try it without an amp. It amplifies noise as well as signal you want.
>     I've never had better reception with one.

> Brad,
> Earlier last week, the antenna was plugged into the amp and the HDHR was
> also plugged in.  However, the amp wasn't on (ie, it had no power to
> it).  I gather that this is the same thing as removing the amp from the
> equation.  If not, I can try directly plugging into the antenna.  What
> do you think?

Removing the power from the amp is NOT the same thing as removing the
amp. Almost certainly the unpowered amp has far more signal loss than an
F-81 "barrel" connector would have.

In addition, the frequency response of an unpowered amp would be nothing
close to "flat".


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