The Best TV Antenna Signal Amplifiers from an Installer

This video highlights three of the best antenna preamplifiers (aka signal amplifiers, signal boosters, ect) for three scenarios. Keep in mind that not everyone needs a preamp as setting one up in a strong signal area can lead to overload. NOTE THAT MOST OF THESE MODELS ARE NO LONGER IN STOCK. You can find an updated list of recommended preamps at the link below:
https://www.amazon.com/shop/antennaman?listId=XLT94P404QUY

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50 Comments

  1. lee telford on January 7, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    I want to cut the cable and go with something else but I live in the sticks. What would you recommend my zip code is 65355



  2. KD7DON Don on January 7, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    I’m in that dilemma where antennaweb shows that I have ‘no stations found’ (with 30′ mast) but I did get a station in my RV parked at my house. I have the Channel Master 3414 so I’m try it with my VHF/UHF antenna on the roof with a 20′ mast. 88061

    Great channel content!



  3. Frazzxr on January 7, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    What is considered a long coax run?



  4. william tustin on January 7, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    I’m from Warren, Ohio. Would I get a lot of stations with an antenna set up?



  5. Allan Patterson on January 7, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    So many variables involved especially back in the NTSC days where an amp would have to have a bandwidth of 54 to 700 Mhz. The Tilt of signal loss on a long cable run is staggering. I played around with DXing far off stations even tried pointing a long antenna at the Moon an hitting Channel scan with the odd little glimpse of something far away. I found that for one receiver on one line my best success was no amplifier and either use RG6 or RG11 as they are a passive conductor that generates no noise and has relatively little loss. MATV systems such as for apartment buildings had some really bad rules to them that in my humble opinion made them not worth setting up. One rule was that if a company owned multiple buildings close together you could not network their signals each building could only use the signals from it’s own antennas on it’s own roof. When it was only the VHF band not a big problem but when UHF came along they had another useless rule that you could not heterodyne or change the stations carrier frequency and place it in an unused VHF SLOT that way you could make a nice neat little row of stations with minimum signal loss tilt. I found the challenge was the local station ghosting and I would put a frequency selective trap on it about 20db then combine it with the other stations, leveling them off was quite a trick.



  6. Tonyf319 on January 7, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Tyler do I need an amplifier for zip code 44094? Thanks



  7. Captured Nature on January 7, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    You should check out Kitz Tech. They make the best amplifiers! They have ultra low noise of <1db. If you want a high quality made in the U.S.A this is the product to get.



  8. Carpincho on January 7, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Hello Antena Man: my zipcode is 85032 I am enquiring whether I need an amplifier for the indoor ClearStream 4Max VHF/UHF Indoor/Outdoor HD TV Antenna if so which one?
    Thank you



  9. patrick bullock on January 7, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    In addition to an FM trap, I would also recommend an LTE filter, even if the amp has one built in. Place the filter between the antenna and amplifier.



  10. Guy Boost on January 7, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    I have a A huge channel Master 8 Bay Antenna connected to a radio shack amperflyer and connected to
    The small Antenna from the top of the tower
    And Also I have 2 two antennas
    That IAM Not using one is a long over 6 ft tall VHF part and a UHF part ???



  11. flammers4 on January 7, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Will I loose signal power through my coaxial grounding block if i have two outputs, one going directly to one tv and the other going to 4-way amplifier in basement ?



  12. Jose Morales on January 7, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Tyler I need help on zip code 00638



  13. Jesse Alcantar on January 7, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Hey brother I live here in San Antonio, TX 78218 what’s the best antenna for me



  14. Robert O'Dwyer on January 7, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    The buffalo station’s just 50.1 two 50.6 are very weak a preamp is needed



  15. StudioMustardSeed on January 7, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Do you have a recommendation for an antenna signal booster that works with an already amplified antenna?



  16. flammers4 on January 7, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    I live in 50 miles from signal towers and get a fair amount of channels with connecting directly into one T.V.. should i be using a pre amp along with 4 way amplifier or will that create more noise ?



  17. MaryEllen Rice on January 7, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    I have gone thru 3 amplifiers in two years.My antenna guy has tried his best, I am ready to give up. I am about 80 miles from stations and high trees



  18. Robert O'Dwyer on January 7, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    I live Toronto Ontario Canada and for 22.50$ with out a preamp I get 32 channels 23 channels are solid and clear l was so pleased there is independent TV station next block over called Star Ray TV at Main Street and Gerrard street l’m on the the main floor my antenna is mounted out my outside my window about 7ft above the ground pointed Toronto CN Tower



  19. Gabriel Magana on January 7, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    I just want to say thank you, you are the best.



  20. Todd Foster on January 7, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    I’m using low VHF beam style antenna ONLY for FM radio. Station is weak and often noisy. What amplifier would work? I assume NOT the Channel Master with an FM trap!
    Thanks.



  21. Walter Clinch on January 7, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Amazon is not the place to buy the Channel Master device … quite a bit less expensive directly from Channel Master.

    https://www.channelmaster.com/Antenna_Cable_TV_Amplifier_p/CM-3414.htm



  22. Robert O'Dwyer on January 7, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    My landlord won’t let me put it on the roof



  23. TaichiStraightlife on January 7, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    I live in an apt. so outdoor’s not happening. I have an indoor passive ant. that started off good, and now it’s pixelating more often, so I was thinking about inserting an amplifier between ant. & TV… I also have a multipath (I think) problem between my FM dipole and my stereo; would a similarly inserted amp. help in that situation? Thanks



  24. eric moeller on January 7, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Just avoid buying anything from RCA they where good years ago now they are trash



  25. Michael Lanman on January 7, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Could you help me in live by a small airport and and every time a small airplane flys over I completely lose signal for 5 to 7 seconds and most of my channels are in the Violet area. What should I do



  26. Great lakes experiences on January 7, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Is this onn amp different than the one you just reviewed and said was trash?



  27. Jim Brokenbourgh on January 7, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    The channel master cm-7777 does not seem to be available is there a comparable one? Thanks



  28. Conchita Quemuel on January 7, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Tyler has problem with the RCA preamp’s power inserter failing. The solution is to use Channel Master CM-3400XPIPS power inserter with RCA preamp if it requires 12VDC. If the power inserter is bad but the preamp is a good product, maybe buying a good power inserter is the solution.



  29. Campion Negus on January 7, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    I find most of the weatherproof boots don’t work well, actually create more problems, tape is better. What about the kitztech amplifiers, I find they’re great?



  30. avguytx on January 7, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    I’ll add my appreciation for the videos you make for all these different products in a real world situation. I was in the home audio/video & mobile electronics industry from 1983 till about 2010 before I changed careers (IT Network Admin) and wish we would have been able to have done things like this years ago to save some frustration! ha. It’s sad that hardly anyone local in most smaller markets keep any TV antenna accessories in stock and I do miss Radio Shack. I was perusing Lowes website to see what they might have and they show this GE TV preamplifier that looks a lot like the Onn model from Wally World so apparently the same manufacturer…maybe. Going to try one similar to these two for my recently installed ClearStream 4MAX that I mounted where the existing satellite mount is for temporary use until I mount it at the highest point of our house, using a bucket truck, as I’m not thrilled with crawling on a 12/12 pitch roof at my age. ha. https://www.lowes.com/pd/GE-GE-Outdoor-TV-Antenna-Amplifier/1003267330



  31. JT Lovemaster on January 7, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Hello my friend and thanks for the instruction and recommendations. I’m the typical "Jack of All Trades, Master of Some." I actually worked as a cable installer for about a year and a half after my retirement from the Army back in 2003, so I do kind of know my way around the block. I live in Bethel Park, PA which is a southwest suburb of Pittsburgh which is rolling hills, some small mountains with lots of trees and plenty of cell towers. For 5 years, I’ve been using a cheap, $20 RCA outdoor antenna since cutting the cord. I can usually get anywhere between 58-73 channels depending on the atmospherics, weather, time of day or price of tea in China. I can get channels (in some cases) from as far away as Cleveland or Morgantown, but usually no further than Youngstown. I’ve just purchased a Clearview 4 Max with a Clearview Juice Preamp. Unfortunately, I probably won’t get to the opportunity to install the system until better weather arrives now. I have my set up for 5 TV’s and am currently using an old cable inline dropamp in the basement. Yes, it is meant for Cable RF Power, but does give a good enough boost to make the TVs furthest away from the antenna recieve almost all of the channels the main set is receiving. I’ll be replacing that old dropamp with an Antennas Direct 4 port inline amp when I’m ready to install everyting. My coax cables to reach all 5 sets are quite long so I’m 100% positive this will be necessary and it will probably be a bit more effective than that old cable amp. My biggest question is about the potential use of an LTE Filter. I do get plenty of pixelation from time to time, again depending on the same intangable items I mentioned above. If I do decide to purchase one of these little filters, based on what I’ve listed as equipment, where should I install this? Should it go into the 4 Max, at the pre-amp from the antenna befor it heads to the TV sets, or at the splitter when it first comes into the house and the first TV Set? Is it even necessary at all? Thanks so much and please keep on keeping us informed and away from the money grubbing "Cable/ Sat Pigs!"



  32. Joe Pitre on January 7, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    ONN outdoor amplifer does not work. I received less channels then I did without it.



  33. Joey Hicks on January 7, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    which preamp do I did for zip 29385



  34. Joel Solsrud on January 7, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    I can get abc, nbc, fox no problem. Trying to get CBS with no luck?



  35. b. manning on January 7, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Tyler. I have a bit of a mystery for you. I live in the Boston 02128 zip code and have a roof antenna that runs through a splitter to 3 TVs on 3 floors (one on each floor) of my house. Everything has worked fine for years on all three sets but then I re-scanned channels for my first floor TV in August and lost a bunch of local stations ( the ABC and NBC Boston affiliates, Ch. 56, Fox25, WHDH and some PBS standard definition channels). However, I still get all those stations on my second and third floor TVs.

    Oddly, instead of getting the Boston ABC and NBC affiliates, I’m picking up the Providence RI affiliates instead, the transmitters for which are much farther away than the local affiliate transmitters.

    The coax connections are all tight. I’ve changed my antenna’s direction but that didn’t work. No matter how often I re-scan, I haven’t been able to get back my missing stations. I only get 40 channels now, down from the 50+ channels I used to get on my first floor set.

    So the question is: Does this sound like a job for an inline pre-amplifier and, if so, which one should I get? And what would explain the signal loss? Thanks.



  36. Jarret Gibson on January 7, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    I bought the RCA amp referenced in this video from Lowes and immediately tested it with my voltmeter based on this video. Sure enough, the output of the 12v DC power supply was only 9v. I returned it and got the only other one they had on the shelf which was covered in dust. I hooked it up to my voltmeter there at the store and, once again, 9v.

    The RadioShack model referenced here is no longer in stock, and the Channel Master model is overkill for me, so I’m a little lost on what to try. The Onn has pretty bad reviews on WalMart.com so it seems to be a crap-shoot as well. One of my main stations is already at 93% signal rating, but several others are in the 60-75% range so I’d like to boost things to get them a little more solid, and see what else is out there.



  37. Wesley on January 7, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    I bought a GE Outdoor Pro HD Antenna. We were getting channels 3 and 12 for a little while but then these went away. Some recommendations on if we need a new antenna or a signal amplifier would be greatly appreciated. My zip code is 71052. Also: there is man on the roof with the big antenna mounted on the chimney in this video. If you recommend it, do you know where we can get it and how much it costs?



  38. Danny Pittman on January 7, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Antenna web usually doesn’t give me much of any TV stations from my location. We’ve had one of those antennas you hate so much on a 25-ft pole for the last few years and it’s been okay but as you know it’s going downhill. But I did see another antenna on Denny’s website called a double stacker. I was hoping maybe you could compare it with the channel Master and the windgard long range antenna. Our house is located about 82 83 mi away from the main antennas in Dallas and fort Worth. I really enjoyed your unbiased opinion on antennas cables and amplifiers. Don’t let the manufacturers suck you in. Keep it real



  39. Richard on January 7, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Please forgive my ignorance, but I’d like to know if there’s an effective pre-amplifier that doesn’t require power? I have a very long length of cable from my roof antenna to my TV, but no power source near the antenna.



  40. Judson Ulvestad on January 7, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Antenna Man, I am on information overload.
    I have recently put a new roof on my house and added a Commdeck Mounting system on the Northside of my house approx 25 to 30ft high close to the ridge. I have no obstructions within 300 yards. My Zip Code is 55057 and I am interested in what you would recommend for an antenna, preamp, and audio/video signal amp to run multiple TV’s. Many thanks for the videos and your time.



  41. Walter Clinch on January 7, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Love your videos. Learning a ton! Thank you!



  42. Richie Sun on January 7, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve got a PCT +15db Drop Amp installed in my garage that is fed from OTA Rooftop Antenna. It goes another 50ft of cable into a passive splitter into 4 TVs. My house is far from TV stations. What can I use to get better signal? Can I use something powered at the splitter?



  43. Michael Hord on January 7, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    My channels come in well except for 2 of them. I have strong signals with the clear stream4. I have a long probably 60′. Before I put it in everything was good with an indoor antenna mounted on top of the roof and probably only 40′ going through the attic and down to the tv. The clear stream is mounted lower on an old satellite dish mount behind the house. It has a good view but may need to be pointed better. Does the aim matter? its in the right direction. Will an amp help or should I make a new run that is more direct that will be 40′? My cable is rg6.



  44. Carl Erickson on January 7, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Since I am so far from the stations (mostly blue and violet on antennaweb.org) would a pre-amp really help? I have the clearstream 2v antenna, which gets many stations but also many are not so good.



  45. Danny Pittman on January 7, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Check my location 76446 that’s Dublin TX. I have had to use a town 30 miles closer to DFW just to get a channel list



  46. Tammy Handschke on January 7, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Nice videos Tyler. Could you recommend an antenna for us? Our zip code is 54554. We will be mounting in the attic or on the peak of our house (25 ft), the smaller the better.



  47. otthefot on January 7, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    replaced my ping bing ding that I bought before seeing your videos. bought the clear stream 4v. better but still get a lot of broken signals. Live in Alaska bush community. Do not see stations listed through antenna web.org. for 350 shoreline zip code 99663. scan search on tv shows 18 stations available but many have broken pixelated signals. installed better coax (rg6 quadshield) runs 40 plus ft from antenna down outdoor pole then into house. Would a preamp help? leaning towards your recommendation of channel master cm7777.



  48. Michael Brumlow on January 7, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    The information you provide is awesome! I live in San Diego in the 92027 zip code. By Watching your videos I was able to install an antenna – now I am watching your videos to see which pre amp to buy. The uhf channels are clear – and the VHF channels (ABC 10 & CBS 8) are mildly pixelated.



  49. Bob Smith on January 7, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    I mounted an antenna on my roof and ran a 50’ coax down to my Airtv box. It then goes through a cat 5 cable to my tv. I’m in the 33966 zip code that gives all my favorite channels yellow on antennaweb.org. I’m getting pixels every couple minutes on the tv. I watched several of your videos and think since I have good strength at the antenna on the roof that I don’t need a preamp and that I need an amp. before the airtv box in the house. I have a feeling I’m losing some signal due to the 50’ cable through the attic. Any help would be appreciated so I can watch the morning news ladies in full HD! HaHa
    Thanks



  50. Sandy Todoroff on January 7, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Tyler! You are the best! To the point, clear speaking voice, no bullshit! Keep it going; you’re going to be the reason paid tv crashes!!!