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Signal Booster/splitter for Digital TV
Our house is around 10 years old in the Ringwood area of Melbourne. We get decent digital signals with a good set of indoor antenna usually.
What we have now is an outdoor antenna inside the roof with a amplifier and 8 way splitter going to 8 rooms. We had a power surge inside the house and it seem to have broken the splitter/amplifier. Only around 5/8 ports works properly, the other ones doesn't pick up all the channels as strong.
Can anyone recommend a good amplifier and splitter I can install to replace this with?
I am thinking of getting Kingray MHU42Fs with a new 8 way splitter. I can find the amplifier but not the splitter. I would prefer one with out the F type plugs and just screw mount cable type. Any ideas?
Ringwood generally has very high signal levels, being close to the Mt Dandenong transmitters, so you may not need an amp at all to split 8 ways.
Without accurate signal measurements, it's difficult to determine exactly what you need, but I would expect if you need any amplification at all, a low-power distribution amp would be all that's needed.
Whay you would be better off doing is to mount the correct antenna ON your roof... not in it... and providing you have well-shielded cabling (Eg: RG6 Quadshield), then just an 8 way splitter would likely work fine.
A Kingray MHU42Fs is a high-power UHF-ONLY masthead amp and would be unsuitable as all channels form Mt Dandenong are VHF except SBS and C31 and they will be moving to VHF as well in 2014.
There are some UHF translators in the Dandenongs, but from Ringwood, you should have excellent VHF signals.
If you really do need a little amplification, then a Kingray MDA20H should do nicely.
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Thanks MTV. I am not going to try it then.
I just called one of the local antenna guy in Ringwood. He's coming tomorrow to have a look and install a new antenna in the roof if need be.