Tuesday, January 26, 2010

EV's Favorite UHF/FM/VHF TV Amplifiers

Here is a list of some of the best amplifiers on the market.  I highly recommend these units.

AntennaCraft 10G212

The 10G212 is a mast mounted pre-amplifier.  It offers high variable gain of 20 dB to 30 dB on both UHF and VHF with low 3 dB noise.  Includes a switchable FM Trap and Variable Gain knob easily accessed on the Power Supply unit.  This amplifier has been sold for decades under the Radio Shack brand.  Weatherproof.

Channel Master Titan 7777
The CM 7777 is a mast mounted preamplifier.  It offers high gain on UHF and medium gain on VHF of 26 dB and 17 dB repspectively at the very low noise of 2 dB.  It also includes an FM Trap, switchable from inside the mast mounted box.  Plus UHF/VHF combined input, UHF only, VHF only, or VHF & UHF...essentially having a switchable UVSJ in the unit.  Weatherproof.

Winegard HDP-269
The Winegard 269 is a mast mounted preamplifier.  It offers 12 dB gain on UHF and VHF at 3 dB noise.  It has an integrated 12 dB FM Trap, non switchable.  Its claim to fame is that it is by far and away the most overload resistant amp out there.  Weatherproof.

KitzTech KT-100VG
The KitzTech is an ultra low noise UHF/VHF amplifier or preamplifier.  It's noise figure is 1 dB.  Variable gain 0 to 20 dB.  No FM Trap. Very high quality build and components. Made in Canada!

Motorola BDA series

This is a nice little series of bi-directional cable modem TV amplifiers.   Noise figure of 2.5 dB.   GAsFET design.  No FM Trap.  It comes in 3 flavors.  The BDA-S1 has one output with 15 dB gain, the BDA-S2 has 2 outputs with 11 dB gain, and the BDA-S4 has 4 outputs of 7 dB gain.  Solid high quality build.  Weather resistant.

Pico Macom TA-52
This is the ultimate monster amplifier.  It seemingly does it all.  Ill just post the description since it's so sophisticated.  More specs on the link.

54~108MHz, 174~216MHz, 470~806MHz frequency range (Chan. 2-6/FM Band, Chan. 7-13, Chan. 14-69)
52dB high gain typical, provides excellent carrier to noise performance for superior picture quality
3 independently adjustable band, gain, and slope controls (VHF-low, VHF-high, UHF) for optimal carrier to noise ratio and easy system balancing
Dual switchable input attenuators eliminate overloading and reduce harmonic distortion preserving picture quality
Convenient front access switchable FM trap filter eliminates high level local FM radio stations reducing harmonic distortion
-20dB output test point enables simplified setup and performance monitoring without service interruption
Combined or separate VHF/UHF inputs provide application flexibility
Internal power supply employs voltage surge protection circuitry for increased life
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