How to Make My Rabbit Ears Stronger

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Antennas receive incoming signals, but distance and lack of cable integrity can negatively affect those signals. However, amplifying the signal post-reception can dramatically improve the capabilities of attached rabbit ear antennas.

Things You'll Need

  • Cable amplifier
  • Rabbit ear antenna
  • Terminated coaxial cable

The Hookup

  • Disconnect the antenna's coax wire from the rear of the TV or decoder after turning off the TV.

  • Screw on the disconnected coax wire to the cable amplifier. Plug the amplifier into a nearby AC outlet. Connect an additional piece of short coaxial cable from the amplifier to the television or decoder's RF (cable) input.

  • Turn on the television. Adjust the amplifier's gain knob until a picture is seen. (Too much signal can overload a tuner and block the signal.) Continue until the picture is refined as much as possible.

  • Enter the television/decoder's menu and run a channel scan. After observing the results of the scan, adjust the rabbit ears accordingly, in no more than five-degree increments.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always plug in the coax connections to the amplifier prior to applying AC power to avoid possible damage to the amplifier or television.

References

  • Photo Credit Coaxial cable image by lefebvre_jonathan from Fotolia.com
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