Preamplifiers could help you or hurt you depending on several factors
What you need to know
I have used preamps in the past and have seen mixed results. There are certain situations where a preamp could be extremely helpful.
The ideal location for a PreAmplifier is as close to the antenna as possible. You may not be able to place your pre-amp on your mast, so the next best place would before your radio's connection.
All preamplifiers require a power connection. If you are mast mounted, you will require a Bias-T or a dedicate line to power up your preamp.
I have ways you might be able to improve your station instead of investing in a preamp.
- Pick a better antenna
- Raise your antenna
- Upgrade your coax to LMR-400
- Make sure you are using the shortest coax run possible
- Remove any splitters and replace them with multicouplers
- Replace/Remove any bad jumpers
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