Solved! OTA cable cutter question

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I just bought a outside/ attic style antenna. $75.00 at Walmart . I believe it's the very one shown in your first picture.
Long story short, although i live in the 3rd largest city in Alabama, I'm still not getting the channels i thought.
I'm 60 some miles from Birmingham and the Antenna says 70+ miles of 1080p. Free cable. I'm getting all the 60s and Alabama public tv but I guess I'm a little over anxious with my new buy. MY QUESTION IS' .....AM I getting signal drop from using cable tv coax? None of the coax came with the antenna so I improvised. Will I come out better by going to the hardware and buying the proper coax,? Or am I just as well off using new cable coax?
I also got to reading up on my antenna. The 70 plus miles rca was speaking of is WITH the pre amp booster they failed to mention wasn't in the box. So for you guys who do your homework and actually research they're buy before purchising....you will know the rca brand shown in your first pic doesn't actually come with the pre amp adapter.
Thank you for your time and efforts. I will close with one more question. Can I buy a stronger pre amp for my poll antenna? Thanks and God bless.
 
Exaggerate claims are to be expected. And broadcast TV is limited to 720p or 1080i. No 1080p to my knowledge even though the ATSC specifications include it. Just to much bandwidth.
The type of coax cable you use does affect how much signal you lose in the cable. RG59 will be worse than RG6.
You can use any signal amplifier with any passive antenna. High quality ones are out there but hard to find locally.
https://www.channelmaster.com/Antenna_Pre_Amplifiers_s/370.htm
http://www.winegard.com/amplifiers?q=offair
There are also amplifiers meant to compensate for losses in splitters and cables but they won't add signal strength to the broadcast.
 
Exaggerate claims are to be expected. And broadcast TV is limited to 720p or 1080i. No 1080p to my knowledge even though the ATSC specifications include it. Just to much bandwidth.
The type of coax cable you use does affect how much signal you lose in the cable. RG59 will be worse than RG6.
You can use any signal amplifier with any passive antenna. High quality ones are out there but hard to find locally.
https://www.channelmaster.com/Antenna_Pre_Amplifiers_s/370.htm
http://www.winegard.com/amplifiers?q=offair
There are also amplifiers meant to compensate for losses in splitters and cables but they won't add signal strength to the broadcast.
 
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