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Low-cost solution for a TV amplifier circuit

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hi there

i bought a tv tuner card and connected it to my pc

i found certain channels are damn good and certain channel r pathetic. when i asked my service provider he said computer reuiires 80 db signal whereas tv 60 db is enough thats y the picture is bad

i asked to put booster near my house and he said it is not possible as it will cost him more

can any1 provide me a solution for this. can any1 give me a low cost tv amplifier circuit to be constructed with 10$ and the tv amplifier must meet PAL standards


horizontal lines tv amplifier

Minicircuits company sells broad band amplifiers and will deal with the public by credit card. **broken link removed** is a page of their low noise ones. Note that the MAN series cost about $20 and require you to wire to the pins.

You might try a local store that sells televisions to see if they also sell amplifiers.

Another option is antenna gain and an outdoor antenna.

40 db tv amplifier circuits


I have designed a lot of TV cable systems, some were up to 20000 subscribers.

Let see some significant TV levels in subscruiber point:

40 dB/mkV is noisy, but enough to make good syncro.
50 dB is good enough for Black/White.
57 dB - old standard for B/W.
66 dB - minimum standard for color SECAM. I think PAL is little bit better - (64 is equivalent for PAL)

And you have to get 47 dB signal/noice ratio.

Also you need to have not more than 4 dB difference between channels in the same band. No more then 6 dB in different bands. If you have large difference then you will have some intermodulation on amplifier on cable network.

Last multibands tuners (modules) (UHF, VHF and HiperBand) are not so good at all. I think you need to add 3-4 dB for them. So, you need to have at least 70 dB in your card input. But also pay attention for some intermodulation - the upper level is near 88 - 90 dB.

You need to define what is a picture of bad channel, if it has some "snow" then you have weak signal, but if you have some thin horizontal lines on picture then maybe you have too big signal on that channel. Also you can find some floating image of neighbor channel - it is intermodulation for big difference or big level.

Maybe it is fault of your cable provider. You need to make this test: apply signal directly to some good TV-set. Look at bad channels. If they are not good at all - apply to your provider to make his service better. He must make good picture on your TV.

One solution to increase levels is to change splitter from cable system to you. As a rule they use 16-20 dB splitters, you can ask to change it to 12 (or even 10) dB splitter. So you will increase level on 6-10 dB. But maybe you have additional rf-splitter at your home, look to your cables - you can replace it or even move if second feed is not using.

Also look at your antenna socket on the wall near TV, as a rule they are using some universal socket for TV and FM signals, open your wall panel and look to the board, you will find some RCL filters there. If you will delete this circuit you will add some 6 - 10 dB too.

Good Luck! klug.

design bfr92 amp

have a look on this... I didn't check what exactly is this but may help! I donno!!!

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tv tuner increase sensibility

I have had the same problem with my PC TV card and checking for the level at the input signal I have discovered that on the home TV and on the card the levels were about the same, but the picture at the card was much worst.
Asked to the supplier of the PC board they told me that for them is not wise to try to increase to the maximum the sensibility due the high level of noise inside the PC.
For this reason the PC card is desensibilized and I have solved the situation in this way:
1) waited 1 year to expire the warranty ( LOL )
2) modified the board to add a 12 V out in the central pin of the antenna connector, limited at about 100 mA ( to avoid that a short will destroy card and PC )
3) bought from a local store a 15 dB 40 - 860 MHz amplifier ( about 10 Euro ) and connected about two meters away from the PC, in between the wall socket and the board antenna connector.
4) Switch On the PC and tuned the card on many brilliant channels ( no noise )


tv amplifier floating horizontal lines

you can try this amplifier. It has 15dB of gaain and frequency responce from 30MHz up to 1GHz.

problems with tv amplifier

thank you border but how to open the file

it is in sum WMF format


thank u

tv amplifier 40 db or more

well, it is depend about it

tv fm amplifier circuit

I double clicked the icon and the file opened in a window with a schematic. One thing to add to the circuit is bypass capacitors at the B+ leads to each stage.

schematics 40 db tv signal amplifier

OK. Circuit was actually copy of simulation ckt from M@cap. My intention was just to give an idea.
You must also ommit generator, generator resistor and load from circuit.
Power supply can be placed within the amplifier housing or the amplifier can be powered through the cable, input or output...

bfr92 amplifier

good info...
but with the diagram, what kind of capacitor can we use for the best results?

6 tv amplifier

Design of TV AMP is not problematic. You can use ordinary disc ceramic capacitors and 1/8W resistors. PCB can be simple one layer providing wide ground. You can use SMD components with BFR92 transistors. Amplifier can be placed in metal or even into plastic housing. The important thing is that ground connection between input and output connector should be made massive.

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