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Large parts of the country were in fringe areas or beyond. Here in Yorkshire the only source of television signals was Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham. We were well outside the planned service area, but people were buying television sets nevertheless and installing huge aerials. There was considerable interest in 'boosters', which were attributed with almost magical capabilities by some manufacturers. Of course, as we all know you can't amplify nothing, or to use another cliché, garbage in, garbage out. Since signal losses in cable are not so great at the relatively low frequencies of Band I, the main purpose of these amplifiers was to provide stronger input signals for insensitive receivers. They were also used to feed small distribution systems, usually via a simple resistive splitter.

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