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Thread: OTA antenna question for 811
02-03-2004 08:46 AM #1
OTA antenna question for 811
I've got a question for the experts out there: I am having problems getting a signal with an indoor apmlified OTA antenna. The previous owners of my house had a large boom type outdoor antenna that is mounted on a 15ft pole in the back corner of my house. I am going to try to hook that up as I should be able to pick all local channels (for HD) with it. The room where it is located doesn't have an attic or a basement so the wire run would be seen coming down my patio wall. Is there any way to avoid running a wire to my 811?. Since my sattelite cables are running inside the walls, could I run the wire to my dish switchbox and patch it there so that the antenna signal comes in on the same cable run as the sattelite? If not, then I have to get a chipping hammer and cut a channel into my cinder block exterior wall and then patch it up.
Any help from those with greater knowkedge than I is greatly appreciated.
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02-03-2004 08:51 AM #2
I dont know about running the cable with the sat cable, someone else will have to answer that but DONT get out a chipping hammer. Get a good masonary drill bit and some masonary anchors. No need to trench a channel in your exterior wall. Just attach the cable with masonary anchors and drill to your HT setup with the masonary bit.
02-03-2004 08:51 AM #3
You can use Diplexers. You'll find them at most electronic stores. I bought mine at Home Depot for $10 each. Radio Shack sells the same thing for $22 a piece. You can also find them on the web for cheap.
My Diplexer setup seems to work great.
02-03-2004 02:09 PM #4
Yes, diplexers is the answer. I need to do the same thing when I get time.....my antenna leads comes in the wondow right now!!
Lowes sells them for around $12.
02-03-2004 09:16 PM #5SatelliteGuys Freshman
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MrDRC: I am not sure what you mean by drilling to my HT setup w/a masonry bit. THe only way to get cables to my tv room is to run them along my back patio wall. I usually bury them in the wall by chanelling w/a chipping hammer. By the way, good luck to the tide tomorrow on National Signing Day. As a Gator fan/alum, I like the SEC better when 'bama is strong.
Harry and heatho: I am not sure what a diplexer is. Is it a splitter? Do I run a cable from my antenna to the switchbox? If so, do I connect the diplexer to the cable that is running to my 811 before or after the switchbox? Please advise as I am new to this stuff.
Thanks again for all your help. It is greatly appreciated.
02-04-2004 12:11 AM #6
Originally Posted by Gatorito