mounting an ota antenna above fta dish and question about sat meter (1 Viewer)

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turbosat

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You mean mounting on the same pole as the fta dish or just putting it close on a tower or something? Don't see how they could interfere with each other, they're both for receiving and
don't transmit anything..far as meters, never owned one, the good ones are sev bills and the little 10dollar beepers don't sound reliable to me. I just use a receiver and a tv at the dish.
 

turbosat

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Dec 26, 2006
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I don't see where it would be a problem, if the pole is strong enough and stable. If you go up very high it would prob be a good idea to brace it, or use guy wires on the upper sections. Two gadgets to catch the wind on one pole adds up.
 
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Anole

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too many variables:

- how big a dish?
- how big a motor?
- how big is the LNB? (those QPH-031's are heavy)
- how high up the pole to locate the motor?
- how high up the pole to locate the OTA antenna?
- how big is the OTA antenna?
- how is the pole mounted?

Mounting a motor very low on a well-braced, or ground-mounted pole is helpful.
Move the motor up just a few feet on the same pole, and it could be flimsy and flex.

You using 1 ?" pole? Then I don't like your chances.
You using 2 ?" pole? That is much more encouraging.
But not with any large OTA antenna.
There are some very small ones, maybe a foot long, which might work.

To get better advice, I think we need to know more. ;)
 

Cadsulfide

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I have a $100 Channel Master that has served me well, it's only a squealer meter, but a quite useful tool.

Antenna's need a los to the transmitter, higher and bigger is better if your tower is any meaningful distance away. Google TVFOOL, they have a great calculator that will identify the channels and tower positions/distances for your location.
 

fanquon

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I really strong reject using the same pole for OUT DOOR OTA ANTENNA with satellite dish.

The strong wind could shake the pole when there the OTA antenna installed. This could make you loss the signal or the dish might move from this.

Over forty years live in the USA, the last five or six years that the weather changed, we had have encountered more and frequently stronger wind then before.
 

Tron

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May 6, 2005
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I have done it on my motorized system, which is located about 10 feet above the ground on my shed roof. Some considerations:

-Naturally, you want to keep the OTA antenna high enough above the dish to prevent blockage of signal to the dish.

-Make sure your mount is rock steady. 2 3/8" NPRM or better highly recommended.

Here's a pic of my setup. The OTA antenna is mounted to a separate 1 5/8" pole, which is piggybacked onto the 2 3/8" pole with conduit clamps. Trick here is to make sure the motor stays LEVEL when you attach the secondary pole...
 

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NotMe546

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I have done it on my motorized system, which is located about 10 feet above the ground on my shed roof. Some considerations:

-Naturally, you want to keep the OTA antenna high enough above the dish to prevent blockage of signal to the dish.

-Make sure your mount is rock steady. 2 3/8" NPRM or better highly recommended.

Here's a pic of my setup. The OTA antenna is mounted to a separate 1 5/8" pole, which is piggybacked onto the 2 3/8" pole with conduit clamps. Trick here is to make sure the motor stays LEVEL when you attach the secondary pole...
God it doesn't rain in your neck of the woods.:eek:
 

Sadoun

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Feb 27, 2005
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Why just one OTA antenna? ;)

Nice example, but the dish in the picture is not motorized.

OP, you need a rock solid pole to start with. Like Tron said 2 3/8" pole is a minimum.

If the pole does not stick high enough for your OTA antenna, you could use a 40" pole adapters such as this:

 

Anole

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Sep 22, 2005
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no motor:

I knew I'd get called out about that. I just wanted to share my vacation photos with people that would appreciate them more than my wife does.
Yea, I was gonna let it slide, but I did notice several things:
- tiny dish
- not motorized
- dish very close to the base of the pole (which looks like a vent pipe)
- OTA antenna are small, and waving on that pole won't bother the dish
- no way that picture was taken in the USA... imho...

Loved your photo! - :up
Got a great laugh when I saw it! :D
 
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