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Converting dish mount to OTA mount

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 09:51 PM

I'm looking for some assistance. A friend had to drop Dish due to the economy and wants to switch to OTA. I plan on mounting an antenna on his dish mount tomorrow. I am assuming I can use the same wiring to carry the OTA signal to the two tvs at his home. He is located 50 miles away and I can't preview his existing set up in advance. I'm not familiar with Dish satellite setups. Can someone tell me what I need to do to a) remove the dish and B) connect the antenna to the wiring?



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#2 OFFLINE   carl6


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Posted 07 November 2009 - 10:00 PM

Disconnect the coax from the LNB assembly on the dish. Loosen mounting bolts and remove dish from mast. Depending on what antenna you plan to install, the mast for the dish may or may not support it. You will need some type of hardware to mount the antenna to the mast (and probably a pipe to extend the length of the mast). You should be able to connect the coax to the antenna to run the signal to the TV location(s). You will probably need a splitter (one coax from antenna to splitter input, coax from splitter outputs to each tv).




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Posted 07 November 2009 - 10:23 PM

Thanks Carl! I will be installing an EZ HD antenna by Denny's Antenna. It's small and designed to be mounted on a sat dish mount. Can I repurpose the rg-6 from the sat dish to carry the OTA? It's probably obvious when you can see it directly but I've not been up close to a dish to inspect the wiring.


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Posted 08 November 2009 - 06:44 AM

As carl6 said, just use one of the existing RG6 cables for the antenna.
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Posted 08 November 2009 - 10:43 AM

As carl6 said, just use one of the existing RG6 cables for the antenna.

If it is an older Dish 500 there may be some SW-1 switches in the line, which must be removed.

I mounted a 4-bay + reflector screen UHF antenna to an old Dish mount and it was fine.

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 12:43 PM

At fifty miles you may want to go to antennaweb.org and enter the address. They will give you compass lines to the closest broadsact towers and suggest an antenna size.

You may want to make some marks on the dish and mast so you can reinstall the dish. Just a line to match up is enough.

Check the TVs for the presence of the ATSC chip to read digital signals or you will need one for each set.





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Posted 08 November 2009 - 11:03 PM

Thanks everyone! The OTA install was very easy. As Carl6 predicted, I needed a two way splitter. Simply removed a diplexer, added a two way splitter, connected the antenna to splitter input and tv cable runs to splitter outputs... Very quick and easy! :)

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