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Converting dish mount to OTA mount

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by IDRick, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. IDRick

    IDRick Godfather

    Feb 15, 2007
    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?


  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    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).
  3. IDRick

    IDRick Godfather

    Feb 15, 2007
    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.

  4. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    As carl6 said, just use one of the existing RG6 cables for the antenna.
  5. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    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.
  6. joe diamond

    joe diamond Hall Of Fame

    Feb 28, 2007
    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.

  7. IDRick

    IDRick Godfather

    Feb 15, 2007
    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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