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RG6 coax with AWG 17 ground

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by traveler, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. traveler

    traveler Cool Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    I see that my DISH installation was done with an RG6 coax cable which was manufactured with a ground wire running on the outside of the coax.
    Where is this ground wire supposed to be terminated? The coax run from antenna to receiver is approximately 85 ft. and the only existing ground rod is on the other side of the house (at least 70ft. from the DISH antenna).
  2. Mertzen

    Mertzen Hall Of Fame

    Dec 8, 2006
    One side is attached to the ODU, the other side has to be attached to a ground block from where a 12 AWG has to be run to a NEC approved ground source.
  3. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    NEC code allows the run from the dish to the ground block to be grounded with 17ga solid copper wire, provided that wire is bonded to the coax, which it is.

    From the ground block, 10 gauge (not 12) solid copper wire must be used to the ground source.

    Having said that, if your ground rod is on the far side of the house, DirecTV isn't going to ground the system; it would be up to you to do that, since the costs to do it up to NEC code could easily exceed several hundred dollars. Keep in mind that a contractor, who has to pay for his supplies, is only paid roughly $100 to install your system, BEFORE expenses.

    Generally, DirecTV requires the tech to ground the system if the cables pass within 20' or so of the house ground. Otherwise, it's left to the home owner.
  4. Mertzen

    Mertzen Hall Of Fame

    Dec 8, 2006
    Gah, getting rusty.

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