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I was wondering if it is possible to use the big (huge) Echostar antenna I have out back as a regular HDTV antenna just for local reception as an antenna to pick up my local channels, by connecting the cables to an HDTV? Would their be some simple modifications to make is usable just for reception?

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No, it will not work. The TV would not put out the power to the LNB, and even if it did, the LNB is for 4GHZ signals, and TV is around 0.5GHZ.

You can use a FTA receiver, and replace the LNB on the dish, and use it to pick up some free TV in HD, depending on the condition of the dish.
 

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Is there a quick explanation on these HDTV antennas you buy, why they pick up the HD stations and a regular antenna wouldn't? I mean I see these makeshift antennas made out of coat hangers that pick up HD TV from local stations, which is what I am looking for.
 

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Any antenna designed for TV will pick up HDTV. The only thing you need to determine is if you have any low or high VHF channels in your market. Most antennas labeled HDTV are UHF only, as most stations migrated to UHF. While a UHF only antenna might work if you are close enough to the station, it would be best to get one that covers the channels you want. Check www.tvfool.com and enter your address and/or zip, and it will list the channels, direction, and type of antenna you need at your location.
 

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Thanks.... I know I receive HDTV as well as analog and I know where the transmitters on the mountain are.. I just wanted to make sure the dish cables connected to the tv would work instead of buying an HDTV antenna..
 

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"HDTV antennas" are nothing but marketing hype! The OTA signals are still broadcast on the same TV bands as before the analog/digital conversion, except many stations are on different channels (i.e. my channel 3 is on OTA channel 17 but they still i.d. them selves as "ch 3", that is a "virtual channel").

So if you had a VHF/UHF antenna already on your roof chances are it will still work just fine receiving digital signals.
 

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yeah, but if I can find the manual for the SRD 4000 echostar to connect the cables to the receiver correctly, I can get wild feeds and see what I can do with it. I know it works, I just lost the manual.
 

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Maybe you could take a picture of the ends of the three cables together there. If you had the brand name of the LNB, that would help. Basically, older C band dishes had one coax cable for the signal, a pair of 2 or 4 wires to control the polarity (polorotor), and possibly another one to control the dish drive arm to change its positions.

In current equipment, all three of those functions are performed with one cable, or one cable plus the drive arm, depending on the style.
 

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Yes I can take a pic. I will do that and post. You are right, I believe one of the cables at least go to the extra box labeled dish mover. I don't know if I can get the name of the LNB, other than the dish itself in the center has HUGE letters Echostar :)
 
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