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Need some help to implement OTA to our TV's. I'm looking at the Terk HDTVo antenna, which can be mounted right next to my slimline.

According to the Terk HDTVo manual, I can do the following without a SWM-8.

1. Disconnect the coaxial cable from your satellite dish's LNB.
2. Reconnect this coaxial cable to the outdoor diplexer on the terminal labeled "SAT/ANT".
3. Connect the RG6 coaxial cable downlead from the HDTVo's "F" - connector to an OUTDOOR diplexer-port (not included) labeled "ANT". Connect the remaining coaxial cable from the LNB to the diplexer-port labeled "SAT". (The ports on all of the diplexers are "F" - connectors).
4. Disconnect the coaxial cable from your Satellite Receivers "SAT-IN" Terminal and reconnect it to an Indoor Diplexer (not included) "TV/SAT".
5. Connect an RG6 coaxial cable from the INDOOR diplexer-port labeled "SAT" to the "F" - connector port on the back of the satellite receiver labeled "SAT-IN". Connect an RG6 coxial cable from the INDOOR diplexer-port labeled "TV" to the "F" - connector port on the back of the satellite receiver labeled "ANT IN".
6. Connect an RG6 coaxial cable from the satellite receiver port labeled OUT-TO-TV to the "F" - connector port at the back of the "TV" labeled "ANT-IN".

Any help is appreciated!
 

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That will not work. For the mpeg4 hd service you need to either use a SWM or move the BBC before the diplexing for it to work. Otherwise the OTA signal and the Ka Hi signal both try to occupy the same frequencies. If you move the BBC keep in mind it's not designed for out door use and should be protected or ideally in doors.
 

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evan_s said:
That will not work. For the mpeg4 hd service you need to either use a SWM or move the BBC before the diplexing for it to work. Otherwise the OTA signal and the Ka Hi signal both try to occupy the same frequencies. If you move the BBC keep in mind it's not designed for out door use and should be protected or ideally in doors.
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You can only diplex AFTER the BBC. Which you can remove from the back of the IRD and move closer to the dish. I had mine in a weather resistant box outside, with no problems, at all...until I got the SWM-8.

Make sure you are buying "enough" antenna. I suggest you surf to tvfool.com and see how good the signals are for you location.

Those small "mount on or near the dish" antennas usually only work in pretty strong signal areas. IHMO Terk makes overpriced antennas. You can find similar construction/performance antennas from other manufacturers at a much better price. Finally, there is no such thing as a "HD antenna". A TV antenna, is a TV antenna, is a TV antenna. Analog or digital, it makes no difference, RF is RF.
 

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1. Terk antennas are overpriced junk. You are mostly paying for the styling, not the performance.

2. The antenna in question was not designed for the current DirecTV HD dishes, and is not compatible.

3. An antenna that will to an excellent job will cost much less than any Terk.
 

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Everything has been said except;

Those Terk clip-ons are highly directional. After doing everything as above yo may not get all the local channels........go to antenna web and see where the local feed comes from. Moving the BBC will make the supplied diplexer work.

No experience with the SWMS stuff; need to know basis, ya know.

Joe
 

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joe diamond said:
Everything has been said except;

Those Terk clip-ons are highly directional. After doing everything as above yo may not get all the local channels........go to antenna web and see where the local feed comes from. Moving the BBC will make the supplied diplexer work.

No experience with the SWMS stuff; need to know basis, ya know.

Joe
If you are in the <25mile range, I can personally vouch for Winegards SquareShooter SS-2000 as being a very nice compact and good performing antenna. It has an advantage of being somewhat directional, but still somewhat omnidirectional (the big attenuation is at 90 and 270 degrees, pretty good front to back and out to about 30-45 deg). It can also pick up UHF, VHF-Hi and somewhat weakly pickup VHF-lo, so it's a good choice if you need to support both ATSC and NTSC tuners.
Unless you are really lucky, the direction you need to point your OTA antenna will not line up with where you need to point your dish. The dish clip on antennas are a big drag there unelss you need to point the same direction. (Mine is SAT at 193deg and antenna at 340deg). The higher you can mount it the better, and outside is always preferable to indoors or attic.

One word of caution with it though, it looks pretty similar to a small round sat dish, so make sure your DirecTV installer isn't a complete idiot and mistake it for a 72.5deg dish and then mess your dish setup on your receiver. Took two hours to resolve that one since the installer was convinced that enabling the 72.5 deg dish in the setup if it wasn't really there wouldn't cause a problem. (not true) :grin:
 
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