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    Can I use an old satellite cable for my outdoor antenna?

    Can I use my old DirecTV coax cable for my new outdoor antenna?


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    Yes you can, I do it all the time. Just make sure you remove anything that looks like a splitter in the line - it's actually a switch, and your signal won't pass through it.

    It would look like this:
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    Since the Direct TV man already got the cable work done, im going to do the same, take the dish off, and use one of the coaxial cables, because I see two, but I only think I need to use one.

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    Correct, you only need one. You will probably need to put a sleeve on the J-pipe dish mount after you remove the dish to mount your antenna. The J-pipe is a bit larger in diameter than the clamp on most antennas.

    You will find what you need in the chain link fence section of your hardware store, it looks like this:
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    Slide it inside the J-pipe half way, and secure it with 3 sturdy sheet metal screws, then clamp the antenna on the half sticking out.
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    So is a Ge 24769 Outdoor Antenna anygood, has anybody used it outside, and picked up more channels

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Jones View Post
    So is a Ge 24769 Outdoor Antenna anygood, has anybody used it outside, and picked up more channels
    In general I wouldn't recommend a Ge 24769 or similar antennas. That is especially true if any of your local channels broadcast in the VHF band. (Most people have at least 1.) To start out you should run a TV Fool for your location. If you post the URL for your report here, we can give you more help. Your address information will be hidden. Look at the column labeled "real." These are the actual radio frequency channels your stations broadcast on. 2-13 are VHF channels. 14-69 are UHF channels. The report will also give you the direction from which your channels are coming from and a predicted strength. Like I said before if you post the URL for your report we can give you more help.
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    What do you do you put in the place of the switch if you have more then one TV?

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    What do you do you put in the place of the switch if you have more then one TV? or do i replace it

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    How many TVs do you have? Use a splitter that is designed for the frequency range between 52-700 MHz. (i.e. 5-1000 MHz)
    Snappy Dan Reminds You:

    DO NOT install antennas anywhere where they could fall into overhead power lines!!! An antenna falling into power lines may result in electrical shock or death. All outdoor antennas must be grounded in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC). Be careful while working on roofs or towers. Always use appropriate safety precautions!!!

 

 

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