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Old 18-Jun-2012, 5:35 PM   #2
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Generally, the basic satellite dish installation uses a dual coax connection between the dish and satellite tuner. One cable carried signal from the horizontally aligned portion of the satellite antenna while the other carried the signal from the vertically oriented section of the antenna. It's unlikely the two cables go to separate locations. The typical satellite tuner needs to be able to select from both so you can switch between all available channels.

You'll need to trace the cables, looking for satellite system components that may be left in. A common item would be a matrix switch which allows two or more satellite tuners to connect to the same dish. A matrix switch is not compatible with OTA antenna signals. Other parts may look like common OTA/CATV splitters but may not pass OTA frequencies.

In the end, you may only need to connect one coax to get the OTA signal to a splitter location.
If the well is dry and you don't see rain on the horizon, you'll need to dig the hole deeper. (If the antenna can't get the job done, an amp won't fix it.)

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