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Old 23-Sep-2011, 9:22 PM   #1
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Using old DirecTV antenna mount

I'm looking at buying the Winegard FV-HD30 antenna, and would like to use my old DirecTV mount and cabling. Has anyone tried doing this? It looks like it should be a pretty simple connection. Thanks for any input.
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Old 23-Sep-2011, 10:07 PM   #2
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The typical 'J-pole' used for satellite antennas makes a good mount for smaller OTA antennas. If the pole is on the south side of the roof and most stations are north, there may be reason to consider other mounting options. Ideally, the antenna would have an unobstructed view toward the stations you are trying to receive.

The coax cable used for satellite reception has more shielding than needed for OTA reception and will work very well if it has not been ruined by water getting into the core.

Satellite systems include accessory parts that may look like splitters but may be designed to operate at frequencies other than used for OTA. Satellite diplexers and multi-switches will need to be removed from the cabling system.

If you would like us to review your reception situation, and offer an opinion regarding how suitable the FV-HD30 is in your application, feel free to post a link to a TV Fool report for your location.

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Old 24-Sep-2011, 5:58 AM   #3
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One thing you may notice is the DirecTV mounting mast size may be different than the regular mast pole which is smaller, so you could have issues mating the two together.
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Old 24-Sep-2011, 5:04 PM   #4
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If the J-pole is not tall enough, I'd be reluctant to add more mast to a satellite J-pole. As RC observes there are size differences to deal with and then, the base would be at risk of tearing out of the roof unless guy wires were added.

I would consider removing the pole, leaving the base bracket in place. Then look at a peak mounted tripod.
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