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Old 12-25-2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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I moved into a house that has both a tower antennae and a small satellite dish (on the roof). I discovered the motor in the antennae doesn't seem to work anymore, so it is in a fixed position. The satellite dish is not motorized and in a fixed position. I am looking to find out where the wires go.
So I am in a position to get some OTA channels. How do I go about doing this? Someone said I need to adjust the satellite to a certain direction. Or can I just hook up the TV to the tower aerial instead? Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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I moved into a house that has both a tower antennae and a small satellite dish (on the roof). I discovered the motor in the antennae doesn't seem to work anymore, so it is in a fixed position. The satellite dish is not motorized and in a fixed position. I am looking to find out where the wires go.
So I am in a position to get some OTA channels. How do I go about doing this? Someone said I need to adjust the satellite to a certain direction. Or can I just hook up the TV to the tower aerial instead? Any help would be appreciated!
OTA channels are directional, meaning you would be better off repaling the motor on the ant. Then you can look up whats avail. in your area. Obviously some good choices if there was a rotor. You will not get OTA (free) with a sat dish. It needs to be connected to the correct receiver and activated. You may have an 8" dish on the roof. Old style SD offerings.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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Ok, thank you for that. I am going to look into fixing the motor, if that is the problem. Yes, the satellite is quite small, but not sure about the size. So the antennae route is the best way to go? Not the satellite?
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:01 AM   #4
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Rotated 360 degrees to look at can also try the TV tower antenna
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:31 PM   #5
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You can receive both satellite signals from the dish and over the air channels from the antenna if both are connected correctly and an active satellite subscription exists.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:42 AM   #6
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If the motor is seized, then the cable and/ or antenna are probably also deteriorated. Nobody can offer accurate advice, unless you post your TVfool report.

Forget about the dish, it is useless.
If you have other dish questions, ask them in a dish forum.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:40 PM   #7
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I talked to a Antenna place and they said $250 for a new antenna on the roof and the hook up. Is this a decent price?
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:32 PM   #8
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From what I've read $250 appears to a common starting price for a basic new antenna installation. Are they willing to go up and mount on your tower? Which antenna are they installing? Are they going to replace the all the outdoor rg-6 cable? Are they going to check the tower ground? Will they install antenna ground? Are they installing a rotor? You may need a pre-amp at your location, does the price include a pre-amp plus installation? Can you go to www.tvfool.com, enter your actual address, and give us the link to the report in your reply? We'll have a better understanding of your reception challenges and opportunities from reviewing this report. Note, we will not see your actual address in the report. A pre-amp is needed if you have long cable runs and many splitters in the system. Can you give us a ballpark guess on maximum cable run from the antenna to the most distant tv? How many tvs and/or splitters will be used?
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:21 PM   #9
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I too, would expect a minimum charge of 100usd to do any climbing, plus MSRP on materials.

I would also expect a written estimate before agreement to any contracts, so as to compare among different estimates.

If you're unfamiliar w/ the different antenna types, though, they may be useless.

Not something I myself, would rush into.

Read up and be informed and educated.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:03 PM   #10
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I live in Canada - and TV fool does US only, so how can I accomplish this?
And thank you for the replies.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:43 AM   #11
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TVfool does BOTH the US and Canada.
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