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He could use fiber optics, and build a small Cable-TV style head-end up on the hill. It wouldn't have to be very elaborate, but you'd need power up there. Solar cells and batteries could work, or a small natural gas/propane generator. There are a few TV translator stations out here in the west, that use a thermal electric generator.

I have a friend who has her antennas 500 feet from her house, using RG-6/U. I'd put something like a fiber, or RG-11/U, inside of some heavy water hose for protection.

One thing to remember...if the system crosses property lines and right-of-ways, it's legally a "Cable TV System". Keeping it within your own property simplifies things a lot.

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Ouch Kenglish. I just saw nothing but dollar signs.
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'''One thing to remember...if the system crosses property lines and right-of-ways, it's legally a "Cable TV System". Keeping it within your own property simplifies things a lot.

In the moonshine hinterlands, he has a better chance of being arrested by the mattress tag police.
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The "Cable Style headend" would be much like a small MATV, or larger home system. Preamps, some multiplex filtering, a combiner.
He'd need a small F-O transmitter up there, and some way of making power for it all.
The F-O receiver would go at his house (and, might feed several adjoining homes...that's why I mentioned "right of way" wink.gif )

Probably talking a thousand bucks or two...still cheaper than a translator station site.

I'd try back-to-back antennas first. Then, maybe try using some RG-11, rather than fiber. Maybe some cable TV semi-flex (aluminum) line, but it would be tricky to work with.

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