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You might start out by trying to set up "Passive Repeaters", by using a pair of high-gain antennas for each band, set up back-to-back. One antenna would point directly toward the transmitter you're trying to receive, and the other would point directly down toward your house. Since there are no actual "transmissions" involved (in the passive system), I don't think you'd have any problems with the Government folks (is it OFCOM over there?).
I have a friend who ran a 500 foot cable to the top of a ridge behind her house here in Utah for TV and FM reception. She built a 15-foot tower in a cement base (fortunately, there is an access road at the top), and I found her a couple of good pre-amplifiers, one for high-VHF and one for UHF, that matched the cable losses for RG-6/U.
Had she asked me, I would have suggested RG-11/U. So far, no deer or rodents have eaten a hole in the cable....I suggested to her that if they ever start, to replace the cable, and run it inside several lengths of heavy-duty garden hose.
Running anything above UHF TV frequencies, though, might require some other means than wires....maybe a fiber optic. That could get expensive, unless you have some neighbors to share the costs.
Ken English, Sr. Engineer, KSL-TV.
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