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Dropping DirecTV. Looking to swap out to antenna. Need Advice.

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
My question and I hope this is in the correct forum, is my home is completely wired for DirecTV. I want to cut the cord and seeking advice on the following:

- Best outdoor antenna suggestions for HDTV
- Can I simply unhook the dish and swap it out with an antenna?
- What other equipment do I need?

Thanks in advance for the assistance!
post #2 of 9
You can reuse most of the outside coax but most are the doublelet and would need seperation. (removal of the entire length) Depending on your range to transmitting stations, an outside antenna would run arounf $70. for a 50-60 mile range, Coax should be new, from the 300 ohm balun on the antenna to the first entry point in to the home. Every barrel connector used is going to reduce the signal strength a bit and it will add up after two or three. Best to use one single run into the home to the primary set. I'm looking for a 30 foot mast, a 60 mile antenna ( there's no difference in HD antennas) and will feed three sets from an amplifier/split unit. The balun and all connectors outside will be wrapped with elec tape and sealed with silicone. That will outlast the antenna itself. Once inside and amplified, I'll split the FM for the AVR.
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Originally Posted by Novice2005 View Post

My question and I hope this is in the correct forum, is my home is completely wired for DirecTV. I want to cut the cord and seeking advice on the following:

- Best outdoor antenna suggestions for HDTV
- Can I simply unhook the dish and swap it out with an antenna?
- What other equipment do I need?

Thanks in advance for the assistance!

There isn't a "best" antenna for HDTV. You should get the appropriate antenna for your location. Go to TVFool.com and get an idea. Post the results here for a recommendation.

Probable... the existing coax is probably RG6 and should be just fine. Depending on your location, the Dish antenna may not be installed at the same location where an antenna would be optimal.

As for "other equipment".... who knows? wink.gif At a minimum you'll need an antenna, maybe some splitters and TV's and/or external ATSC/OTA with tuners. And......... a ladder. smile.gif

Oops... and a mast and probably a mounting bracket. Depending on the location where the antenna will be located the mounting bracket could differ.
Edited by Ratman - 1/13/14 at 10:17am
post #4 of 9
Please see the sticky threads at the top of the forum. If those don't answer your questions then follow the instructions in #2.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Los Angeles, all stations are within 10 miles of my location as per TVfool.

Was hoping to simply swap out the dish with an antenna. Guess that would be too simple.
post #6 of 9
You should still post your TVFool results but you are likely in a strong signal area. Try something like this http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103077
John
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks John, was looking for something that I could throw on the roof and feed 3 LED's.
post #8 of 9
Please post your TVFool results for others to evaluate and provide a reasonable recommendation.

Or... try here:
http://www.antennasdirect.com/hdtv-antenna-selector.html

Or... try this:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3739595
post #9 of 9
^^^^^

The reason we posted the sticky asking for a location in the title and TV Fool results in the first post is to save you some time. Already lost a whole day.
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