Originally posted by jeffvb9
What is the best way to get OTA HD channels with my setup? I have dish network for the moment. Am planning on getting the 811 soon. Have been reading about people receiving OTA HD channels and was wondering how I go about doing this. I believe I read a post saying I didnt need to set up a OTA in my attic/roof because I could diplex off my satellite. What exactly does that mean?
With your Dish 811, you WILL need to install an outdoor or attic antenna to receive local OTA channels. The good news is that, unless you live in a "hole," an attic antenna should suffice. You'll need a combination VHF/UHF, because KMBC, Channel 9 (DT channel 7) is VHF; the others are all UHF. You should be able to get all the stations by aiming your antenna northeast, but you may have to do a little tweaking. You WON'T be able to get WDAF-DT (Fox), as their power is way too low, but they're not HD yet, anyway.
You can run both the satellite signal and the OTA signal on one RG-6 cable if you use a "diplexer" at each end, i.e. where the two combine and at the receiver to separate the two signals. You can buy these at Radio Shack or Lowes, to name a couple of places. If your satellite dish and antenna are in close proximity, you may want to do that. You can get a lot of help on wiring from many experts at either satelliteguys.us or dbstalk.com.
Hope this helps.......