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I got my RG6 cable to connect up the OTA antenna I'm putting up as soon as I get a decent weather day. I already bought a grounding block for the antenna lead, but when I opened up the box of RG6 cable I bought from Rat Shack, I found that it already has a built-in ground wire with a lead sticking out from it. I would think, in this case, I don't need the ground block and can just use the ground wire?
 

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Typically those wires molded into the cable are steel and are meant to be used as a tension support when running the cable across a span. Ground wires should be copper to prevent corrosion.


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Randy:


If you bought the RG-6 from Rat Shack, the ground wire is typically copper. Yes, you will still need the grounding block. The grounding block should have one (or two) coax-passthroughs, and a grounding screw underneath. Attach your RG-6 grounding wire to the grounding screw, your system ground to the grounding screw (typically a 12 gage wire to a copper-clad grounding stake), and the one or two satellite co-ax leads to one side of the grounding block, and attach the coax leads from the house to the other side.


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