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I am planning to install an attic mounted antenna(s) to receive local OTA HD (post 2/2009 lineup) and I'd like to also get FM. Zip is 45140.


Right now I am planning a mid size full channel range VHF/UHF/FM antenna like the CM 3018, run it down to my server/rack/equipment location via a run of RG6, use a Winegard FM seperator (CA8800) to seperate the FM signal and pass the TV signial to a CM 3418 distribution amp for TV's around the house. But to get a single antenna to capture FM also, its a pretty big beast.


When I see the new smaller UHF/hiVHF antennas I see the chance to get equal or better local HD signal from those antennas (CM 2016 or WG 769 series), but I lose FM off the same antenna. I know I can run a second piece of RG6 (more wire pulling!), but how would I mount 2 antennas in the attic (one dedicated FM and one UHF/hiVHF) and run the combined signals back to headend location via one run of RG6? Is there some combiner I need to use or splitter in reverse or what? Also, do I then just stick with my FM seperator on the headend location as I was already planning or something else?


Finally, any suggestions for a dedicated FM antenna? Anyone have any experiance with these new, smaller UHF/hi-VHF only antennas?
 

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Originally Posted by fgrogan /forum/post/14176958


how would I mount 2 antennas in the attic (one dedicated FM and one UHF/hiVHF) and run the combined signals back to headend location via one run of RG6? Is there some combiner I need to use or splitter in reverse or what?

Something like this: Winegard CA8800 FM Band Separator/Coupler


You'll need two of them, of course: one in the attic to combine the signals, and one downstairs to separate them.
 

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Combine them and separate them using something called a hi-lo splitter/combiner, commonly labeled HLSJ. You will avoid a lot of loss that way.
 

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Something like this: Winegard CA8800 FM Band Separator/Coupler


You'll need two of them, of course: one in the attic to combine the signals, and one downstairs to separate them.

Ok, I was planning one to seperate the FM from the combo antenna. So add in the other to combine the two antenna's on the front end and another to seperate on the back? Great!
 

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You may not need a separate FM antenna. Some 2-69 TV antennas do OK on FM. http://www.hdtvprimer.com/ANTENNAS/comparing.html


I'd guess that the 3018 that you have will pick up FM just fine.

Yes, that was/is my orginal plan, but after mesuring and seeing how much room the single antenna will take up I noticed the newer generation of the channels 7-69 antenna's and then I can use a seperate FM only antenna in another location to get the FM.
 
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