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Old 08-02-2013, 04:06 PM   #1
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satellite vs reg antenna

I have been using my regular antenna while camping and sometimes I have cable hookups at campgrounds. I have been just disconnecting the antenna (from above) and attaching the cable to that and running through my outlets from inside. My question is while hooking my satellite dish to this same way, no picture or sound, but I do have signal. My question is why is this happening. If I run the cable through the door from the satellite it works but not like the cable or regular tv? Must be something simple I hope, If not I will re-route it somehow.
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:42 PM   #2
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Probably the quality of the cable and/or connections you are trying to use. Satellite generally needs high quality cable and connections. If you are using a higher end satellite receiver the companies say you need 3000mhz rated cable run.
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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Satellite doesn't like splitters and some send a low power signal from the receiver to the dish. You can hook up inside if you remove the jumper on the sat in & out connections and connect your receiver there. But I find it is a hassle, I don't want the receiver sitting on the dinette and your sending an analog signal unless you connect a long HDMI cable to the TV.

I simply installed another inlet cover and ran new coax to the receiver located under the TV and then could connect with the HDMI cable for a good digital siganal. can still connect cable or watch OTA TV without switching connections.
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Satellite doesn't like splitters and some send a low power signal from the receiver to the dish.
You could replace the splitter with an A/B switch. They aren't commonly used anymore, but you can still find them on Amazon, probably at Radio Shack as well. Then, just flick a switch to select which input you want to use.
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You can use a diplexer to run low frequency(tv),and high frequency(satellite)...on the same run,as long as the cable is RG6 or better. You must then use another diplexer to break out the 2 signals from the single line. OR...just do what Protagonist suggested.
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I reread your post. My guess is you are using older cable(like RG 59) to try to run satellite through...satellite signal will run through RG59,but not for long distances,and usually not through any system with a splitter installed.
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Here is a picture of my outlets in my Classic. You notice the jumper cable. When I'm using the antenna, the TV is connected to the jack on the left side. The jumper cable is attached to both connectors, sat in and sat out.

When I'm using the cable or my satellite dish, the jumper is is the position as the picture shows. The sat in connector is either connected to my TV (if it is cable service) or it's connected to my satellite receiver. I'm not sure if this is 100% correct, but it works fine for me. Someday I'll read the manual.

Hope this helps.

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I believe the jumper is supposed to stay in for either TV or cable. For satellite, you remove the jumper, SAT IN goes to your satellite converter input, SAT OUT attaches to the satellite converter output. In all cases the TV stays connected to the same jack on the left with he 12V outlet.
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I believe the jumper is supposed to stay in for either TV or cable. For satellite, you remove the jumper, SAT IN goes to your satellite converter input, SAT OUT attaches to the satellite converter output. In all cases the TV stays connected to the same jack on the left with he 12V outlet.
Makes sense in the days of RF. My current TV is HDMI and the satellite receiver has no RF out (HDMI & composite only). We don't use the bedroom outlet due to the fold out shelf for the TV blocking the path around the queen bed. Thanks for the heads up on the wiring.

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That makes sense. You could maybe replace the HDMI splitter with one that allows 2 inputs.
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That makes sense. You could maybe replace the HDMI splitter with one that allows 2 inputs.
The way I'm hooked up, I could put a coax between the TV and the antenna connector. Since the TV has multiple inputs one could be over the air with the other being satellite. On the other hand I can call Dish Network to switch the satellite to the locals in the area we camp at, as long as I have a clear shot at the southwest sky.

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