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#195099 6-Apr-2016 12:36
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I've just moved into a new place (renting), and there is both a UHF aerial and sky dish on the roof.


The sky dish is connected to a jack inside the house, but the UHF aerial is not. A cable is run down the side of the house for the aerial, but is just fed under the house and isn't connected.


I asked an aerial installer if they could just switch over the cables at the jack inside the house, but after looking at the cable connected to the aerial (which had some tape around it) he declined due to poor cable quality and said he'd only do a new aerial installation.


My question is, do the aerial and dish likely share the same connector? I was thinking I could try and either disconnect the cable from the dish and run it across to the aerial, or remove the dish and replace it with the aerial.

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Ultimate Geek


  #1528312 8-Apr-2016 11:49
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Depends on the plug, the cable is more or less the same (although sat cable is usually higher spec than UHF cable)


Sat cable is bound to have F-plugs. UHF can be either F or PAL plugs.. or even a custom plug on the aerial side.




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  #1528328 8-Apr-2016 12:08
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Most (new) UHF aerials will have an F-Connector on the aerial (on a black plastic box usually). If your aerial has this, then yes, you could just move the cable from the Satellie Dish LNB to the UHF aerial. If your aerial doesn't have this, and is it reasonably easy to get to, you should look at a new aerial and cable (I saw in the DSE thread that they are selling new aerials with 10m of cable for $20 in the closing down sale). At the very least, if the installer would not touch the cable that was there already, you should look at replacing it with RG-6 (I am assuming h they wont touch it because it is RG-59 or worse).


You will need a F-Plug to PAL cable from your wall socket to your TV/STB though, as most UHF receivers use the PAL connector (while all satellite receivers use the F-Connector). Adaptors are easy enough to get though.


Are you in an area that gets Freeview|HD (UHF signal)? maybe that is why the UHF antenna is not connected?




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  #1528367 8-Apr-2016 12:29
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Thanks for the information, I think I might just go down to DSE and try get one of the $20 bundles and have a go at fitting it myself.


I'm not certain as to why the old aerial is disconnected (last tenants were using Sky Dish, do Sky still do satellite? Otherwise perhaps they had a DVB-S Box?).

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  #1528770 8-Apr-2016 21:20
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Up to you but you can join the Two signal's via a splitter into one cable eg rg6 then split out again near the TV

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  #1528839 9-Apr-2016 03:35
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Should use a diplexor to join not a splitter.

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