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Old 12-09-2006, 10:24 PM   #1
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I have been waiting for a long time for this to come out. I have four outdoor antennas mounted outside my house. It is now time to slim this number down.

I ordered this kit from TSS. The kit does not come with the rg6 cable that you need. You can order it from TSS at a great price. Since I was unsure what lengths I would need I made a stop to Home Depot and bought 100' of rg6 cable, rg6 cable cutters, some self mounting rg6 plugs, and the clips to hold the cable on the wall.

I did a test the other night to see how this would work. The antenna was set on the ground facing straight up. I was amazed.




I had full SAT signal on 2 radios with one antenna!!! I was definately sold.

I picked out the place on my roof that it would go on my cape style house. This morning I got my stuff together. I got on the roof of my 3 season porch and looked up at the spot I picked. I then changed my mind. My fear of heights set in. I decided to look for a new spot.

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It is about 8 feet off the ground. I already had one of my four home antennas in this spot with no issues. So I tested it again and had full SAT on both radios. It worked out great, so this is where I installed it.

I fed the wire inside to my workshop to a place where I knew that I could feed to where I wanted to. I used rg6 cable clips to hold the wire in place. This set up will be for my office, removing one home antenna outside, and adding Sirius to my kitchen.

I decided to place the splitter here (well this is how it looks, since you don't really know where "here" is):



I drilled through the wall to my office and hooked it up to my Stiletto home kit. Full SAT signal! I will then connect up to my kitchen soon. This is why I have only one wire coming out of the splitter.

I am excited about this set up. I will figure out how to get more radios set up to one antenna. I know it can be done.

Remember this kit is different than the other outdoor antennas being sold. This antenna has a rg6 female plug on it, NOT a Sirius antenna input (SMB).

The set up is as follows:

antenna--->rg6 cable--->splitter--->((rg6 cable--->F to SMB cable--->radio)) x2



If anyone has any questions, let me know.
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So would you need another splitter with multiple outlets on it, then additional F to SMB cable to hook up to the tuner if you wanted to expand it to more than two connections? I wonder if those items are available? I currently have a similar setup now but it's with the old kit and it only allows for one connection. I'd like this better I think. That antenna seems to have a very large footprint which is great for ultimate reception. I have a regular home antenna in my bedroom, which is in the back of the house. The reception does drop down sometimes. I may just get one of these and let my son have this one, he has been wanting one and only uses one connection.

So what is the cost of this setup?
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DAB, you are correct on what you would need to expand this set up. Iam looking around to see if I can find the F to SMB cable. Everything else can be found at Home Depot.

$40 for the set up from TSS.

$15 for rg6 (just cable), $5 for a pack of 10 twist on male rg6 plugs, $16 for the cable stripper (some might even have one), and $2 for the clips.

$78 for my set up. I still have 50' of wire and 6 plugs left to expand my set up.
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After I drilled the whole in the wall to my office it looked sloppy. I went to my local hardware store and spent $.49 for a face plate with a whole in the center for cable. I took the nut and washer off the F to SMB cable and connected it to the plate. I then screwed the cable from the splitter into that. I pushed the cable and screwed it to the wall. I then caulked the hole from the other side.



Soon my whole house will have this set up.
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Is it safe to run plain RG6 from an aerial antenna into a home without some sort of consideration to grounding it?
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I didn't ground anything.

You have pics of what you did?
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Will it work with Cable TV?
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The kit I used won't, but this one will:

http://www.tss-radio.com/sirius-catv...on-p-4081.html
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The only problem with that is if I were to wire the Outdoor Antenna with the CATV combiner from outside to the house, the combined signals have to pass through a four-splitter amplifier inside the walls of the house that I cannot replace and the range goes between 1 MHz and 2 GHz. I'm worried this won't work through the splitter.
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Looking at MM pictures it looks like the spliter may actually have a grounding screw on it. But of course you'd have to run a grounding wire to a ground rod.
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It does. But I do not have a grounding rod near there.

I guess I'll wire it to a golf club in a metal bucket filled with water.
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I didn't ground anything.

You have pics of what you did?
No, but it is easy to explain. I used to have a plain omni-directional off-air TV antenna off an auxiliary mast located on my fascia mounted DirecTV mast - for picking up HD locals. I wasn't using it anymore and it had RG6 w/ground hooked to it and routed through my sat TV's grounding system, which is my home's grounding system at the electrical box/meter. Its install was as simple as swapping a TV antenna for the Sirius RG6 compatible antenna. But...

Sirius' lack of a grounding setup on the antenna itself makes me wonder about the whole deal really. Common sense says to ground a potential lightning target mounted outside the house, and the antenna without the splitter doesn't seem to have a place to otherwise be grounded. I just clamped the ground onto one of the U-bolts that I used to mount it to the mast. I hope it works in the unlikely event that....You get the picture. But the antenna seems to be working great otherwise.
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I've got a dunce question... If I have to mount my antenna outside the house, what are some possible ways to get the cable inside the house? Its a rental home so I can't make any permanent changes to it.

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update... I was up in the attic and can drill a hole in the overhang and run the wire through the attic. That will probably be my best option.
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Got a problem ok i got this because my father got a sportster 4 and i got a stiletto i have my home dock in my room and he has his home dock in the living room. My room is upstairs. So we ran some wire my room has a longer wire but not too long i might have hit 100 ft. So now we plug in our radios and my stiletto in my room gets 1 bar. I put his sportster 4 in my room and i get 3 bars. Now i bring my stiletto downstairs in the living room and i get 3 bars down stairs so why is it that my stiletto will not get 3 bars in my room but my dads sportster 4 can?
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