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Old 01-06-2007, 01:14 PM   #1
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I just installed a Sirius CATV Home Distribution Kit, Part # 14250.



This antenna kit allows you to use your existing cable TV wiring to carry the Sirius satellite signal. Install the antenna on the roof, wall, mast, etc, run a coax wire to your cable TV entry point, install one of the included diplexers, and install the other diplexer at the TV location where your Sirius receiver is. You'll get the best reception, and the flexibility to move the receiver anywhere in the house where you have a CATV line.

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-s8WyxeO...atv&i=60714250

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Edit - Here are the pictures of my install. The instructions included with the antenna are very good. One point to remember... The larger diplexer MUST be installed on the receiver end.
Everything you need is included in the kit, except the RG6 coax cable.



A few years ago, I ran two RG6 coax cables to the roof, in case I ever installed satellite TV. The cables went from the roof to the basement. So I just used one of these cables for the Sirius antenna, and terminated the unused one. The total cable run is about 100', and the limit is about 150'. The ground wire goes directly to my electric service ground. The following was purchased from Radio Shack:
Weather-Resistant Coax Boot, Part #: 278-1658, Cost: .99 (qty 2)
Dual Lead-In Grounding Block, Part #: 15-920, Cost: 3.99


In the picture below, the top splitter is the original cable TV splitter that split the cable TV for two rooms. On the bottom is the new Sirius diplexer, which combines the signal from the Sirius antenna with the CATV signal and sends them both over the same cable to room 1. The two white coax cables just beneath the phone cables are the cables from the roof.


Detailed view of the cable TV splitter and the Sirius diplexer.


In room 1 where the Sirius radio is located, the single cable comes up from the diplexer in the basement, into this diplexer (remember to use the LARGER diplexer here). The signals are then split off to the TV and the Sirius home dock.


The black wire is the Sirius SMB cable, which is included with the antenna. Both ends on the SMB cable and the diplexer are male ends, so I just made up a short piece of coax to connect both together. You could just buy an adapter, but I wanted to get this done, and had the supplies to make the cable.


The final result...Near perfect satellite signal!
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Old 01-06-2007, 01:15 PM   #2
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Is there any chance we can make this a "sticky" thread? Not sure if it's worthy, but it should be helpful.

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Is there any chance we can make this a "sticky" thread? Not sure if it's worthy, but it should be helpful.

Thanks,
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Good Post Dean! I have indeed made it a sticky... Thanks for sharing this and even providing pictures!

You folks are the reason SBS is a great community!

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Some people really do a good job at these walk throughs. nice.
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Nice clean install...especially with the stuff on the roof. Good job.
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NOW, you post this. You should have posted it before I bought my other antennae. LOL

I guess it goes back and I will buy the one you have.

Thanks for a great post with the way to do it.

EDIT: Forgot to ask.... Does it mess with cable reception or weaken the signal? I am about to get DirecTV Wednesday and I do not want to mess up the reception.

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It didn't effect the cable TV reception at all.
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Forgot to ask.... Does it mess with cable reception or weaken the signal? I am about to get DirecTV Wednesday and I do not want to mess up the reception.
As long as you use the appropriate diplexer/combiner and splitters, good quality cable, and good terminations (I prefer crimps over the screw ons), you should have no problem. The Sirius signal is on a different frequency than your TV/Internet/VoIP. You can start to get degredation and signal ingress when you have too many splits, old cracked or weathered wire, a staple goes through the cable insulation, a loose end, etc. This sort of setup has been in use for years with the DirecTV users who receive their local TV channels over the air.
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I have the CATV kit ordered . I have read where this set up has caused interference with some TV`s . If I end up with some interference I can`t cure can this same antenna be set up as you would if you bought just an outdoors antenna or are they two different antennas ?
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Nice documentation! I've been looking for something like this since I have drop offs in my s50 home dock... I think I'm going to go with this method.
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Gizmo,

Yes you can. Just don't use the diplexers. Run the coax directly from your antenna to your receiver, and use the included SMB adapter to connect to the home dock.

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Great ! Thanks Dean .I wanted to know what my options were if I wasn`t happy with the CATV set up . I will just add a ground thing like the catv has on the side of the house and do as you said .
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Although this is a nice write up I don't believe it is a typical usage pattern. I thought the main use of this would be to avoid having to run an extra line from the sirius antenna through the building. ie. the first splitter would be outside instead of inside.
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In my case I only ask because after I ordered a CATV set up for the reasons mentioned in the previous post I have read where some people had interference on their TV when using SIRIUS at the same time . I`m just checking out my options if I have problems also
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If the room where i have the Sirius radio that will use this antenna has multiple outlets for my cable (i.e. i have 3 spots in my living room where the TV can be) can I just use one of those outlets without using the second large diplexer?
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