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How to Wire an Outside Antenna to a Dish Satellite

A Dish Network satellite dish is not designed to accept broadcast signals from a TV broadcast tower. To receive the broadcast network's TV channels, wire an outdoor HD antenna to the satellite dish. Many outdoor HD antennas designed to work with a satellite dish are available from an electronics store or hobby shop and all necessary hardware is included. Once the signal from both the satellite dish and the outdoor HD antenna are wired together, you can select it for use on the satellite receiver at will.


  1. Place an outdoor HD antenna, for example, the Terk TV-44, on the top edge of the satellite dish. Squeeze the tab to open the jaws of the clamp on each side of the outdoor HD antenna. Place the open jaws of the clamps onto the edge of the satellite dish. Release the tab to close the clamps. Adjust the outdoor HD antenna so it is evenly seated atop the satellite dish.
  2. Loosen the end of the coaxial cable with a pliers, which is screwed into the multiswitch output. Remove the coaxial cable and screw it into the output on the Diplexor module included with the outdoor HD antenna.
  3. Screw the end of a coaxial cable provided with the outdoor HD antenna into the output on the antenna. Screw the other end of the coaxial cable into one of the two inputs on the Diplexor module.
  4. Screw an end of an included coaxial cable into the other input on the Diplexor module. Screw the other end of the coaxial cable into the output on the multi-switch. Tighten down all of the coaxial cables with the pliers.
  5. Place the Diplexor module against the bracket attached to the satellite dish. Secure the module to the bracket with strips of duct tape.
  6. Turn the satellite receiver around so you can see the back. With the pliers, loosen the coaxial cable going into the "Sat" input with the pliers. Remove the coaxial cable.
  7. Screw the coaxial cable just removed into the input of the Diplexor switch module. Tighten the coaxial cable with the pliers. Screw in an end of two included coaxial cables into "Sat" and "Ant"-labeled outputs on the Diplexor switch module. Tighten the coaxial cables with the pliers.
  8. Screw in the free end of the coaxial cable attached to the "Sat" output into the "Sat" input on the back of the satellite receiver. Screw in the free end of the other coaxial cable into the "Ant" input on the back of the satellite receiver. Tighten the coaxial cables with the pliers. Turn the satellite receiver back around.

Things You Will Need

  • Pliers
  • Outdoor HD antenna kit
  • Duct tape

Warning

  • The signals from the satellite dish and outdoor HD antenna will not be transmitted to the receiver if the coaxial cables are not connected in the proper order.

References

About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."