Can I use coaxial cable on my house mounted, outdoor TV antenna?

James asks…

How can I hook up an outdoor TV antenna to feed the signal to all my rooms using the cable connection in wall?

I want to hook up an outdoor antenna to watch over the air hdtv, what would be the way to hook it up and distribute the signal to all the cable wall plate that is in all my rooms? its a newer home and has coaxial cable connections in all the rooms, is there anyway i can hook up the tv to those to watch tv from my outdoor antenna?

admin answers:

Absolutely. Make sure the antenna you select has a 75 ohm connector so you can use coaxial cable. Connect the antenna to a “splitter” available at any hardware or electronics store. Connect the cables from the various rooms to the output terminals on the splitter. If the signal is not strong enough you can use a splitter with an amplifier. Since your home is already wired, there may be a central junction already in place, in which case you simply wire the antenna to the junction.

Paul asks…

Can I use coaxial cable on my house mounted, outdoor TV antenna?

I’ve used the $40 coupon and I’ve bought the DTV converter box. The old, brown , insulation on my outdoor antenna has deteriorated. Can I replace the old wire with coaxial and happily receive TV signals?
Please give me details about the “matching transformer” at radio shack. Thanks in advance for the helpful replies.

admin answers:

Yes.. You can buy a Matching Transformer at Radio Shack for about 5 bucks…It converts the flat wire to coax cable.

Robert asks…

What kind of quality an outdoor TV antenna can provide?

I switched from satellite to cable but now I’m thinking of getting rid of cable and getting an outdoor antenna. What kind of quality should I expect? Is it true that an outdoor antenna provides better quality that cable or satellite?

admin answers:

That’s basically correct. While the HD picture from satellite and cable systems is usually excellent, that from the over-the-air signal has the potential to be the clearest because it has the least compression, or perhaps no compression at all. HD signals on cable and satellite systems are usually digitally compressed, sometimes extensively, in order to fit in the available bandwidth.

The trick with the over-the-air signal is to get the right antenna, and that can be a science itself. If you’re in the U.S., you can learn a lot about what channels you might expect to receive and what type antenna is recommended from the link below.

Don’t shy away from getting an antenna and installation from a professional service if you don’t have the skills necessary to decide exactly what you need and how to install it. A professional installation will give you the best results and will cost a fraction of what you are paying for cable in a year.

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