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Can you use the cables from your dish to hook up an antenna Answered

I am switching from Directv to a TV antenna...can I just hook the coaxial cables that are currently hooked into the Directv dishes over to the antenna? Or do I have to run all new cable?


Thank you all for your iinput,  I managed to get the antenna installed yesterday.  I was hoping I would be able to hook into the directtv multi switch but ended up having to purchase a new splitter...but the cable did indeed work and I have AWESOME reception.  Yay for free TV!

You probably can, but if your new antenna doesn't have a coaxial connection you'll need an impedence matching transformer between the cable and the antenna (much like you need one between coax and an older TV set's screw-type antenna terminals). There'll be a bit of signal strength lost in going through the transformer, but unless you're out on the fringes it will probably work well enough.

yes i think that u could because there like the same ting .i hope i helped

If the new antenna uses coaxial cable, then you can use these wires with no problem.  They're actually a little more heavily-shielded than regular coaxial cable, so they tend to have better noise rejection.