How to Hook a TV Antenna to a Satellite Dish

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

A stand-alone TV antenna can provide free digital television broadcasts for local stations that a satellite TV service does not provide. You can get the television signal from a TV antenna using the same cable already in place for the wall-mounted or roof-mounted satellite dish being used to send the satellite transmissions into the home. A TV antenna designed for outdoor use will be needed along with special equipment available from a satellite supply shop. Some hardware supplies also will be required.

Things You'll Need

  • TV antenna kit
  • Diplexor encoding module
  • Diplexor decoding switch
  • Diplexor decoding switch power supply
  • 2 coaxial cables, 6 feet long
  • Satellite receiver
  • TV

Step 1

Stand the TV antenna next to the satellite dish. Connect one end of the included coaxial cable into the coax output on the TV antenna. Connect the other end of the coaxial cable into one of the two coax inputs on the diplexer encoding module.

Step 2

Unscrew the coax connector of the cable connected to the coax output of the multi-switch attached to the satellite dish. Screw the coax connector into the other coax input on the diplexer encoding module.

Step 3

Plug the power cord of the diplexor decoding selector into the power input on the selector switch. Plug the AC cord into the wall socket for power.

Step 4

Unscrew the coax connector of the coaxial cable that is screwed into the coax input on the back of the satellite receiver. Screw the coax connector into the coax input on the diplexer decoding switch.

Step 5

Screw an end of a coaxial cable into the "Ant" output on the diplexer decoding switch. Screw the other end of the coaxial cable into the "Ant" input on the back of the TV.

Step 6

Screw an end of a coaxial cable into the "Sat" output on the diplexer decoding switch. Screw the other end of the coaxial cable into the coax input on the back of the satellite receiver.

Tips & Warnings

  • Adding a TV antenna to a satellite dish can dilute the signal coming into the home.