Antenna cable

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  1. DanMU

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    Eventually I'll probably set up a satellite dish and go HDTV but for now I'm using one or two antennas and feeding TV and FM signals to a TV, two SVHS VCRs, a computer (soon two) with TV/FM card (both computers) and a HT receiver. I'll be running antenna cable to two or three locations and splitting further from there to several components. Of course, signal degradation is a concern. I've heard that RG-6 is much better than RG-59 (which I now have), so I'll definitely use RG-6. Doing some research I see that there are different qualities of RG-6 available. Some cheaper stuff uses copper covered steel core, whereas some uses pure copper and you can even get silver core for a premium. I saw 500' of RG-6 at Home Depot selling for $38 and wonder if that would be OK. My runs will be around 50 feet, but then there's the splitting, mostly near the end of the run. My first (two-way) split will be after maybe 25 feet. I figure the Home Depot stuff is the cheapest grade, but don't know. I'll be running the cable from the antenna through a wall into my attic, splitting it there and then through ceilings and along molding to the equipment. Home Depot had black and white (they were out of the white when I was there), and I'd get white if I had a choice because it would look better in the house. Can anyone coach me on the basics? Thanks!
     
  2. Iver

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    This excellent article on TV antennas in the recent Home Theater Magazine gives the details on signal loss over given lengths of various types of coax, loss through splitters, and advice on where to use an amplifier.

    http://www.hometheatermag.com/showarchives.cgi?156
     

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