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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 2017-03-06, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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New guy with OTA connection question...

I'm hoping someone can confirm something for me...
Could I connect an indoor OTA antenna to a coaxial cable outlet upstairs for my TV that is in the basement?
I'm assuming the upstairs and basement cable outlets would share the same cable via a splitter, so would that work?
I've tried connecting an antenna directly to the TV in the basement, but reception is poor... I'm in Calgary.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 2017-03-06, 03:45 PM
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That depends on how your outlets are wired, but in general, some reconfiguration is required.
In most modern installations, each outlet is a "home-run" back to the entry point where the splitter is located.

In order to feed the OTA antenna from an upstairs cable outlet to the TV in the basement, you would want to change the connection at the splitter from the cable run to upstairs to be connected to the "input" of the splitter.

If you are only trying to feed the one TV in the basement, then it would be better to disconnect the splitter entirely, and connect the the two cable runs with a simple F-barrel connector. This way, all the signal from the OTA antenna is passed to the TV in the basement, rather than only half (or less, depending on whether the splitter is a two-way, three-way, or four-way splitter.)
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 2017-03-06, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply...
I think I understand what you're saying.
I'm finding it difficult to understand how my house was wired... it was built in the 60's and is a bungalow with an almost flat roof where the cable comes in from a pole in the back alley into the ceiling of the house, but there is no attic.
I have yet to find any real junction spot and all I know is the upstairs cable outlet (which works, but nothing is connected) and the basement cable outlet are directly inline with one another.

Perhaps I'll first experiment with running a cable from the basement window outside to an antenna to see what reception I'll even get. Maybe I'll need to hire someone to run a cable to the roof.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 2017-03-06, 04:31 PM
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If the cabling is from the 1960s, it's likely to be RG-59. This has much higher losses than most RF-coax used today (like RG-6). It would probably be best to run new cable rather than trying to utilize the existing stuff. You may find that there are splitters or connectors hidden in the walls that could further degrade your signal.

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