Oksat, Moose, Tico, or ?
I forgot to ask about grounding this system. It seems superfluous to do anything at the Dish, especially if we mount it on a Steel Pole. (It will certainly be grounded by nature.) Lightning stikes are a rarity in the valleys around here as the trees up the mountains take almost all the hits. Is there anything in the national electric code on this type of application? ( I plan to install a whole house surge supressor in the main electrical panel.)
But what should I do when the cables get to the house?
I'm either going to mount a lot of the Hardware on an outside wall in some sort of Box, or possibly inside an insulated, but at time unheated, garage (where the Boats are in the winter). I've seen ground block type couplers that I could use, and run a ground wire to a common point to avoid circular ground currents. But then insertion losses increase which I'd like to avoid.
I bought the Philips SDW5058 Satellite Multiswitch primarily because it was 5X8 and outdoor rated. Whereas the Eagle Aspen version was indoor rated only. It comes with the typical isolated (ungrounded) wall wort type AC power supply. I went to Princess Auto and bought the last Phillips SWD5058/17 5X8 Multiswitch on the shelf. I didn’t want to wait in case it sold out.
It was listed for $39.99 but with a sale sticker for $36.01. I noticed when I got outside, the net after tax was $35.85 so I checked the bill, and it scanned in at $32.01 plus taxes. The cashier said I could return it if I didn’t like it anytime as long as it’s not worn...(Sounds better than Costco -and a lot cheaper than SD!)
I then went to Home Depot and bough 50 Ideal RG6 Quad F connectors in a plastic bottle. They have a long shank after the compression point and a ¼” or so flat gasket inside where the cable exits the connector. I think these are pricey little buggers => $45 for 50 connectors. I hope our compression tool works with them??? I'm going to cover them with (heat) shrink tubing.
Then I got home and tried to find out if these Ideal 92-650 connectors were the right ones on the Web, and stumble across these on eBay - 100 for $14 => so I bought them. It they have the same gasket I’ll return the Home Depot ones. If not I’ve got lots of cheap inventory for inside connectors. You may want some too!
Just Google "100 qty Ideal Coax Cable F-Connectors Crimp-on RG-6 Q"