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TV Antenna Cable Install

by on Jul.08, 2020, under Communications

For the past few years, we have had an external beam TV antenna mounted on a post outside of the cabin.  Pointed at Kingman, roughly 60 miles away, we receive most of the TV channels available from there.  Prior to this, we had DirecTV installed, but gave that up as we recognized that we really didn’t watch many of the channels that were on there.

Each trip to the Ranch would find us crawling on our backs, poking the antenna cable up through a small hole in the floor.  Then when we left for the Valley, we again had to crawl under the cabin to remove the cable.  If we left the cable laying on the ground, it would have been susceptible to cattle stepping on it, and rodents chewing on it.

So on the last trip up in June, we installed some underground PVC conduit from the antenna location to the LittleHouse. After running some RG-6 cable through the conduit, we terminated both ends with Type-F connectors inside an accessible box.  With a barrel connector on each end, we were able to have a complete circuit that could be left in place without the worry of the cable getting damaged.

Antenna Junction Box

Conduit Run

 

Buried Conduit

I didn’t have the right size of F-Connector for the quad-shielded cable at the house end.  We used the original connector that came with the cable on the antenna end.  We fitted the F-connector we had available at the house end, and crimped it with a pair of pliers. It worked that way for the remainder of the trip, and we will bring the correct connector up on our next trip.

Anyway, one less chore to worry about on arrival and departure days…

 

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