Television Antenna

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My Exede dish is mounted on a pole that stands about eight feet from my house.  I am considering setting up a second pole for an outdoor TV/AM/FM antenna to receive local broadcasts (I don't want a 'Pay TV' service and I don't want to drill holes in my house).  I don't want to have any interference problems between the two.  How far away from the dish should the new pole and antenna be?
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Jim Cleveland

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With a tv fm antenn, the height above ground is  very important. The higher you can get it then the stronger signal you will receive.  Height is not important for a satellite dish.

Are you going to use a directional antenna or an omni directional antenna?
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Hi Mark,  I haven't made a choice on the antenna yet.  My concern is the distance between the dish and the antenna.
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I understand that but if you use a directional antenna with gain then you will need a greater separation than if you use a non-directional antenna.

I would think 10 feet away would be fine since the sat dish is very directional. How close were you thinking of going ?
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As long as you don't put the new antenna in front of, (or directly above) the dish, you should be ok.
But as the earlier gentleman pointed out.  You need to get that terrestrial broadcast antenna as high up as possible.   If you have a hill between you and the stations you're trying get, then it is even MORE important to go up.   Also, it's a pretty good idea to be at least at the height of the tops of any trees.
I have a 40 foot tower with all those things in the way.   The tower is about 10 feet off to one side and I have no interference problems.
I have been considering adding another 15 feet.   I have 3 antennas on that tower.  1 large antenna with a rotor & booster, one stationary antenna pointed in the opposite direction and one omnidirectional FM antenna.   also, it is important that you get a good quality, low noise booster for those high frequency/HDTV channels.
http://www.hdtvprimer.com/ANTENNAS/comparing.html
http://www.palgear.com/

good luck!  (oh and make sure you get good quality rf cable with a ground lead wire inside the cable.  it helps!)
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Thank you for the information, Tomas!