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Old 09-02-2015, 04:39 PM   #1
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A/B Switch for Shaw Direct

I have a Wineguard trav'ler automatic Shaw Direct satellite antenna on the roof of my 5th. I also have a portable sat dish on a tripod on the ground when the roof mounted dish can't get a signal because of trees or other obstacles. Both units come into the Shaw Direct receiver from different locations. In order to get the potable dish to work it enters the trailer from the external jack at the rear and uses the "A" part on the jack plate. The roof mounted unit is attached to the receiver.
What I am looking for is an A/B switch that would allow me to hookup both leads from the respective sat dishes and switch between them for the sat dish I am using. The switcher would then connect into the Shaw Direct receiver in the trailer. Right now I am switching the respective cables over manually. We use only one TV in the trailer which is hooked to HDMI.
Does anyone on the forum use Shaw Direct and can point me towards a suitable A/B switch?

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Old 09-03-2015, 07:48 AM   #2
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Shaw direct or other makes no difference they are all 75 ohm cable. Any good electronics shop should have this.. Radio Shack used to be my supplier of choice till they left Canada. These should work:

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Old 09-03-2015, 08:54 AM   #3
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Seann45 is correct, it doesn't matter what sat provider you have...

But there are differences in switches.

I'd go with the "high isolation" switches from his link like this one.
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