A week ago Hughes did an install changing me over from DishNet. The modem and the antenna system were change over but the three year old in-ground cabling was not replaced. Should it have been? What are the chances that i will see system problems due to the cabling.
It was installed by the DishNet installer and I don't think it is direct burial rated but I guess it will be good until it's not. I'm thinking I should have requested it replaced so it would have been a completely NEW installation. Time will tell
Usually installers don't carry cable that's rated for direct burial as they aren't required to do a direct cable burial installation if they don't have to. Getting direct burial would make the install cost more out of your pocket, mostly due to the extra labor and fact the cable costs so much more.
Wish Alan was around, he would be able to tell you exactly what grade cable you would need. I honestly like the conduit idea, but it's more time consuming to dig up and lay conduit then run the cable inside that.
it is only about a fifty foot run from poll to ground block at house and is an easy dig. I was the one that buried it during the install before. I will do it again this time with db cable AND conduit because next time I might be to OLD to do it
One thing I would like to add, if you ARE doing this your self, consider running two cables, it's much easier if one ever goes bad to swap the cables around, it would also give you room if you ever wanted another dish out in that location in the future.
I was thinking the same, just didn't know there was such a thing. At the very least would sure jar the hands and arms if it hit something substantial. This is much better or as you say even a tiller to at least break up the earth and make it easier: