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No antenna reception with digital converter box.

Usually get 6-8 over the air channels but with digital box only get blue screen all channel combinations. TV set to 3 or 4, all channels on converter yield same blue screen.

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  • tjvertigo Nov 24, 2008

    Is there a signal booster I can purchase? I get terrible reception even with a $40 new antenna. It cuts in and out, no signal from one second to the next and no matter what I do with the antenna I can't keep a good signal.

  • oregonguy Dec 30, 2008

    Installed the digital converter box as instructed, TV screen readout says No Signal. Roof antenna brought in analog signals just fine. Radio Shack guy wants to sell me a new antenna, neighbor says get a better cable from antenna to TV. How much is all this going to cost me?

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    I live in the country. I have purchased indoor antennas but done will bring in a signal.I live over 40 miles from a city and have been told antennas may not work if I live that far away from a city. I have been told that I may have to get a digital tv or get satelite.

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2009

    My TV does not pick up signals with neither the regular rabit ears nor with an amplified antenna. I will greatly appreciate your help. Thanks. LED56

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Hello Faznmc,

I have found that with an ordinary antenna connected to the converter box it can receive nearly all channels, however I have run into cases where I had to use an amplified TV antenna to pick up signals. I have started telling folks that when they install their converter boxes to try to use the plain old rabbit ears antenna, but if that does not work, use an amplified antenna, and that usually does the trick.

I hope this helps
Thank you,
Shuttle83

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