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GE Spacemaker TV/Radio combination Model #7-7650

I need to know if the converter box will work with this TV: it is not on cable and has an antenna with it, but the antenna is not and outside antenna. Thanks Patsy txtinker@comcast.net

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Yes, you will need an external antenna to pull in the digital signals. It will not work with the built-in antenna on the GE. Alternately, you can use an external antenna (ie, rabbit ears), connect them to the converter box, then connect the converter box to the antenna jack on the back of the TV (I think it has one). Granted, not an elegant solution for a kitchen TV, but it beats not using it anymore.

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