We installed the converter box, our tv used rabbit ears. It works fine most of the time, except when a plane flies over the house (we are on the take-off/landing path for the SeaTac airport), every time a plane goes overhead, we loose the signal, the flow of images stops to then slowly update only a few squares of the screen at the time, giving us a broken, annoying image and we loose part of the program for anywhere from 10-30 seconds. It's like trying to watch a movie on-line on a computer when the connection is not fast enough and it has to stop, download more of the program and then continues, except that on TV you just miss the segment.
Anything we can do about that other then going satellite or cable?
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If you are concerned about over the air programming, you will need a converter box to pull in and decipher the new channels. After the converter box, a pair of rabbit ears will work just fine. If you are subscribing to cable or satellite TV, nothing more than a connection to your RF connection on the TV itself. Thanks for asking and show a few hands of support!
You will once again, purchase a converter box to receive an over the air channel. I don't think you will have to really worry about using an over the air mode on the TV. It may be in the menu, but will work otherwise after being placed on channel 3 to receive through the converter box. The rabbit ears will be connected to the converter box itself.
A long time ago I used to see adapters that would allow a 75 ohm to 300 ohm connection for the older TV sets. These may not be easy to find anymore.
Considering all things practical and the age of the set, there comes a time when it is the time to get a new set! At least the new set will be compatible and you will be able to enjoy a better quality of performance.
the model you listed will receive digital rf signals without the need for a converter box. the link below is a link to the owners manual for your set, in it you will see what to do to get your local station once the television signals switch to all digital broadcasts.
Your TV is old enough to have not only screw terminals for the antenna, but it sounds like it has separate UHF and VHF terminals as well. Pick up a 75-ohm to 300-ohm adapter (available at Radio Shack and probably most other places that sell TV's and antennas). This is a small cylinder-shaped part with a threaded antenna connector on one end, and a flat wire with two terminals on the other end. Connect the cable from the converter box to the round connector, hook the two terminals to the VHF antenna screws on your TV, put the TV on channel 3 and you'll be set.
You should also pick up a new antenna designed to work with digital broadcasting. If you use the old rabbit ears you were using before, you will probably not pick up all the channels available in your area.