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The TV station just ran a test and our Jenson JE2043 in our motorhome does not receive the new digital signal which becomes effective in February. What do we need to do to be able to receive the digital signal? Thanks. Sue

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  • sue6776 Dec 17, 2008

    Do they make converter boxes for 12volt TV's? Thanks

  • spidersuds Feb 24, 2009

    I purchased the analog convereter to use in my motorhome, but the analog is 110 AC and I want someting for 12 volt system, is is possible



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You'll need one of the new converter boxes and possibly a new antenna. The US Gov't has been issuing $40 coupons toward the purchase of basic converter boxes, and some places have set prices so that you basically get them free. You can get up to 2 coupons from www.dtv2009.gov.

Once you have the converter box, you leave your TV on channel 3 (or 4, depending on how you set it) and do your channel changing with the box.

With the new digital broadcasts, signal strength is more important than with analog. You might need to upgrade your antenna if all you have is a small pair of rabbit-ears. The only way to know for sure is to see what channels the box finds with your current antenna. There are a bunch of different indoor antennas to choose from if you need one, and outside antennas as well if you really need the pull.

The downside to all this is that you may wind up with fewer channels to watch, depending on your area. If you were able to get a fuzzy but watchable picture on analog, the station may not be strong enough for digital. You don't know 'til you try it. The picture quality of the DTV signal is much better, though.

Hope this is helpful...please feel free to rate my answer as you see fit.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

  • Dec 17, 2008

    Interesting question. I have not seen a converter box directly offering a DC input, but that doesn't mean nobody makes one. Probably your best solution would be to get a small inverter to convert 12 volts DC to 120 volts AC. For the power needed by the converter box you wouldn't need a huge capacity inverter. Wal-Mart, Radio Shack and probably a large auto-parts store would have them. Wal-Mart's site lists a few in the $20-$30 range, Radio Shack's prices are a few bucks higher.

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