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The question is, for my small portable Emerson color TV (which seemingly has no external Coaxial cord position), how do I attach a converter box or otherwise assure continued receipt of a signal when the change-over from ATV to DTV occurs ?  Is there a "live" telephone customer service person with whom I can possibly talk ?  (Phone number of Customer service ?)   I have a small (4 x41/2 ") portable AC/DC  2 Way Color Emerson Radio-TV combination, Model T00560 manufactured in Taiwan October 1990.  It works well as an "in the kitchen" unit.  I want to attach a "converter" box to the unit in preparation for the february change-over from Analog to Digital TV signal.  The unit has a bult-in single pole antenna or essentially a one-ear rabbit ear. As far as I can tell or see, the unit has no external positions for attaching a coaxial or any other cable from the "converter" box.  I have long since misplaced the "original instructions".   The question is, how do I attach a converter box or otherwise assure continued receipt of a signal when the change-over from ATV to DTV occurs ?

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AThere is a port on the unit to install an outside anntenna so I'll head to Radio Shck with the set toi get the appropriare item....I hope.  Solution came from ustomer Sewrvice via Telephone though it took a20 minute wait for them to answer.

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