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Want to continue to record on my VCR after digital hookup

I have an antenna on my roof and have an analog tv and analog dvd/vcr. I still record many programs on multiple channels on my vcr. I hope to buy a new tv and dvr in the spring. Until then:

I purchased both and RCA digital converter box (DTA800B1) and then the DishTV Pal Plus digital recorder which is supposed to allow users to watch one station on tv while recording multiple stations on a vcr after hookup.

Problem is, I cannot figure out how to make this work. I bought a splitter and I followed instructions from www.fcc.gove/cgb/consumerfacts/converterbox_fcr.html for Set-up #2: "Watch One Channel while Recording a Different Channel." I used the RCA converter box for my tv and the DishTV Pal Plus for my vcr. I was able to set up "Box A" (RCA) to get my tv channels.

After set up of Box A, the instructions fro www.fcc.gov stated "Set your tv to "audio/video in" and tune your VCR to channel 3 or 4 (follow the instructions in the converter box manual) to set up Converter Box "B." Using the remote that came with Converter Box "B," follow the on-screen set-up guide to scan for available DTV channels."

After 2.5 hours of trying, I could not figure out how to set up "Box B," the DishTV PalPlus. I could not figure out how to get to "audio/video in" or tune my vcr to channel 3. I finally gave up and went back to my analog hookup for now. Manuals were not helpful.

My tv does not have a 3/4 switch on the back, nor does my vcr. Channel 3 or 4 can be selected on the vcr through the setup menu. The RCA digital converter has a 3/4 switch, but the DishTv Pal Plus does not.

3 is not a station in the Baltimore area, but 4 is a Washington, DC station that I can receive by turning my antenna. In fact, Box A picked up Channel 4.1 and 4.2.

Can anyone help with 1) a diagram for hooking all of this up, and 2) afterward, how to make my tv and vcr "talk" to each other.

Frustrated. Thanks!

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You have to use the RCA plugs on the back of the converter box and the tv (red,yellow and white). Or you can attach the antenna wire to box and then attach the wire that comes with the converter that is listed as to the tv and instead attach it to the antenna in on the vcr. The converter box will determine which channel your vcr will get a singal to record from. Your VCR for every program will be set to channel 3 or 4 (depending on what your converter box is set to broadcast on). Make sure the power saver on the converter box is turned off as if you want to record a program in say 4 hours, if the converter box turns off in 2, your vcr will have nothing to record.

I ran seperate coaxible cable to the tv from vcr and unplug the tv converter box everytime I want to watch the vcr. You can also use the RCA cord to send the signal from the vcr to the tv and use the input signal to watch your recorded programs. I had static showing up everytime I played it through the second converter box thus I solved it by running a seperate coax line. I don't know if you will have this problem, just wanted you to be aware.

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