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We just converted our analog and get a bad picture

We used the RCA ATSC Converter box, model DTA800B with our analog TV. We had lots of picture and sound going off and on - very annoying. So we bought a new antenna - Radio Shack HDTV Ourdoor/Indoor Directional Antenna and replaced our old one on the roof. There has been no change - we still get a very bad picture. What else could be the problem? Do we need a different converter box? The reviews for the antenna are very good.

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I would think it is wise to try another converter box. That is the only way to know for sure. There is also a possiblity that the reception where you are located is very poor.

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Posted on Feb 09, 2009

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