How do I scan for channels with my RCA converter box
I have a RCA converter box and set it up a few months ago, today our local channel converted to a digital signal and now I need to scan for channels again. I've misplaced my instructions and cannot figure out how to do it???????????????????????
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The RCA BD20TF10 was manufactured before digital tuners (ATSC) were required. It only has an analog (NTSC) tuner so you will need a digital to analog converter box to watch most local channels. (These were the boxes available with the discount coupon as the ATSC broadcast transmitters were enabled.) Depending on the converter box model, use either the composite video input or use the RF antenna connection. If you use the RF output from the converter, you will need to set the TV to channel 3 or 4 (set the switch on the box to match). Then follow the directions for searching for channels with the converter box.
You may be able to find a low power analog station still broadcasting. However, you'd need to be close to the transmitter or have an antenna that is rated for a long-range signals. (Usually this will need to be an outdoor antenna with few obstructions between the transmitter and the antenna.) To scan for any available NTSC channels, make sure that the TV is set to TV mode. Then press Menu. Use the Up/Down arrows to highlight Channels and press OK. Select Auto Channel Search and press OK. You may need to confirm this step by highlighting the Start Search option and pressing OK. This will also let you add the appropriate channel for watching the signal from the converter box with the RF cable. The manual for this TV is available from Sears Parts Direct here: http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/user-manuals/BD20TF10-Rca-Parts-Television-Parts-manual . The direct link to the manual is http://c.searspartsdirect.com/mmh/pd_download/lis_pdf/OWNM/L0312126.pdf .
I hope this helps. I'm not sure if the Menu feature is available from the front panel buttons. You may need a remote with a matching code to do the channel scan.
Check ur tv converter box a small button on the back of the converter box make sure it is not set to channel 4,make sure it set it to channel 3.Put ur tv on channel 3.Take the antena signal input put it in the converter box hole that call ANT.Take the wire that came with the converter box put the wire one side of it connected to the other hole into the converter that said OutPut.The other side of the wire should be connected to the hole in the tv said ANT hole.Now make sure ur tv converter box power a/c cord plug into the a/c power outlet and the power button is press on and have power to the converter box.The converter box now power LED light on indication should be on and it is green.Now the tv CRT screen picture should have a menu of the converter box funsctions.Just follow the on screen instructions and press the enter button on the remote and it will now auto scan for those free air Digital DTV channels.When the auto scan it reaches 100% is it done.Now u have done it.
If you are feeding the signal from your digital converter into the TV antenna input, I would input the converters signal to the TVs video input instead. I am assuming your converter has a video output signal and left & right audio so you will need cables for your audio also. If your converter has only rf output for the TV tuner input it is generally on either channel 3 or 4 and there may be a switch to set this. It is possible that when the TV scanned for channels the converter was off and it did not find a signal on 3 or 4. If you can get the TV to re-scan, be sure the converter is turned on and on an active channel. All your channel selection should be via the converter after that and the TV simply stays on 3 or 4. I would suggest looking in to getting the original remote. Try partstore.com and see if they have one for your model.
Basically, you cannot use the coax connections for both the VCR and the RCA converter box. I would hook up the phono/cinch connectors from the VCR to the TV if you can (these are also called RCA connectors, but I'm avoiding using that name so we dont confuse the digital receiver with a cable/connector name that is the same here). There should be a yellow one for video and red/white ones for left and right stereo. I believe the RCA converter comes with a three headed cable that can do this for you. With this configuration, you can set the TV to input on these connectors and the VCR should always output there. Once that is set, you can still use the converter box to receive the signal from your antenna, then run the coax to the VCR. Now, the VCR will always have to be set on channel 4 in your setup and you will need to manually change channels on the converter box for it to record a show. Does this make sense so far?