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Can I convert this tv to a digital converter? It has no external connections except for the electric plug. I use for camping and for emergency power loss. Thank you for your help.

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  • antone4228 Mar 12, 2009

    Hi pph_pa_guy, thanks for your response. My TV is a Panasonic Model TR 5046P AC/DC Battery DC 9.6V 6W.

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    Thanks for your help. I finally have the information and proceedure to solve my inquery. You are the best!

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    What make and model TV is this?

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I was hoping I'd be able to find a manual or service info in my files once I knew the model, but no luck. So I don't know for sure on your TV, but almost every set Panasonic made had an external antenna connection. They usually used a mini jack, normally on the rear or one of the side panels. If you find a connection on your set, just pick up the appropriate adapter from Radio Shack. (The plug on an antenna cable is called an F-connector, so you can fling about tech terms.)

If this set truly has no external antenna connector, you can still hook a converter box to the set. Get a 75-ohm to 300-ohm converter (also called a balun). This has the threaded F-connector on one end and a length of flat two conductor antenna cable with terminals at the other end. Simply use an alligator clip jumper wire to clip one of the terminals to the TV's built-in rod antenna and turn the set to channel 3 or 4 for the converter box signal.

The bigger problem you might have is if you use this set without an AC power source. I haven't yet seen a converter box that allows you to use a DC power source. They all have built-in supplies and need AC. It might be possible to add a DC input jack to a converter, but I've never tried it.

Hope I've been able to help you. Thanks for asking here!

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