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1996 RCA Color TV model G27720tn

I get VERY scratchy reception on channel 2 (VHF), all other channels OK and cable is ok. Picture is visable but snowy, volumne is scratchy. What would be causing this?

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    I tried a different TV on the same cable as is feeding the TV with scratchy channel 2. The different TV is perfectly clear, no snow , no scratching.

    What;s up with that??

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If you are on cable, first run the cable wire from the wall directly to the TV, eliminating any cable box and/or VCR. If channel 2 is snowy but the rest (especially 3-6) are clear, it is most certainly a cable problem and not a TV problem. The TV uses the exact same circuits for channel 2 to 6 (VHF-LOW) so if the tuner was bad and 2 was snowy, 3, 4, 5 and 6 would be snowy too. Bring a second TV into that room, disconnect the cable wire from the RCA and connect it to the second TV. Is channel 2 on the second TV as snowy as it was on the RCA?

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