I've just hooked up my converter box. I can get most channels with decent reception. However, I can't get my NBC affiliate. I've been told that I need a new indoor directional antenna. What kind shoul
I've just hooked up my converter box. I can get most channels with decent reception. However, I can't get my NBC affiliate. I've been told that I need a new indoor directional antenna. What kind should I get? Most of the ones I see are for HD televisions. This TV was a gift. I don't have the manual. I don't even know if it IS an HD television. I would appreciate some advice. Thank you.
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Re: I've just hooked up my converter box. I can get most...
For an idea of the antenna type you need, look at tvfool.com and antennaweb.org. Antennaweb is very conservative in the channels it will list. At both sites, you can enter your address and they will list the channels that you can access and the direction to those signals (both actually assume an external antenna). Antennaweb is the better site for your needs - it lists stations by color. The color is the important factor of what antenna to chose (they will have that in the specifications for the antenna). The HD label is often a gimmick. In these days of digital tv stations, the signal is either on or off (all of the data sent will be received even by an SD TV). Since you use a converter box, you are getting SD out (unless you got one of the uncommon HD boxes which were not part of the government analog to digital conversion).
Re: I've just hooked up my converter box. I can get most...
Totally depends on how far you live from the station you want. I sell antennas, converter boxes, the whole shebang at my retail store, and you're not alone in your confusion :-) My best advice to you is this:
If you live closer than 15 miles, rabbit ears
If you live closer than 20 miles, omnidirectional
If you live closer than 50 miles, midrange outdoor (oldschool arial w/ rotator)
Further than 80 miles, you'll need a long range with rotator, perhaps
even an amplifier to go with it. Print off what your results were on
antenna web and bring it to a RadioShack or a local antenna store and
they should be able to point you to the right antenna for your
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Hi Virginia, we went through the analog/ digital changeover
here recently and it is all fairly straight forward really. If your tv is digital then you need no converter box. If your tv is analog then you will need a cnverter box. Some tvs are dual system compliant so only need to be switched over
The difference a good quality aerial makes to digital broadcast reception is great, I currently use amplified indoor aerials and they are adequate for our two sets but a good extenal aerial would be far better.
In direct answer to your question I believe you need an amplified indooe digital aerial if you eant decent digital reception.
An old analog aerial may not do the jov ....but you can always try it before buying any new equipment
Ok This is what I found out and hopefully found your solution..
Have you heard of Double Rescan?
The Federal Communication Comission Designed a Process called double rescan.
Double Rescanning erases and thenreprograms the channels in the converter box an digital TVs memory.
To Double Rescan, you will first need to disconnect the antenna from the converter box or antenna.
Then disconnect the converter and or digital tv power supplies from the wall. Wait a minute before plugging them back in. The antenna should still be disconnected.
With the antenna disconnected run the channel scan function on the coverter box or digital tv. When the scan completes you will have completely removed any channel data the converter box or digital tv, had in its memory.
Now it's time to rescan for real.
Do this by reconnecting the antenna to the converter box or digital tv and running the channel scan function again.
Thus the double rescan is born.
If the double rescan doesn't work, then try some tips and tricks to get your converter box up and running..I will have to look up the url again that has the tips and tricks...
If the double rescan doesn't work let me know and I will look up more options..
I really hope this works..
you will need to hook your signal to the converter box then into your vcr and then into your TV. Now if your vcr has signal out then you will not have any problems hooking your tv up to the vcr. You may have to use the audio out to get the right sound with your tv.
Many stations are not at full power for their digital broadcasts since they are broadcasting on analog as well. The signal srength should increase after the changeover. In the meantime, placing the antenna at the highest point will help. Also, changing the antenna to one designed for digital reception will help.
Ok first I can save you some money. Take your "HDTV" antenna back. There is nothing different about the antennas needed receive analog and digital signals. If you got reception without your converter box, use the same antenna with your converter box.
Next let's see if there is a problem with the box. Hook up a television with the antenna. How many stations do you get? Now hook up the same television & antenna, but this time put the converter box between the antenna & the TV. Do not turn on the box. Now how many stations do you get? If the number is different, the box is not allowing the antenna signal to pass through. That is bad. You want your signal to pass through the box so you can still pick up stations that don't broadcast digitally. Some areas of the country will not be covered by digital stations from all major broadcasters when the changeover happens in Feb.
My suspicion is either you did not have the antenna hooked up to the converter box when you searched for channels OR you are in an area that is not yet broadcasting digitally.
I hope this helps you solve your problem. Thank you for using FixYa and feel free to add more questions here by using comments.
Based on the specs that I have read I am going to say you cannot hook up cable to the converter. Best thing to do would be to call cable company that provides service there and see if it was turned off on the billing side they probably just didn't come out and disconnect from the pole. That might give you service but missing some features such as tv guide channel. Now some tv's have tv guide built into them and maybe in the move that feature on the tv was turned off it they were using it that way before. Here is what the specs say about that converter:
Use this digital-to-analog converter to convert digital TV broadcast signals to analog signals on analog TVs with antenna-based reception.
Make sure those 6 channels are also being broadcast in Digital format also, otherwise your converter box won't have a digital signal to convert for your TV. The switchover date is early next year I believe.