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Digital Converter connection with old Rabbit Ears TV

I have an older TV with built-in Rabbit Ears. When connecting the DTV Digital Converter I get the "NO SIGNAL" phase on the screen. Do I need to purchase another set of Rabbit Ears or am I out of luck? An outside antenna is not available. Thank you.

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  • jkeller828 Jun 15, 2009

    Thanks for your suggestion. Since I need a longer cable I will just purchase a new digital antenna which should solve the problem. Thanks again for your solution to my problem.

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First, make sure your connections are right. The rabbit ears need to be disconnected from the TV and reconnected to the converter box. Then the output cable from the converter box connects to the TV. Then try turning the rabbit ears or re-locating them near a window if the wire is long enough. You should be able to get some signal. A newer indoor antenna may help you pull in some of the weaker stations.

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