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I have a little 1985 RCA (poss. model # EKR295S?) with a built in antenna. Is there ANY way to connect it up to a converter box for the transition?? On the back of the tv there are two screws under the base of the antenna in the upper left corner with wires connected to them. Then there are four screws on the botton left corner, two say UHF and two say VHF. There are wires connected to the two VHF screws only, but I have been able to get both VHF and UHF channels anyway. I have purchased two different converter type boxes and connected the wires to the screws in various combinations (the top two or the bottom two, with the old wires connected and without... etc.) but I do not know how to "intercept" the antenna signal into the converter box and back to the TV.

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  • weetray3 Jun 19, 2009

    I really don't want to get rid of this TV... Are you saying there's really nothing I can do? How would I connect up the digital antenna... It's worth a shot...

  • weetray3 Jun 20, 2009

    I will accept your solution, but I wanted to make sure I thanked you for your help and advice. I am not sure how this website works and I didn't know if it will let me after I click accept :) So, with that, THANK YOU!! :)

  • weetray3 Jun 20, 2009

    Oh, I guess it does let me comment!! Thanks again!

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Hi, this will not work this way. the new signals are digitally encoded for the digital tuners. the 1985 RCA you are referring to , is a analog based tuner system. this will not work. I have actually tried to do this on one of my older sets as well to no avail. I also tried the Coaxial converter adapter as well and, this did not work as well. it really has a lot to do with the set up of the actual tuner.The actual set will need to be at least a 2000 model to accept the digital signal that the converter box will relay through the tuner. this signal is HD/digital and, on some network, HDTV as well.


It is possible to add a digital powered antenna to amplify and intercept these signals but, i doubt it. this set is a bit behind the transition. a newer set will help.

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    Unfortunately, there is nothing you could possible do to make this work. its not what you are doing that is wrong, its just that, this Television is a bit behind the digital revolution. the analog internals will not accept the digitally encoded signal that the converter box will transmit. Your unit will have to have the latest tuner, which is coaxial based and not VhF/UHF(screw mounted interceptor module)based.

    I understand how you are feeling at this point. YOu are facing the inevitable decision of buying a new or used up to date set. i understand this is a tough decision but, its the only decision that will yield results in this situation unfortunately.

    You could us my method that failed when i actually tried it but, its worth a try. you will need a coaxial converter. this device is a 2 inch long cylinder like connector that will have a coaxial female connector on one end and, a VHF/UHF split connector(screw mount) connector on the other end. you will need to run the converter box feed through the coaxial female connector side. just insert the male coaxial cable in this side of the device then, take the opposite side, which is for the back of your set and, screw the split connectors under the screws and tighten. make sure it connected to the VHF side.

    Next, power the converter box up, and do a channel search. hopefully , this will work for you.

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How to Set Up a Digital Converter BoxConnecting the Box
There are two coaxial cable ports on the back of a digital converter box. There may also be RCA connectors for video and audio. To connect the box to your TV, you simply unplug the antenna from your TV, plug it into the converter box "Antenna In" port and run a coaxial cable from the "Out to TV" port to your television's "Antenna In" port.
Alternately, you can plug the antenna into the "Antenna In" on the box and use RCA cables to send video and audio to your TV. Nearly every television made since the 1980s has RCA inputs. Video is usually a single cable with yellow connectors on either end. Audio is a pair of red and white cables that must be connected red to red and white to white, or you won't get any sound. If you have a mono TV, you only need a single RCA cable to connect it, and the correct port should be labeled on the converter box.
Getting Channels
Once your digital converter box is hooked up to the television, turn on the converter box and your TV and tune your TV to either Channel 2 or Channel 3. From here, you can use menus in your converter box to scan for broadcast signals in your area. You should scan every few weeks, as more and more channels are being added to the digital lineup. Once the scan is complete, which should take about three minutes, the channels will be saved and you can tune them in using the remote that came with your converter box.
Note that you won't be using your TV's remote to change channels anymore. Your TV will need to stay tuned to one channel (or Video In if you're using RCA cables) to get the signal from the converter box.
Converter Troubleshooting
If you cannot watch television, first double check your connections. Make sure the cables are connected properly and that all connections are tight. Make sure that both the TV and the converter box are turned on, since you need both running to get a signal.
Tune the television to Channel 3, or switch the input source if you've used RCA cables. You should see a setup menu. If not, tune the television to Channel 2 or Channel 4, or cycle through the input sources on your TV. Once you find the menu, you'll know which channel or input source to use.
If you are not getting all of the channels you should be getting, try adjusting your antenna. Even a small adjustment can add more channels. Elevating the antenna, relocating it away from obstacles or changing its direction can help you pick up more channels.
If you do not have a good UHF antenna, you may need to get a new one. Digital television broadcasts on UHF channels (14 through 68). Older antennas may only have a small, bowtie-shaped antenna for picking up UHF signals. If you're in a rural area, a long-range UHF antenna might be needed to receive all the channels in your area.
If the picture is blocky, freezes or if the audio skips, it's a sign that the converter box isn't getting enough signal. This can happen as a result of weather or because the antenna isn't positioned properly. Try adjusting the antenna to improve the picture quality.
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