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I have an RCA DLP tv and it is on an antenna attached to the house the mast kind. I guess what I want to know is the picture comes in fine but then the picture breaks up or freezes. I am guessing it is the signal coming to the set either isnt strong enough or the antenna needs to be turned, which isnt easy as I am disabled. Please give me you best ideas on this as I cant afford a TV repair man.

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You are correct in saying that it is a signal issue. There is not a lot you can do about it when using a outside antenna. You should be getting the best quality HD but you will always be limited by the reception. Since the HD signal is broad casted across the UHF spectrum, you may want to change the type of outside antenna you have to a UHF/HD type.
It will be a cost but the only other thing you can do is to get cable installed and that will also be a cost also.
Hope this helps,
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