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I have hooked up our portable TV (Model # 52-BWR) to a converter box and antenna -- the picure comes in well, however the audio does not come in - only buzzing. Please advise

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Look for possible good tuning adjustment on Ch 3

or on some near ch 12, if you do not know what channel

" Out " your converter Box is having.


Since you have a good picture :


If further tuning adjustment wont do , connect an external

amplifier ( with speaker ) on audio out of the

Converter box to hear sound.


For further troubleshooting


You can use a VCR ( with built In Tuner and RF ) as your

TV Modulator , connect the Converter audio and video

Out to VCR Input respectively and view Channel

programs on TV or other TV Modulator


If you can open the the Converter Box settings

and possibly can change the Audio Frequency

set it to 4.5MHz not 5.5MHz to receive good quality

audio on TV.

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