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No signal I have everything set up right and my antenna picks up great. But when I try to set up my dtv box all I get is no signal. HELP

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  • John Hickey May 27, 2008

    I have the same problem. Took it back to Best Buy, and it worked fine. All the connections are right, but still I get no signal. I tried it on 3 different tvs

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This may be a stupid question, but are these converter boxes only for use when you are hooked up to an antenna. I have Comcast cable and called them. I was told that even though I have old tvs that I don't need this box since my tv is hooked directly to cable. They said that Comcast's signal takes care of this problem and in 2009 I will see no change.

Posted on May 30, 2008

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I had a similar problem. I then noticed that my antenna has a RG6 cable. This is good. My TV requires RG6 and requires TV(RF) cable that is also RG6. Insignia comes with a TV(RF) cable that is RG59! That's a cable with a smaller diameter center connector than RG6. Consequently, when that smaller RG59 was run from the converter box to the TV's larger RG6 female connector, no signal connection was completed since the center connector made no physical contact with the TV's female connector. I found a RG6 cable to replace the RG59 cable supplied with converter box and all worked then. Also, you must force the antenna's RG6 male plug into the smaller RG59 female connector, but it'll make it.

Posted on May 29, 2008

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From the tv menu make sure the tuning band is set to AIR or ANTENNA not Cable,
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I had the same problem and found this answer that worked for me. Hope this does the trick for you.

Simple stated, your VCR must be set to channel 3 also. Check it out.

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  1. You must have the VCR tuned to record on channel 3.
  2. You must have the VCR connected to output signal of the DTV converter box. In other words, the converter box must be connected between the antenna and the VCR. So, the likely configuration you would use with a coaxial cable is antenna to DTV converter to VCR to TV.
  3. You must tune the DTV converter to the channel you want to record prior to recording. The VCR won't be able to change channels on the DTV converter.
  4. You will be able to use the timed record function on the VCR but you must adhere to steps 1-3.
If this sounds freakishly familiar to recording on a digital cable or satellite set-top box, you are right. It is exactly like recording a signal from a digital cable box or satellite receiver. While it may be inconvenient to perform the steps above, at least the option still exists to record on a VCR while using a DTV converter box.
Disadvantage of DTV Converter: You will lose the ability to watch one program and record another with the DTV converter. Sorry for the bad news.
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2) This is going to take a bit of explaining:
Depending where you live geographically, whether in a home or an appartment, and the Type of Antenna you are using, your reception problems may be affected by a combination of these. The FCC was not completely forthcoming in letting the public know that the best way to get DTV signals(and Analog) is with an Outdoor Antenna and that indoor Antennas may be useless. Plus most of the 'fancy HDTV touted" Indoor antennas are various degrees of bad when it comes to VHF reception. The new system they(FCC) selected has lowered significantly the power at which TV stations broadcast. So most people using Indoor Antennas may not get all of their favorite channels even with the best of indoor antennas and doing everything right with the 'placement' of that antenna. The same goes for and Outdoor Antenna. Just because you have a premium outdoor antenna and it has worked perfectly for the last 10yrs.(of more) with Analog TV, DOES NOT MEAN THAT it will work perfect with DTV for a few reasons:
1) DTV Signals, because of their lower power, require very deliberate placement of an antenna. Just pointing it in the right direction is not enough. DTV signal reception is a bit like 'Swiss Cheese' meaning if your are getting poor results and think that rotation will fix it, you may be wrong. If you are in the 'hole' and rotate, you are still in the hole. Sometimes moving your antenna a couple feet laterally can make a huge difference.
Why? Because the direct DTV signals coming from the TV stations are in the Kilowatt range (analog was usually more than a million watts!) They have now become more sensitive to interference from the back and sides of your antenna. Some sources of interference can be a reflection of the same signal off of a nearby tower or building which cancel some of the direct signal resulting in low or no signal. FM Radio transmissions, an Analog TV station from Canada(they don't go digital until 2010) operating on the same channel as your favorite Channel's new channel assignment can inject so much noise that your tuner cannot process it. Remember, runnig through just about every neighborhood are many other Wireless/Microwave Services: Phone, Internet, TV, Paging Systems, etc.. These, too can ave some affect.
So by moving your antenna to a position that I refer to as the "Sweet Spot", you are allowing your antenna to get more of the direct signal and 'de-tune' the unwanted signals from the back and sides.
Why did the channels you found before not show up the next time? Well, based on your current antenna's position and the signal strength its receiving from those stations, the level may have dropped off due to some of the above. Every DTV and Converter Box has a 'lower signal level cut-off point', meaning it needs so much signal before it cuts off. Because DTV either gives you a perfect picture or its gone, the old method of looking at picture quality to make sure your antenna was placed correctly is not valid. So the maker of the Converter Boxes put "Signal Strength Meters" in every box. Get to know where this is. It is your new best friend and is the only way you can be guided when placing your antenna. It can usually be accessed by pressing a button on the remote labeled :"SIGNAL or METER" and sometimes "DISPLAY or INFO". Some Boxes, like many DTV Sets, require you to go into the menu settings to locate this feature. Usually the sinal strength is indicated by a RED, YELLOW & GREEN scale and may have a % indication. To have reliable pictures, you should be above 60% or in the GREEN Zone. If you are only getting less than 60% or Yellow Zone, you may see the picture break-up into little squares or 'Pixelate' as it is known. If you are in the RED Zone or less than 30% your Box or DTV will not lock and give a "NO or LOW" signal indication. It is normal to see the meter indication 'hunt' or move up and down a bit due to atmosheric conditions and the swaying of the TV station's Towers.
Gee, Can you tell that I explain this often? Yea, I work for a TV Station in Cleveland. This switch has generated more than 700 phone calls all of which I attempt to call back on a daily basis. The public needs to be re-educated on this new system and how to make it work for them. Every installation is unique. In many cases, it will require the help of a qualified TV Antenna specialist to find the "Sweet Spot". Those of you in Apartment buildings, and anyone that may be a shut-in or senior with limited help or finances, my heart goes out to you.
Hope this helps!

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No signal converter box.


Why is this in the computer section?

Anyway, don't exchange the box just yet! First, can you access the converter's menu? Because mine automatically comes up with the "no signal, call customer service" message, but I can access the menu fine -- so the hook-up is not the problem. If you can access the menu, let it autosearch for you, because mine can't be used until I do this. If you get the "weak antenna signal message", refer to the user manual to find out how to check your antenna signal strength; if it's in the weak range, you have to buy a better antenna, most likely from the official source: http://www.accessHD.tv

You can always exchange the box and repeat the process. Getting the "no signal" message is a good indicator that you've hooked everything up right, especially if it's accompanied by a customer service number. You can email me at kalalkb@gmail.com and I'll try to help you troubleshoot the problem if you like. I'm up all night.

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