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INTERMITTENT RECEPTION WITH INSIGNIA

I have three Insignia boxes. One of the hookups intermittently shows channels 7 and 23 as "no signal". At the same time, reception is fine on the other two TVs, just the one is a problem. I changed converter boxes, no luck. I switched TVs, no luck. How can I have perfect reception on two and not on the third ? All three are hooked to an outside antenna. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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  • vwolf Jan 04, 2009

    I have an RCA digital converter box and overall I get reception for all the local channels except for channel 7. On the T.V. screen it lists info like what shows are on, the time it starts and how much reception the T.V. is getting for that channel. If there is not enough signal, the reception bar show little or no reception and gives no information on what is showing (it give a message to adjust the antenna). On our T.V. channel 7 gets better reception and shows what is showing like all the other channels. I end up watching it in analog which ends in Febuary. Why is channel 7 blank when there is plenty of reception?

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I suggest that you swap a one of the better boxes with the one that is not so good. If you get the same condition there is nothing wrong with the converters. You probably have a signal loss on the one that is not like the other two, could be a poor connection, wrong type of coax, defective splitter or many other things. Good luck!

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