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Antenna hook up

Bought Magnovox conversion box but my TV has only a bayonnet antenna. How do I hook up?

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Depending on they type of connection you have, you may need an adapter. For specific instructions on how to hook up the box to your TV, click here: http://www.dtvtransition.org/downloads/converter_qsg.pdf

Posted on Jun 17, 2008

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