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Input coax fitting shows continuity to ground braid

As soon as outer ground touches fitting signal goes dead

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  • parkhurst Jun 19, 2008

    cannot get a picture unless male fitting is pulled out so ground does not touch female ground on F27TF700

  • parkhurst Jun 19, 2008

    The cable does not show any continuity to ground only the input jack on set. I wonder if the jack for the 3 wire hookup is also shorted. This set is ia my trailer at the lake.



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There is a problem with either the cable itself or the tuner. I would suspect that there is a broken connection inside the tuner. This set should be brought to a service center unless you can solder.

Let me know what you want to do and I'll supply more info.

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