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Having difficulty picking up reception using HDTV antennae. can you list the steps for setting up the TV

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An HDTV antenna is a misnomer. Any antenna will be limited to receiving signals depending on the type of antenna and the direction in which it is pointed. What is the color rating (indoor/outdoor, distance and signal strength that it picks up)?

In addition, the EWC19T3 only has an analog tuner (NTSC or CATV) so what set top box do you have? The basic digital to analog converters available with the government coupon were SD converters.

Use antennaweb.org or tvfool.com to check the direction to point your antenna for the stations you want to receive. (If you share the antenna with other devices, you may need an amplifier). Antennaweb assumes an external antenna but is very conservative in the list of stations you will receive.

Use the Select button on the TV or the remote to swap from TV/VCR, DVD, and external input mode. Connect the antenna cable to your set top box and then the set top box either to the RF connector or the composite video connection on the back of the TV. If you use the RF connection, select TV mode and change channel to channel 3 or 4. Alternatively, select the external video input. Some have a pass-through that lets the local low power analog stations be read when the set top box is off.

For the TV's analog tuner programming, you need the remote (or a universal remote that matches the functions) to scan the channels if in TV mode. Press Setup and move down to Channel Set Up. Press Enter and go to Auto Preset and press Enter again. This will program the channels the tuner sees. (Please note to record, you need the feed to be on the RF connection.)

Scanning for channels may depend on the set top box. For mine, it was press Menu, go to the Channel Search, press OK and then wait. Some set top boxes have a SMART connection which added a RJ-45 connector connected to the SMART compatible antenna. In that case, you would scan for channels and then rotate the antenna and rescan. The unit would then remember where to rotate the antenna to get all the different channels.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Posted on Jan 04, 2011

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