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Quazar Model VHQ520/VHQ540 cannot record after inst Digital Conv

Cable company just installed digital converter box on TV with VCR.
Now I cannot record program when programming for timed recording.

Connections made are incoming cable (CATV) to Digital converter, Digital converter to VHS, and VHS to TV.

The VHS worked perfectly up until digital box installed.

Wayne from Chattanooga

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You need to set the vcr to channel 3 or 4 (whatever channel the digital converter box is set to broadcast on) to record a program. The digital converter box has to be set to the channel you want to record the show from.

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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.
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