using a RCA digital TV converter box?

Does any one have a RCA converter box from walmart and know how to get it to work. I bought one and have tried countless antenna's but can't pick up a single channel and I live in a big city.  I even bought a digital antenna and an antenna booster from walmart hooked those up to it and still couldn't receive a single channel. So took them back and got my money back but I waited too long on the converter box so am stuck with it so would like to get it to work. Does anyone know what you have to have for it. Please help..   

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Pazzerz3 years ago

Connecting to a digital antenna on one end and to your TV on the other end is all you're supposed to do. If I may add, I believe it also acts like the old cable boxes. In other words, your TV has to be tuned to a specific channel and you change channels with the converter box. I could be wrong, but in my experience with converters, this is how they work. If it still isn't working, you have a defective box. Cheap hardware, like the ones rushed out for the digital changeover, would be prime for not having the quality afforded by a more time mature product. Good luck.

Here are some tips for boosting a digital TV signal:

> Move the antenna to new location or height, if you're using an indoor antenna. Moving it even a few inches can make a difference. It's best to move it just a bit and then wait a few minutes to see if reception improves before moving it more.

> Re-aim the antenna, if you're using an outdoor antenna. This may reduce or eliminate multipath problems. Note that outdoor antennas normally get better reception than indoor antennas.

> Watch the signal strength meter on the digital-to-analog converter box or television as you move or aim the antenna. Try to get the highest reading possible.

> Install a signal amplifier or booster between the antenna and receiver to increase the signal strength

Good luck! :)

Graydant (author) 3 years ago

well I give up the thing just doesn't work I have an amplified antenna and it started to show some signal strength but then when I did a channel scan it quit and i have other antenna's that I made that should also work, but they don't when I look at the antenna signal strength in the menu of the box all I get is 0% no matter where the antenna is it tried to pick up one but last all of a few seconds at 27% and then went dead again and has yet to start back up again I think the thing is defective but I have another none name brand convertor box that also does not work how ever does show a small amount of a signal for 3 channels but the signal just will not increase no matter what and it doesn't make any logical sense.

A rooftop antenna is best. Also, the 'face' of the antenna should point toward the incoming signal. I knew this could and would be the case for these boxes, and just went ahead and bought a new TV. lol Anything funded and/or recommended through the gov. just has a tendency to work like junk. Our old antenna, when I was growing up, had a remote motor to turn it to get the best signal from the station.

Make sure you TV is set for the RCA input. You don't need a "digital" antenna. Any TV antenna will do. I use one i made out of a few wire coat hangers like the one shown here.

http://www.diytvantennas.com/bowtie.php

If you cannot get anything then you need to move the antenna. If you can hang it outside with a clear line of sight towards the know TV station you'll have a better chance at receiving a good signal. Also don't trust the auto scan feature. Actually scroll through the channels yourself to find the known station.

Mine works well I keep the antenna close to my back door. But any time a car drives past the back door of the apartment the channel will cut out. Seems we are getting the signal bouncing off the building across the street.

Graydant (author)  mpilchfamily3 years ago

what is RCA input my tv doesn't have anything like that just antenna or cable. I'm sorry for sounding mean or rude I just am ready to hit the box with a hammer.

The red, yellow and white connectors. Better known as Composite Input.

Isn't it funny that it does that? lol The digital signal was 'supposed' to be easier to pick up. I live in the country and pick up signals from 40 miles away, although I use a satellite connection anyways.