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post #11 of 14 Old 06-23-2009 Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advice.

I am hoping that k1vsk's statement that it cannot be an antenna problem is correct.

I will check out the manual for the TV, if it is not digital ready, I will not bother with a conversion box. The TV is not that good and I plan to put a 26" on the bulk head anyway. Just another reason to go ahead and buy a Sony Bravia 26"...

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Two comments:

1. Any dtv converter box will work. Most need 120vac, but the Artec T3AP uses a 12vdc power supply so can be run directly off the house battery. No inverter needed. I got one for $25 shipped off EBay.

2. Chances are your mast head antenna is an omni-directional VHF/UHF unit. That should be fine. Note that most dtv signals are UHF.
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Jorgenl...KV1sk is entirely correct. When LCD TV's were first introduced, they could be HD Capable (i.e. built in HD TUNER) or HD Ready (capable of displaying an HD picture WITH the addition of a converter box. )
Yours is the need your antenna hooked to a $40 converter box and the box feeding the TV...or just get what you REALLY want!
In VA beach, you should have NO problem picking up all the local broadcast stations from there and Norfolk in HD with your existing antenna.

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digital TV is great. it doubled the channels i get and it makes available the 24/7 weather channels that most stations have in addition to their regular programing.
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