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RCA Digital TV Converter Box

by on May.14, 2009, under Uncategorized

dta800With the weather report predicting heavy weather last night, I took the opportunity in the early evening to move an old TV to my basement where there’s no cable hookup and plugged it into an RCA DTA800 digital converter box. This is my first time using one of these and it really makes you appreciate cable TV.

I had sent in for a coupon months ago and bought the box at Target earlier this year, but had never tried it until now.  I had an old rabbit ear antenna and plugged that in and then tried to get a picture through the RCA composite outputs.  That failed on all inputs to the TV, so apparently those outputs are either broken or somehow not working.  I rummaged around to find a length of coax cable.  and was able to get a picture.  The box went through a scan and of 9 channels it should have found, it located 5.  The signal strength indicator never got above 26%, but I had reasonably good reception of two network channels in wall-to-wall storm coverage as it approached.

As the storm passed overhead and with reports of tornadoes close by, signal strength went to 0 and I lost reception on all channels.  Fortunately, I was able to find a radio simulcast and watched a 10 minute delayed local radar image on my laptop.  It took about 30 minutes for the signal to finally be restored enough to give me a picture that didn’t break up every few seconds.  Later this summer I guess I’ll take the time to run a new cable feed.  And on a side note, why can’t local TV stations run a live radar image, or live newscast online on nights like that?


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