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Subject: [linux-help] Digital TV converter box
From: Bruce Bales <bbales@xxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 11:01:59 -0500
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Last night at the ACLUG meeting, we discussed my new TV converter box and I 
learned that the rabbit ears antenna was not right.  This morning I changed 
to a 7-1/2 inch UHF loop.  Improvement was minimal and channel 8 still did 
not get found by the scan.

I added an Archer VHF/UHF amplifier (something I must have needed more than 
ten years ago) and there it was -- the three channel 8 signals and no tearing 
of channel 12.  Now the only problem is the mount for the antenna.  
Duct-taping it to a can of soup was vetoed by my wife.  The mechanical part 
is always the hardest part.

By the way, the RCA DTA800 converter ($49.95 at Walmart) has a signal strength 
mode, which makes aiming the antenna easier.  The amplifier increased the 
signal strength from low-30s to low-60s on a scale of 0 - 100.


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