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There are several ways to watch your old, obsolete analog television in the digital age. Above I show three ways to do so.
The RF converter's available at Target, Radio Shack and other stores for around $20.00 and quite easy to hook up. Your TV needs to be in good working order or you'll just get frustrated trying to get a good picture. One all is hooked up, the TV can only be used on channel 3 or 4 depending on the selected output channel from the RF converter.
One note if using a VCR to watch old tapes, the RF converter is not needed as the VCR will have one built-in. So just go direct from the antenna out of the VCR to the antenna in of the TV.
There is a way to provide an
analog TV signal over the air.
If you wish to receive your own TV signals transmitted to individual TVs in your home, cave or special room, here's how I do it: My over the air TV signals are produced by by using a modified version of hook-up 3 that I show on my web site:
Using that method, I add the addition or a VHF distribution amplifier with a gain of 30 - 40 db. Its input is to be connected to the RF modulator’s output which method 3 shows going direct to the TV. The amplifier’s output (instead of going to the TV) is to be connected to an antenna. I suggest a folded dipole antenna cut to channel 3 or 4’s wavelength that’s placed in a high center location of your home like the attic.
Each TV could then receive its own signal using an indoor “rabbit-ear” type antenna, just like the old days.
Another method is to forgo the antenna and feed each TV by hardwiring them to the output of the distribution amplifier using the 75 ohm coaxial cable tapered signal distribution system.
This type of installation requires technical knowledge and skills of someone understanding of the old analog VHF technology and TV signal distribution wiring which very few electricians understand.
How to hook up & watch a vintage TV
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