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roeav's Avatar roeav 08:41 AM 05-24-2008
I will need a rooftop antenna, a preamp, and a distribution amp to send the OTA signal to a converter box for one analog TV and to a DVDR HD recorder for the other analog TV. How should I connect these components, i.e. in what order? I apologize if I have used the wrong forum to post this question.

narkspud's Avatar narkspud 03:21 PM 05-27-2008
Put a splitter on the antenna line, send one side to the box, the other to the HD recorder. (The recorder has the ATSC tuner in it, right?) You'd use the HD recorder as the tuner on the 2nd TV.

If you still want to watch analog, that complicates things a bit.

And what's with all the amplifiers? Are you in the middle of the desert or something?
Popeetheus's Avatar Popeetheus 10:19 PM 05-27-2008
Here's my attic set up.

antenna ----> amplifier -----> splitter

I have about one foot of coax from the antenna to the amplifier. My amp is a box with one input and one out, not an inline coax type, and not a multi-output amp type.

I had to use a light socket - power outlet adaptor to plug the amp into.

There is about 6 inches of coax between the amp and the splitter, and some 30 feet to seperate ends of the house from there.

I think my amp mostly keeps the signal strong throught the long runs of coax rather than pulling in weaker stations. I could be wrong.

You might want to use this pathway : Antenna --->preamp ---->distro amp,

but you might get away just using: Ant ---->distro amp

Keep your coax from the Ant to amp (or preamp) as short as possible.
tom.green@iwon.com's Avatar tom.green@iwon.com 11:06 AM 02-13-2009
I'm trying to hookup up the converter box to my progressive scan DVD recorder (analog tuner).

Can't get a picture or sound. Anyone know the problem? I'm thinking it's in the DVD recorder somewhere.

Manual shows how to hook up to a VCR...tried that.
Rammitinski's Avatar Rammitinski 12:04 PM 02-13-2009
Do you have the progressive scan on? Try turning that off and see if that helps.
tom.green@iwon.com's Avatar tom.green@iwon.com 12:35 PM 02-13-2009
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

Do you have the progressive scan on? Try turning that off and see if that helps.

I did...no difference...
Scooper's Avatar Scooper 02:07 PM 02-13-2009
Ant - (whatever preamps / splitters) -Ant in on CECB -

ANT OUT on CECB to DVDR ANT IN . Tune the DVDR to channel 3 (that's what most all of them default to). If you want slightly better video /stereo audio, use the AV outputs on the CECB to the AV Inputs on the DVDR.

If you're still having issues - start by hooking the CECB directly to the TV first, making sure you get picture and sound, before putting your DVDR into the mix.
IDRick's Avatar IDRick 02:27 PM 02-13-2009
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Originally Posted by tom.green@iwon.com View Post

I'm trying to hookup up the converter box to my progressive scan DVD recorder (analog tuner).

Can't get a picture or sound. Anyone know the problem? I'm thinking it's in the DVD recorder somewhere.

Manual shows how to hook up to a VCR...tried that.

Does your dvdr allow multiple inputs? Have you cycled between the inputs with your remote? My inputs for my Panny dvdr are: composite on rear = input 1, composite on front = input 2, and NTSC input = input 3.
tom.green@iwon.com's Avatar tom.green@iwon.com 01:28 PM 02-14-2009
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Originally Posted by IDRick View Post

Does your dvdr allow multiple inputs? Have you cycled between the inputs with your remote? My inputs for my Panny dvdr are: composite on rear = input 1, composite on front = input 2, and NTSC input = input 3.

Yes, nothing...but I'll try again...might have missed something.
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