I have a Zenith DTT901 on a Mitsubishi consol TV which is working GREAT
Since I also have a VCR, I hooked the rabbit ears antenae to an amplified splitter (Shopko $19.99 = 1 antenae lead & 4 output jacks) with 1 coaxial cable going to the Zenith and then to TV using the A/V cables which means the TV must be tuned to "input" inorder to view using the Zenith.
Another coaxial cable from the splitter goes to a Zinwell 950A (0838
) which is connected to a 1991 Magnavox VCR (model VR3330) with coaxial cable. (The unused jacks on the splitter are terminated with resistors.) The VCR is then connected to the TV with RF cables. The Zinwell picked up all the same programs as the Zenith BUT
it won't "talk" to the VCR for programmed recording. The VCR will do programmed recording when the Zinwell is off and the Zenith is on or off
so I know that the antenae signal is getting through. Both Zinwell & VCR are on Ch 3.
With the Zinwell programmed to come on at the same time as the VCR is programmed, the recording is too snowy or scrambled to watch. The VCR also will not recognize all the channels that the Zinwell does and won't turn on through the Zinwell.
I know the connection sequence is correct so what am I missing in the set-up or programming? I tried re-programming the VCR through the Zinwell but only got scrambled signals.
Also, if I use RF cables and CH3 for the Zenith, would I be able to run the Zenith, Zinwell, & VCR without changing the tuning on the original TV remote????--Then I wouldn't have to keep the TV remote handy inorder to change between Ch3 and 'input'. Or will this compromise the reception quality too much. The Zenith is the main "translator" because of its Universal control. The VCR is used when I want to record a different program than I am watching: hence the Zinwell with the event (program) timer. IDEAS???