So I'm new here. Heard a lot about this forum in the past but just joined. Having a bit of an issue that I cannot figure out. I'll try to provide enough info.
So I've been a cable cutter for the last 2 years but decided I wanted some stations now rather then netflix so I wanted to get some local stations. So here is how it played out. I have an upstairs, 2 story apartment so reception wouldn't be an issue I think.
I have a few yrs old Vizio M320NV. I bought an RCA Indoor Antenna ANT121R and hooked it up. Vizio says my TV has an ATSC tuner inside it. I was not receiving any stations. I tried it with the antenna mounted on top of a book case about 2 feet from the ceiling and also tried it with the antenna sitting near the TV in a window. I made sure the TV tuner was set to antenna and not cable and was not able to pick up any stations.
A local friend told me to get a DTV converter box because TVs cannot tune to stations 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 9.1, etc which is what our local stations are. So I went out and bought a RCA DTA800B1 converter box and hooked it up. I still cannot pick up any stations. Tried the antenna in a few different spots and played with it a bit. I also made sure there are no splitters between the antenna and the DTV box.
I went to http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps/
and my zip code is 43713. It says I should be picking up some stations. I've tried online help guides but cannot figure it out
So I know the DTV converter box works because my apartment is wired up for surround sound so there is an FM antenna on the roof. I tapped into the and ran it into the DTV box and it then picked up a few stations like 44.1, 44.2, etc but not the local 7 and 9 VHF stations.
The only thing I can think of is to return the RCA antenna and try another one as maybe it is defective. any ideas on this issue?