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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.

I operate my TVs using "rabbit ears". I connect the RF output of my converter (see hook-up 3 above). Instead of connecting the converter's output direct to a TV, I connect it to the input of a VHF, RF distribution amplifier (like those used to distribute multiple outlets in an apartment building or multiple rooms in a home). The output of the distribution amplifier is connected to a folded dipole antenna. The dipole can be made using a piece of 300 ohm-twin (see diagram). About 88" is the right length for channel 3 or 4. I hide all the equipment under my shelves in my radio room and the signal floods the room and can be picked up on any (working) TV in the room with "rabbit ears".

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