Re: [TV_Antennas] tv converter box RCA DTA800B1 problem


Jan 13 3:59 AM

 


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#186 Jan 13 3:59 AM

I just got my coupons for a converter box. Are any better than the

other? Are there any special things to watch out for when buying one?



Thanks

GB



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#187 Jan 13 10:51 AM

Guru K wrote:

> I just got my coupons for a converter box. Are any better than the

> other? Are there any special things to watch out for when buying one?



It depends what your needs are:



www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=186



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#188 Jan 13 11:57 AM

--- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com, "Guru K" gbkhalsa@...> wrote: >

> I just got my coupons for a converter box. Are any better than the

> other? Are there any special things to watch out for when buying one?

>

> Thanks

> GB

>

First thing, don't let the coupons expire. Beyond that, the only model

that doesn't seem to have attracted a lot of negatives is the Zenith

DTT901. The RCA DTA800 has been recieved well by some, but there are

reports of failure after some time powered up. The Insignia NS-DXA1-APT

is also very adequate. Those 3 models can be had from brick and motar

retailers, but most of the rest not. I'd be nervous about ordering one,

but, in truth, any purchase will be something of a risk. These devices

just haven't been on the market long enough to get the bugs out of them

completely. I know several people that let their coupons expire before

they could get a converter locally, and I just barely made it. My

solution was to get a Standard definition DTV set, which will offer a

better picture than a converted one. The converters are for back up,

with me. Remember the first thing, though, don't let the coupons

expire. About any model you can get in a store will do. You probably

aren't going to want to use a converter very long.



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#189 Jan 13 12:28 PM

I think that you are all really missing out on high definition TV. It

is worth the extra $ for the quality. If you're savvy you can get a

decent sized flat panel for couple hundred bucks. I know that is no

small change to some but if TV is such an important hobby perhaps it

can become a priority. My wife and I enjoy watching free over the air

HD movies and shows. It keeps us from spending money at the theater.

Those are my thoughts anyway. If you insist on a converter get one

with on screen programming. That helps a lot.



--- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com, "James h Taylor"

jhtaylor2001@...> wrote: >

> --- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com, "Guru K" gbkhalsa@> wrote:

> >

> > I just got my coupons for a converter box. Are any better than the

> > other? Are there any special things to watch out for when buying one?

> >

> > Thanks

> > GB

> >

> First thing, don't let the coupons expire. Beyond that, the only model

> that doesn't seem to have attracted a lot of negatives is the Zenith

> DTT901. The RCA DTA800 has been recieved well by some, but there are

> reports of failure after some time powered up. The Insignia NS-DXA1-APT

> is also very adequate. Those 3 models can be had from brick and motar

> retailers, but most of the rest not. I'd be nervous about ordering one,

> but, in truth, any purchase will be something of a risk. These devices

> just haven't been on the market long enough to get the bugs out of them

> completely. I know several people that let their coupons expire before

> they could get a converter locally, and I just barely made it. My

> solution was to get a Standard definition DTV set, which will offer a

> better picture than a converted one. The converters are for back up,

> with me. Remember the first thing, though, don't let the coupons

> expire. About any model you can get in a store will do. You probably

> aren't going to want to use a converter very long.

>



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#190 Jan 15 3:35 AM

Thanks Eric, James and Dan,



I will use this info and start check out the boxes. I appreciate it.



GB

--- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com, "Dan" farmerted5@...> wrote:

>

> I think that you are all really missing out on high definition TV.

It

> is worth the extra $ for the quality. If you're savvy you can get a

> decent sized flat panel for couple hundred bucks. I know that is no

> small change to some but if TV is such an important hobby perhaps it

> can become a priority. My wife and I enjoy watching free over the

air

> HD movies and shows. It keeps us from spending money at the theater.

> Those are my thoughts anyway. If you insist on a converter get one

> with on screen programming. That helps a lot.

>

> --- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com, "James h Taylor"

> jhtaylor2001@> wrote:

> >

> > --- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com, "Guru K" gbkhalsa@> wrote:

> > >

> > > I just got my coupons for a converter box. Are any better than

the

> > > other? Are there any special things to watch out for when

buying one?

> > >

> > > Thanks

> > > GB

> > >

> > First thing, don't let the coupons expire. Beyond that, the only

model

> > that doesn't seem to have attracted a lot of negatives is the

Zenith

> > DTT901. The RCA DTA800 has been recieved well by some, but there

are

> > reports of failure after some time powered up. The Insignia NS-

DXA1-APT

> > is also very adequate. Those 3 models can be had from brick and

motar

> > retailers, but most of the rest not. I'd be nervous about

ordering one,

> > but, in truth, any purchase will be something of a risk. These

devices

> > just haven't been on the market long enough to get the bugs out

of them

> > completely. I know several people that let their coupons expire

before

> > they could get a converter locally, and I just barely made it.

My

> > solution was to get a Standard definition DTV set, which will

offer a

> > better picture than a converted one. The converters are for back

up,

> > with me. Remember the first thing, though, don't let the coupons

> > expire. About any model you can get in a store will do. You

probably

> > aren't going to want to use a converter very long.

> >

>







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#339 Aug 11, 2010

I am surprised that the volume has dropped off so much in this group. I

thought that once the Americans switchedover the posting would skyrocket.



We are still a year away here in Canada, and I am discovering just how

brittle the digital signals are. Many are low power test transmiters

at this point, and their is not a lot of incentive for the broadcasters

to put out a great signal as they will be carried on Cable as long as

theymake an attempt to have a transmitter running. Only the CBC

cbc.ca/ has a Robust signal at the moment.



One of my concerns has to do with emergency planning. Since the great

Ice Storm a few years back, I have had a small ($30.00) walmart Battery

TV in my emergency kit. This unit uses a lot of C-Cells and gives a

nice B&W 5 inch picture on it's little CRT. Of course after next august

it will need a some sort of converter, and all the converter boxes I

have sen advertised run off AC only. The local stores have not started

to stock boxes as 1) the switch is a year away and 2) they would prefer

to sell you a HDTV set.



Does anyone know of a small CHEEP battery Digital TV? (say under $150US

or a battery operated converter?





--

Charles MacDonald Stittsville Ontario

cmacd@... Just Beyond the Fringe

www.TelecomOttawa.net/~cmacd/

No Microsoft Products were used in sending this e-mail.



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#340 Aug 11, 2010

Charles,



I live in Florida, just south of Jacksonville, I have the same issues here with storms and hurricanes, my battery powered portable tv's are useless, even with converters I would still need good outdoor antennas to pick up the new digital stations, it is vital to have info in real time during an emergency, also the digital equipment uses more power both tv and public safety radios, again no one thought about out of the normal situations, bottom line is follow the money, someone is getting rich off this digital hoax ! Only thing i can recomend is a flat antenna mounted to a stable chemney that dose not use power.....

I think most people have been forced on to cable or satelite tv so that might account for the lack of activity.... very sad !



good luck



Tom Behnken

W4ESP

--- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com, Charles MacDonald cmacd@...> wrote:

>

> I am surprised that the volume has dropped off so much in this group. I

> thought that once the Americans switchedover the posting would skyrocket.

>

> We are still a year away here in Canada, and I am discovering just how

> brittle the digital signals are. Many are low power test transmiters

> at this point, and their is not a lot of incentive for the broadcasters

> to put out a great signal as they will be carried on Cable as long as

> theymake an attempt to have a transmitter running. Only the CBC

> cbc.ca/ has a Robust signal at the moment.

>

> One of my concerns has to do with emergency planning. Since the great

> Ice Storm a few years back, I have had a small ($30.00) walmart Battery

> TV in my emergency kit. This unit uses a lot of C-Cells and gives a

> nice B&W 5 inch picture on it's little CRT. Of course after next august

> it will need a some sort of converter, and all the converter boxes I

> have sen advertised run off AC only. The local stores have not started

> to stock boxes as 1) the switch is a year away and 2) they would prefer

> to sell you a HDTV set.

>

> Does anyone know of a small CHEEP battery Digital TV? (say under $150US

> or a battery operated converter?

>

>

> --

> Charles MacDonald Stittsville Ontario

> cmacd@... Just Beyond the Fringe

> www.TelecomOttawa.net/~cmacd/

> No Microsoft Products were used in sending this e-mail.

>



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#341 Aug 11, 2010

--- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com, Charles MacDonald cmacd@...> wrote:

> One of my concerns has to do with emergency planning. Since the great

> Ice Storm a few years back, I have had a small ($30.00) walmart Battery

> TV in my emergency kit. This unit uses a lot of C-Cells and gives a

> nice B&W 5 inch picture on it's little CRT. Of course after next august

> it will need a some sort of converter, and all the converter boxes I

> have sen advertised run off AC only. The local stores have not started

> to stock boxes as 1) the switch is a year away and 2) they would prefer

> to sell you a HDTV set.

>

> Does anyone know of a small CHEEP battery Digital TV? (say under $150US

> or a battery operated converter?

>

I have a power inverter, which operates on 12V DC and outputs 110VAC. An automobile type battery will provide emergency watts to power it. The battery can be hooked to a gasoline engine that has a generator or to a solar panel. If it come to it, the battery can be linked to a car battery and the car's alternator will charge it. An old push mower engine belted to a car alternator would power things nicely I think, providing you only need it for a converter box. My thinking is whatever emergency power one has, it should be of the sort that can be renewed independently of power mains, or replacement cells. Ideally, one should have more than one 12 volt lead acid type batteries to power the inverter, and an independent way of recharging them. But, there are battery powered DTV's available, if one wanted to go that way, and under the $150us, and also under $150CN. Most have a built in battery that nobody seems to care for, but they work.







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#342 Aug 11, 2010

As far as the power situation goes, for emergency situations I have built

myself a little solar powered generator. It consists of a solar panel,

which charges a gel-cell deep cycle battery, which then feeds an 800 watt

inverter for AC power. And then I bought a charge controller to keep the

battery from discharging into the panel at night, and to prevent my battery

from being over charged. The inverter automaticaly shuts off once the

battery gets too low. Good enough to keep the lights burning through the

night, or to power a small TV and digital channel converter.



I figure it costs me about $300 in parts. Pre-built units can be bought

online for a lot more:



www.mysolarbackup.com/



Rob



On 8/11/10, ka4yay ka4yay@...> wrote:

>

>

>

> Charles,

>

> I live in Florida, just south of Jacksonville, I have the same issues here

> with storms and hurricanes, my battery powered portable tv's are useless,

> even with converters I would still need good outdoor antennas to pick up the

> new digital stations, it is vital to have info in real time during an

> emergency, also the digital equipment uses more power both tv and public

> safety radios, again no one thought about out of the normal situations,

> bottom line is follow the money, someone is getting rich off this digital

> hoax ! Only thing i can recomend is a flat antenna mounted to a stable

> chemney that dose not use power.....

> I think most people have been forced on to cable or satelite tv so that

> might account for the lack of activity.... very sad !

>

> good luck

>

> Tom Behnken

> W4ESP

>

> --- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com TV_Antennas%40yahoogroups.com>,

> Charles MacDonald cmacd@...> wrote:

> >

> > I am surprised that the volume has dropped off so much in this group. I

> > thought that once the Americans switchedover the posting would skyrocket.

> >

> > We are still a year away here in Canada, and I am discovering just how

> > brittle the digital signals are. Many are low power test transmiters

> > at this point, and their is not a lot of incentive for the broadcasters

> > to put out a great signal as they will be carried on Cable as long as

> > theymake an attempt to have a transmitter running. Only the CBC

> > cbc.ca/ has a Robust signal at the moment.

> >

> > One of my concerns has to do with emergency planning. Since the great

> > Ice Storm a few years back, I have had a small ($30.00) walmart Battery

> > TV in my emergency kit. This unit uses a lot of C-Cells and gives a

> > nice B&W 5 inch picture on it's little CRT. Of course after next august

> > it will need a some sort of converter, and all the converter boxes I

> > have sen advertised run off AC only. The local stores have not started

> > to stock boxes as 1) the switch is a year away and 2) they would prefer

> > to sell you a HDTV set.

> >

> > Does anyone know of a small CHEEP battery Digital TV? (say under $150US

> > or a battery operated converter?

> >

> >

> > --

> > Charles MacDonald Stittsville Ontario

> > cmacd@... Just Beyond the Fringe

> > www.TelecomOttawa.net/~cmacd/www.telecomottawa.net/~cmacd/>

> > No Microsoft Products were used in sending this e-mail.

> >

>

>

>





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#343 Aug 11, 2010

--- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com, Charles MacDonald cmacd@...> wrote:

> Does anyone know of a small CHEEP battery Digital TV? (say under $150US or a battery operated converter?









The good news:

Haier HLT71 7-Inch Handheld LCD TV - Price: .$88.31

www.amazon.com/Viore-PLC7V95-7-Inch-Handheld-Built/dp/B0029U2WNC/ref=pd_sim_gs_e_6



The bad news: Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.



Maybe you can find something similar locally or from a CA supplier.



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#344 Aug 11, 2010

As for shipping only allowed to US addresses, I think one of your US buddies

here on the list could order the TV for you, and then reship it to you up

there in Canada if that is what you really want. Write to one us off list.



Rob



On 8/11/10, ibentruitt ibentruitt@...> wrote:

>

>

>

> --- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com TV_Antennas%40yahoogroups.com>,

> Charles MacDonald cmacd@...> wrote:

>

> > Does anyone know of a small CHEEP battery Digital TV? (say under $150US

> or a battery operated converter?

>

> The good news:

> Haier HLT71 7-Inch Handheld LCD TV - Price: $88.31

>

> www.amazon.com/Viore-PLC7V95-7-Inch-Handheld-Built/dp/B0029U2WNC/ref=pd_sim_gs_e_6

>

> The bad news: Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.

>

> Maybe you can find something similar locally or from a CA supplier.

>

>

>





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#345 Aug 11, 2010

On 10-08-11 11:29 AM, ibentruitt wrote: > --- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com, Charles MacDonaldcmacd@...> wrote:

>

>> Does anyone know of a small CHEEP battery Digital TV? (say under $150US or a battery operated converter?

>

>

>

>

> The good news:

> Haier HLT71 7-Inch Handheld LCD TV - Price: .$88.31

> www.amazon.com/Viore-PLC7V95-7-Inch-Handheld-Built/dp/B0029U2WNC/ref=pd_sim_gs_e_6

>

> The bad news: Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.

>

> Maybe you can find something similar locally or from a CA supplier.



Yes, some e-bay seller had a refurbished one for 77.98 including shipping.

ebay item 280526167901 still has 5 left.



I am wondering about the rechargeable battery mind you. My experience

with tools that use rechargeables is that when you go to use them, the

battery is not only dead, but will not take a charge because it was not

used enough.



The USB feature was "different" enough for me to stick my neck out to

get one. It looks like it does NOT have a Conventional tuner. (no

reason to bother if designed for the US market). I wonder if it will

accept NTSC video on the inputs?





--

Charles MacDonald Stittsville Ontario

cmacd@... Just Beyond the Fringe

www.TelecomOttawa.net/~cmacd/

No Microsoft Products were used in sending this e-mail.



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#346 Aug 11, 2010

ibentruitt wrote:

>> Does anyone know of a small CHEEP battery Digital TV? (say under $150US

>> or a battery operated converter?

>

> The good news: Haier HLT71 7-Inch Handheld LCD TV - Price: .$88.31

> www.amazon.com/Viore-PLC7V95-7-Inch-Handheld-Built/dp/B0029U2WNC/ref=pd_sim_gs_e_6

>

> The bad news: Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.

>

> Maybe you can find something similar locally or from a CA supplier.



www.amazon.ca/HAIER-HLT71-PORTABLE-LCD-TV/dp/B001E78UQY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1281549526&sr=1-1



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#347 Aug 11, 2010

--- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com, Charles MacDonald cmacd@...> wrote:

> Yes, some e-bay seller had a refurbished one for 77.98 including shipping.

> ebay item 280526167901 still has 5 left.

>

> I am wondering about the rechargeable battery mind you. My experience

> with tools that use rechargeables is that when you go to use them, the

> battery is not only dead, but will not take a charge because it was not

> used enough.

>

> The USB feature was "different" enough for me to stick my neck out to

> get one. It looks like it does NOT have a Conventional tuner. (no

> reason to bother if designed for the US market). I wonder if it will

> accept NTSC video on the inputs?

>

The battery question might best be resolved by an external power source. A rechargeable battery pack, perhaps. I would want an independent charging method, too.



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#348 Aug 11, 2010

Charles MacDonald wrote:

> The USB feature was "different" enough for me to stick my neck out to

> get one. It looks like it does NOT have a Conventional tuner. (no

> reason to bother if designed for the US market). I wonder if it will

> accept NTSC video on the inputs?



All composite video (yellow RCA connector) is NTSC video. BTW, the

PLCV96 with a ATSC/NTSC tuner sells for about $70US new.



www.viore.com/PLC7V96.htm



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#349 Aug 12, 2010

On 10-08-11 02:30 PM, Eric wrote:

> All composite video (yellow RCA connector) is NTSC video. BTW, the

> PLCV96 with a ATSC/NTSC tuner sells for about $70US new.

>

> www.viore.com/PLC7V96.htm

>



Interesting, it seems to be the current model, while the V95 is not.

Mind you a search of e-bay canada only found it at about 150 bucks.





--

Charles MacDonald Stittsville Ontario

cmacd@... Just Beyond the Fringe

www.TelecomOttawa.net/~cmacd/

No Microsoft Products were used in sending this e-mail.



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#695 Apr 21, 2013

Hello all,



Today I purchased a tv converter box RCA DTA800B1.



Same as new, Unused; $25.00 . From Craigslist.



I connected & set it up.



It works fantastic & is easy to use with the larger Remote control buttons. I am impressed. & blessed.



There is one flaw, but maybe its me.



I can not get the EPG (electronic programming guide) to work.



Help !



mike



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#696 Apr 21, 2013

You might need to let the box stay on for 24 hours before the programming

guide updates. Just give it some time.



Rob

On Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 3:24 PM, John antennagarden@...> wrote:



> **

>

>

> Hello all,

>

> Today I purchased a tv converter box RCA DTA800B1.

>

> Same as new, Unused; $25.00 . From Craigslist.

>

> I connected & set it up.

>

> It works fantastic & is easy to use with the larger Remote control

> buttons. I am impressed. & blessed.

>

> There is one flaw, but maybe its me.

>

> I can not get the EPG (electronic programming guide) to work.

>

> Help !

>

> mike

>

>

>





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