Updating analog tvs tohdtv
The first step in connecting the antenna to the TV is first getting to the antenna.
If yours is roof-mounted, you’ll need to exercise some caution.
But there may be times when you’ll miss your local channels, whether for emergency news and notifications or just local programming.
If you live in a rural area (or a crowded urban area) where rabbit-ears just don’t cut it, your house might already have a medium or large TV antenna installed in the attic or on the roof.
From there, we had to run it through the ceiling of the basement, around a cold air return vent, and out into the crawlspace.
At the very end of the crawlspace, we drilled a hole behind the TV for the cable to run up through.
Here’s the tricky part: routing the cable down to the TV.
I won’t go into too much detail here, as every home is different, but in our case, the cable could just run down the chopped-off chimney remnant in the attic…
We actually picked up two zones of Iowa Public Television – KDIN in Des Moines and KTIN in Fort Dodge!
How to convert your old TV to receive digital TV over the air.
…and out through a vent in the chimney down in the basement.
We had to tie a pair of pliers to the cable to weight it enough to make it go down the chimney, as it was cold and the cable kept coiling.