How to Attach Rabbit Ears to a HDTV

by James Clark

A high-definition TV (HDTV) delivers stunning picture and sound, especially when connected with a digital programming source such as cable or a satellite service. However, many areas still receive local TV stations via broadcasting over the air. These stations may not always be available as part of a subscription programming package, so an old-fashioned "rabbit ears" antenna is the solution. The antenna connects to the HDTV with a coaxial cable.

1

Connect a coaxial cable to the "Out to TV" jack on the base of the rabbit ears. The cable attaches by turning the threaded coupler clockwise around the jack.

2

Attach the other end of the coaxial cable to the "RF IN" or "Coax IN" jack on the back of the HDTV.

3

Plug in the electrical cord, if the rabbit ears are equipped with a signal amplifier.

4

Turn on the HDTV and turn off any cable or satellite receiver connected to the television, then press "Menu" on the TV remote control and select "Auto-Tune" or "Scan" (depending on the TV model) to program all available broadcast signals.

Tips

  • check Use rabbit ears with a power amplifier for better reception.
  • check Move the rabbit ears as far away from the HDTV as possible. The computers inside the HDTV can cause signal interference.

Warning

  • close Do not connect the equipment to the electricity until the coaxial connection is complete.

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About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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