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Are you DTV ready: Installing a converter box

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- If you don't have a satellite dish, cable or a digital ready televison, you'll need to hook up a converter box to your TV.

Once you get your converter box from the store, turning your existing older television into a cable ready set is similar to hooking up a VCR.

"You'll need a converter box in between your antenna and your television in order to get the digital channel," KWWL Chief Engineer Jarrett Liddicoat said.

On Feb. 17, the regular Channel 7 will go away and there will only be a digital signal. The converter box will enable a non-digital TV to receive a digital signal.

Cedar Falls resident Tom Flaherty used his coupon on a converter box for his TV set at his cabin. For his home he has a new digital ready widescreen TV. Until the digital switch in February, he's using a series of antennas and even a signal booster to pick up the best picture possible.

He says he's doing his homework and is as ready as he can be.

"Educate yourself upfront and get as much information. Don't rely on word of mouth from your neighbors because what works for the the guy across the street probably doesn't work for me," Flaherty said.

Like many, Flaherty has been skeptical about the change and wondered if it was all worth it, but now that he's done all he can to be ready, he's looking forward to all the possibilities.

"We're happy because we like the picture quality of the digital and we purchased a new TV in anticipation of it. You get a little more variety without having to hook up with cable or use my satellite which I already have," Flaherty said.

KWWL will run two tests on Thursday to help prepare for the DTV transition.

The first will be during the News at Noon, and the second during the News at Six.

If your TV doesn't work during these tests, call 319-291-1293 to get advice from our panel of experts.

Online Reporter: Chris Carter

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