[rescue] A rescue of sorts: The $10 Digital TV

Bill Bradford mrbill at mrbill.net
Sun May 11 23:58:30 CDT 2008

I recently got my $40 vouchers/coupons from dtv2009.gov in, and found that
the local H.E.B. grocery chain was selling a digital-to-analog TV
"converter" (it's a tuner with RF and AV output) for $40 + tax.

A few days later, I came home with a pair of the converters for a grand
total of $6.60.  On my way home, I stopped by Electronic Parts Outlet and
picked up a couple pairs of "rabbit ears" and a matching adapter (spade
lugs to F-Male).

Tonight I decided to try things out, and unpacked everything.  I'd first
thought about running the AV output into a box I have that takes composite
video and gives VGA out, but that would leave me with no audio.

Digging through my junk box, I found a little 3.5" LCD display that takes
AV in and has a speaker.  Bingo!

I present, the Ten Dollar Digital TV:

Converter Box: $3.30
Antenna and adapter:  $6.70
Crap LCD Display:  Free


(I need to find a better display or an old 12" VGA LCD and some speakers)


Bill Bradford 
Houston, Texas

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