Yes and for the better. I don't think it can pickup any signal without one. I always get 0dB when I disconnct my antenna.
A great feature they added is the audio and visual antenna gain set up screen. It allows you to hear the signal rise and fall while you adjust the antenna if you can't see the TV. If you can see the screen you will see a dB gain percentage and a sliding bar (like a volume bar).
I had tried using an Indoor 8" diameter indoor loop wire attached to a twin lead Balun (matching converter) that slips onto the 75ohm threaded connector. It only picked up 12dB gain in my ground floor. When I added my old outdoor arial antenna with a twin wire (300 ohm) to the same Balun screw terminals as the loop wire, I got 27 dB. With the 12dB I got 4 only channels compared to 27dB with the outdoor antenna. Now I get 25 channels and about half of them are crystal clear at night.
There are some channels that never come in. I live right between two major broadcasting locations- 30 miles from both NYC and Philly in Central NJ. I was looking into buying a signal booster or Pre-Amp to get these weak channels when I read this question.
There is another nice feature in the station list where you can switch to bypass the bad channels by "skipping" them with the remote. This allows you to skip over them when you're surfing. You can relist them if you want to surf them again without having to run another search for available channels.
Another good feature in scan for channels, it lets you scan for additional channels to add on to the already saved channel list. If you scan without it, the original list is wiped off.
One more Hint: use the number buttons to select from the list when they show numbers next to features. It's faster than scrolling.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Yes, the antenna will be hooked up with the converter box.
You will need to use an antenna with the converter to make the converter work.