Connect an Atari 2600 to a TV via an RF to Coaxial Cable Adaptor (10-15 mins)

Task: Connect an Atari 2600 to an TV via an RF to Coaxial Cable AdaptorĀ 

Needed: Web browser, RF to Coaxial Cable Adaptor

Time: 10-15 mins


The Atari 2600 outputs a Radio Frequency (RF) modulated TV signal which can be quite difficult to convert to HDMI leaving many trying to connect and play a newly acquired 2600 frustrated. An easy solution to this problem is to convert the RF signal to coaxial cable since most modern TVs accept cable as input. The RF to coaxial cable adaptors are inexpensive and easy to find. Further, they work quite well.


There are tons of these available on Amazon and from other sellers for about $5 to $10. Here is one I found for less than $5.


There are methods of doing this. However, this is the easiest and least expensive. Note that this doesn’t upscale the signal in any way so you are getting authentic Atari 2600 video!

Note this also works for the Atari 400, 5200, and 7800.

Below is a screenshot of an Atari 2600 game on a small tube television using this adaptor.

Starpath Phaser Patrol Screenshot
Starpath Phaser Patrol Screenshot on a CRT Television using the RF to Coaxial Cable Adaptor