If by basic connection you simply mean you have connected the ariel to the recorder, and then connected from the recorder to the tv by an ariel fly lead, then you will not see the recorder on the TV as the recorder does not have RF modulation (i.e does not emulate a TV channel that you normally recieve).
You need to connect the TV to the recorder via the RCA (or Scart in Europe) sockets, and then make sure you have set the TV to (normally called) AV or auxiliary input.
If you TV does not have RCA or SCART sockets, then you can normally get round this by connecting the recorder to a VCR (still by RCA or SCART) - Virtually all VCRs can be connected this way unless over 20 years old!
Then you simply have to tune the TV to the VCR output frequency in the normal way, and set the VCR to take its input from AV (or sometimes called aux).
If you have already set up connections via RCA/SCART, then I suspect you have not set the TV to take its input from the AV input. (In Europe, this is often easier as SCART often auto switches but not always).