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Homemade HD Antenna

by hyghwayman / March 21, 2007 9:40 AM PDT

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to let you all know that I found this forum that had a DIY section about building a antenna.

Well it looked easy enough, so I built mine last night and put it up today. I'm getting 45 Digital stations w/ about half of them in HD also all my local analog stations are coming in crystal clear now too.
Here is the link to the forum w/ all the info on how to build one.

With my store bought antenna I was getting on average a signal strenth of about 85 (1 to 100) w/ dropouts, now w/ my homemade antenna my signal is holding at 98 w/ no dropouts at all.

Happy Days Ahead,

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by hyghwayman / March 21, 2007 10:17 PM PDT
In reply to: Homemade HD Antenna

watched TV last night w/ my homemade antenna hooked up and had zero drop-outs, my signal held at 95 all night long. We are going to have T-storms move through today and should provide a good test. I'll post back later.


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My Weekend Project...
by analyzerbunny / March 21, 2007 11:47 PM PDT
In reply to: ok

...Is going to be to get some stuff together and build my own. I get pretty good reception with a basic rabbit ears set up, so I'm hoping to pull all kinds of goodness in with a home-built jobbie.


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cool ,
by hyghwayman / March 21, 2007 11:57 PM PDT
In reply to: My Weekend Project...

was wondering if anyone else would. I am going to build another 1 for my sons TV. I may even build a much bigger 1, to see if I can receive even more distant OTA broadcast.
Here is a link to the picture of my 1st antenna.


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by analyzerbunny / March 22, 2007 1:15 AM PDT
In reply to: cool ,

cant view the pics at work.

Anyway, I was wondering. Do you think building the thing horizontal, with the bowties pointing up and down would affect the signal?

See, I want to build one just the right size to fit behind the 40" tv. So if the thing had a small, subtle stand, and occupied that space behind the tv, nobody would really see it.

I guess I could build just two bowties, but I think if i turn it horizontal, I could get 6 bowties in there and still not have the thing be any larger than the space behind the screen.

vas danks du?


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when you...
by hyghwayman / March 22, 2007 1:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Dang...

get home look at my picture and other on the forum web page for more ideas. I truely think this can be built any way you want as long as you keep the spacing lengths correct.
I tried my out in my bedroom before setting it up out side and it worked lying on my bed, standing in the corner. Some positions produced better results of course.

Good Luck,

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by bevillan / March 22, 2007 1:58 AM PDT
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I like the pics but would you really put something like that ontop of your house? I would paint it silver or white.

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It can't be as bad as my neighbor with..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 2:09 AM PDT
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Not 1 but 2 sat dishes on the front of their house. Mine is discreetly placed on the rear and I even found a spot I can't see it from most windows. Their installer appears to have never given any thought to bolting such to the front of the house above the doorway.


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by analyzerbunny / March 22, 2007 2:33 AM PDT
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What were you doing with your new antenna on the bed...then in the corner. I hope you had clothes on!

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by hyghwayman / March 22, 2007 4:54 AM PDT
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hehe, yes I did have my clothes on. The TV in my bedroom was the most covienent to test it with.


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Prepare to get GEEKY
by analyzerbunny / March 22, 2007 5:17 AM PDT
In reply to: LoL

Here is a link that will let you enter your street address and determine what the exact azimuth and distance and frequency each digital or analogue station is relative to your humble abode. I put in my "spam" email address, but it doesnt appear to need it in order to turn out tons of results.

Get your compass out!
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by stewart norrie / March 22, 2007 7:52 AM PDT
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I wish I could put up a huge tower and far out antenna system because It seems I live in a sweet spot for over the air channels but living in a mobil home, cant go there. I live in san jose ca rite near the bay which gives me a clear shot nice and flat for tons of over the air transmissions I even pick up 3 sacremento stations anyway time to loose at poker again steweeeee

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Well you could add more bowties,
by jcrobso / March 25, 2007 3:41 AM PDT
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But that would also make it more directional, aiming it would be more critical.
The flat arrangements are more onmidirectional, The ones in a straight line tend be unidirectional. john

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by hyghwayman / March 25, 2007 12:50 PM PDT

I was told that if i put a reflector (oven rack) behind it and cross the top and bottom connecting leads that it will be even a better antenna.


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GO TO THIS WEB-SITE...........
by Riverledge / March 23, 2007 12:20 PM PDT
In reply to: ok

It'll give you all the info you need; plus some you don't!
Click on "choose an antenna",
Fill in your Zip-Code and see the possibilities.

Best viewing,
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I understand that you are getting more channels but,
by jarandall / March 22, 2007 1:01 PM PDT
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aren't they just standard ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX channels from a different city?
You aren't getting channels that you would have to pay for, correct?

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by hyghwayman / March 22, 2007 4:09 PM PDT

You are correct, however the over lapping of networks adds to my viewing selection. Heres the breakdown
ABC x 3 = 3 analog, 3SD, 3HD (9)
CBS x 3 = 3 analog, 3SD, 3HD (9)
NBC x 3 = 3 analog, 3SD, 3HD (9)
WB x 3 = 3 analog, 3SD, 3HD (9)
Fox x 3 = 3 analog, 3SD, 3HD (9)
PBS x 2 = 2 analog, 6SD, 2HD (10)
Christian channel " " (6)
17 analog, 38SD/HD =61total channels to choose from!
TV markets don't all broadcast the same programs at the same time and most have different program line ups.

Wow, I just noticed I'm getting a lot of free channels in DS/HD, almost like having cable without the monthly BILL. hehe Grin
PBS has some great Nature shows in HD, Fox has Nascar, CBS has Survivor, 24, NCAA Basketball just to name a few good things to watch on OTA local and now distant Broadcastings! Wink


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Nature on PBS
by analyzerbunny / March 23, 2007 12:08 AM PDT
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That is a show that should be viewed at big electronic stores to test out the TVs ability to generate a realistic picture. Last nite they had some underwater show on that was just insane. Super clear, super crisp, amazing 40" 720p was pegged trying to display all those colors.

Its defenately worth tinkering around with antenna to pick this stuff up.

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by hyghwayman / March 24, 2007 1:19 AM PDT
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My TV and I love the Nature shows on PBS now.


ps Wife likes'em too

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by Riverledge / March 24, 2007 3:11 PM PDT
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THEY HAVE HD & SD I BELIEVE. ANY Discover HD channel looks awesome.


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How many hours
by HTHMAN / March 25, 2007 3:14 AM PDT

have you spent watching the sun rise in HD?

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by Riverledge / April 2, 2007 2:40 PM PDT
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Building a ...
by hyghwayman / March 30, 2007 3:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Homemade HD Antenna

new antenna w/reflector and will post back with reception results. Also will be crossing upper and lower wires. Hope to improve reception of channels over 45 miles away.

Have a GREAT day all,

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2nd antenna...
by hyghwayman / April 2, 2007 5:09 AM PDT
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was much worse than my 1st build. So I put the 1st build back up. Now i'm thinking maybe the transformer may be defective. Someday I may switch them out, for now though I'm extremely happy w/ the results I'm getting w/ my very simple antenna.


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