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Thread: Very Good $2.00 Homemade Antenna For HDTV

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    Cool Very Good $2.00 Homemade Antenna For HDTV

    In the past week I have made 2 antennas for HDTV reception from a 'How To' I saw on You Tube. I have a Channel Master 4228 & I didn't want to split the signal from it. I tried this homemade antenna & it works almost as good as the 4228 one of the best UHF antennas availiable. It's made with a 1" x 3"x 2.5 ' piece of wood & 6 coat hangers. All I had to buy was a $2. balun (transformer) & 12 small wood screws & washers. Try it, I was really suprised how well it worked. Search on You Tube for "Coat Hanger HDTV Antenna" or videos posted by babblin5, it will tell everything you need to know. Please let me know what kind of luck you have. PS a Dremel tool was handy to clean contact areas & to smooth rough edges on coat hanger parts.


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    I actually built one like this, but I also had some wire racks from discarded wire shelving at work. I made a spacer and stuck those on the back as a reflector. This was at a time when my wife wasn't placing very high importance on receiving HD. We still had the SD satellite service but I had the new 42" plasma and it was KILLING me to not be watching HD on it. I walked into my living room with this ... hehehe.... really ugly... piece of ..... antenna. I hooked it up while my wife was gardening or something. Scanned channels and WOW! .... the awesomeness of your first HD.....

    Anyways she comes in and says, "What's that?" with a rather accusing tone. So I says, "Why it's an HD antenna!" says I. She says, "Where is it going?"

    "Well", I said, stroking my chin a bit thoughtfully, "I'm guessing it will go right here up on the wall for best reception. It wouldn't last very long outside."

    "Oh I don't THINK so!" she says. "I think you better go get one that can go outside."

    And that's the story of how cparker got his wife to say it was ok to go out and get a CM4228, a couple of mast sections, standoffs, cable ..... heheheh

    And we have HD!

    but these homemade antenna really do work amazingly well if you are neat and as accurate as you can be.... considering what you're working with. I still have that antenna someplace.
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    One of my stations is on VHF-Hi channel 11, I wonder how this would work. It looks like it might be UHF only.

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    It looks like a good idea if it works well that said unless you have a good place to hide it the eyesore factor certainly kicks in.

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