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Old 12-02-2007, 02:46 PM   #1  
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Hey I just made an antenna his morning. I don't know if it's been posted here before, but it was so easy and cool, can't hurt to post it again.
I get the instructions on utube. It took about 1/2 hour to make.
As soon as I hooked it up to my TV I got 13 HD stations for free. Not only that but the name of the show is broadcasted with the signal, so if you hit "display" on the remote, it will tell you the name of the show and "time remaining." I know the throughout the past weeks there were some posts about buying a HD TV and not having a HD box, so this could help.
It's not like it use to be, you either get the channel or you don't, you don't get a 1/2ass or partial signal.
I used some copper wire I found in my garage, but the guy on utube used coat hangers. The only thing I had to buy was that little black UHF/VHF transformer for a couple bucks.
It works great, it can be anywhere inside the room facing any direction, and the HD still comes in perfect. You can pretty much tell exactly how I made it by looking at the picture. Any questions, just ask. The only thing you have to worry about is the distance between the screws and it's 5 3/4 in. Buy changing this distance you can alter the MHz you will pick up. From my qualculations you can have this distance anywhere between 8.5" to 12.5". I would just use 5 3/4", it worked fine for me.
Anyways here it is. Sorry about the size.
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:00 PM   #2  
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How far do you live from the source? I just got Direct TV and I get all the locals in HD except for CBS, don't really know why, but I was wondering what type of antenna I would have to have to pick it up. I live about 40 miles from the source.
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:29 PM   #3  
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I just got Direct TV and I get all the locals in HD except for CBS, don't really know why, but I was wondering what type of antenna I would have to have to pick it up. I live about 40 miles from the source.
Go to the Local HDTV area and they can help you there.
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I don't know how far I am from the source. How do you find out?
I live about 12 miles inland from down town San Diego.
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Xdrox Thats Cool........
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Old 12-02-2007, 05:07 PM   #6  
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Xdrox Thats Cool........
i'm curious, we used to have to play around with the old rabbit ears..is this thing stationary?
btw, u/did good!
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Old 12-02-2007, 05:19 PM   #7  
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BOY THIS IS SO COOL!

I like to make things like this well I use too. Made my own ANT out of tin and copper looked like a small SAT ANT Dish when I was a kid and stuck it out my windows. But this above looks better. I wonder if you use a plastic PVC tube and attach the 8 hangers to it would that work. Does this need to be placed outside or can it be inside?
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It works great inside, so I see no need to put it outside, except to hide it. It's kinda ugly, but because it's flat you can just throw it behind the TV.
I'm absolutely amazed at the reception it can pick up. It doesn't even matter what direction it's facing or if it's vertical or flat.
I'm going to give one to one of the employees at costco for Christmas. He's always giving people free advice there and he's always bragging about how he doesn't pay for cable. He told me he uses rabbit ears, but he doesn't get all the free stations. He'll get a kick out of it.
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Here is the link:
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Old 12-02-2007, 05:54 PM   #10  
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Here are some more pics of it in action:


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The only problem is when he was talking he stated that the FCC mandated that all TV stations must broadcast in HD by 2008. Of course we know that the date is Feb. 2009 and that they have to broadcast digital signals not HD.
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It works great inside, so I see no need to put it outside, except to hide it. It's kinda ugly, but because it's flat you can just throw it behind the TV.
I'm absolutely amazed at the reception it can pick up. It doesn't even matter what direction it's facing or if it's vertical or flat.
I'm going to give one to one of the employees at costco for Christmas. He's always giving people free advice there and he's always bragging about how he doesn't pay for cable. He told me he uses rabbit ears, but he doesn't get all the free stations. He'll get a kick out of it.

Good I can stick it behind the TV ( can now hook the Funai to this and use the DTV feature of it for local TV) I don't have copper around the house I'll have to go and get some. I long does this board of to be but I'll just look at the video again. Very interesting. You can still have the digital box through HDMI or Component and still use your RF with this homemade HD.

Once you could get HBO free this way with a special SAT you could build yourself and tap into the HBO SAT in space. I was on my old house 23-30FT on the roof the gust of wind just blowing around on a very cold day. Never again will I do that..

Hey thanks for sharing this info I should look more on YouTube like you do for things like this to share..
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On your long wires, do you have insulation on them where they cross over? It looks like you have something wrapped around the wire, just wondered if it was insulation. Thanks
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On your long wires, do you have insulation on them where they cross over? It looks like you have something wrapped around the wire, just wondered if it was insulation. Thanks
Yes you are correct. All the wire was insulated, but I removed it. I left sections as you saw in order to keep the two sides separate.
All the wire is 12 gauge, I just recently re-wired my whole house (50 year old wiring wasn't cutting it any more), and I have tons of wire left. I actually made the whole thing from scraps.
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Nice antenna!

If you're having any capture problems, make the feedline exit at 90 degrees to the 'boom'.

((In 2009 the majors must transform to digital (so their bandwidth can be sold for a HUGE price).......

...But the way that I understand it, the TRANSLATORS are exempt. They can still Bcast analog.

So, if you're out in the stix, don't fret, your tv should work just fine after 2009........

(if you're dialed into a translator))

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