Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Large Homemade High definition tv Antenna - An Inexpensive Effective Easy-To-Make One That's Loft Friendly

An Online the perception of creating a small made popular table-top High definition tv antenna is known as a "coat-hanger" or "cat-whisker" type. The main one referred to in the following paragraphs is patterned after it, even though it is modified and bigger,

Rather than using coat-wardrobe hangers or costly solid copper wire to really make it, this bigger one uses cheap one-inch strips of thin sheet-aluminum rather. These strips will pickup TV signals well. In the end, most TV antennas are constructed with aluminum.

Parts (from discount hardware/electronics stores)

Wood board: one 1x3-inch x 6-ft () scrap is effective.Step-flashing sections or equivalent: seven 8x8-inches, hin aluminum ($.60 each)Solid aluminum wire or similar: two 6-ft measures, 12-14-gage ()Screws: 26 of size 8x3/4-inch, wide-mind ()Washing machines: 26 of size 1/2-inch-OD (.50)Balun: one easy male cable connector getting two stretching wires with spade tips (.50)Reflectors: two bits of heavy card board, 2x3-ft each, getting one for reds engrossed in aluminum foil folded around their edges (). Note: light metal cage or wire-mesh also works best for reflectors.Staples or screws: small ones for affixing the reflectors towards the back side from the antenna board.Coaxial TV cable: enough for connecting the antenna towards the TV(s) -25


Calculating tape and pencilHeavy-duty shop scissorsWire cutter/stripperElectric drill and bitsScrewdriversPliersHammer

Steps to make it

This antenna is split into two identical parts whose combined receptions are introduced towards the balun. Each half appears like a row of miniature rabbit-ears (V's) connected to the rims from the board.

1. Around the flat side from the board, convey a pencil mark 2-inches from each finish from it. Between both of these marks, make 11 more marks evenly spread to provide as many as 13 evenly spread ones about 5.7-inches apart.

2. At these marks 5/8-inches in the lower and upper rims from the board, drill 3/16-inch screw holes. This method makes two 13-hole rows across the lower and upper rims from the flat side.

3. Using the scissors, cut each aluminum expensive panel into eight 1-inch-wide strips for as many as 56 strips 8-inches lengthy. 52 of these will enter in the antenna four are spares.

4. With two strips, form V-shape by overlapping the low tips. Drill singleOr4-inch hole through the middle of the overlap.

5. Having a screw & washer, attach the V-overlap towards the board at among the drill holes, although not stiffened completely lower. Towards the top of the V, allow a middle-to-center three-inch gap as proven in reference-1 below.

6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 using the remaining 50 strips and 25 drill holes.

7. In the screw sites of every row of V's, place one 6-feet entire solid wire beneath these overlapping strips, after which tighten the screws/washing machines lower tightly upon it while keeping a 3-inch gap towards the top of the V's.

8. If required, reshape the strips so that they are fairly straight.

9. Slightly release the 2 screws from the middle set (of every row), and fix one spade from the balun to them tightly.

10. Lengthwise, mount the 2 aluminum covered reflectors evenly towards the backside from the board facing the strips.

11. Within the loft, mount the antenna up and down or flat as space enables, the V-rows facing the broadcasting stations searched for.

12. Attach the cable towards the antenna, and run it towards the TV.


This reflector-backed antenna can be created bigger or more compact compared to one referred to because needed. It'll get the majority of the UHF channels well (individuals above funnel-13), based on their individual broadcasting talents.

Also, for more powerful all-around reception still, it may be linked to a mature traditional VHF aluminum antenna that may be set up in the loft from years past (for channels-13 and below). For additional info on this homemade antenna design, see these web sites.

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