[SATLUG] OT: Built my own DTV antenna

Jeremy Mann jeremymann at gmail.com
Sun Apr 26 15:21:33 CDT 2009


On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 2:50 PM, David Kowis <dkowis at shlrm.org> wrote:
> Jeremy Mann wrote:
>>
>> I finally got on the DTV bandwagon this weekend. I received my HD
>> receiver and hooked up my Radio Shack powered rabbit ears. I scanned
>> and got 3 channels. Not too bad I thought since even on just straight
>> rabbit ears I've never received a good signal. I began experiementing
>> with various antenna projects I found on the 'Net and settled on the
>> project using 8 wire coat hangers in a criss cross fashion. Now I get
>> 10 channels and an occasional blip losing a channel.
>
> How about the link for that plan?
>
> We get poor DTV reception out here, and that sounds lots cheaper than
> something I could buy. I could put that puppy in the attic, and amplify the
> signal throughout my cable network (i got the house prewired)

Luckily I had all the parts. About the only thing you'll have to buy
is a 75 ohm balun. Here's a pic. Its pretty ghetto but works
surprisingly well:

http://mann.uthscsa.edu/images/dtv-antenna.jpg


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Jeremy Mann
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