[SATLUG] OT: Built my own DTV antenna

Dennis Myhand dmyhand at suddenlink.net
Sun Apr 26 17:26:38 CDT 2009


Jeremy Mann wrote:
> 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
> 
> 

What are the dimensions to the bow ties and how far apart are they spaced?


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