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    Homemade TV Antenna Build

    A few years ago I read an article online about making a cheap TV antenna. I had a TV in my shop and wanted to be able to watch TV. I didn't have much faith in it working. I just used stuff I had laying around in the shop. It worked and worked pretty good I was able to get 18 channels. I was watching HD TV in no time. The first one was pretty crude and far from pretty. I posted that little project on the sister site WFM. Over the years I heard from several guys that after they read that post they made there own...and they worked.

    My son is working as an intern and didn't want to pay for cable. He's a big John Deere guy, so I made him an antenna and thought I'd pass the info on to anyone that might be interested. The new one gets 26 channels. Here's a link for one similar to mine. Watch Television For Free - DIY Digital TV Antenna Searching Google Images might be a better way to go. Don't get too hung up on making the dimensions exact, you only have to come close.

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    The first one in the shop. Look Emergency is on.

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    Proof it works!
    Last edited by MDrew; 02-04-2016 at 08:35 AM.
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    Good info Giz; but I have to admit, that green job looks like a tree full of baby owls!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2LaneCruzer View Post
    Good info Giz; but I have to admit, that green job looks like a tree full of baby owls!
    I was going more for a JD wheel look. You're right, baby owls. It is all real JD paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDrew View Post
    A few years ago I read an article online about making a cheap TV antenna. I had a TV in my shop and wanted to be able to watch TV. I didn't have much faith in it working. I just used stuff I had laying around in the shop. It worked and worked pretty good I was able to get 18 channels. I was watching HD TV in no time. The first one was pretty crude and far from pretty. I posted that little project on the sister site WFM. Over the years I heard from several guys that after they read that post they made there own...and they worked.

    My son is working as an intern and didn't want to pay for cable. He's a big John Deere guy, so I made him an antenna and thought I'd pass the info on to anyone that might be interested. The new one gets 26 channels. Here's a link for one similar to mine. Watch Television For Free - DIY Digital TV Antenna Searching Google Images might be a better way to go. Don't get too hung up on making the dimensions exact, you only have to come close.

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    Proof it works!
    Reminds me of the old, big Bowtie UHF TV antennas from back in the day.
    One thing good about digital, either you got signal or you ain't, no inbetwixt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Cajun View Post
    One thing good about digital, either you got signal or you ain't, no inbetwixt.
    I,, for one,, am stuck in the inbetwixt,,, I assume there are others,,,
    Signal-wise,, I am actually pretty close to the broadcast antennas,, (~30 miles)

    The TV stations that service my area broadcast from south of my location,,,

    There are hills to the north of my home,, relative to the TV broadcast antennas,,



    I installed a rotor direct-able antenna,, depending on the weather, and leaves on the trees (season),,
    I either have to aim the antenna north or south to get a partly usable signal,,,

    Many times,, the two signals I receive interfere with each other,,,

    Because of the variability of signal,, I switched to listening to FM radio in the shop!!

    I gave the TV to my daughter,, she uses Dish Network to get a signal,,,
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    I ordered an antennae set from www.hdfreetv.com
    You get 2 of them shipped direct to your house for $21.98.
    Saw how well it worked at a friends house and it convinced me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    I,, for one,, am stuck in the inbetwixt,,, I assume there are others,,,
    Signal-wise,, I am actually pretty close to the broadcast antennas,, (~30 miles)

    The TV stations that service my area broadcast from south of my location,,,

    There are hills to the north of my home,, relative to the TV broadcast antennas,,



    I installed a rotor direct-able antenna,, depending on the weather, and leaves on the trees (season),,
    I either have to aim the antenna north or south to get a partly usable signal,,,

    Many times,, the two signals I receive interfere with each other,,,

    Because of the variability of signal,, I switched to listening to FM radio in the shop!!

    I gave the TV to my daughter,, she uses Dish Network to get a signal,,,
    Looks like you would need a pretty tall mast to at least get above the trees in your area, them hills ain't helping at all.
    Down here, we're so flat, I can pick up New Orleans and Baton Rouge TV stations with a little single "T" shaped job
    inside the house.
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    If that first picture is in your "shop", it looks very nice.
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    Thanks Don, That's the good wall. I found those boards in the hay mow, stained and varnished them and put them up. The shop is an old grainery complete with true hard, very hard 2x6s. When I put the chipboard on the other walls I had to pre-drill holes for the screws. Drilling holes for the electrical was a treat too. It all worked out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    I,, for one,, am stuck in the inbetwixt,,, I assume there are others,,,
    Signal-wise,, I am actually pretty close to the broadcast antennas,, (~30 miles)

    The TV stations that service my area broadcast from south of my location,,,

    There are hills to the north of my home,, relative to the TV broadcast antennas,,



    I installed a rotor direct-able antenna,, depending on the weather, and leaves on the trees (season),,
    I either have to aim the antenna north or south to get a partly usable signal,,,

    Many times,, the two signals I receive interfere with each other,,,

    Because of the variability of signal,, I switched to listening to FM radio in the shop!!

    I gave the TV to my daughter,, she uses Dish Network to get a signal,,,
    I think if you take that hill down you'd get much better reception.
    Mike

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