10 Easy Homemade TV Antenna Plans To Save Your Money
Are you tired of missing on your favorite shows or watching the same thing over and over again? We have gathered these 10 easy DIY TV antenna plans that can make your streaming time and days way more fun. You must have heard the possibility of building your own homemade antenna with HDTV capability to catch and stream some digital terrestrial signals. It does not just sound like a good idea, but it is also quite the money saver. These cheap, easy, and quick to build DIY TV antenna plans can pretty much amplify your channel streaming time and quality.
With our easy homemade HDTV antenna plans, you also get to choose between opting for an indoor TV antenna or an outdoor TV antenna. While outdoor antennas are known to catch more strong signal strength, with indoor antennas, there are some plus points associated as well. Such as, you don’t have to climb on to the roof and manage the direction of the antenna. So, to sum up. Indoor antennas are more easily accessible. Anyhow, suit yourself with our different sorts of homemade HDTV antenna plans and treat yourself with the HD channels streaming and never miss out on your favorite shows.
1. Modern Homemade Powerful HDTV Antenna
Are you tired of paying the costly cable bills and waiting on for the complaints to be taken seriously by your cable provider? Build yourself this modern DIY HDTV antenna using cardboard and aluminum foil also save your time and money. You will need a few feet cardboard, cutting material, aluminum foil, drill, screws, and washers. instructables
2. DIY PVC Pipe TV Antenna
Who knew the PVC pipe can be so versatile? To be even used in a DIY TV antenna idea! This PVC pipe TV antenna is built for VHF channel 11 and UHF channel 16. This dual folded di-pole can outperform any other cable service you have had. cromwell intl
3. Homemade DIY TV Antenna
By using some copper tubing, PVC pipes, and minimal building tools, make yourself this easy DIY TV antenna. And the best part about it is that the construction is pretty simple, and it is completely compatible with digital television. instructables
4. $20 Homemade TV Antenna for Better Signal Strength
If you are not happy with the weak signal strength of your current TV system. Here comes this $20 homemade TV antenna offering the most reliable signal strength. So, you can make this by merely using foam core board and copper tape. macgyverisms
5. $3 DIY HDTV Antenna
Here’s an idea to make your channel streaming and TV watching time more fun with a more HD factor added! Check out the details for installing this $3 DIY HDTV antenna from the Dollar store. It is going surely to be a major hit around the house! squawkfox
6. Indoor Homemade TV Antenna
With these homemade TV antenna plans now taking over the market, there are many benefits associated with them, like to save your money and better results at no cost. One of the best things about the indoor antenna is not climbing up the roofs to set the direction right! Check out this easy to make indoor antenna to enhance the quality and number of your channels! instructables
7. How to Make a Digital TV Antenna
How to make a tv antenna without spending a single dollar? Get your hands on some pine board, copper wire, head wood screws, matching transformers, electrical tape, and multi-tools for building this super cool digital DIY TV antenna. Leatherman has got the complete step by step guide to walk you through the whole process. leatherman
8. $5 DIY HDTV Antenna
Name anything better than getting FREE HD channels streaming! Way to make your TV streaming time more fun. Plus, it doesn’t look bad at all. Won’t even mess up with your decor. This DIY TV antenna tutorial comes with a detailed video to walk you through the steps. awesomejelly
9. How to Build a HDTV Antenna
This HDTV antenna is not just super cheap to make, but its signal strength is also promised and known to be hitting between 88 to 99. If you are looking for all these benefits in your HDTV antenna, this one’s quite the charm. Get the list of supplies uhfhdtvantenna
10. DIY TV Antenna for HD and SD Channels
For making this DIY TV antenna, you will need a manila folder, aluminum foils, thin cardboard, co-axial cable with F connector, cutter or knife, stapler, and transparent packing tape. Get this homemade digital tv antenna up and running to enjoy HD over the air channels streaming! aruljohn
Cable bills are really high and busting the budget! You may be missing out on free TV. Make your own homemade antenna by using scrap wire with stock lumber!
So, what do you think? We are sure none of these DIY TV antenna ideas seemed more complex to build or challenging to understand. But, all the more reasons to quit paying your cable bill, right?! Why pay extra when you can get it done by yourself! Some copper wires, panels, aluminum sheets, or other minimal tools can do the magic just right. SO, happy streaming, fellows!
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|But about a month before they switched, they added ION and Bounce to their line up and now I want to get it back. Has anyone as of yet tackled one of these monsters? If so, how did it work out for you?|
I have two commercially produced moderate to compact size antennas with L-VHF extensions here in SOCAL LA/OC. The RCA ANT3037XR (actually built by Winegard for RCA) and the Winegard HD7000R, one each for my two Samsungs, 2013 40" and 2017 32". There are several low powered stations on Mt. Wilson above LA, broadcasting on the L-VHF frequency right now and one full powered station, KWHY 22 (display, physical 4) at 35kW power (yes, that's right!) which carries Retro TV on KBEH 63-3. Since part of my TV viewing includes Retro programming, that was why I put up those antennas. Plus, there might be possibilities of other stations moving to L-VHF in the future or increasing their signal. Nothing firm at the moment, just chatter from the NET. I'm in a strong to moderate signal area, 35 miles south of Mt. Wilson, so I get excellent (100%) reception from KBEH which transmits off the KWHY 22 tower. So, yeah it's worked out well for me.
I hope this helps answer your query. I know you mentioned you build your own TV antennas, so I can't really help you with that issue if that's what you were looking for.
Anyway, all the best.....
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Crazy Enough to Build Your Own TV Antenna?
This month, I'll take another look at receive antennas for DTV. My article "Antennas for DTV Reception" in the March 6, 2002 column on antennas for DTV reception was published almost four years ago, yet hardly a week goes by that I don't get a request for Fig. 1, which shows the dimensions for a do-it-yourself UHF TV rhombic antenna. The article is available at www.tvtechnology.com in the Doug Lung on RF section. I've reprinted Fig. 1 here. Refer to the original article for information on how TV antennas work and suggestions for building your own.
(click thumbnail)Fig. 1: Dimensions for a do-it-yourself UHF TV rhombic antenna.Although I've received many requests for Fig. 1, I haven't received as many reports on how the antenna worked. I guess some readers found the size of the elements made construction more difficult than they thought or they built the antenna and weren't happy with the performance. As noted in the article, a rhombic that's five wavelengths on a side (about 100 inches at 600 MHz) will provide a predicted gain of approximately 12 dB. You will see later that smaller commercial TV antennas provide gains close to or greater than this.
If you want to build a huge VHF TV antenna, an article from 1951 by Richard J. Buchan may be helpful, (See http://members.fortunecity.com/wtfdamem/Rhombic1.html). The antennas described are much bigger than the one I referred to. Buchan describes how a three-bay rhombic can be constructed with gain of more than 100 (20 dB). He notes that even though rhombic antennas are broadband, separate antennas will be needed for low VHF and high VHF, although the high-VHF rhombic can be strung inside the low-VHF rhombic using the same supports.
The article gives construction details, including a parts list, mast construction hints, dimensions and drawings for single bay and two bay antennas. If you want distant VHF-TV reception in a single direction and have the real estate, check it out!
A "Dual Rhomboid" antenna developed by Edmund Laport of RCA was modeled by L.B. Cebik and determined to have gains between 15 and 16 dB at 1296 MHz. This design should be able to be scaled for use at TV frequencies, (See http://www.cebik.com/vhf/rh.html ). In researching this article, I found what must be the ultimate UHF rhombic antenna, if it works as claimed. The Sveriges DX-FŸrbund Web site ( http://www.sdxf.org/alfa/dxinfo/Antenna%20Articles.pdf ), has a 60-page article on antennas. On p. 35, there is a description of DHR (dual hexamerous rhombic) antenna designed for the 430 MHz band. It should work well at UHF frequencies. The calculated gain of the 2x6 rhomboid antenna is 33 dB! Unfortunately, author Wayne Sarosi said details would be provided in a future posting, but I haven't been able to find it. If anyone can provide details on the DHR antenna, please e-mail me and I'll share the information.
Broadcast engineer Jeremy Lansman at KYES in Alaska has put together an excellent Web page titled "About TV and FM Antennas" at http://kyes.info/antenna/antennadex.html. The page contains links to articles on how TV antennas work, common TV and FM antenna types, and, of relevance to this article, a section devoted to building your own TV or FM antenna.
In my Dec. 14 RF Report, I reported that in the FCC's report to congress on the DTV field strength standards and test procedures for the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2005, the commission found no specific changes are needed to the DTV field strength standards and/or planning factors.
The comments filed by the ABC, CBS and NBC affiliate associations in the proceeding included an exhibit by consulting engineer Jules Cohen with a survey of available TV receive antennas and amplifiers. In the report, the FCC cited this survey to show there are antennas currently available that meet or exceed the planning factor criteria. It should be useful if you decide to buy rather than build your own antenna. The affiliate associations' filing can be downloaded using the at http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/comsrch_v2.cgi. Enter 05-182 in the "Proceeding" box and scroll through the listings.
FCC DTV planning factors are based on antenna gains of 4 dB, 6 dB and 10 dB for low-VHF (Channels 2-6), high-VHF (7-13) and UHF (14-69) respectively. Kerry Cozad of Dielectric measured the Channel Master Model 4228 eight-bay bowtie-with-screen UHF antenna and measured gains of approximately 3 dB, 9 dB and 15 dB for low-VHF, high-VHF and UHF. This UHF-only antenna exceeds the planning factor gain at both high-VHF and UHF!
For VHF-only reception, the Antennacraft Model CS1100 claims an average low-VHF gain of 6.9 dB and an average high-VHF gain of 9.6 dB. The Channel Master Model 3610 doesn't do as well at low-VHF, with an average gain of 5.8, but provides a claimed average gain of 11.4 dB at high-VHF channels. While combined UHF and VHF antennas usually do not work as well as separate antennas, the Winegard Model HD7084P specifications show gains from 6.2 to 7.6 dB at low VHF, 10.8 to 12.0 at high VHF and 14.6 dB in the UHF band.
In a table in his exhibit, Jules Cohen shows that if a low-noise amplifier is used at the antenna, reducing the system noise figure to 4 dB, the media noise limited field intensity for DTV reception drops to 19.8 dBµ at low-VHF, 25.8 dBµ at high-VHF and 34.2 dBµ at UHF, based on receiving antenna gains of 6 dB at low-VHF, 10 dB at high-VHF and 12 dB at UHF.
In addition, CEA has an excellent Web site, AntennaWeb.org that allows you to see what TV stations are available at a specific address and what size antenna is required to receive them.
I welcome your questions and comments. Send them to me at [email protected]
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