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How to build a Cheap UHF HDTV antenna!!

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by pappy77, Feb 2, 2007.

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    pappy77

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    found a great website for this but can't post it yet
     
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    pappy77

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    have to wait 30 seconds to post again
     
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    pappy77

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    have to post 5 times before I can list the web site
     
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    pappy77

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    just a couple more and you will be able to see it
     
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    pappy77

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    after this one and you will see this site. Worth all this because I tried this thing and I built it in 20 minutes and it works incredibally well. I am getting 95 to 100 on evey channel!
     
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    kenglish

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    Always wondered if anybody had any luck with that "not so great performing Yagi style antenna" that was all over e-bay a while back!

    You know, in many places, a coat-hanger, a balun, and two suction cups will work, too.
     
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    Stewart Vernon

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    A 6 foot unterminated run of 75 ohm coax hanging off the back of my TV actually gets me 2-3 channels where I am!
     
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    DonCorleone

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    1 bummer about being 43 miles out of the city is no chance in hell of getting stations off an antenna unless the thing is ginormous and sits on my roof, so I don't get to experience the apparently earthshatteringly-clear OTA signals everyone discusses.

    But, watching you post 5 times in a row was entertaining.
     
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    My ex-wife was from Derry, NH. Her mom used to get analog stations pretty well with a decent rooftop antenna. Where are the stations located nowadays?
     
  11. dmspen

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    SO you're saying that you can't get any OTA digital at 43 miles? According to antennaweb, I'm 46 miles from the broadcast antenna. Now I'm not sure if I should attempt to get my OTA HDs.

    Anyone getting long distance digital? Powered antennae vs unpowered?
     
  12. ejrustad

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    I live out of Minneapolis about 35 miles. We have 7 local channels from Mpls, 2 from St. Cloud and 1 from Bemidji.

    I receive them all in HD by using rabbit ears. I was totally amazed. The one in Bemidji is about 200 miles north of where I live.
     
  13. jhamps10

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    here's another one. some have made a d2 all the way up to a d8 I seen on here. folks have had GREAT reports from this just from buying things at the dollar store and the main receptor at rat shack for a total cost of 10 bucks at most.

    http://www.lumenlab.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=9613
     
  14. Richard King

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    You're in Big Lake which is not that far from the twin cities towers in Maplewood, so the cities channels should be good to you. The Bemidji one surprizes me though. That's amazing for rabitears or any other antenna for that matter. I don't suspect you get that full time on a regular basis? Is the Bemidji station the PBS station?
     
  15. cb7214

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    HDTV $2000

    HR20 $300

    HDMI Cable $100

    Homemade HDTV antenna for $10 ........................priceless
     
  16. Stewart Vernon

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    It can't be priceless if it was $10 :)
     
  17. cb7214

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    if you didn't have to buy anthing it owuld be:)
     
  18. Stewart Vernon

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    Ah, but then it wouldn't be $10... it truly would be priceless if it were free.
     
  19. hakaveli

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    hey i just built my own antenna using the second link which has two wire V's.. would i get better reception with a bigger board and more V's?? i hooked it up last night and my D* found 70 channels it said. but only baout 10 channels showed up which are all local. im fine with these channels but was wondering why it said it found 70 channels?
     
  20. Nick

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    I have a closet full of "free" antennae-- at present, most of them are being used for other purposes. :sure:

    Who would be foolish enough to pay $100 for an HDMI cable? :eek:
     

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