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Author Topic: Digital TV Antenna  (Read 2753 times)
AJ4CU
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« on: March 08, 2011, 09:22:28 AM »

Hi All,

Has anyone out there built a DTV antenna? I would like to build one for my tower to use when cable fails.

Thanks All!

73 DE AJ4CU
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W5FYI
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011, 10:16:03 AM »

I did, and it works FB. I used a wooden boom, because I wanted the antenna inside, near the set. For outside use I would probably use plastic or fiberglass, or go with a commercial antenna that is made to stand up to the elements better. GL
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K9YLI
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011, 01:02:21 PM »

For most areas its all  UHF..   but like here

Wausau  still has real channel 7 and 9.. At least  last itme i checked.

nothing special about   digital TV  as far as antennas go, except they are mostly on UHF.
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W0FM
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 01:20:04 PM »

I built a couple, then ended up buying this one:  http://www.antennasdirect.com/store/DB2_antenna.html, which was only $30 at the time.  Works great in my attic. 

But most any UHF TV antenna design will do.  Nothing magic about HD or "digital" antennas.  They are most all UHF.  My buddy in San Francisco built several "Digital TV" antennas out of oven grills, a couple toaster grids and some coat hanger wire based on the design of the one I bought.  That might give you some ideas.

Have fun.

Terry, WØFM
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KE4DRN
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011, 07:37:00 PM »

hi

plenty of YouTube videos with details on building them.

73 james
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W0BTU
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 09:51:25 PM »

http://www.wa5vjb.com/references/CheapYagi4HDTV.pdf

Works GREAT for me.
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N0CRS
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2011, 08:01:31 AM »

Popular Mechanics , a couple of issues back , had plans for one . I built it and great results .

Mine is indoors ( apt ) .  Try it . Cost me nothing as I am a packrat .

               Steve.
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K1DA
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2011, 04:46:42 PM »

   What's digital about it?
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N0WVA
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2011, 07:55:38 PM »

I built this:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/ota/superantenna/design.htm

If you cant get the signal with this antenna, you probably wont with any.
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