NOTE: YOU CAN SKIP THIS STEP UNLESS YOU'RE INTERESTED IN THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE ANTENNA. YOU CAN BUILD THE PROJECT JUST FINE WITHOUT KNOWING THIS.Seriously. This step will probably bore most people away from the project. If you aren't interested, just skip it!
When the paper clip wasn't working as an antenna for my T.V., I seriously was thinking about going out and buying a real antenna. Then I decided I would really try hard to be green. So I hit the interwebs and started googling. I found out that one of the best types of antenna for my purpose would be a "Dipole antenna." According to wikipedia (here
), "These antennas are the simplest practical antennas from a theoretical point of view." Simple is always good. I won't get into all of the details here because that's what wikipedia is for.
So, I did some more googling and discovered that I could skip all of the calculations on wikipedia, and basically just hang up two halves of the same can.Well, if you survived that you can continue to the next step now.
*Note: Image taken from wikipedia and used under Fair Use (It has a GNU free documentation license so I think that's okay).