HDTv Antenna on a Direct TV Mount.





Introduction: HDTv Antenna on a Direct TV Mount.

I got my Tv converter Box (with the Government program Coupon). I hooked up with a regular rabbit ear antenna and although the signal and quality are waaaay better that the analog ones, I couldn't get all the stations and some where a bit erratic. I went on Google and start looking for HDTV antennas and I found several easy to make DIYs setups, but they can be big and ugly to keep in my living room. So, I build the antenna but and I use an old Direct TV dish mounted in my garage (I don't have the subscription and I don't want too), the dish has been in my place since I move, and the best thing, it's wired to my living room.

Note: The antenna works independently from the dish, I'm just using the dish as a mounting device and since it's already wired to the living room works great for me.

Step 1: Materials

Wire , can be romex or cloth hanger wire.
Screws and washers, assorted ones
Standard wire mesh or similar wire screen, can use a metal rack shelves, chicken wire, etc. mine is 24" x 14"
Coaxial cable connection plug.
1 piece of wood, can be 2"x2" ir 2"x4" 14" to 16" long.
and of course a used Direct Tv or similar Dish.
soldier gun and electrical tape.

Note: I did mine with only 3 pairs of "Vs" (or ears if you may) but I have seen other antennas with 4 or 6 pair, which I guess incresses the reception.

Step 2: Antenna

The configuration of the antenna is quite simple, lumelab.com used to have a page with the plans and measurements but it's been down for a long time now.
The idea is basically to have 2, 3 or more sets of pair of wires in a "V" shape interconnected together in a cross series. Make sure that the cables connecting the "V"s don't touch each other, so is better to use isolated wires.
I spread my "V"so 7" apart, screwed in the piece of wood of 2"x2" and 14" long, using washers to keep them in place and as good contact point to the antennas and the bare wire.
Finally I soldier the end of the wire to a regular Tv male connection.
The antenna needs a "screen", I used a regular wire screen for landscaping but any type of screen will work (I have seen cardboard wrapped with tin foil as screen).

Step 3: Mounting the Antenna

I took down the Dish and rip all the wires and receivers that I wont use anymore.
The mounting was quite easy, I measure the middle of the dish to make a hole for the mounting. The dish is made out of plastic or fiver glass so is easy to drill a hole in it.
After that I placed the wire screen on top of the dish and I centered. The antenna came later, to attach the antenna, basically the piece of 2"x2", I use a electrical pipe hanger, as shown in the pictures, and bolted to the dish it kept the screen and the antenna in place neatly.
After that it was just to put the Dish back in place, hooked up the cable and it's done.

Step 4: Final Product

The only thing left was setting the direction of the antenna to get a better reception, I'm Berkeley Ca, and facing the antenna to the southwest works better for most of the channels. from almost 30 channels, some with a weak or none signal, it went up to almost 40 with noticeable improvement and quite happy that I don't need an antenna in the living room anymore.



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    What is the 'mileage' on this antenna? My 'local' channels are 60 miles away,75 miles away and 97 miles away!;as the crow flies. Way back in analog days I had to use 14ft antenna 25ft up a pole which is giving me intermittent signal strength unless the weather is so bad as to make it foolish to have the TV plugged in at all lol Will these flat panel antennas improve my signal or not?

    Made this and the reception is flawless!!! Had 2 DirecTV dishes, so I re-purposed one, used an old power chord for the wiring and leftover 2x4s and mesh wire I already owned. Only had to buy the rods at the local hardware store. Took longer to mount it back on the existing mount than it did to make. Totally recommend this one!!!

    You guys in the States are so lucky, we in the UK have to pay for a converter box and in a lot of cases a new aerial. You can pick up a box for about £15 but these tend to be crappy and a good one will cost £50 then another £50 for a decent aerial Plus £100 for installation of the aerial. If you want to watch one channel whilst recording another you need two boxes, and when bad weather is around forget it, digital signals only like good weather conditions.

    Maybe so, but you also have FREESAT, a free satellite service and you only have to pay for the equipment.

    We have nothing like that here, all satellite TV is pay, and the only free channels you get with a 1 meter dish are mostly international and PBS. You need a 6-12 foot dish to get anything on C-band and homeowner's associations can legally ban you from having them.

    A couple of hundred pounds for a half decent HD Freesat box with only a couple of HD channels, lots of shopping and God channels some movie channels showing 40 year old B movies and soft porn, I should really say soft soft soft porn, you see more in soaps. Freeview is a better option as long as you can get a good signal, more channels and all new TVs come with Freeview built in but still only a couple of HD Channels.

    But the sting in the tail is we all have to buy a 150 pound licence every year for the privilege of having a TV in our homes and we face a thousand pound fine and jail time if caught without the licence, they have detector vans traveling the country checking every address that hasn't got one. George Orwell got it right in his book 1984.

    Something we both have in common though is that crook Rupert Murdoch and his media empire, hopefully he'll do some prison time for all the hacking is reporters have been doing. We will not buy his newspapers in Liverpool after the comments his paper, The Sun printed about the Hillsborough disaster and the 96 soccer supporters who were crushed to death.

    Heehee, see the advantages of being a socialist state? Of course, we pay for the converter, and we also pay several bureaucrats to first take our money and then give it back to us, but at least we have universal...TV.

    It would work better if you used a single bowtie driven element and moved it forward to the focal point of the dish.

    Great way to recycle those old dishes!

    Not sure why the chickenwire backplane would ever be needed, unless it's to increase the overall dimensions of the reflector - although these dishes appear to be made strictly of fibreglass or other plastics, they are still required to be inherently RF-reflective, and, therefore, metallic in some regard, or they wouldn't work at all...

    Most are built using one of these methods:

    1. "DIY screen" - aluminim sheet is punched with a gazillion tiny holes, making a "screen" of it, then it's stamped into a semiparabolic shape and powder-coated.

    2. wire-mesh "sandwich" on fibreglass "bread" - pre-made metallic screening or "wire cloth" is laminated with fibreglass and resins and stamped into a semiparabolic shape.

    3. "soup mix" - metal powder is blended directly into the resins, resulting in a conductive plastic, which is then molded or stamped, etc....

    These Dish's are made of very thin steel and painted grey to reflect satellite signal from plate onto eye of satellite dish.

    good to know, I can get rid off the ugly chicken wire then!,