Introduction: Keepin' It Simple, the $7 HD Antenna
There are TONS of options to build your own tuned HD antenna, but if you're looking for a quick and easy[Lazy] way to get setup give this $7 rig a try!
This is a passive antenna and it rely's on a fair signal strength. Before you start make sure you have sufficient coverage in your area using this link http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/dtvmaps/ (USA Only, else check with your local governing body).
Step 1: Getting the Parts
I picked up all my components listed below at my local Lowes. We essentially need a matching transformer and some wire. Fortunately I found a H-bracket Sign Holder that works perfectly for this purpose.
1xRCA Outdoor Matching Transformer
2x The Hillman Group 17.25-in x 5.625-in Sign
Total Cost: $6.71
Step 2: Setup
The setup is fairly simple.
- Align the H-bracket aside with a gap of about 3 inches.
- Connect the two terminals of the Matching transformer to the center of the H-bracket as shown the image. I've used binder clips to hold the terminals in place, you may want to consider a more secure connection.
- Plug in the Coaxial cable from the TV to the transformer.
Thats all! Now tune in.
Step 3: Aha!
I live near the 35 Mile radius from most transmitting towers and my TV managed to tune into 123 Channels (Yes, 123 in SoCal ! ). It took me about 5-10mins to scan through all of them though.
I hope you've had fun checking this out :), and if you do make one shoot me a tweet! @nicolsson
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