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Picture of 4 Quick, Makeshift HDTV Antennas
How to build makeshift HDTV antennas from scrap parts. Credit for the bowtie type antenna design goes to the Solid Signal Blog. I don't claim to have invented these designs, but I see that there aren't many quick, makeshift antenna tutorials here on instructables, so I just thought I'd try to share their setups. Parts you may need:
1. 75 to 300 Ohm Matching Transformer ($1 to $3 on Amazon.) (It should adapt from twin lead to coaxial)
2. Two #6 or similar screws.
3. Small piece of wood board
4. Coax cable.
5. Two metal wire coat hangers.
6. If coat hangers are insulated, you will also need a wire stripping tool, if not, just use sandpaper to remove paint coating as needed.
7. If your are building the long-wire antenna design, you will need around 16 feet of enameled copper wire, which you can easily salvage from old stepper motors or transformers.
8. if you are building the simple loop antenna, you will also need a thick piece of copper wire because although coat hanger wire works fine for bowtie antennas, it is not optimal for any sort of loop antenna.

Step 1: Bowtie Antenna: 1. Cut the coat hanger wire to size

Picture of Bowtie Antenna: 1. Cut the coat hanger wire to size
Cut hangers into two 20 inch pieces of wire and straighten out the wires as much as you can.
 
butcher991 month ago

Everyone has said that you have to use the 75 to 300 Ohm Matching Transformer.

I was wondering about that so I left it out and just stripped back the wires on the coax and hooked it up. I kept getting dropouts so I figured I would buy the transformer. I found it made exactly zero difference. I get one channel and there is no other transmitter close to me. I live in the mountains. Has anyone else had any experience with removing it? No, I don't want some technical explaination on why you need it. I just wonder if anyone has tried it like I did and found no difference

mistermac9192 months ago
Wow, this antenna got more channels that the GE enhanced HDTV (12940) I bought. Still missing some channels. But I am amazed at the performance.
punkypie1 year ago

Simple. Perfect. Thanks!

johng6521 year ago
I was just looking to do something like this. Thanks