1. Get Converter Box Coupon
2. Quench your thirst
3. Amazon a Box
4. Collect a few materials
Step 1: Get a Converter Box
2. When you receive it purchase a converter box
- I bought a Tivax STB-T8 Digital to Analog TV Converter Box at http://www.amazon.com
- After the coupon and saver shipping $9.99
Step 2: Quench the thirst
Okay, I don't recommend drinking 2 of these 23.5 ounce cans of Ice Tea in one sitting, but who am I to argue if you are this excited.
I found a similar design using two halves of a beer can, I have since forgot the site. But I did some digging and found some information to help me design this and figure out why it works.
UHF (Ultra High Frequency) is the frequencies that the FCC has reserved for the new Digital Television Formats to be transmitted on.
These frequencies range from 300Mhz to 3,000 MHz (3Ghz). This means the wave ranges from 10cm to 1 meter in length, making two of these aluminum cans end to end along with some 18 gauge speaker wire a perfect way to intercept these waves
Step 3: Cut your Can
I haven't really tested effect of the cutting the can vs leaving it whole has on the signal quality, but I can say that the 2/3 of Aluminum Can is how I cut it and I get excellent signals in a basement.
Feel free to experiment and comment on this.