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  • How to make a fractal antenna for HDTV / DTV plus more on the cheap

    After a few more tweaks, have managed to get the one problem low power signal coming in as well as before. The signal is just too weak and too far away to get much better. Did a few changes to the original half of the antenna to make it better match the new half. Wanted as balanced a construction as possible. Again, pleased with the overall improvement in the signal strength for most of the strong and medium power signals.

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  • How to make a fractal antenna for HDTV / DTV plus more on the cheap

    After using my original design for some months found that some of the lower power signals just were not coming in as well as hoped, so decided to do a new build and gang them together like some 8 bay antennas seen online. Results have been interesting. Most station signals show significant improvement in strength, but one signal shows little improvement, and is even worse at times. Been tweaking the direction of the antenna and have gotten to a setup that works for the time being.The new half of the expanded antenna now uses more of the fractal stars, but using 10 gauge wire instead of 8. The thinner wire allowed for quicker bending in my template jig and much less hand pain overall. Since there were 4 pairs of the larger fractal shapes, the overall length of the build was 38". Usi...see more »After using my original design for some months found that some of the lower power signals just were not coming in as well as hoped, so decided to do a new build and gang them together like some 8 bay antennas seen online. Results have been interesting. Most station signals show significant improvement in strength, but one signal shows little improvement, and is even worse at times. Been tweaking the direction of the antenna and have gotten to a setup that works for the time being.The new half of the expanded antenna now uses more of the fractal stars, but using 10 gauge wire instead of 8. The thinner wire allowed for quicker bending in my template jig and much less hand pain overall. Since there were 4 pairs of the larger fractal shapes, the overall length of the build was 38". Using an amplified distribution splitter at the antenna allows for most signals to report at 100% strength on most of my TVs. Again, better results for most signals, save one. Guess if a signal is too weak, even a bigger antenna will not always help.Still, pleased with my build and enjoying throwing away all the ads from the cable company since cutting the cord!

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