Turn Your VCR Into an RF or A/V Transmitter

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Introduction: Turn Your VCR Into an RF or A/V Transmitter

This is pretty simple. Shove an aerial in the back of the ouput of a vcr. And tune your TV in. However this method looks terrible and only works at about 1 metre.

This doesn't stop anyone from sticking in a TV Amplifier.
That would be illegal but only semi-illegal because the frequency used by the VCR is for VCR's so the problem of your signal clouding someone elses directly plugged in VCR, is not really a problem.

You can even use the AV input of your VCR and the AV or RF output of another VCR to send DVD around your house :)

Step 1: Another View of the Aerial


Step 2: Experiment Success!

Terrible reception though.

Step 3: Stick the Aerials Close Together

Like so...

Step 4: Much Better Reception

enter longer description for this step

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    30 Comments

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    TheDiamondPro65D
    TheDiamondPro65D

    3 months ago

    What inputs/outputs do we plug it into?

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    DigiDavidex
    DigiDavidex

    5 years ago

    Try the Raspberry Pi with OpenELEC :D PiRate TV

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    Graydant
    Graydant

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Cool Idea it seemed to work although I used a coaxial cable and attached a wire to the end of it didn't want to mess up my equipment it seems though that it does need a amplifier don't know if that is legal or not the FCC doesn't allow Analog Broadcast. I had to touch the two antenna's together for it to work so is like hooking it up with a cable I don't know if the coat hanger works better didn't try it.

    my VCR does have a FCC ID probably means they can trace it back to you.

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    harley_rly
    harley_rly

    11 years ago on Introduction

    couldnt you use some rabbit ears to tranmit the signal too.

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    Dr.Bill
    Dr.Bill

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Anold TV antenna is actually a Yagi-Oda Transmitting Antenna. Just hook up your old TV antenna to your choice of transmitter and your on the air. My nextdoor neighbor in Chicago did this and transmitted porn to our house right off the RF OUT on his VCR. If he had connected an RF Antenna Amp to it, it would have been a better signal. but not by much.

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    ILOSN
    ILOSN

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    yeah thatd work way better. didnt have 2 at the time though lol

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    harley_rly
    harley_rly

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    actually, i tried it yesterday evening, and it wasnt really as good....it probably be better than the coat hanger, if you were to use a signal amplifier though

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    extremegtafan
    extremegtafan

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I was messing around with a TV in my car. Unfortunately, since the stupid government went to digital just because of military uses (what?), I couldn't get any stations. As for pirate TV, I'm all for it. I don't have the creativity to come up with anything people would watch. If anyone does this near Sulphur, Oklahoma, just know at least one analog antennea is waiting for your broadcast!

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    static
    static

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Like it or not the trend towards digital, because digital allows for more users in the same amount of spectrum. In some area hams are going digital voluntary because they ran out of spectrum in many places. Pirate radio or TV is self defeating. The more people are aware of the stations, the greater likelihood the FCC will become aware of them. The FCC isn't about to allow the broadcast spectrum become a free for all.

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    tcase3
    tcase3

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    So everyone does no, I dont like it anymore than you do, but playing with the RF signals can get you a fine. You have to have a license to play with it, even if you are just playing around. FCC experimental license would be needed. Now I have heard of a loop-hole that you can transmit directly around your home, but, I dont know how true that is. Good luck, and be safe. ( course, I dont know how much they monitor that stuff either... )

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    _diyMATT
    _diyMATT

    14 years ago

    It's called ingress. In the cable business it's called annoying. Your VCR is sending out a signal, just like the television company sends their broadcast over the air. It's not anywhere near as strong as them obviously. If you want to be technical about it, anything that has a RF output could do this. Be nice to your cable guy, don't do this. Use a piece of cable and save him 45 minutes of troubleshooting at your neighbors house trying to figure out why the neighbors pics are poor.

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    The 4th Doctor
    The 4th Doctor

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    could this really interfere with a neighbors when there using shielded coax I did this with a 2.5 watt rf amplifier and a big dipole and I just cant stretch it off of my suburban lot I really doubt it would interfere with neighbors

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    binnie
    binnie

    Reply 14 years ago

    some vcrs have like 2 inputs one for male coaxial one for female. they are jsut connected your just putting the antenna as a transmitter and shit!! too laszy to tpe

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    PCvsMac
    PCvsMac

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Basically all this is a video signal that is been transferred wirelessly via an RF cable. The TV antenna picks up wireless radio signals, so naturally it picks up this signal too.

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    junits15
    junits15

    12 years ago on Introduction

    now all you need is a gigantic TV amp and an anoying nieghbor! XD

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    Derin
    Derin

    12 years ago on Introduction

    nice,and i spy trebuchet03's cord repair!

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    infraredman21
    infraredman21

    12 years ago on Introduction

    WOW I just tried this and it worked good I have my dvd / hd tv tuner hooked up to my VCR and it was cool I will be posting something soon so when I do I hope I get me a to-shirt haha.

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    14 years ago

    "and only works at about 1 metre" I guess this is why people use SCART cables? Can this signal be boosted? Is it possible to amplify this and transmit over a greater range? Pirate radio - pirate TV. We could be going somewhere with this, if it wereen't for cable, satelite, digital...?