So if I was going to make a big antenna say 15ft tall and use an itrip to run it. Would it be able to support that big of an antenna. If not what would I do so it could. Seems like I might need some sort of amplifier and help on where to get one would be great.

Topic by thejrb 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

HDTV antenna?

How do I make a simple effective HDTV aerial

Question by John Der Stepanian 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Tetrahedron Antenna

Hello I have a question about an idea I have for an antenna that always points to the sky antenna no matter how it lands; this is for a high altitude balloon. My idea was to make an antenna the shape of a tetrahedron, so that one antenna always points up. Does  having 4 antennas diminish the signal from the transmitter at all? Thank you

Topic by sdtacoma 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

TV antenna

Is it possible to make a tv antenna from an old router? I have an old router and a tv antenna. I am trying to do this because my stupid cable provider won't pick up a second CBS. Then my TV tower fell about 5 years ago. Last month I found this station. It's 79.2 miles away. My little indoor TV antenna pick it up at NIGHT, on CLEAR skies only. (Not in the day) and I have to hold the antenna. I know routers would be didgital (if that has anything to do with it). My tv does have the digital tuner. On digital I can't pick it up, but i do somewhat on analog.

Topic by popit 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Grounding an Antenna

I'm thinkin of puttin up a high antenna. Due to my location with a mountain between me and broadcast towers, reception can be sketchy.  One concern is that of lightning strikes.  But if the antenna is grounded, wont that also ground out the microvoltage radio signals? How do I get microvolt signal without risk of megavolts burning the house down? I've done a wee little bit of google research, but haven't seen this question addressed.

Topic by Toga_Dan 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

wifi antennas

Can i use the wokfi antenna hack with a laptop that already has internal wifi?

Topic by spanishfly 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago

Antenna issues- loss of signal with a DIY antenna Answered

Recently, I have made an HDTV antenna using a video from youtube ( and some inspiration from Instructables that I have read. The issue i'm having is that I am slowly losing my signal. I noticed the rust build-up on the end of the fins of it and I have cleaned them up, but it didn't help. Another issue is that I can't seem to pick up a local channel, yet on clear nights I pick up channels from 100 miles away. ( I live in Winchester, Ky and I pick up Cincinatti channels) Anyone have any ideas? Maybe re-work the metal parts with a different type of metal? Maybe a few ideas on different designs?

Question by PapaHex 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Antenna for a mobile home

I would like to make an antenna that really works for my mobile home. Does anyone have any ideas. I have seen the ones that use pvc tubing but there is something inside I think.

Topic by didee 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

RFID antenna question. Answered

How sensitive is RFID functionality to the length of its antenna? Specifically, if I had an RFID like this one, cut the antenna and then resoldered it, would the loss in antenna length (I'm guessing about half an inch) affect the workings of the device?

Question by Kiteman 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

FM radio antennas

Are there any ideas out there for building an FM antenna booster that can be used with the usual whip antenna that comes built into most radios these days. Most of the radios are made in such a way that it is difficult to get at the internal wiring, so the booster would have to be an external unit.

Topic by youri 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

best antenna for me ?

I have a TP-link TL-WN722N wifi adapter ... it came with a detachable 4dbi antenna but its range is not good i want to use some wifi which are far from me with my current adapter the signal i get is very weak so i think by replacing antenna i can increase its range :) i searched a little bit no google & website & i liked this :) i think i can make it :) is there is any better option than this ? i want a long range antenna

Question by aayushsoni007 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

dish turned into an antenna

Can anyone help me mod a dish/direct tv satellite and make it an antenna going to the converterbox? i bought this p-o-s antenna for $50 and voila... i got 8 friggin channels.... and i live in an open space no trees whatsoever and 2~3 miles away from the tv station.... i have a dish and a direct tv satellite i also bought one of those converter boxes.. its just rediculus to buy another antenna if anyone knows how to mod the old ones anyways...

Topic by dondef 9 years ago

satellite patch antenna

Hello, who know the way of making a flat or patch satellite antenna? I want to find a DIY Instructables about this topic. Any ideas?

Topic by sloth 11 years ago

antenna for wireless connection?

I would like to improve the signal from our modem.  (serviced by centurylink)

Question by MizDaizy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Making sure antenna is working

I have a FT950 connected through a coaxial cable to a Buddipole antenna setup as a 40 Meter Dipole. I have a brother in Arizona and I heard him on a 40 meter frequency a couple of days ago but he could not here me at all when I was transmitting. How do I know the antenna is woring and actually transmitting the signal ? I have a Antenna analyser but quite frankly don't know how to use it to see if the antenna is actually sending the signal Can anyone help and advise me how to hook up and use the Analyser ? PJM21b

Topic by PJM21B 9 years ago

how to make a log periodic antenna?

Question by vivaystn 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How to turn "off" internal antenna while using External antennae?

Greetings! I am beginning a project to put a home-made >18db  yagi on my CLEAR modem; in desiring to keep original functionality while adding ability for external attenna access, the installation of a PCB or case mount BNC suggests a need to turn "off" the internal antenna when the external is connected. is this do-able? if so, may I ask for assistance in understanding how please? Thank you. CAH

Question by Ceyarrecks 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

how can I built a wireless antenna?

I would like to built a USB wireless antenna to connect it to my PC and get access to the Internet

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Smart TV Antenna, does anyone know how to build one?

I wanted to buy a smart tv antenna but no one makes them anymore.  Can a complete novice build one?

Question by CinTin 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

how do I solder a bulkhead antenna to a netgear WNR834M router?

I have the bulkhead but am not experienced with the inside of routers or soldering. What do I need to solder and where do I need to attach it

Question by 10 years ago

can you use a fractal antenna on a older tv (Tube tv) or does it work only on hdtv?

Hi  there   Can a fractal antenna work on a ordinary TV  or do you need to use a HDTV 

Question by stanby99 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


OMG would someone please be willing to help me!!! I am in dire need! This digital TV is great but the down side is a weak signal goes out completely, no more fuzzy picture! How do I stregnthen my signal from my rooftop antenna?

Topic by tevers2003 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

can i use a cel phone antenna as a tv antenna?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Using Satellite dish or tv antenna as wi-fi antenna.

Is there way to use satellite dish or TV antenna from top of my building connecting it to computer, and use it as Wi-Fi antenna. On my wall I have a jack like this: which jack should i plug my cable(probably SAT) to connect it with network adapter. I know it sounds weird but I think its possible. What's your opinion?

Question by dvix-xx 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

USB WiFi Antenna Mod

I am working on adding a helical antenna to a cheap USB WiFi adapter.  My question is where do I connect the antenna to existing circuit.  I've attached a closeup picture with three likely points.  My three main questions are: 1) Where to connect the external antenna 2) Do I disconnect the rest of the onboard antenna (my gut says yes) or just add in the new 3) What impedance will the external antenna need to match?  I assume the components between points C&B; and B&A; are for some kind of impedance matching.

Topic by telfon 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

wire a antenna to open or close?

Wire a car antenna to open or close using a digital timer and 12 volt battery charged by solar panel.  The antenna opens with +/- and closes with reverse power -/+.

Question by latate 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Change the fixed antenna on a router

I'd like to change the 2db antenna that is fixed on my Netgear WGR613V with a bigger one to improve wifi range. 1) I'd like to know if if's possible and what connector I should choose to solder. I understand there are SMA, TNC, etc...? I made the mistake of buying a NEWLink 7dBi Omni Directional Reverse SMA Antenna and I don't know if I'll be able to use it. thks in advance Cheers. G

Question by Gaetan321 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

am antenna connection problem?

My tuner has seperate places to connect am and fm antennas.  The am connection is intended for 2 wires. I just bought an am antenna and discovered that it  has a plug end, not a bare wire end. Is there some sort of adapter/connector I can use?   I don't want to strip the wire. I think I need the equivalent of a reverse banana plug - instead of wire in, plug out - I need plug in, wires out. Any help / suggestions appreciated.

Question by re-tired 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

DIY USB WIFI antenna

Ok so basicly at my school they have two different WIFI spots one is near the classrooms that I work in and is WEP protected and only for teachers and the other one is in another building and is not WEP protected and I can only get that signal if I am in that building. So what I want to do is make my own WIFI antenna so that I can get the unprotected signal while in my classroom. I want to make a USB wifi antenna pretty much.

Topic by jackillac92 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

DIY Car Stereo Antenna?

Want to know if anyone has turned their roof rack into am/fm radio antenna or knows how? Not how to mount an antenna on a roof rack!!! I have a Jeep Liberty (2005), w\ (self) custom made aluminum roof rack. And I have 35ft of flexible/braided grounding strap to make internal run from roof-rack through and internally down to jeep frame if/as needed. **Concept Notes**  Outside rectangle frame is 1-1/2" (O.D.). I will rubber-coat all straight tube section then apply appropriate wire on to rubber and re-coat with rubber coating. I was then looking to slide slightly over-sized (I.D.) carbon fiber tubing over that. Ground and antenna wire will run through inside of rack turn down stanchion where bolts to roof. Rubber grommet to further insulate & protect wires. I want super reception AM & FM, little to no visible footprint, 1. What wire or such for antenna is best/appropriate? 2. Proper lay out antenna wire? ie., wrapped around primary insulated tubing or laid out length-wise.

Question by nickynite63 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Hooking up an FM antenna?

I recently got a new power amplifier/tuner from my dad's buddy. On the back, where you hook up the antennas, there are 4 terminals: 2 for FM and 2 For AM. One on the AM side is for the antenna, and the other is ground. This make sense to me, because an AM loop antenna has two wires which need to be hooked up. On the FM side though, it also has a terminal for ground... From what I understand, FM antennas are composed of a single "wire", like those coming out of radios or the ones on cars. What's the ground on the FM side for?

Question by tylervitale 7 years ago

Re: dipole HD antenna?

 I noticed in Home Depot 4' x 8' sheets of metal lathe used for putting stucco on housing exteriors.  It was cellular with each cell being an elongated hexagon approx 5/8 inches in length.  The long sides of each cell had been bent at 20-30 degrees (guess) to provide a cavity based substructure for the stucco.  My thoughts went to the fractal antenna posted by williamruckman  on Jan 3, 2009.  An interior attic roof would provide an invisible and safe location similar to the entry point for a dish cable.  The lathe could be shaped virtually without limitation for tuning.  Thoughts??  VR?

Question by von rad 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Exterior Wifi Super Antenna

I need to build a dish for a friend so he can get WiFi from about 200 meters. I have several dishes to work with my problem is the antenna will be at least 30 feet from the computer. I will use this linksys usb  i would like input on the idea of a usb to cat 5 to stretch the usb cable? should i power the linksys from a powered hub ? the build will be posted on instructables when done and i will give credit due. my parabolic gets about a 14 db increase from a WiFi usb thumb it just puts the thumb into the sweet spot of the dish and is not for the outdoors. I an open to any and all suggestions tomorrow i will post what my db are from the site .

Topic by bikerbob2005 7 years ago

Long Range Wifi Antenna

Can anyone recommend a good instructable to boost the reception range for my computer's wifi device? I know there are tons of them on here already, I just need to know which ones might have the longest range. Another thing is what design would be best. The kind involving a parabolic dish/mesh to direct signals to a usb dongle. One that is more of an omni direction antenna. One that makes use of one of the old sattelite tv dishes sitting in the garage. Requesting advice, comrades.

Topic by Kozar 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

how to make digital antenna ?

Stainless wire to make digital antenna info please.

Question by teav56 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

inductivily coupled wifi antennas

Is inductive coupling between antennas and my wifi card/computer possible? If so, how (I don't want to tamper with my laptops innards).

Topic by bubbahead 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Different antennas on one mast

I have a standard vhf/uhf/fm antenna on my roof. I live about 45 miles + from the towers. I also would like to get in HD Radio and decent fm stations. Therefore, I bought an Antennacraft FM6 yagi antenna for the roof. Can I place this antenna on the same mast as the tv antenna? If placed too close would this cause interference for either? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

Topic by stacym456 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How to create RFID antenna

Can you please guide me as how to create RFID Antenna and how it can be integrated with RFID reader ?

Topic by arumansoft 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Which is the FM transmitter antenna ? Answered

When I wanted to expand my FM transmitter broadcast range I found a White and Red and Black wires please specify me which is the antenna one .

Question by achraf52 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Rotating Antennae Wiring Question? Answered

Ok, something I've been thinking about for awhile.  Say you have an antennae/radar dish/etc that rotates 360°. Naturally, you have wires running up to the antennae connecting it to the rest of your circuit/broadcasting/receiving device. How do you prevent the wires from wrapping around the antennae and causing it to stop or causing the wires to break? I suppose you could reverse the antennae every so often to prevent this, but there must be a better way. Also, I figured you could have some sort of connection that rotated around, but it seemed that a rotating connection could be problematic if debris or something got in the way. It also doesn't seem like a very solid way to connect the two devices together.  Not actually building something here, just a curiosity. Thanks!   

Question by transistorguy 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Basic outdoor fm antennae? Answered

I need to make a basic fm antennae for my reciever inside my mancave,  It's a steel shed converted and inside reception drives me crazy.  I do have basic poles and some wire types in my arsenal.  Someone PLEASE HELP.  I need my music to keep my sanity if you can relate.

Question by gday85208 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Can i connect an analog TV antenna to a USB wifi adapter that has an external antenna?

Replacing the external antenna of this, to the coaxial cable that comes directly from my tv antenna?

Question by telis_petsotis 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

how do you build a yagi antenna? Answered

How do you build a yagi antenna to boost the range of a two way radio communications device

Question by aleks13 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

i want to make an FM antenna for my house

Question by lawmom2 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

inset feed depth and width in microstrip patch antenna?

I am making an microstrip patch antenna for satellite navigation in L1, L5 and S band. Initially i have started with the design of inset feed microstrip patch antenna for L1 band and i have a problem in finding the width and depth of inset feed of microstrip line.

Question by jerry.sra 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

how can I make an airplane to place on my antenna? Answered

I am a pilot and have been trying to find a way to make an airplane that I can add to my antenna that will not blow away.

Question by fariello 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago