Time to get ready for the digital armageddon. I just added a converter to the upstairs TV, and I needed an antenna. I used a rabbit ear antenna for the another set, and got OK reception, but it faded out sometimes. Instead of paying for an expensive booster antenna I searched the net and found these instructions for building your own. The antenna I found and built gave a much improved signal.
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This is my version of the antenna, almost the same but with some refinements.
The instructions on the Tuber are OK but you will have problems if you don't modify some parts.
The board will split if you try to use the drywall screws shown in the vid, for sure if you use pine. I suggest using bolts and nuts, about Ã‚Â¾ inch longer than thickness of the board. I used a hardwood board and self-tapping machine screws, but just because I had them on hand. Bolts and nuts are better.
The vid showed the guy using long screws, that would probably end up with the board screwed down to the floor. Don't do this.
I used a bit of insulated 12 gage wire for the parts that connect the bow-ties. It just seemed like it would be simpler to make it bend into place. It also gives me insulation for the parts where the wires cross and they are not supposed to touch.
I also put a dab of anti-corrosion grease at all the connection points. Just a refinement to make it work longer, not vital.
I was able to build this antenna with parts I had in the house, so it cost me nothing more than a couple of hours construction time. If you have basic hacker skills this is a good winter day project.