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Kamphiker

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Posted: 11/03/08 12:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK now that I got your attention, HD antennas that companys want you to purchase is a bunch of BS. Watch This video and make a high gain antenna for free (or almost if you don't have junk lying around your garage/basement.

As seen on YouTube Home built

Takes 30 minutes and use coat hangers, Washers, Screws, 1x3x36" wood, 75 - 300 ohm converter.

This thing blows the snot out of my Wingard Bat Wing amplified antenna.

Living in Fort Lauderdale with the Home Made I now get 72 digital and analog channels, Before with the Bat Wing only received around 12. I am receiving all channels in the tri-county area (W.Palm Beach, Broward and Miami/Dade county) .

I no longer have video pixelation or sound drop out on Digital channels witch makes watching OTA HD channels more fun to watch.

if nothing else, it was fun to make and fuels the imagination.


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Posted: 11/03/08 12:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great idea!

But I still think it's sad that we are being forced to resort back in time to get the NEW FANGLED digital reception the gov decided to force down our throats.[emoticon][emoticon]

Still think watching my camper neighbor climb a tree stapling antenna wire all the way to the top, just to get reception for his new flat screen digital TV at the CG was like watching the wave of the future going backwards with the onset of DTV.


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Posted: 11/03/08 01:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

KampHiker, where do you put the Antena? Is it placed inside the RV or do you have to put it outside? And does it have to be "Turned" to get your different channels? Thanks


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Posted: 11/03/08 01:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

othertonka wrote:

KampHiker, where do you put the Antena? Is it placed inside the RV or do you have to put it outside? And does it have to be "Turned" to get your different channels? Thanks


Well for the trailer, I stood it on end temporally attached it with stainless worm gear clamps to the bat wing and ran a cable outside and thru a window and attached it to the TV. I used the bat wing as a support and also had the ability to rotate it. This antenna is very directional for the longer distance broadcast station antennas locations.

I have not used it yet while camping only while parked in the driveway playing around (I have been thinking that the Wingard is defective and I have always been unhappy with the gain it has provided.

I was so impressed with it's performance, I now have it attached to my home TV, approx 35 feet of coax and the antenna sits atop a triple mast pole approx 20 feet in the air.

It may not look pretty but it sure works, I have been thinking of ways to use PVC pipe (painted) instead of wood and copper wire instead of coat hangers just to make it look pretty. Where it is now in the back of the house no one really can see it, So what does it matter.

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Posted: 11/03/08 02:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the reply.

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I suspect it will only work outside for a limited amount of time. When rust builds up and the touching bare metal looses its conductivity, this antenna will not work so good anymore.

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Posted: 11/03/08 05:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Posted: 11/03/08 05:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Could try using this diy HD antenna for indoor use! [emoticon]

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Posted: 11/03/08 06:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yep, I built one a few months ago, and YES INDEED it work BETTER than any store bought antenna.

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Posted: 11/04/08 02:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Or this if you want to buy one ready made, maybe?
Home page.

Many sites sell these types. Used to be the thing many years ago with experimenters.

Multi-bay antennas increase the sig strength.
Really big here.

Used to be a lot of hobbyists years ago before ready-made and big box stores. showing my age.

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