Homemade Digital Antenna

by Lara Winston

The 21st century has seen most television stations switch from analog to digital format. Most digital television stations come with a subscription charge, but you can create your own digital TV antenna with a few materials and the correct guidelines.


You will need the following materials: a wire coat hanger, wire cutters, pliers, goggles, sandpaper, measuring tape, pencil, 75 Ohm balun, washers, 1 foot by 3 foot plywood, saw, wire fence and some electrical tape.


Use the wire cutters to remove the hooks from the coat hangers; then straighten the coat hanger out and sand it down. Cut the plywood, making it 4 inches wide and 3 feet long. Sand the wood and attach the wire fence to the board using screws and washers. Mark four points, 4 inches apart on the right and left side of the wood. Cut eight coat hangers to 14 inches long; bend them in half and create a bow shape. Attach them to each of the eight marks with the screws and washers. Get another piece of wire and loop from the top wire to the bottom. Use electrical tape to secure it. Attach the 75 Ohm balun to the seventh wire on the right.


Keep pets, water and children away from the materials. Check that it works by attaching the coaxial cable to the wire and switching your television on.

About the Author

Lara Winston has been writing since 2001. She has written about a plethora of subjects including nutrition, anatomy, physiotherapy and current affairs. Winston is passionate about health and is currently running her own nutrition consultancy. She holds a Master of Business Administration in physiotherapy and two undergraduate degrees in nutrition and sports rehabilitation.

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