How to Make a Homemade TV Antenna
DIY TV Antenna
TV Antennas do not need to be complicated or expensive. There are some simple yet effective homemade TV Antenna designs that can be built at home with parts you may already have around your house.
Build a HDTV Antenna
One of the most effective "Build Your Own HDTV Antenna" plans is based on a design called the DB4. The DB4 is regarded as one of the better "general use" designs for pulling in HDTV signals in many situations. Most flat screen TV's have a digital tuner for HDTV built in, but if you have an older set you may need a digital converter box to convert a signal from an antenna like this into something the older analog sets can display.
DB4 antennas are available commercially starting around $40 and up, but here I will show you how to build your own for much less than that.
On the right screen, digital TV can be a much different experience than what TV used to be, so set-up your home theater with the best flat screen tv to get the best value from an antenna like this.
Build your own HDTV Antenna PlansHere's what you need to get started:
Step 1 - Find, Measure and Mark a piece of wood
Step 2 - Make 8 wire V's out of wire
Step 3 - Attach wires to board
Step 4 - Attach Reflector
Step 5 - Attach the Balun
Step 6 - You're Done! Test your antenna!
These plans to ugly for you?These plans are functional, but some people describe them as ugly...and they'd be right. The same core technical design and base measurements can be used in other ways. Here's one example I made:
Here's the same core design, as a mission style tv antenna.
Build your own TV Antenna Videos
There are a number of videos on YouTube for how to construct one of these. Here are some of the better ones:
Also, if you like building things like this yourself and you have children, I've also created a site with soccer goal plans. My kids, and all the neighbor friends, love the one I built.Need an antenna amplifier? Here's a pro-grade one for about $60: