I have been looking for the best TV antenna ever since I bought my new house, but they all were quite expensive. I was looking for something that would go long range so that I could catch as many stations as possible. As I searched around the internet. I came across a video of a guy making a homemade HDTV antenna using coat hangers and a piece of wood. After watching this video, I was very intrigued, and I was hoping that I could find someone who had created this thing that lives near my hometown. So I went to Google and put in a search and found John Kulp's Blog who is actually in the same city as I am.
To my surprise, he decided to take this HD antenna a step further by following the Gray-Hoverman Design that he found on the internet. Based off of these plans and his picture, I was able to create this thing for myself. This antenna KILLS the price of the other antennas that I was looking at because all it costs you is:
1. 10 Feet of Copper Wire 2. 6 Washers 3. 6 Wood screws 4. 2-3 foot piece of Wood 5. 1 Balum or Transformer 6. Something that can cut the Wire 7. Drill / Screwdriver 8. Tape Measure 9. Sharpie
You probably have most of these items lying around your house except maybe the Transformer (~$2) and 10 Feet of Copper Wire (~$10). With this antenna, I am able to VERY CLEARLY pick up ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW, LPB 1, 2 & 3, and a few other channels. Sure beats paying the cable company ~$20 a month! Here are the schematics that I was going off of in the video:
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  1. I had some extra sheathed 12-gauge wire hanging around and used that instead of hangars for the connecting runs. Just spliced out openings in the sheathing to make contact with the hangers and the baluns connectors. Electrical tape only needed for the baluns connection Works great!!

  2. How about, instead of throwing it away, you return it to the store where you bought it and get your money back. Better yet, don’t contribute to consumer wastefulness, and strip that antenna down for parts for a next project.

  3. @iicecubesforballs The comma at the end of your comment “house, or roof?” is superfluous and not needed. Pick up a copy of Stunk & White’s Elements of Style. If I want anymore shit out of you, I’ll squeeze your head.

  4. I built this antenna with one slight modification. When I fastened down the top bow tie (or the top 2 Vs), I added a pair of straightened out coat hangers to make a set of rabbit ears. I put this antenna on my front porch and it picks up all the channels that I was getting on a store bought indoor antenna PLUS the two I was missing – which are the ABC and NBC that are broadcast by one station on VHF. I live near Beaumont, Texas and at night, I also get several Houston stations for a time!!

  5. I’ve tried but doesn’t work! I think I’ve just wasted of my time. If homemade antenna can work better than those being sold in stores, why else would people buy them. This guy is an idiot!

  6. @jarmin777–perhaps the reason it isn’t working is that babblin5 forgot to mention that you must insulate between those two vertical wires, where they cross–I learned that from watching other vids on this subject. (Oh yes, BOTH places where they cross)

  7. The whole point is that this is free with things you can find at home. Not sure it works and I have no metal hangars. My question is, can you splice into a boat antenna?

  8. I forgot to mention that I used galvanized mechanics wire its easy to get and cheep, so make one for a friend,I drilled a hole through the wood and ran the cross overs through the holes use long screws or nut and screws drill holes at center for baling because there will be one long center wire on each side of wood now the distance between these two wires now might be why the one I built works so well

  9. For everyone who doesn’t know what a balun is:A balun converts the 300 ohm antenna to the 75 ohm tv. Balun stands for balanced/unbalanced transformer. At RadioShack they are called 75/300 ohm matching transformers

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