Build a DIY HDTV antenna
Grab $2 worth of aluminum foil and cardboard from a box. Trace a template, cut out the pieces, and build your own antenna.
If your within 30 miles of your TV stations, you can save a few $$$ with a $0 DIY HDTV antenna. Simple, cheap, and effective store bought antennas can be found for $10-$50.
STEP 1: Use online reception map tools.
- <30 mi. A $0 DIY HDTV will work. Even a paperclip, 6″ of bare coax.
- 30-50 mi. Possible if your using a proven DIY HDTV pattern.
- 50+ mi. Good luck with a $0 DIY. Attic/outdoor antenna likely needed.
STEP 2: Use a known DIY HDTV pattern.
- Hundreds of simple DIY plans are available using basic materials found in any home.
- Paperclip to elaborate designs.
- Paperclip or even 6″ of bare coax cable will work for close stations.
- Bowtie – simple aluminum foil designs
- Wire types – Coat hanger, Stealth Hawk, Yagi
STEP 3: One part to search for
The Balun/Matching Transformer is used to convert the 300 ohm antenna output to 75 ohms so that low loss coaxial cable can be used to transport the TV signals from the antenna to the TV set.
- TV Antenna Matching Transformer Balun 300 To 75
- You may already have one from an old TV, game console in a junk drawer.
- Buy on Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot for $1-5.