DIY HDTV Antennas | 3 EASY Build Your Own

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Indoor antennas can be built for <$10.  Several designs even outperform the store bought antennas.

 

DIY Antenna Designs

For the beginner (with broadcast towers <20mi.), keep it simple with indoor Pennlyoop, StealthHawk, Bowtie, Gray-Hoverman antenna designs.  With broadcast towers >50mi., complex outdoor antennas will cost more, need proper grounding and expert advice. Well beyond the scope here.
AntennaNameDescriptionDetails
stealthhawk-rev0Stealth HawkThe design is rather straight forward and really, all you need are your hands to bend and shape the copper wire into the designDetails
pennyloop-picPennyLoopThe Pennyloop UHF antenna offers high performance in a very simple and cost effective design. It is also a very compact design lending itself well to a variety of mounting options and locations inside and outside. ODetails
coat-hangerBowtie Coat Hanger AntennaBuild your own digital TV antenna from wire hangers, a piece of wood and some pipe.Details
Gray-HovermanGray-HovermanLittle more complicated with the bends. (To be tested)

TipUse proven engineered antenna designs. All the calculations have been done for the best reception.
Coke can, paperclip, random length of wire attached to coax may work for a few channels.

No such thing as a 'HDTV' Antenna
A HDTV antenna is misleading and for marketing only. You don’t need a special kind of TV antenna to receive digital broadcast signals. You can use a TV antenna (ie. rabbit ears) from the 1970s.

We have built many of the DIY designs.  They do work.  If your within <20 miles of your local towers, save a few dollars by building one with available parts around the house.  Consider cost if you need to buy parts (wire, connectors, coax).  Cost can and will quickly exceed the price of a store bought antenna.

A very simple to build StealthHawk design.  Copper wire is best, but a coat hanger from the closet will work too.

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