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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.
BEST PERFORMANCE. An easy to build DIY Antenna from a now expired patented design
The design is rather straight forward and really, all you need are your hands to bend and shape the copper wire into the design. If this antenna does not work, just bend the coat hanger back into shape. Need just a litte more antenna for those 1 or 2 weak signals? Go with the Gray-Hoverman.
The 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. O
Q: Is it hard to build a DIY antenna?
A: No alien technology inside a store bought antenna. Nothing more than a simple design encased in pretty plastic. Stick with simple proven designs. Trying to hand cut a complex fractal antenna just was a waste of time. Fractal did not perform any better than bending a coat hanger into a stealth hawk antenna.
Q: Will I save $$$ building my own antenna?
A: Probably not. Rabbit ears can be found for $10. Mohu leaf is ~$35 which was close to my material costs of copper, connectors, balun, coax. But, it was fun!
Q: Will a DIY antenna perform better than a store bought?
A: I did get better reception with a few DIY antennas. The Gray-Hovermann design was easye to build and worked best.