DIY Fractal Antenna

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How to Make a Fractal Antenna

This 8″ fractal design was featured in the March 2015 issue of Popular Science Magazine.

We gave it a try.  Not recommended as other DIY were easier and performed better.


  1. Wires must have the right length and position to pick up the waves. Trimming them and adjusting their positions by bending them forward or backward can optimize the antenna for your location.
  2. the corners need to be sharp as possible. Rounded bends in the fractal aerial reduce signal.
  3. the wire needs to be as straight as possible. – this increases signal.
  4. Elbow connectors – they cause a loss of signal.
    • Note: I soldered mine on a Gray-Hoverman.  Still worked, but may lost some signal.

Our build:

  • 8 gauge copper wire
  • Time 30 minutes
  • Channels scanned:  Only 15.  Other DIY antennas typically see 26-32 channels.

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