An easy to build Gray Hoverman HDTV antenna
Frequently mentioned in many of the amateur, hobby, expert Radio & TV forums/groups. Many have built on the original patent expired design.
Directions: (Skill level: EASY to HARD)
Keep it simple stupid (K.I.S.S) applies. Just get the bends, lengths, spacing correct.
No need to go with some of the complex fractal Hoverman designs.
100’s of videos on YouTube covering every conceivable design, construction, modification. Of course, every single one claims his or hers is the best. ????
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DIY Gray-Hoverman YouTube Video Playlist:
My Build & Results:
- I wrapped hobby copper wire around ends and soldered for a sharp bend. No need to do this.
- Pliers will work fine.
Optional: Top bars added. 1/4 spacer between antenna and bars (not electrically connected).
Did get an extra bar of signal strength on VHF channels.
Channels Scanned: 33. Most ever scanned on any DIY or store bought antenna. Typically see 23.
Q: Do I need a reflector?
A: No. However, a reflector will help with performance for those towers >20miles. I don’t have one and all my channels I want (abc, cbs, nbc, fox, CW, Comet) have a solid signal. No need to waste time/spend money to get those 1 or 2 channels I will never watch.
Q: Do I need to use copper wire?
A: No. Copper is best. Thicker gauge wire is also better. Aluminum hobby wire (12gauge/100′ for $10) is cheaper and works just fine for a cheap DIY indoor antenna. Coat hanger wire also works if that is all you have.
Q: Do I need an amplifier?
A: NO. All the DIY indoor antennas we share are for broadcast towers <20 miles and coax lengths to TV of <15 feet. Save the money or buy a good outdoor antenna. They won’t boost an already poor or weak TV signal received by the antenna, into a good reliable signal. Your just amplifying noise. An amplifier can overboost already received strong signals and cause other issues.
A: HOWEVER, if your cable run is >15 feet or using splitters, an amplifier can overcome line losses.