Pennyloop UHF Antenna | TOP DIY Antenna

DIY Pennyloop UHF AntennaSave $$$ with this $5 /5min DIY Antenna.

Without going into design theory, this quick build does the job without spending $50. I was able to get 26+ channels from parts from the garage. Comparable to my $50 indoor flat antenna.

DIY Template & Instructions

Time: <30min
Cost: ~$10-20 if you don’t have parts (wire, 75/300 balun matching transformer) around the house
Parts:

  • 5′ of 6 gauge copper can be bought at the local harware store (~$.95/foot).
  • 75 to 300 Ohm UHF/VHF Matching Transformer. On Amazon for <$5.
    • Optional. You can connect coax directly to antenna. (see source Direct Coax Feed)
  • RG6 coax cable. Keep the length to 6′ or 15′.
  • Scrap wood. Screws to mount.

Instructions:

Cut two lengths of 28″-28.5″ copper. Bend into loops and connect to matching transformer. Done!

    • TIP: Bend the copper lengths around a coffee can or similar object to get the curve.

Source: Build the Pennyloop UHF [instructables.com]

Results: All 26+ channels in my local area. Good signal strength. No issues.

The loop designs suggests the antenna is optimized for UHF channels (14-83).  However, had no issues getting a good signal on VHF channels.

A simple DIY build that looked very similar to the highly popular ClearStream2V antenna on Amazon. Having taken apart many store bought antennas, the UHF/VHF elements are a simple design behind a fancy plastic housing. The Pennyloop antenna had a design look very similar look to the ClearStream. Two loops of copper elements.

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