Thought that I would share this. I know it is not a wood working project, but figured maybe someone else out there might want to build an antenna that actually gets better signal than a store bought antenna. And, there is a scrap 2×4 involved….so…..
1. Find some metal laying around the house. I used welded wire mesh fencing material I had left over from a gardening project, and some 9 guage wire I bought to hold up a new grape plant we just threw in the ground. (You could use 6 or seven appropriately cut and sized metal hangers)
2. Locate a piece of wood to screw it onto.
3. Find (or go to radio shack for) one of those old school y to coax connectors (the kind you used to have to screw on the back of a TV to get cable).
4. Four wood screws, eight washers (whatever sie you have, but the loops on nine guage wire will be large, so make sure that you can cover those loops) and….something else….um….some wire pliers…..oh yeah, and a drill.
throw it all together:
Bend whatever type of wire you are using so that you can secure it to the wood. I cut one of the middle sections of the fencing, giving me four total “ends” and bent each end into a small loop. I used some needle nose pliers for the fencing, and some linemen’s pliers for the 9 guage wire. It was a pain to try bending the 9 g. into a loop to go so if you have a vise, that might make it easier.
I mounted the fencing first, then the 9 g loops, covering the loops with a washer. Then I put the Y connector, followed by another washer. I plugged in the coax to the antenna, and then to the TV, then my wife said my project looked hillbilly, and was interfering with her decor, so once I tested it, I mounted it to the side of my house, and am now getting signal not only from the bigger city about 40 miles from here, but a couple of HD stations from one about 80 miles from here, with the signal being as clear as I have seen, and no signal loss that I have seen. I am thinking about plugging in an inline amplifier, and seeing if I can get signal from the city 200 miles from here…..