BigJigDad Cuba: Must watch the second part of this video here: The BEST DIY Antenna for
HDTV !!! 2nd PART
Mike J Baron: Very entertaining! Nicely done!
I remember years ago when some cars would have a wire coat hanger inserted
in the broken antenna mast...because it worked! It just goes to show you,
almost anything works. So much for the retail antennas with gimmicks that
sell for $20 to $60!
Is there any good reason why you reproduced the old "bow tie" shape here?
Would two rectangles produce the same results? Is there something about
"triangles" that makes for better reception? I'm curious. Actually, you
removed the two triangles, so the remaining material around the triangles
is what is receiving the signal, correct? Why did you do this?
Jeff clark: If it works so well, why the comical additions? Looking elsewhere.
T Miller: I really can't believe it worked! I got a tin for Christmas and made this
antenna in a half an hour. The channels that really came in, came in Great.
The auto set up caught about 40 channels but only half held good reception.
So, I had various success overall but I got about 20 great channels.
Steven Brinkley: I couldn't deal w the music..bye
akush55: gee digital signal only good for 35 mi then it drop off like a brick
DAVID ALAN JONES RIDGE: Uh, he did not show how he connected to the TV on the back.
EndlessMike8: 75 miles north of downtown Atlanta and I hit 70 channels with this(4
Korean channels-go figure). 1st OTA scan I've done so nothing to compare it
to yet. Will try some other setups and also moving it to the window. I sit
in a perfect location to get signals but this still was better than
AhiskaGuli2012: works Good On My TV Lol Tnx
Hurricane Floyd: Nice antenna but the quad designs made with wire can pick up better
BigJigDad Cuba: Thanks!!...
Fixit Fast: ok it took me all of 10 minuets to make this here antenna I did not use a
motor tool to cut the tin though I used a utility knife. The 75ohm coax
RG-59 I peeled back the copper braid about half an inch and spread it out
on opposing sides 90 degrees to the center conductor and soldered it down.
and skipped the .5x3/4 piece a tin hold down.Using just a 9 in wire antenna
I got 9 TV channels but with this lid of the cookie tin antenna I get 46
channels. WOW thanks BigJigDad Cuba great deign.
Origoangelohrol322: The cable is "shorted" by at least the half of the well known antenna
designs. It is "shorted" for the DC only this doesn't mean that it's
"shorted" for the UHF signal :)
rolloverriderpgr: If you can crimp a regular rg-59 fitting on the cable you can just screw
the cable to the antenna in plug on the TV or recorder. The transformer is
for "slightly" older TVs! LOL! You know the ones with screws on the back
for the antennas to attach to! I was a CATV installer in the late 70s when
CATV was being figured out or when HBO and Showtime came out! That was a
marco22560: just punch a couple of holes and use plastic tie wraps to hold cable in
BigJigDad Cuba: .·:*¨¨*:·.Good Idea!.·:*¨¨*:·..
BigJigDad Cuba: Yes I did...thank you!!...
Dan Musicant: Ah, good to know. The window in the room with my converter box is pointing
in the wrong direction. I'll find a place in the attic where I can mount it
pointed at Sutro Tower, where the main antenna is for the main local
stations (networks). Will try to avoid metallic objects., but a big wall or
two and the roof can't be avoided in the attic. Hopefully, the signals will
BigJigDad Cuba: Hi, if you want you can use the lid with the same result...thanks
dietermoreno: That's because I think this is one of those "indoor antennas" that is only
for if you live about 10 miles away from the transmitter.
WX9DX: Just a couple of Questions:) 1st Thanks for the video and a cool antenna.
How does your design compair to a folded dipole in gain If I may ask:) Also
have you tried to see what the polarity of the antenna really is. It looks
like it might be very good for the polarity shift that happens to these
frequencies. Seems that this antenna would have a large bandwidth at these
frequencies also. Great simple project, good design. Jimmy, ARRL TC, WX9DX
juancho zobel: ONE THING I HAVE NOTICED WITH THIS ANTENNA, IT DO HAVE GAPS AT THE 2 POLES
OF THE CABLE AT THE CENTER OF THE TIN WHERE THE CABLE IS FIXED ON, BUT
NOTICE THAT THE RIM OF THE ROUND TIN HAS NO GAP.. HOW CAN THIS WORK
PROPERLY???? ITS JUST LIKE CONNECTING THE 2 POLES OF THE CABLE TOGETHER..
n1vca: Thanks for the video - odd and funny idea. I am still struggling with the
antenna concept ... it reminds me of a two dimensional biconical antenna
and a slot antenna ... what polarization does it have? Do you have any
formula to try this at different frequency band? Have you ever measured
this thing in terms of radiation pattern?
BigJigDad Cuba: Electronic Engineer from Russia, I mean, I studied in Russia, in Rostov Na
david lee: i'm going to try this. i've been making compact antennas for everything
"stealth" for decades and can see why this probably works decently. i have
ideas to improve its gain and backside rejection without a big penalty in
depth AND to improve it's low freq bandwidth to accommodate VHF HDTV if
needed, which is relevant to the person asking about the 10" tin cover.
i'll say it's not the ugliest thing i've seen proposed. now i have to think
of what cookies to buy!
Luca Olivetti: How does it compare to a fractal antenna? (just asking, I didn't try to
build any yet).
BigJigDad Cuba: .·:*¨¨*:·.THANKS!.·:*¨¨*:·.
BigJigDad Cuba: One Thousand THANKS!!...
BigJigDad Cuba: .·:*¨¨*:·.THANKS!.·:*¨¨*:·..
SonofGodly: your right, I went to Netflix 8.00$ a month and I got lots to choose from
and redbox down the street for newer movies for just 1$,,thats as cheap as
it gets,I dont watch commercials anymore.
kazuya clavio: does it work when a fat tv
jpavlekovich: for those that this works for ,,,,,,about how far away are you from the
broadcast towers ?
BigJigDad Cuba: The direction matters...the antenna must be directed to the TV stations and
to be positioned as far as possible of the metallic objects. (pipes, etc)
Infinitiely: Thanks, I will make one this weekend :)
BigJigDad Cuba: Yes it does...this antenna is directional, that means that you need to
point it to the direction of the signals (where the signals come)...
gpavid59: thanks bigjigdad,thats cool
Carl Ber: Does it matter what direction it's pointing in?
Ric Ornelas: More channels than my amplified attic one, that's nuts.. Thanks
Wang Rui: Fanatics! I am currently working on a project of designing an antenna to
receive 433MHz signal.I am so impressed that I want to try your scheme!!! I
am curious about why you cut off two triangles with clearance of 1/4 inch.
And why the diameter of the hole drilled is also 1/4 inch? Thanks a lot!!!
TacomaPaul: My fave way to get HDTV... I got a job and I pay for 225 channels ! Try
Garry Owens: I'm looking at a 6 1/2" inch cookie tin. Is the diameter critical or should
I find the 7 1/2" as you suggest in the video?
rva1945: Excuse me but, aren't the coaxial cable wires shorted in that antenna?
VeetleViewer: Hi, I'm curious why you did not use the lid instead... since you needed the
tin to be 1/2" high?
Doyle Hodges: (I didnt wear leather gloves) and I built it from a square tin 8.5" X 9.25"
it was all I had to try and again aside form it being a bit more picky
about exactly how its aimed I am very pleased. this one will be used in my
home office upstairs. and gets every channel I NEED. Thanks again. Ive also
shared this on facebook as well.
Morgan Freeman: I have an actual old antenna on my house, could I just run a cable up that
and in to my house and put this at the top of the antenna?
jljl1992: Forgot to tell you I didn't cut the depth of the cookie can, does that
matter if I'm getting 48 channels/ Julie
rolloverriderpgr: Is the 1/2 inch depth on the antenna necessary? My math bites so I can't
figure the size difference for distance. Will a flat part work. The "depth"
is pointing away from the station so isn't reflecting any signal onto the
flats like a parabolic. WOULD a parabolic shape at these measurements work?
Just asking as I live close to all the local stations but those 30+ miles
away might need a little help.
Daniel Charland: This design really works. I am located downtown of a very small town with
very few OTA channels. I connected a commercial amplified antenna and did a
channel scan. Result: 3 channels. I connected this cookie box antenna via
an old signal booster I had and I did the same channel scan. Result: 4
channels. BETTER THAN A COMMERCIAL ANTENNA. Thank you for your great idea.
BigJigDad Cuba: I'm electronic engineer and I tried to do a antenna from something common
at home, the result comes after many tests with many variables.
dirtydenny2011: Thanks for the design idea. I didn't have a tin to use so pounded an
aluminum party tray over the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket into the required
circular design and Ta'da free HD.