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gary b: not one ch in my area 16201

chihuahua verde: Thanks for the instructional video. I have been thinking about forming chickenwire along my roof up in my attic, basically forming a giant antenna inside. Anyone ever hear of something like this? Seems like theres something to that acute angle you cut out. Looks like most of the antennas have that which a chickenwire mesh would not.

BigJigDad Cuba: Must watch the second part of this video here: The BEST DIY Antenna for HDTV !!! 2nd PART 

Wes Gordon: BigJigDad you mention making an array could you give more info on how that would be done and would look like???

Greg Hamm: You neglected to show us the most important part, as to wether the bottom solder connection in the center is attached to the center pin of the coax cable also, or the braid/foil ground part only.

Mia FL: Eres un caballo!

Thomas Jones: Does this need a ground wire?

george hernandez: Thanks for posting. i have been testing out other DIY antenna designs. I look forward to comparing the results... 

John Gil: This is an antenna that we can look at it either as a slot bowtie antenna or as a circular loop with a delta matching. It works 50-50 but it is too directional. If we fit a reflector about 6 to 8 cm away it will work better. However, a small quad or delta antenna made with a 40 to 42 cm copper wire (2 to 3mm diameter) will outperform this antenna.

Biggstile Bass: What's this song or band? I love it.

William Schmaltz: This worked great. I built mine out of the bottom of a coffee can. Thank! Now I can watch Vikings football.

dseldown: I liked the music though, not really sure about the design though!!

Rosalie Barrington: I didn't mind the background music, everyone has different tastes, and besides there is a mute button, I was more interested in the information, and you did a good job showing how to make this antenna, so Thank You for sharing!

HumansAreWe: Thank you BigJig. Very thrifty practices. Its what makes life easier!

farber2: there is a volume knob. or slider or whatever.

Chris Hoover: just made it today and it is great!!!! now I receive 7 stations in stead of two and the reception is great!! thanks a lot keep up the good work!!

jasneskis: One problem. Most people have a hammer, screw driver, nose pliers with wire cutter, coat hangers, piece of wood. Most people don't have Dremel Tool, sodar iron or cookie tin top. Biscuit tin small size great. Unfortunately, store bought antennas don't work.

Zimba9810: could this be made with aluminum foil instead of a tin can?

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! QUESTION: 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? 

5argeTech: Big Question? How far are you from the broadcast antennas!! Gotta know before I destroy my cookie tin :)

tankura: *+* Thank U

AhiskaGuli2012: works Good On My TV Lol Tnx

James walker: Oh hell I went out and bought a can of biscuits, not a COOKIE tin.

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. 

marco a vinas: se ve suave. primero tengo que vaciar la caja de galletas, mmm

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 expected.

akush55: gee digital signal only good for 35 mi then it drop off like a brick

Hurricane Floyd: Nice antenna but the quad designs made with wire can pick up better signals.

Gord4well: Just wondering, it looks like you used the large part of the cookie tin and cut it down to half inch. Why not just use the lid? I am in a very poor area... a valley and minimal towers. Looking forward to trying this. Thanks.

ELEV3NBRAVO: Built this antenna today and now I'm pulling 17 channels. Most are really super clear and that's pointing at my local tower, about 20 miles away. I'm surprised it worked to be honest, but now I'm a believer! Now onto pull those stations 50+ miles away!

Tucci's ears: This actually worked! Amazing. Thanks.

Lila Inglis: I have to agree yours is the best! 

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 fun time!

marco22560: just punch a couple of holes and use plastic tie wraps to hold cable in place...

BigJigDad Cuba: Thanks!!...

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 penetrate those.

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 Donu...

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!!...
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