How to Make a TV Antenna for Free

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How to Make a TV Antenna for Free
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If you haven’t signed up for cable TV or satellite services, then the best way to go about watching TV is to build your own antenna. Since all TV networks have gone digital, you will need to use a digital-to-analogue converter with your antenna, if you're using analogue TV. A converter is not required for digital TVs. The basic materials required to construct a home TV antenna are found in almost every home. Follow these simple steps to make a TV antenna for free.

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Things you need

  • Sewing pin
  • Metal hanger for clothes
  • 3 feet of speaker wire
  • Wire stripper
  • Electrical tape
  • Digital-to-analogue converter

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  1. 1

    Cut 3 feet of speaker wiring. Expose 1/2 inch of bare wiring at both ends.

  2. 2

    Wrap one end of the speaking wiring around the dull end of the sewing pin. Secure the wiring to the pin using electrical tape. Keep the pointed end of the sewing pin exposed.

  3. 3

    Wrap the other end of speaker wiring around a metal hanger. You may keep the hanger in its original shape or straighten it out. Use electrical tape to secure the wiring to the hanger.

  4. 4

    Insert the pointed end of the pin into your television’s UHF port, if you're using a digital TV. For analogue TV, insert the pin into a similar port on the digital-to-analogue converter and connect the converter to the TV. The UHF port is a cylinder-shaped metal nub that juts out of the television. It has a hole in the centre for securing the antenna cable, and is usually found on the back of the TV.

  5. 5

    Power the TV on. Shift the direction and position of your homemade antenna (clothes hanger) to determine the spot that receives strong reception. The signal strength may be affected by your location. See Resources to determine the signal strength in your local area.

  6. 6

    Perform a full channel scan to install all channels on your TV. A button on the remote control of your digital TV or digital-to-analogue converter, labelled as "Menu" or "Set-up", will perform this function.

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