How to build a UHF loop antenna

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How to build a UHF loop antenna
A UHF loop antenna can improve your TV reception. (complex home antenna for television image by Piter Pkruger from Fotolia.com)

The loop antenna is a proven design for UHF reception. It has the advantage of being compact in size and easy to construct and is a tool you can easily aim to improve reception. You can build and install a UHF loop antenna with only simple materials and tools, and with a minimal investment in time.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 18 inches of 14-gauge copper wire
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • 2 small 1-inch bolts with nuts to match
  • 4 washers
  • 300-ohm to 75-ohm transformer
  • RG-6 cable with F-type connectors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Carefully bend your copper wire into a loop, with the ends of the wire free.

  2. 2

    Make a small loop at each end of the wire using your needle-nosed pliers. Size the loops so the bolts slide through with a minimum of clearance.

  3. 3

    Place a washer onto a bolt, then slide the bolt through one of the small loops at the end of the wire. Slide another washer onto the bolt and then tighten the nut onto the bolt with your fingers. Repeat the process with the remaining bolt and the other loop of wire.

  4. 4

    Slide the connectors of your transformer underneath the nuts---one tab per nut, and then tighten the nuts to hold the transformer in place.

  5. 5

    Connect your RG-6 cable between the antenna's transformer and the television's antenna input.

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