Karl Kaufman: Would've found this video more useful if it had simply demo'd relative
reception of a so-called coat hanger antenna, built to specs, and this
custom design; and, then, demonstrate the design and construction of this
Also, a simple list of the number of channels received doesn't measure the
quality/success of the antenna. For example, my tuner recognizes a number
of channels for which it doesn't have a strong enough signal to actually
produce a picture. (see: WBBM) At a minimum, I'd think you'd have wanted to
demo the picture quality of the channels & frequencies for which the custom
antenna was designed.
jvadel7500: If your just going to screw a bunch of coat hangers into a board well your
not going to get crap! Didnt I feel stupied....well until I watched the end
of the video and realized I just screwed a bunch of hangers into a board,
didnt even follow any specs just used what I had and get 24 perfect
channels! Hey put some hangers on it and get 3 more channels.....lol
Ron M: I am running a coat hanger ant and i got all the station I need and I was
living in Oakville Ontario with the coat hanger ant. I was able to get the
us networks from buffalo this include nbc cw fox cbs abc ion and so on
nozmoking1: I feel your grief over the gross misconceptions.You can get "usable"
performance from cutting an old steel slinky into two halves and making a
random dipole with a 300Ω > 75Ω transformer in any suburban area and never
know how close you've come to any particular wavelength. People believe
what they want to believe, that's for darn sure.
Brazos Jack: Go wash your nasty mouth out with soap Jerk. It's not entertaining to use
Fxxk all the time in your video. Youtube should pull your video.
James Kilminster: Why does this guy care so much about antennas?
Dale Hendel: First of all, almost every DTV station is HORIZONTALLY polarized, just like
they always were. Working in television, I happen to know this, but a
simple search of the internet will prove it for those who don't believe
me. How many times have you seen a roof antenna mounted vertically? Most
interference you will encounter is vertical, which was figured out a long
time ago. Of course a vertically polarized antenna may still pick up fine
in a lot of cases, but the effective range will be much smaller. Now, most
RADIO stations are vertical, vertical and horizontal, or circularly
polarized. This is because radio whip antennas are vertical, but your home
antenna is probably horizontal. Also, circular polarization is better for
moving vehicles in regards to multipath and interference.
Secondly, there is nothing wrong with a properly built four whisker bowtie,
at least for UHF (yes, they really are called bowties by people who know
what they are talking about). For those who don't know, UHF (as of now in
the US) are channels 14-51. Channels 2-13 are VHF, and the typical DIY
bowtie project is really just a UHF antenna. (Side note: In the US, we now
use virtual channel numbers; the actual channel a station is broadcasting
on isn't necessarily the channel number displayed.) You can spend all the
time you want debating the merits of closed vs. open bowties; but the
bottom line is, the two-, four- or eight-bay four-whisker bowtie with a
proper reflector is a proven design, and works well for UHF. I agree, for
picking up your channel 3 you need something else, like your loop.
Colin Bruner: I gotta say it. This could have been a most informative vid about antennas.
But the biggest problem was it contained so much personal rant and rave
rather than just show what you know. You seem to be intelligent on the
subject but classless in your delivery. Your foul language will limit your
influence. Get civilized. You need Jesus man.
carrie_rz: wow...19 minutes of staring down at a work table...what a load of c__p
Ray H.: I live further out than this guy and with wire 16 in. long and get as many
channels. I am not sure where he learned his information but soulds like
it was off the internet. He could of gone to wallmart and for less money
than he spent he could of gotten a much better ant. Physical orientation
urbanstein69: I give you a + for at least for talking about wavelength, but where you
connect to the antenna does not determine polarity, physical orientation of
the antenna does.
Shoot3r40: I have the coat hanger antenna I built for our 2nd house or cabin as it
were, in East Texas 75 miles from Dallas. It's nailed to a tree 10' up but
still under a canopy of tree's and I get 35-40 hd channels and 3 from
Tyler, over half of them are gospel channels or Spanish only channels. I
have 2 Samsung tv's the newer one has a stronger built in amplifier but no
complaints about the "coat hanger" antenna for me!
tom langley: Save you time...just add a dipole to the coathanger antenna! Same results!
skypilotEd: To finish: I then moved it just 6' outside in an olive tree 8' high. I now
have no loss of signal and get channels not even on the tower map site,
channels I've never even heard of. Non-believers JUST BUILD ONE put it in a
good location facing the towers according t the map and this will work
better than a $300 antenna! Thank you Askhack. BTW it didn't cost me a dime
I had all the parts at home used some old 3/8 copper tubing I can't solder
so I had to screw the wires to the rings.
AskHack: LoL ok big mac next time save the fast answers for McDonald’s. Maybe if you
would use a search engine next time before you comment and you wouldn't
look retarded. Show me a HDTV with twin lead screws on it. You have to use
a balun JFC a loop is 300 ohm, Whats the impedance of twin lead? whats the
impedance of RG-6? Have you even looked at FCC.gov related to digital
broadcasts ? Analog is horizontal and ancient like your info bro but i
guess i'm the moron.
paverop: You really lost me on the copper coils and the electrical tape on your
larger coil. Can you go into more detail about the reason why you
constructed it this way?
bigmackemail: this guy is such a moron. your loops are not magnetic loops, real loops are
smaller and need a special receiver.what you have are folded dipoles.theres
no benefit than dipole unless using twinlead transmission lines because the
impedance matches up better than to coax,but you're freakin using a balun
anyways,so dipoles will work just as well the coathanger antenna is a great
design and alot of places are horizontally polarized,so you just have to
rotate the antenna depending on your location
day dazed: Nothing wrong with calling it how you see it I see it as a kick ass video
richgriffesq: How are all those leads connected? Paralell? The welding wire on the big
loop: it looks like it exits the end on which begins the insulation. Is
that right? It then winds around the insulated loop and then deadends at
the point where the the big loop loops back on itself. Is that correct? If
I understand the big loop, it should work in ever locale, channels 3-12
being constant throughout the country.
nakyer: When I got my first digital converter box, I didn't have an antenna for it.
I used an adapter I already had, attached that where the antenna should go,
and from the adapter ran wires to a metal curtain rod on my window. It
77sharkdiver: it would be nice if you would cut the video in half andjust build it
voltairined: Contents: *terms/jargon/theory *static camera pointed at static objects
*verbal/auditory info over my head *avoid/fear the wrath of a coat-hanger
deprived, wrinkled-clothes-discovering wife Missing:
*explanation/definition of terms *practical application *web site for local
station FCC info *equation/calculation for correct wire/coil length based
on FCC freq/wavelength info *text, graphics, diagrams Info: 10/10 - Theory:
10/10 - Application: 1/10 - Visuals: 0/10
Kermit Ortiz: this wpould be awesome with a better view of the wiring.
Jonathan Ashkenaze: 1. Great video. 2. Your complaining about others is distracting. The reason
we came to your post is to find something different. 3. Could you go into
the soldering you did - how, etc and did you simply merge them all at the
katrosper: Why not make the entire thing out of the welding wire? thanks
AskHack: Saying a bowtie is an efficent antenna is like saying a jeep is
aerodynamic. I can get channels plugging a piece of wire into the ground of
my electrical outlet and use the ground wire of my entire place as an
antenna. Does it work, yes, is it better than a resonant length of anything
(dipole, folded dipole, verticle, loop, yagi, quad etc)... NO lol. I bad
mouth the bowtie coat hanger because it is not resonant nor is it polarized
AxelLNo1: It would be really good if you would have built a coathanger antenna too
and compare the results in the end. That would support everything that you
said. (or at least to show channel 3 at the end to prove the theory) And
also more building steps would be appreciated.
freakqnc: sorry askHack you sound like you know your S*** unfortunately you assume
that everyone watching who want to give a cool DIY a shot can follow no
problem. I don't give a flying about others who made crapennas so no need
to waste time pointing that out. Could you make a vid for the less
knowledgeable? So we can learn a thing or two? What is the formula to calc
the length to cut and which resonant freq should one select to make one
that works in their area? What criteria must one use? Thanks man!;)
rob roberts: The bowtie antenna is awesome! :-) Hopefully you get a mil views so you can
stop pissing and moaning. lol
sam rafeedie: Say Hack, your words are so foul and filthy and therefore, since all words
come from the heart, so your heart must just as foul and filthy. Even if
you were making gold out of dirt, your words would distract the discerned
man from listening to you. I hope you clean up your act, because your act
is way to filthy for any decent man to listen to you.
cast390: Sorry bro I didnt come here for a theory lesson,just make the crap already.
paverop: I'm just curious about how you convert the frequency that the television
station broadcasts on to the quarter,half,and full wave lengths. Is there
anywhere that I can get that information?
Robert Homovich: lost interest in the video because of the nasty mouth. No need for the
Martha Wunsch: We're picking up 20 stations and that includes PBS stations with our coat
hanger antenna that I made myself. It's on our roof in Bonita Springs and
getting CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC. That's enough, don't you think.
Micscience: Why does everyone have to be perfect? we are human sometimes people don't
conduct themselves in their best light. He even apologized. Why do people
not tolerate people in their highs and lows specially in TV or the
internet? We are taking the (human) out of humanity.
paverop: Good information man!! I'm not offended at all by your comments. I know
very little about radio and television. I do know that the antenna needs to
be tuned to the channel you wish to watch. Good info all around!
DistractedTillNow: I didn't day a word about efficiency. If your looking for better then I
suppose you need to define your use of the word "better." I bought a $300
yagi with a 17db booster, hung it outside about 30 feet off the ground and
my bowtie that sits on top of my tv outperforms it. I don't doubt your math
or calculations. I've just learned over the years that practical experience
will trump book knowledge every time. That and I believe in the "if its not
broke don't fix it" philosophy of life.
BassRocker420: You should spend less time on how it works more time showing steps on how
to assemble. Then you'd get more views no one wants to spend 20min watching
someone talk about crap they don't care about they just want to see how its
made. Make a step by step vid with a shorter time bacause I just skiped
through most of this.
Jesse Sanchez: Copper tubing is expensive, be just cheaper to by a new antenna
cal30m1: Interesting and informative video, guy, thanks. but whatever, or whoever
did this but,
Thor6908: If you want the perfect solution without dropouts you build a tower and go
full wave (No bends) stacked all the way.. But not everyone as the
land,space or ability to do this.The best signal amplifier is (GET HIGHER)
and not a 3 inch square box from rat shack..Thanks for the video Bud
wakkoswish123: Bzzt. Your TV is fried..
koooltrini1: How the freak do I actually make this?
skypilotEd: The tape is an insulator so he could wrap the outer coil with the copper
coated steel wire to get the full wave size electrically. Adding 8' of wire
to the 8' of copper tubing. It's like the coil antennas in AM radios.
egk912: To much damn talking. Build it an shut up.
Henrique Losada: No one here cares if you have or not a FCC license, I guess you have a
license you say crap a lot, I do not believe anyone cares about your
rambling on Horizontal vs Vertical BS. Show me how you made the loops, How
you made the connections and give me the theory behind it, could care less
if anyone has a million views. Make a Video showing step by step how to
make the better antenna.. Thank you
AskHack: @richgriffesq Yes for sure parallel, series would give you way to high
ohms. You can make the big loop however you want, either slide over an
insulator, or use insulated wire it won't affect the velocity of the wire
much < 1-2%.the antenna should work in almost any locale, the low VHF is
not that big of deal to target direct frequency range. For UHF the freq is
higher and the wavelength is shorter, so your length becomes more
important, which is why only one big loop and several small loops.
bigmackemail: i dont know what youre smoking, go to fcc site andl check whatever,
seattle,l.a,buffalo, its all horizontal. im saying your loop is 300ohms and
the only benefit of using it is to match it to 300ohms twin lead, but youre
using a balun to match coax,so what benefit do you get with your loop than
dipole? better gain? not a chance. can you tell me? no you cant because
there is none.
rouelibre1: Very smart and savvy,but completely useless for the layman who desperately
seeks a practical solution to dial-in ATSC. I personnaly built a GH-6 out
of aluminum 10 GA wire and it pulls transmitters from over 50 miles away.
That is a practical solution that is well documented, at least. By the way,
if Ihad been you,I wouldn't have busted my ass to pull-in that lone VHF
frequency.... But I hold no grunge. It was still instructive to watch.
MrJames6674: after three minutes into this i knew he was not very professional, that
three minutes ill never get back, what a JOKE........