Digital HD TV Antenna - NOT COAT HANGER




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purplemutantas: I you want something smaller than full wave do a dipole. Those are half wave. I would rather do a half wave antenna than a full wave with a coil. A bowie antenna is just a wide band dipole. I may have to experiment with one of those. I will probably end up making it for the 2 meter amateur radio band. I would be interesting to hook your antenna to an antenna analyzer to see where it's actually resonant.

purplemutantas: In the US over the air TV uses horizontal polarization. I had assumed it was vertical but someone on another video corrected me. I looked it up to double check, and sure enough. So horizontal polarization is best for broadcast TV reception

Bubba Bong: What a douche bag. Just get to the nitty gritty and make a god damn antena. Nobody cares about the other videos.

Joshua Craft: Draw more bees with honey than with vinegar. Would have watched all the way through because you sound like you know what you are talking about but my 9yo son was next to me and you dropped too many F-bombs and S-bombs. Have a good day maybe I'll check your videos later when my kids aren't around.

AL ENG.: my .02 cents.

Failor House: You really come across like an angry little person. Your video wasn't helpful, and was frankly offensive. Grow up.

AL ENG.: this video sucks ass.

Steven Conroy: Sorry if I missed it, did you tell the size,,, diameter wise of the copper tubing,,, or does it matter ? 73s N0ORT

adriano lehman: lol I made one out of two aluminum trays and I get nearly 75 channels

Brookfield Freecycle: The "four-bowtie" arrangement works because of multiplicity and because in-theory not all of the dipole crosses' width will be "seen," for the higher frequencies in particular. This is why the width and polarity between each dipole are critical. There is also a whole lot of luck at stake, because the design hasn't changed since the 1960s, and it isn't optimized for *any* specific frequency. For me the coat hanger antenna works very well -- it may not work for all channels in all markets. Probably it will not work at all for high-VHF. My market no longer has VHF channels. The poster's antenna doesn't consider the reception relationships from one element to another. With today's error-correction it might not matter, but multi-element antennas are usually stacked narrow-to-wide as one means of dealing with multipath. Putting the elements beside one another may not work --- be aware of that before you invest lots of time.

2000SkyView: Interesting video... great idea! execution, questionable... what was the point of this video? To help? or criticize others? Did a great job of the second... #1 erase you knowledge, #2 watch your video, #3 ask yourself, did I learn anything? Your video does not explain the construction of the antenna at all... 95% of people watching this are going to build it wrong... 98% have no idea what are you are talking about... they did not read the same text books as you... need to simplify and show, think spoon feed... thanks for the go at it... 

Chris Grimes: Lol at people who bitch about him "ranting" and his foul language. A. He's voicing his opinion in a video he made..surprise! . 2. This used to be land of the free, but freakin cry babies keep finding more crap they don't like and bitch about it till someone passes a law against it, freedom of speech means he can cuss to...see point A. Finally, III. If you wanted a more professional explanation with no bitching you should have Googled this instead of watching a home video duhhh. 

Damien Hartley: those so called hd antennas with the center loop and tuner knobs are completely worthless unless you are on top of a cliff in a glass house with a all the tv tower transmitters in direct sight of the antenna with nothing in the way.

Tony Rose: I learned how to swear today but not how to build the antenna you're demonstrating. Where do I go to figure out what frequencies are in my area, what formula do I use to calculate the right lengths for the copper tub? Why is your four foot loop coverd in electrical tape? How/why did you wrap the thin welders line around the outside loop only, where and how did you connect the back main wiring? How are the antennas interconnected and how was the transformer connected to your antenna. You sound like you know much but share very little.

Bruce Bender: We can live without your opinions. They lend NOTHING to the topic. Just show us how to build your fantastic antenna and allow us humble mortals to make the determination as to whether or not you know what you're doing. Slamming people you do not know does nothing to enhance your status in the eyes of others.

Thomas Luczak: you know, after reading many comments, i owe askhack an apology. i`m starting to believe that the results from the 2 comparisons are influenced by the brand of hdtv. i`ve read many comments with positive results from owners of samsungs. i have owned 3 and currently the 2 i own now are 5 yrs old but all of them could get excellent reception with OTA antennas. starting to think samsung makes superior hdtv`s.

TOTO BOTO: Ask Hack is full of crap.

rb88888888 gmail: here is your research lots of good local tv info = www.antennaweb.org list of channels and freq = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_television_frequencies speed of light / frequency = wavelength speed of light = 299,792,458 meters/second shortcut = wavelength = 300 / freq in mhz speed of light in meters/sec = 299,792,458 inches/meter = 39.37 speed of light in inches/sec = 11,802,859,051 wavelength = 11,802,859,051 / video freq (listed below) * 1,000,000 this did not format at all like i had it. hope you can figure it out!!! Chnl Video WaveLength WaveLength # Freq inches ft and inches 2 55.25 213.626 17' 9 5/8" 3 61.25 192.700 16' 11/32" 4 67.25 175.507 14' 7 1/2" 5 77.25 152.788 12' 8 25/32" 6 83.25 141.776 11' 9 25/32" 7 175.25 67.349 67 11/32 8 181.25 65.119 65 1/8 9 187.25 63.033 63 1/32 10 193.25 61.076 61 1/16 11 199.25 59.236 59 1/4 12 205.25 57.505 57 1/2 13 211.25 55.872 55 7/8 14 471.25 25.046 25 1/32 15 477.25 24.731 24 3/4 16 483.25 24.424 24 7/16 17 489.25 24.124 24 1/8 18 495.25 23.832 23 7/32 19 501.25 23.547 23 17/32 20 507.25 23.268 23 9/32 21 513.25 22.996 23 22 519.25 22.731 22 3/4 23 525.25 22.471 22 15/32 24 531.25 22.217 22 7/32 25 537.25 21.969 21 31/32 26 543.25 21.726 21 23/32 27 549.25 21.489 21 1/2 28 555.25 21.257 21 1/4 29 561.25 21.030 21 1/31 30 567.25 20.807 20 13/16 31 573.25 20.589 20 19/32 32 579.25 20.376 20 3/8 33 585.25 20.167 20 5/32 34 591.25 19.963 19 31/32 35 597.25 19.762 19 3/4 36 603.25 19.565 19 9/16 37 606.25 19.469 19 15/32 38 615.25 19.184 19 3/16 39 621.25 18.999 19 40 627.25 18.817 18 13/16 41 633.25 18.639 18 5/8 42 639.25 18.464 18 15/32 43 645.25 18.292 18 9/32 44 651.25 18.123 18 1/8 45 657.25 17.958 17 31/32 46 663.25 17.795 17 25/32 47 669.25 17.636 17 3/8 48 675.25 17.479 17 1/2 49 681.25 17.325 17 5/16 50 687.25 17.174 17 1/8 51 693.25 17.025 17 1/32 52 699.25 16.879 16 7/8 53 705.25 16.736 16 3/4 54 711.25 16.595 16 19/32 55 717.25 16.456 16 15/32 56 723.25 16.319 16 5/16 57 729.25 16.185 16 3/16 58 735.25 16.053 16 1/16 59 741.25 15.923 15 15/16 60 747.25 15.795 15 25/32 61 753.25 15.669 15 21/32 62 759.25 15.545 15 17/32 63 765.25 15.424 15 13/32 64 771.25 15.304 15 5/16 65 777.25 15.185 15 3/16 66 783.25 15.069 15 1/16 67 789.25 14.955 14 31/32 68 795.25 14.842 14 27/32 69 801.25 14.731 14 23/32 70 807.25 14.621 14 5/8 71 813.25 14.513 14 1/2 72 819.25 14.407 14 13/32 73 825.25 14.302 14 5/16 74 831.25 14.199 14 3/16 75 837.25 14.097 14 3/32 76 843.25 13.997 14 77 849.25 13.898 13 29/32 78 855.25 13.800 13 13/16 79 861.25 13.704 13 11/16 80 867.25 13.610 13 5/8 81 873.25 13.516 13 17/32 82 879.25 13.424 13 7/16 83 885.25 13.333 13 11/32

Susan Delacruz: This is a rant video not DIY stop cuzzing u tart kids watch videos like this your sputtering makes it the worst video on YouTube tho bullies might like it stop freaking cuzzin on YouTube

Johnny Gibson: For the expense just buy a frikin' antenna.

TOTO BOTO: You're full of crap. I made that antenna that that you speak of and it turned out great better than what I can get in the store. Before bowtie 4 channels clearly, after 14 channels clearly. Again you're full of crap because someone thought of it first. You're making it to anal.

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.

Thomas Luczak: another comment i was going to post last night but didn`t. i wanted to wait until we could compare results. my elderly neighbor (who was a model builder for general motors for 39 yrs) finished building THIS antenna yesterday. i didn`t because i didn`t have the skills nor the time. results? THIS antenna, 24 channels. the BOWTIE antenna 28 channels. i have no dog in the fight but there you go....proof.

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 antenna approach. 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.

Thomas Luczak: poor ASKHACK or should i say ASSHACK. i built it and it works magnificently. gee, i wonder why so many people say the "bowtie" works mint. take you`re calculations and stick them up you`re butt. what a clown.

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

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 is HORIZONTALLY. 

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. 

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.

James Kilminster: Why does this guy care so much about antennas?

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

cattey isaboar: I was hoping to learn something from this. after well over 13 min all you'd done was cut four pieces of wire. I think your only goal was to show how much better your 'round' wires look than the 'pointy' wire antennas. at least the people who make bow ties at least they show where they connect the wires and how everything is constructed...not just show off how pretty it looks once it's finished. since you do know what quarter wave is you obviously have at least some knowledge....so my next guess is.... weed?

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.

carrierz: wow...19 minutes of staring down at a work table...what a load of c__p

dietermoreno: So cable wants us to pay for movie channels, when we can now get those movie channels for free on sub channels! Of course cable won't show sub channels because cable wouldn't want you to watch movie channels without upgrading to the premium package!

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 nice tut

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 worked.

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

Juan Vega: 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 transformer?

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 properly.

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Digital HD TV Antenna - NOT COAT HANGER 3.4 out of 5

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