Digital HD TV Antenna - NOT COAT HANGER




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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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 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. 

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.

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

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 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.

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 filth.

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.

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