Steps on How to Make an Outdoor TV Antenna
Step 1: Find a spot for your antenna. Shoot for a roof top or even a top deck. If you don’t have access to a roof top, invest in a tall pole, and cement it to the ground. You need to get your antenna as high as possible to ensure that you have great reception.
Step 2: Drill holes for the screws. Holes should be created on the three and half section of the wood, and they should be parallel rows of two with four screw holes per side. Follow this layout for your screws:
- First row: 0.75 inches from left.
- Second row: 0.75 inches from right.
First screw: 2 inches from top
- Second screw: 5.25 inches from top
- Third screw: 5.25 inches from second screw
- Last screw: 5.25 inches from third screw.
Step 3: Tighten the screws until they are secure, but not extremely tight.
Step 4: Remove the tops off of eight coat hangers and detangle them. Turn them into a V pattern by folding them in the middle. Each section of the V should be seven inches long, three inches wide in between the wire tips.
Step 5: String the two lengths of copper wire through the screws, following the below pattern:
- Cross the two lengths of wire at the first and second screws.
- Let them run straight between screw points.
- Re-cross the wires with the second to last and last set up screws.
Step 6: Add the hangers to the screws by placing the center section into the screws. The hangers should stick straight out.
Step 7: Remove any insulation from screws where they are in contact with the screws. You want the metals to touch. Also remove any insulation from the center part of the screws that run between the second and third screws.
Step 8: Tighten the screws completely so that it holds everything in place.
Step 9: Add the metal grill screens to the opposite side by screwing them in place.
Step 10: Add the ohm transformer to the stripped copper wire.
Step 11: Mount your antenna.