Antennas


Antenna + Magic Box + Computer=Free High Definition TV
Well . . . almost free cable TV and DVR Replacement.  When it comes to saving money, eliminating recurring bills is king.  Cable TV and Satellite bills can be upwards of several hundred dollars per month. For about as low as $40 (one time) or up to a few hundred […]

Free HD Cable TV & DVR Replacement


Compact DB8 Antenna Hole Marks
You may have noticed that this site has two DB8 Antenna Designs.  We have the common DB8 on this page, and we also have the DB4 and DB16 versions available for that design, but we also have an optimized DB8.  The optimized DB8 is better on paper for the channels […]

How to build a DB8 Antenna


Where to put the holes for a DB4 Bowtie Antenna 1
The DB4 Antenna.  Simple, very cheap, and very effective.  If you are within 30-40 miles of your TV stations, then this is the antenna for you.  Before you do your build, check out the tools on this page to see how many stations you might get and how far away […]

How to build a DB4 Antenna



Where to mark your holes for the DB16 Antenna, This is only one half of the DB16, you must do this twice on two different pieces of wood ~43" long each 1
If you’ve been looking around this site you may have noticed that I tried to build a DB8 that was superior to the many versions of popular DIY bowtie DB4 antenna’s across the web.  Well it was large, did not fit in my attic, and performed about the same in […]

How to build a DB16 Antenna


To build an antenna that is capable of withstanding the elements, there are a few more considerations  Here is a simple list of them as well as a few other technical tips for improvement. Looking for how to build a DB4, DB8, or DB16 DIY Bowtie Antenna? Outdoor installation Coax […]

Mounting an Antenna Outdoors


The complete schematic, as close to scale as is possible with Paint
UPDATE 1/13/2011 – Finished building this and it is large.  For an outdoor installation or an attic you can stand in this won’t be a problem, but you have to crouch in my attic.  Even outdoors, this antenna had only comparable real world performance to the DB8 I had designed […]

How to build a better DB4, DB8, or DB16 TV ...



Is 6ft too tall for your attic?  Although vertical is more efficient than horizontal, you could literally cut this design in half and mount the two antennas side by side with 6.75”(1 quarter wavelength) of space between the sides of each DB4’s bowties.  The ideal distance would be one full wavelength of […]

Make a DB8 from Two Horizontal DB4’s