Jan 102012
 
fi-dtv

First off you will need the right TV, not all newer TVs actually have an ATSC tuner, If you have one of these then that’s great. You can just plug in just about any antenna and get some stations in. Depending on where you are located you will need to make sure that you have the right type of antenna. Some more rural areas may require that you refer to my other article on how to build a highly receptive antenna at a lower cost to you than buying one that wont even get the same amount of channels. The biggest thing you will need to know is what stations you should be expecting to see once you plug in an antenna. This will help you understand if you need a better antenna or not.

To find a list you can go to:
http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps/

It’s really as simple as that. There are other resources out there though. Sites like www.tvfool.com will also help you out with your quest to spend less as well.

Oct 242011
 
fractalantenna

While there are many kinds of antennas out there for TV reception. The problem is that the good ones tend to be rather large and the smaller they get the more expensive they are to get the same level of reception. In comes fractals to make life easier.

Here is a .PDF file with a instructions and full scale and full scale diagrams to make things easier.

You can download it here: Fractal Antenna-designed

Since I built my antenna a couple weeks back I have been able to receive a lot of channels that I have not been able to get in for some time since a lot of the stations started turning the power down on the transmitters during non-peak hours. It was getting to the point that after 8:30pm I could not even watch the most common channels. This build has only cost me the purchase of a couple mesh grill toppers to put behind the antenna to bring in better signal (blocks unwanted signals and reflects desired signals back to receiver for improved reception), about 2.59 at the local store. I had all the other parts just laying around.

If you are tired of bad/poor reception or want to see how many channels you are missing this will do the trick. It may not be pretty but it will do the job and do it well.

Some resources that you should be looking at:
TV Fool – resource for looking up where transmitting antennas are in your area.