pjpjpjpj, there's more to it than simply "stringing wire around" and bigger isn't neccessarily better. There are some measurements that need to be followed fairly close, but it's not rocket science and building the antennas referenced (the 2-bay and 4-bay) are well within the abilities of most individuals. They can pretty much be built with very common tools and a very small amount of hardware. I got the most information from the Lumenlab link, but it is rather long and takes off on a few tangents...the first few pages have the basic information in the and message #228 found on this page
gives the specific measurements of the Channel Master 4221 which is the basic model for the diy antenna.
I hear ya, Wireman134.
I think in some situations it's an economic issue...when you can definitely build a *very* good antenna for less than $10 *if* you have to buy the screws, washers, and balun...wood and coathangers can be had for nothing but I do like copper wire. Though copper prices have increased drastically you still may be able to find the meager amount needed at a construction site that a builder will give you. Other times I thinks it's an issue of "I want to try that!" mentality.
My daughter is still enjoying the 4-bay I built her...I built it out of rustic wood and bare copper wire...it's used indoors and she likes the "atmosphere" that it gives off (plus the fact that it works quiet well!). A friend in Ohio just finished a 4-bay and so far is very pleased with it's performance and will probably still see even better reception with it once he gets it into the attic.
I just rigged up an old Dell CRT monitor and a Samsung TS360 satellite receiver at work (recycled hi-def...I oughta get a tax credit for it!!!
). I need more than a set of rabbit ears for it, so...yelp, I'm gonna built a 2, maybe 4-bay for it and see how it goes. I'm going for a very lightweight version using copper wire soldered at the joints using a mapp torch (rather than screws and washers) and attach this to a very lightweight piece of wood with zipties.
Ok, so maybe I could buy an antenna and be done with it...but, tinkering is fun, too, and the old ham in me tends to leak out once in a while.