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post #1 of 3 Old 05-19-2015, 05:41 PM - Thread Starter
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help with homemade antenna

I have a couple of friends that have purchased an antenna and they get about 15 channels. I have read online and watched a few videos on youtube where people have said you can build one that will work just as good. I cant seem to get mine to work quite right. The only channels I get are 5 from local less then 10 miles away. They both have theirs mounting in their attics and mine is just on the ground floor level. I am not sure if the issue is something is built wrong, or I just need to elevate mine. I also notice that everyone seems to wire theirs in the middle.

1) Does it have to be wired in the middle? Mine is just wired at the bottom. If so why? Id love to learn the reason...
2) Do I have to have a balun attached? If so, again why and what is the best kind / hertz i need?

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-28-2015, 12:37 PM
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You'll probably get a response at the forum at Make sure to include your TVFool report so that respondents can tell what is possible at your location.
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There can be a huge reception difference from an attic/roof location comparing to an indoor ground floor setup.
Start there first, putting your homemade antenna at least to a similar elevation as your friends .... then if there is still a big difference it would be time to check other factors ...
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