02.13.2009 01:35 PM
Man Builds TV Antennas From Coat Hangers
CBS affiliate KFMB-TV in San Diego, Calif. ran another story on home-built antennas for DTV reception. The KFMB story highlights Escondido, Calif. resident Jim Lipka's efforts to build HDTV antennas from coat hangers to give to African refugees at his church.

The story says that “believe it or not, they actually work.”

Lipka said his homemade antennas actually work better than the store-bought ones. At the suggestion of his wife, the latest design includes a picture frame to improve its appearance.

In the event you are interested in building your own coat hanger antenna, Lipka warns coat hangers can be dangerous, however.

"I got hit with an antenna and had to get a tetanus shot, so we know that building these can be hazardous," he said.

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Posted by: Tom Butts
Sat, 02-14-2009 05:29 AM Report Comment
I have been building antennas for over 50 years. They range from amateur radio antennas (HF, VHF, UHF and higher. Coat hangars work well for some VHF and most UHF receiving antennas. I managed to configure some UHF DTV antennas from coat hangars and #2 paper clips (to plug into an F connector and from 25 miles due west of Chicago, I received all the medium to high power Chicago DTV stations with an indoor antenna 6 feet above ground level. The biggest problems with reception were airplane flutter and loss of signal and large trucks or buses on the highway between me and Sears Tower or John Hancock Building where the transmissions emanate from.

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