Making an Outdoor HDTV Antenna

Don’t we all hate it when we get the best quality and brand of HDTV and there’s no signal? Meaning no signal at all automatically is obtained. Most probably as there’s no antenna. Cable TV is easily accepted, but if we want to watch some local and free channel, it seems we have to work a little harder to find these channels. Of course with a proper antenna and a little knowledge on how to use and install it would greatly help in saving time and money (to hire a professional to do it).

It used to be before antennas were given together with the TVs purchased. As time passed by, this became less of a fashion and this is where cable TV has been put to use. We used to have only two national channels, but now there a lot more that we can obtain free of charge. In order for you to pick up a signal on your new HD television through its built-in digital converters that will help you in grabbing the signal and displaying a crystal clarity picture on your television set. Below are some of the tips that you can try to make an outdoor HD TV antenna.

What you need:

  1. Coax Cable Foil Industrial Tape image.
  2. A piece of foil

TV Antenna


  1. Firstly, what you need to do is to find the antenna where you can see a metal coax tab at the back of your HD television. Then, you need to screw one end of your coax cable tightly before removing the metal tab located on the other end of your cable.
  2. After that, you need to take a piece of foil and roll it up starting from one side until it is long and becomes a circular piece. Next step is for you to flatten it using your fingers or using a food can or even a rolling pin. Then, stick the protruding wire on the end of the coax cable and into the foil before you start to wrap the foil around the wire and then tape them into place.
  3. In order to find the signal, you need to turn on the HDTV, place it on a digital channel and try to ask for your friend’s help so that you would be able to move the antenna around your house ceiling. If your ceiling is too high, you can also use a wall or furniture so that you would be able to establish the clearest signal.
  4. Finally, you have to tape the antenna onto the closest item and then secure the coax table so that it will not move around easily. Then, you have to check the HDTV for other digital or HD channels and if it is still not clear then you must remove the antenna again and also repeat steps 3 and 4.

Image Credit:

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Additional Reading:

Sigma6HD 17dB UHF HDTV Antenna