Thanks to changes to the way programs actually go from the TV towers to your set, you can now get high-definition video over the air -- for free! You just need an antenna, and that's something that's pretty simple to make yourself.
In this video, we give you step-by-step instructions on gathering the materials, creating the antenna and then programming your television so you get those OTA signals live, right to your home.
Things you'll need:
- An “F-type” transformer
- 5 to 10 feet of stereo speaker cable -- most people have some of this just lying around the house!
- A few thumbtacks or tape to tack the wire to the wall
- A Phillips screwdriver
- A knife or a wire stripper
- Take a 6-foot section of the wire -- with the 2 leads still stuck together. Leave one end intertwined, and on the other end, peel the wires apart. You want to keep the last 6 to 10 inches connected on one end.
- On that connected side, now you’ll peel the wires apart for about 1 inch, and then strip the insulation off of that 1-inch section.
- Now that the insulation is gone from the end of the cable, you’ll see some wires. Twist them together, then screw them UNDER the two screws on the “F” transformer.
- Take about 18 inches of a new piece of speaker wire. Peel this apart -- but in this case, you’re only going to need one lead.
- Stripe about an inch of insulation off each end of that one lead.
- Twist the wires together and then screw them into the transformer.
- Take the transformer that you’ve built and connect it to the “ANTENNA IN” coaxial input on the back of your TV, or, if you have an older TV, a DTV converter box.
- Mount the antenna wires to the wall. The VHF -- the first antenna you built -- needs to be in a “V” shape if possible. If you can’t make that work, a capital “T” shape might work.
- The UHF -- the second antenna you built -- needs to be in a circular loop.
- Turn on your set and find the “channel lineup” section in your TV’s menu. Then scan for channels. This might take a few minutes, so be patient!
- Once the scan is done, you should see your channels come in crystal clear -- cable free!