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I may try making that kind of antenna in the future, but at the moment, it sadly would be better to buy something pre-built from the store. Not saying getting some wire, metal hangers, wood, etc would be expensive or that I lack the technical know how (that looks easy to make!), it's that I have no space for such a thing in my apartment and it would be a danger to some certain animal I keep around, considering he likes to rub his face on the antennas on my passive antenna. Maybe someday if I ever have an attic.

I decided to see how a cheapo amplified antenna would be ($10, Big Lots). Surprisingly enough, it picks up a couple more channels then my passive antenna and what channels the passive one picked up before this one tends to hold on to. No more needing to sit in an uncomfortable position on the couch just to veg out on it. Still I know there can be improvement, I know I can pick up more channels, maybe something amplified and wall mounted...
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Originally Posted by kyfire View Post

I live 50 miles from the closest TV station. I built my own antenna and couldn't be happier. Here's the plans http://www.tvantennaplans.com/ Just follow the plans and bingo you have a cheap very good antenna.

I was just about to post this.
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I may try making that kind of antenna in the future, but at the moment, it sadly would be better to buy something pre-built from the store. Not saying getting some wire, metal hangers, wood, etc would be expensive or that I lack the technical know how (that looks easy to make!), it's that I have no space for such a thing in my apartment and it would be a danger to some certain animal I keep around, considering he likes to rub his face on the antennas on my passive antenna. Maybe someday if I ever have an attic.

I decided to see how a cheapo amplified antenna would be ($10, Big Lots). Surprisingly enough, it picks up a couple more channels then my passive antenna and what channels the passive one picked up before this one tends to hold on to. No more needing to sit in an uncomfortable position on the couch just to veg out on it. Still I know there can be improvement, I know I can pick up more channels, maybe something amplified and wall mounted...

Glad it worked out, but I still recommend the antenna in the plans above. I built one, and it's very good - better than most antennas you can buy. The only unfortunate thing for me is that my room is the biggest deadspot in the house. It doesn't matter how good my antenna is; I'm not going to get any channels. When I put my antenna in other rooms in the house, I got all channels that the roof antenna did except for one.

My only gripe is that the reflector did nothing. And mounting is a slight issue, as you say. Maybe it can be mounted to a wall somehow?
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