Homemade TV Antenna - Steps, Ideas and Tips

Do you wish to put together your own homemade TV antenna?

In 1885, antennas were used by Thomas Edison and they were referred to as aerials. An antenna is a metallic structure used to catch wave-lengths for clear broadcast of programs on the television.

You can purchase a TV antenna easily enough, but you can also make one yourself right at home. TV antennas do not need to be complicated or expensive. There are some simple yet effective homemade TV antenna designs that can be built at home with parts you already have hanging around. With a little research and know how, you can build yourself an effective TV antenna in an amazingly short amount of time.

How to Make a Home Made TV Antenna

Making a homemade TV antenna can be a simple and fun task. You don't need to spend a lot of time and / or money to make an antenna. There are numerous ways to make many different kinds of TV antennas, and here are a couple of them.

Method One

Things Required

  • Speaker wire
  • Double-sided tape
  • Wire cutters
  • Sewing pin with elastic bulb at end
  • Any conductive metal


  • Strip the ends of the wire using a wire cutter.

  • Wrap the wire around the needle and keep it close to the bulb.

  • Attach the other end of the wire with a metallic object. Keep it at a high place but not above or near the TV.

  • Locate the UHF antenna port area on the backside of your television. Take the needle and insert it in the outlet of UHF and switch on your television.

    Method Two

    Things Required

  • Piece of cable
  • Furniture tape
  • Empty metallic can
  • A wooden piece to hold the cans


  • Cut the can in two symmetrically equal parts and attach them with your wooden piece using the furniture tape.

  • Strip one side of the cable and separate the inner copper wire from the outside screening wires.

  • Connect the inner copper wire to one half of the can and connect the outer wire with the second half.

  • Connect the antenna to the television and move it around until you have established a good connection to the closest TV tower. You will be able to see a relatively clear picture when you have established a good connection. Secure the antenna as high as possible while maintaining your connection.

  • Enjoy your TV stations!

    Things To Keep In Mind

    Keep in mind the following things while making a homemade TV antenna.

    • Try to be careful while using any tools when constructing your homemade antenna.

    • Use a big sewing pin to snug the antenna wire in the cable outlet so that it doesn't come out easily.

    • Moving the antenna around to search for the nearest TV tower can help you get the most out of your homemade TV antenna.

    This is only a couple of ideas for making homemade TV antennas. There are numerous more ideas out there, so use your research skills to find the one that will work best for you - you could try using the search function of this website to find more tips and ideas.

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