Household aluminium foil

Aluminum Foil

Rabbit ears. Hangers. Did you ever put aluminum foil on your tv antenna?

Do you remember when you could adjust your tv antenna for better reception with a square of aluminum foil, wrapped around the arm of the antenna?

Climbing up on the roof to adjust an antenna, or combining a trip to the roof with the finer adjustment of aluminum foil, used to be the way we perfected the tv signal.

What About HDTV?

Has everything changed with the introduction of digital tv, replacing analog tv, and high-definition (HDTV)?

Television antennas are the same for analog and digital signals, as well as for HDTV.

So, nothing has really changed, except that you have more channels, more options for clarity of the signal. with the additional choice of a  satellite dish antenna.

Rabbit ears, those V-shaped arms with loops of wire we remember from the early days of television, still serve and can be adjusted by lengthening or shortening the telescoping arms.

They are called set-top antennas, because they generally are put on the top of the television.

Reception is better, however, except in areas with a strong transmission signal, with a rooftop or attic antenna. Its height and its several receptors, or conductive elements, pointed in different directions, make it more efficient than the indoor, set-top antennas.

Dustbin lid?

Satellite dishes require a reflecting focal point for radio frequencies to receive the transmission from orbiting satellites.

Dustbin lids and woks have been used as ad hoc satellite dishes.

Maybe what we learned in Mission Impossible wasn’t so far-fetched after all.

Make Your Own TV Antenna

For those do-it-yourselfers, here are some build-it-yourself antenna plans.

I have not tested these plans. Hangers are optional.

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Do you remember adjusting your tv antenna with aluminum foil?

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