I don’t have cable tv or dish network anymore. I was tired of paying for channels that I don’t watch so I canceled the dish subscription. I usually watch shows on the internet and I also have a Netflix account to watch some movies. I think the Netflix model is the way to go in the future. Sometimes, though, I want to see the local news and some of the local sports on the tv.
When the tv signals were changed to digital, it was possible to get a digital converter so one could watch the local shows. I bought the converter at Target and a digital antenna. After I got it all hooked together, the reception wasn’t that great and I only got six channels.
After reading and watching some videos on the internet, I decided to build a antenna out of old coat hangers. I watched three videos on how to build the antenna to get the basic instructions. Here, here, and here are the videos I watched.
I then gathered all the supplies and built the antenna in a few hours last Saturday. It was not that hard at all. After putting it outside, I was glad to see that I now receive 12 channels with very good reception. In the spring, I’ll put the antenna up higher to try and get a few more channels. I may also put some foil backing to increase the reception.
So if you’re looking for an inexpensive antenna for local channels, give it a try.