Antenna Hacks
  • Trying to evaluate various off the shelf HDTV antennas?
  • Looking for a way to tweak the performance of an existing antenna?
  • Ever hacked an antenna yourself, for any reason, and think your "How To" info might be useful to someone else?
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While these pages are initially focused on VHF and UHF antennas for Over The Air (OTA) digital television (DTV) reception, well documented hacks of any antenna, for any purpose, are welcome.

New For 2017!!   Hi-VHF Comparison of the classic Winegard Y10-7-13 vs Stellar Labs 30-2476 !!

Antenna Comparisons Actual field measured signal strength comparisons of popular VHF/UHF Antennas.
Antenna Hacks Documented modifications of several VHF and UHF antennas.
Combiner Comparisons For antenna DIY enthusiasts.  This page includes some spectrum analyzer screen shots comparing the performance of various off the shelf combiners. Top trace is the input, bottom trace is output.
(Note: this page contains a number of large .jpg pictures.  Be patient.)
Combiner Measurements The measurement test setup used in the "Combiner Measurements" are detailed here.
(Note: this page contains a number of large .jpg pictures.  Be patient.)
DVR+ Review This is the full version of the Channel Master DVR+ review whose "Summary" section has been posted to It provides full details of all issues encountered.
An HDTV Primer Another web site that provides extensive technical background on antenna choice, installation, and modification, including performance models of many commercial designs.
Contact Us If you have contributions, comments, criticisms, flames, or suggestions, send 'em!
An Important Message:  TV Antennas continue to work after the "DTV Cutover" !!!
Somehow, in spite of all the promotional ads carried by TV Stations prior to the DTV cutover in 2007 and since, people continue to ask questions like "Why would you put an antenna?  Didn't they stop working after the cutover?", or even "What's a TV Antenna?".

The reality is your local TV Stations still transmit their major network and local programming over the air waves as they've done for over 70 years; e.g., ABC, CBC, NBC, Fox, MyCW, and so on.  The difference today is that for many areas the antennas can be smaller and easier on the eyes.

The info here is intended to help in choosing, installing, and/or hacking antenna systems that provide over the air reception of the best HD quality TV possible - Free "Over The Air" (OTA) TV!
  If you'd like to contribute a hack click on the "Contact Us" link above.  Submissions should reasonably include more than just a proud photo of the antenna in service.  Drawings and/or additional photos sufficient enough to enable someone else to duplicate the work should be included.

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