Step 1

Step 1
Get a piece of paneling, plywood or whatever you have lying around. Cardboard will even do. If you are making this for use outside, you need to get something like a couple of metal drying racks from the dollar store or grates from an old oven or the like. The board I used is about 30 inches by 15 inches.

Step 2

Step 2
Wrap the board with aluminum foil. I used High temp duct tape cause this is going in the attic.

Step 3

Step 3
Cut a 2 X 4 to the proper length. My board was 30 inches tall and I had about 41 inches from the rotor to the rafters. So my board was 40 inches long with about a 5 inch notch cut in the bottom so I could mount it in the rotor.

Step 4

Step 4
Lay the 2 X 4 down then lay the board face down on top of it and center it. Then nail it in place with some roofing nails or whatever you got handy.

Step 5

Step 5
Measure out where your bowties will go. Mine were spaced 7 inches on center in the area of the board. The matching transformer is connected in the center of the bowties.

Step 6

Step 6
Grab some washers and screws being careful that the washers do not touch! Start the screws and then get 4 coat hangers. That's right coat hangers! Cut the "head" out of the coat hangers and cut the bottom in half so you have 2 "V's" from each hanger for a total of 8. Trim so that each V has legs 7 inches long. Hit the elbow of each V with a grinder or sand paper where it will contact the washer.

Step 7

Step 7
Now for the final assembly....I had some 12 guage romex wire but you can use more coat hanger wire or really any stiff wire you have on hand to do the hookup. Place your V under each washer along with the wire and tighten the screw. The wires will crisscross on the ends and at least one HAS TO BE INSULATED where they cross!!!!!!!! For proper phasing you should make sure your wires and V's are all the same length. Connect your matching transformer in the middle (I used 2 extra washers there).

Step 8

Step 8
Check the spread of each V so they are uniform and parallel with the foil background.

Step 9

Step 9
Say goodbye to that crappy Yagi antenna!

Step 10

Step 10
Install your beautiful creation!

Step 11

Step 11
Enjoy a strong signal with no dropouts.
If you have a snapshot of your antenna I would love to see it!
Looking for some feedback on the edu-torial. What kind of performance has anyone had from the UHF HDTY antenna?