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ChuckDynasty
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# Posted: 3 Jun 2018 08:58
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DIY antenna

https://sites.google.com/site/maycreates/ota-setup/my-sbgh

I made a very simple version with no frame and no mesh backing.

The copper wire cost me $10 at HD, and I had the balum.

The very first pic shows the zig-zag wire...I used a 1x4 pine board and attached the 2 zig-zag sections to the board. I have it mounted in my attic so no wind...frame not needed and decided to try without the backing and I found I didn't need it.

I get 20+ channels up to 30 miles out and one occasionally 60 miles out.

Cheap and easy to make to see if it works for your situation.

creeky
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# Posted: 4 Jun 2018 13:14 - Edited by: creeky
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Wow. That light worked out great. .3a load. That's hilarious.

I've really struggled with outdoor lighting. Not with the installation but with the philosophical "need".

Every year I add a little more. But I like walking in the dark.

The lawn feels wet, dew covered and cool as I stroll to the washroom. I hear the critters rustle in the bushes. See the stars shine above me. Smell the yellow lilies. Its pretty good.

The darkness adds a mystery that someone increases my joy and connection to the world around me. Maybe its because my sight is limited and my sense of touch and smell are increased. I don't know.

With the advent of the girlfriend I've put lights out so she doesn't have to stumble in the dark.

Now I might have to build a couple of those antennae. The gf also loves to watch TV. I found that link Chuck put up pretty neat. Something cool about seeing the progression of his test and build cycles.

Wilbour
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# Posted: 7 Jun 2018 21:14
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Can it get any better? Fleetwood Mac on TV. dog at my feet. Bag of chips in hand. And.....

Totally powered by Solar!

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NorthwoodsGuy
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# Posted: 8 Jun 2018 11:32
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Quoting: Wilbour
Can it get any better? Fleetwood Mac on TV. dog at my feet. Bag of chips in hand. And.....

Totally powered by Solar!


Awesome! Doesn't it feel amazing?

creeky
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# Posted: 8 Jun 2018 21:38
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Let the sunshine in!

Wilbour
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# Posted: 21 Jul 2018 21:24
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The moment you have all been waiting for. I have posted a short video of the system in place at my cabin. This video was shot in one take and not edited nor was it scripted so you get the raw film (like the director's cut, unedited so to speak)

I have a few more videos showing some of the elements in more detail but for now, pop some popcorn and watch the show.

https://youtu.be/VwcbmfPwN7k

bobrok
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# Posted: 21 Jul 2018 22:14
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Very cool, Wilbour. TY for posting. This gives me hope and, more importantly, courage as I embark on the upgrade of the 20 year old solar setup at my camp. (Yep, everything, even the AGMs, are that old and still functioning!)

P.S. Do those wind turbines drive you a little nutzy at night with the noise? 😮

Wilbour
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# Posted: 21 Jul 2018 22:20
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Quoting: bobrok
Do those wind turbines drive you a little nutzy at night with the noise?


You rarely hear them, partly because they don't always make noise and partly because you just get use to them.

Odd thing is the last 3 days I was out there they were totally still, even though there was a steady breeze. My theory is that with all the heat, they ramped up all the fossil fuel and nuclear plants. Then when it got a little cooler they couldn't just turn them off so they stop the wind turbines from rotating until they can power the large plants back (or Doug Ford walked over and tripped on the power cable) But that's for a different forum

ILFE
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# Posted: 21 Jul 2018 23:37
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Quoting: Wilbour
I have a few more videos showing some of the elements in more detail but for now, pop some popcorn and watch the show.

https://youtu.be/VwcbmfPwN7k

I commented. Thanks for posting the video!

Wilbour
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# Posted: 24 Jul 2018 22:31
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A small video showing the Bluetooth Dongle app in action.

Man, I should have shaved first...

https://youtu.be/LOSOYkC8UEA

creeky
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# Posted: 25 Jul 2018 22:42 - Edited by: creeky
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Quoting: Wilbour
Doug Ford walked over and tripped on the power cable



Wilbour
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2018 21:44
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Ok so here are a few mistakes you may make as did I this weekend.

1) I could not get my phone to connect with the dongle when I arrived. Reset everything and then realized I turned off bluetooth while driving here. Turned it on and viola, stats!

2) I unplugged my panel half way through the day as I was rerouting the power cables through the wall. Later was surprised to see that after a sun filled day my battery was not fully charged. Dagnabit I forgot to flip the breaker back on.

Folks, don't try these at home, or cabin for that matter.

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