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post #31 of 117 (permalink) Old 2007-12-03, 02:51 PM
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Thanks for the good laugh.
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post #32 of 117 (permalink) Old 2007-12-03, 02:57 PM
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Those look like some of the 4th year antenna design projects from my university days.
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It's funny because people are paying for something they can do themselves easily enough.
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Haha, I thought I saw these pics on here before, but I guess not....
I wouldn't BUY one of these, but if I made one, I guess I might use one...
I'm sure the wife wouldn't mind the look of it, or the smell from blocking the plumbing vent
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Thanks for allowing this Hugh. I'm wondering if he cut a hole in the pipe inside the house so he can run a rope to his couch for tuning???
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The guy obviously doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing… he’s connected the 75 ohm coax directly to a balanced antenna design causing an impedance mismatch. He should have used a balun here. Anyone who’s even thinking of making their own antenna ....... well you’re better off just buying a real antenna that’s precisely designed and not something made out of fire wood!

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post #37 of 117 (permalink) Old 2007-12-03, 05:21 PM
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Funny thing is, this guy is likely going to make some dumb money selling these plans !!

And what's with the curly-cue 4-bay bowtie - never seen that before, and hopefully won't again.

thanks for the chuckle.
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That was a good chuckle!

Here's the thread on how to do proper DIY antennas, and you don't have to pay anything for the plans:

Introduction to the Gray-Hoverman TV Antenna

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post #39 of 117 (permalink) Old 2007-12-04, 09:51 AM
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99gecko;
your right....he is actually selling these things!! I checked...people are eating this up. Jokes on us!haha...if you look he has plans for plywood camper too to go with your new antenna!!haha...too much
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Opinion Of Antenna Selling On Ebay

I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about this antenna.
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post #41 of 117 (permalink) Old 2008-10-18, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Too many great options to that thing

Hi weehaggis, take note of which thread I've merged this into and you have your answer!

That antenna reminds me of spy movies in which the bad guys are redirecting nuclear missiles with neat particle beam cannons as their weird, evil, megalomanical, supergenius leader laughs in delight, saying "Good Bye, Mr. Bond!"

Good Bye, hard earned money.

With such tried and true antennas as I've recommended in the Antenna Chart I see no reason for anyone to waste their money on such an iffy product. There are much, much better antenna options available that are known to be reliable and worth the money they cost.

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ha-Ha...
OK....that answers my question.
What is unbelievable is that according to his sales total....he has sold over 53,000 items and has a 99.6% positve feedback count !
( admittedly all 53,000 items are nor antennas.....but of the customer comments I read,there seem to be a lot of satisfied customers).
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Looks like we might need a new thread for "OUTDOOORS" antennas. And as they say, they our the only authorized dealer. Can't go wrong.
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Well spotted, moody. I'd never buy an antenna from people with such atroshus speling and grammer! I wonder if those "multliple tvs" it supports are any good?

That "guaranteed to work anywhere" line sure must be a real money-maker for them amongst many TV-watching groups:
  • coal miners
  • high arctic explorers
  • deep sea divers
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Commander Tom? On Rocketship 7?! BZZZZZZZT... Promo, destroy him!

Commander Tom was never on Rocketship 7: he had his own show in the afternoons, and it was Dave Thomas who was on Rocketship 7.

http://www.rocketship7.com/

Now Promo is on his way to crush you for that...
And don't forget Mr. Beeper! Then Dialing for Dollars with......Nolan Johannas (sp.) with the amazing Johnny & Jimmy Duo!
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