An Easy to Make Extension for a TV Antenna
I have jumped on the “cut the cable cord” bandwagon and now use an indoor/outdoor antenna to pick up digital TV signals. These antennas work really well, especially if you live near the towers or in a big city. Since I live in a rural area, I have trouble picking up certain channels, especially the ones that broadcast court shows (I need my Judge Mathis fix!). I made a DIY indoor/outdoor TV antenna extension to attach to the old satellite TV bracket that is mounted to my roof that makes my antenna sit just a bit higher and in turn, helps those signals come in a whole lot better!
Paying $86 a month for satellite TV with channels I rarely watched was not in the budget for me. I purchased a really great digital TV antenna at one of the big box home improvement stores for about $35. Initially, I had it mounted directly to the old satellite bracket on the roof. It didn’t work well in the direction it was pointed because of the peak of my porch roof. In order for me to get all of the channels possible, the antenna needed to sit a bit higher.
I used a 3′ section of 1-1/4″ PVC with a cap and a coupler. I glued the cap and coupler to each end of the pipe, then spray painted the pipe grey.
The coupler fit perfectly over the end of the satellite bracket. I used three self-tapping sheet metal screws to attach the PVC pipe to the upright portion of the satellite bracket.
I then secured the antenna to the pipe with a U-bolt that was included with it.
That’s it! The DIY indoor/outdoor TV antenna extension was so easy to make, and it only cost a few bucks in supplies. It blends in pretty well, and doesn’t look weird, ha ha! Most importantly, the antenna picks up the digital signal a whole lot better! Any questions? Leave a comment below!