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How to Make a TV Antenna with a Potato

Discussion in 'Space Bar' started by Imran, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Imran

    Imran Regular Member

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    Just sharing this little info with you guys, please don't get mad at me:D
    Steps
    1. Purchase a Potato. Any variety will work, but choose medium or large-sized one. Wash it to remove any dirt and dry thoroughly before using.
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    2. Choose an appropriate length of aerial lead (the cable that attaches the TV to the antenna or, in this case, potato). Between 3' and 6' should be more than enough.
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    3. Attach the aerial lead to the Potato. The pin inside the tip of the lead is the only part that should be pressed into the Potato. Take care not to break or bend the tip.
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    (For a coaxial TV cable, only the inside pin needs to go into the potato. The metal casing should be pressed into the skin to help secure it.)
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    4. Use a length of electrical tape to secure the lead to the potato so it does not become dislodged.
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    5. Plug the other end of the aerial lead into the back of your television
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    Thanks for reading this :D
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    Huracan Administrator Staff Member

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    Where should the potato be placed, behind the TV or above?
  3. Detection

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    For digital reception will we need to cut the potato into chips and mount them horizontally using cocktail sticks ?
  4. Imran

    Imran Regular Member

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    Where your other tv antenna is placed.
    I've tried this myself and i am getting crystal clear picture!
    I was getting low quality picture and less pixels with my BIG Antenna(with four legs) for TV.

    try this if you are not getting clear picture from your tv antenna
  5. MalwareDoctor

    MalwareDoctor Testing And Review Expert Staff Member

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    How often does the potato need to be replaced? :D
  6. Imran

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    No need for that :)
  7. Imran

    Imran Regular Member

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    I just tried it today :)
    Will let you know when my potato will expire :p
  8. Imran

    Imran Regular Member

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    You can also make a simple TV aerial antenna by using a coat hanger attached to a cable with electrical tape.
    [​IMG]

    Note:
    The potato antenna is a fun experiment but will most likely not provide the best TV reception.
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    Potatoes are loaded with K, which is an electrolyte, so maybe this has something to do with great success?
  10. Imran

    Imran Regular Member

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    Maybe :dodgy:
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    I know that in soil that macronutrients such as K, and Calcium are good to balance PH and even make the soil very alkaline if desired. The more alkaline the soild gets, the more positively charged it is, and the more acid a soil is, the more negatively charged the ions are.

    When it comes to heart rhythm in humans, K, Calcium, sodium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride and selenium are crucial. It keeps the electrical charges, that time and trigger the heart muscle, regular. Maybe the same thing is achieved when radio wave reception replaces the heart firing nodes.
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    I'm sure for all those potato eaters that have so many, it's a good way to use a potato. :p
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    Personally I prefer to eat these ..

    antennas ..

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  14. Detection

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    Voted best thread of 2013 :D
  15. WinAndLinuxTutorials

    WinAndLinuxTutorials Active Member

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    But to not like to eat potatoes is actually better, because if potato eaters have a low percentage of potato in the city they are in :)P) they may use the eatable antenna. :D
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    What does the reception look like when potato is in the microwave?
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    WinAndLinuxTutorials Active Member

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    Did you ever replace the potato?
  18. Imran

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    No. There was a storm in our City and after the storm i went to the roof to see the condition of my sweet potato :p and then Potato was gone(don't know where) :(
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    Didn't tried yet ;)
  19. tapoo

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    Oh no.... Potato.Antenna.Version.2013.Beta1 is damaged due to strom, , developer Imran surely correct this BUG, and going to release Strom.Proof.Beta2 Version 8)

    No offense Please , just kidding, surely its a innovative idea, never heard of such thing...

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    I have never used a potato as an antenna before, but I have used wired clothes hangers with aluminum foil wrapped around the end. Of coarse it was for my radio, I never could pick up any TV channels with an antenna in my area (I'm in a valley), you have to have cable or satellite here.

    Thanks.:D

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