Gizmodo has a piece (syndicated from Lifehacker) on favorite DIY projects from 2009, with the ability for users to vote on their favorites. Not surprisingly, MAKE is heavily represented. Here are three of our projects that they include. Vote for YOUR faves.


Build Your Own DTV Antenna


Jimmies Uglified Camera


Ask MAKE: Surplus TVs from the DTV switch

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2009

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • Jim McCorison

    An antenna is designed for the frequency of the signal being received. The antenna couldn’t care less if the signal is transmitting analog or digital data. Pushing this farce as a best DIY project just lends more credence to the hucksters selling the “special” antennas for the new digital signals.

    As Makers we’re supposed to be about researching, learning, and investigating for ourselves. Part of this means being willing to challenge bogus marketing claims. Perhaps a better Maker’s project would be to purchase a super-duper-extra-hi-tech “digital” signal TV antenna and compare the actual signal strength received to a high quality “analog” antenna.

    Please don’t misunderstand. I think a Make article about building a quality TV antenna is a good idea. But please, don’t call it a “digital” antenna.