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MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: What projects have you tried that have been featured either in MAKE Magazine or on our website? What did you do to put your own twist on it?

When broadcast television made the switch to digital, I followed along with John Edgar Park’s Homemade DTV Antenna. My version worked very well, but I wanted to get some better performance out of it because I was living in a rural area at the time. I did some research into antenna design and added a reflector made out of chicken wire. I was glad to find it netted me a few extra channels.

Post your responses in the comments section.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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  1. chuck says:

    I made the DTV antenna and saved a lot of money over buying one. I also built an Atari Punk Console which was my introduction to circuits. The Monobox amp has found it’s way into a few projects of mine as it is very simple. I’m currently building a swarm of brushbots to randomly control an audio device. Of course I can’t forget the optical tremolo since all of my musician friends want me to build them one, also. I built a record player controlled spirograph style drawing machine and a three axis laser spirograph that I think I originally saw here.I’m sure there’s a few I forgot.

  2. chuck says:

    Hey look- a tumbleweed!

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