Why does my FREE 4 bay Antenna on CL keep getting Flagged?

gary350

DTVUSA Member
#1
I collect scrap 2x4s and copper wire at construction sights and build 4 bay antennas to give away FREE. The craigslist ad says, I receive 40 channels out of Nashville with a photo of the antenna setting next to the TV and the TV is on and it shows the program I am watching. I explain the antenna has good reception up to about 35 miles if you live farther away you should probably buy an 8 bay antenna on ebay prices are $55 to $75 for the same thing price depends on the seller. I explain it works best outside about 20 ft or higher above the ground but it will also work in your attic, upstairs, or in your living room. During a heavy rain or heavy snow you may loose reception for 15 minutes until the storm moves out of the area. I tell people there are 6 movie channels two movie channels have NO commercials. There are lots of good movies to watch no need to pay high pay TV bills with TV is free. The price if ONE monthly pay TV bill will buy you an excellent antenna off of ebay.

The craigslist ad never last more than 8 hours. I put it online in the evening about 7 pm next morning it has been flagged.

I am trying to promote OTA TV. I don't know what the problem is??? It must be die hard Pay TV people flagging my ad.

I sometimes get as many as 60 emails from people wanting to know more about local TV before the ad is deleted.
 

Fringe Reception

Super Moderator, Chief Content Editor
Staff member
#2
Gary,

I applaude you: how many free antennas have you given away? :applause:

It takes two 'reports' to "flag" an ad on Craigslist. My guess is you're being flagged by someone who works for Compost and one of their friends. Try changing categories: if you are advertising under 'electronics' put your ad under 'free' and see what happens. Insert key words, so it still appears when 'antenna' or 'television' is searched.

Jim
 

gary350

DTVUSA Member
#3
I have probably given away 20 free antennas. It takes me a while to round up all the free stuff. I get free wire spools at the local Electrical Supply company. I get free 2x4 boards and copper wire at construction sights. I have to buy screws they are $2.99 per lb I probably get 600 or more screws per lbs. Once I get all the stuff together then I start building antennas. I can not find anything free to use as a reflector screen so I provide a sheet of cardboard for people to put some aluminum foil on with tape or tacks. I have a demo antenna connected to a TV for demonstration some people don't believe I can pick up 40 channels they come just to look. Once they see I am receiving 6 movie channels with good movies then they are interested. After we talk and I found out how far they live from the Nashville stations I make suggestions like, you should probably buy a Channel Master 4228 antenna on ebay for $55 or build your own 8 bay antenna. I get their email address and send them all the information they need to build their own antenna and how to hook it up, etc. The round plywood piece from the wooden wire spools in the antenna base. The 2x4 board is the mounted to the base. Then the wires and reflector. People have to buy their own Balum and coax at Wal Mart.
 
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gary350

DTVUSA Member
#4
I changed my ad so all it says is, I built this 4 bay antenna it will pick up 40 channels if you live within 35 miles of Nashville. I built an 8 bay antenna and no longer need this 4 bay antenna so it is FREE.

So far so good ad has been on CL for 3 days and it has not been deleted. 84 people have replied to the ad in 2 days then 11 more today. About 10 people have the old style antenna and are receiving only a few stations. Most people are tired of Pay TV and want to switch to Antenna TV but have not been able to find any reliable information on how or what to buy. I copy and paste information with links to photos, links to TV guide, links to the Channel Master 4228 antenna. I received many replies thanking me for the information saying they have ordered an antenna and can't want until it arrives so they can start receiving good local TV so they can drop Pay TV.

I wish I had time to run this ad in every large city in the USA I could probably get 100,000. people interested in buying an antenna.
 

Fringe Reception

Super Moderator, Chief Content Editor
Staff member
#7
Gary,

I suggest you ask the people who take free antennas from you for a donation ... not just $ but left over materials they might happen to have that you could use to build more antennas. :thumb:

Jim
 

mattswad

DTVUSA Rookie
#8
Gary, thank you for what you do! I have been searching up and down for a good outdoor antenna around here and cant find one for the life of me! I make around 175 a week and just cant budget thecost of getting a GOOD rooftop antenna and dont want to bother getting an "ok" one when I know I'd want more out of it eventually.I'd LOVE to put in a request for one of your works if possible!!!

I live near the airport in Atlanta and deppending on how much it would be, may be able to put in an early Christmas present request to cover shippping if you offer that?

Could you please let me know any details? My email address is my username at gmail dot com if you dont mind getting in touch with me that way....also perhaps some of the other users could fill me in on other recources or suggestions if you are unable to ship one out. Regardless, thanks again for your work!, Matthew
 
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Fringe Reception

Super Moderator, Chief Content Editor
Staff member
#9
:welcome: Matthew,

If you go to TV Fool and enter your address or GPS co-ordinance and the maximum height where you can install an outdoor antenna, the FREE survey will show you a list of channels you are apt to be able to receive.

Then, copy and paste the resulting URL here so we can recommend for or against certain antenna types. Gary's antenna design may not be what's required in your location. For your security, the TVFOOL will conceal your personal information.

Jim
 
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