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Simple Ham Radio Antennas--Defeat NIMBYs with p-Cell's wireless antenna designed as a wire. Post #1005.

Defeat NIMBYS with p-Cells wireless antenna disguised as a wire.
(https://www.wired.com/2017/01/wireless-antenna-disguised-wire/).
Accessed on 08 January 2017, 02:30 hrs, UTC.
Author:  Cade Metz ("Wired Magazine").
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Cellular telephone companies, amateur radio operators, and shortwave listeners have been fighting for several decades for the right to erect antennas in deed-restricted properties.  The fight has even entered the halls of Congress, as both the ARRL and the NAB have introduced bills to broaden the scope of antennas permitted on private property.

A new device called the "p-Cell" developed by Steve Perlman and his Artemis Network may be a way out of this mess by making cellular antennas nearly invisible to self-appointed property police.

Perlman says the p-Cell is only 15 mm wide and can be installed by telco technicians directly as a cable.  No permits are required because no "unsightly towers or structures" are present.  This would be a case of "out of sight, out of mind."  If NIMBY (not in my back yard) critics can't see the device, then it doesn't exist.

While it's a long way from experimental cellular antennas to amateur radio dipoles and verticals, the p-Cell is at least the beginning of a new approach to antennas that "won't spoil the view."

Perlman says his new device is not perfect, but it does offer some alternatives to the contentious court proceedings that affect both cellular providers and radio amateurs:

"But the pCell mini could make the process simpler than it is today. For one thing, it’s so unobtrusive. By handling most of the signal processing in software rather than hardware, Perlman and his team have delivered an antenna that can slip into a standard cable without calling attention to itself."
"What’s more, these devices can sit right beside each other within the cable. Typically, cell antennas can’t be too close because their signals would interfere with each other. “As you put them closer together, you can’t get any additional gain,” Hoffman says. But Perlman’s technology makes use of interference—indeed, thrives on it."
"In the future, Perlman says, these antennas will also deliver power to phones and other devices over the airwaves—so you (almost) never have to worry about running out of battery juice. “You can imagine a phone designed without a battery,” he says. “We can do that.”
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