Wednesday, January 2, 2019

HOA Stealth Backyard Vertical 10m-80m Antenna - MFJ-1979, RadioWavz P-80

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Here's a nicely done multiband vertical antenna suitable for radio amateurs living in deed-restricted properties (HOAs/CC&Rs) or  lacking space to erect a full 1/2 wavelength horizontal dipole.  All you need is some creativity, a few spare parts, and a good radial system.

In this video, the antenna consists of a MFJ-1979 (1/4 wave 20-meter telescoping mast) a RadioWavz "Patriot 80: adjustable loading coil, a Hustler mast, and a MFJ-909 capacitive meter.  The key to making this homebrew vertical antenna is using a decent radial system and loss loss coaxial cable feed line.  An antenna transmatch (i.e. "tuner") could also be added to keep SWR losses low.  Such a system could also be employed for portable use during the ARRL Field Day, SOTA expeditions, or just casual operations in a public park.

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