Thursday, November 21, 2019

Stealth Gutter Antenna for Ham Radio or Short Wave


If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhqzlvmlND4.  This is post 2060 in a continuing series of articles on ham radio antennas.

If you live in deed-restricted housing (HOAs and CC&Rs), you may find this video from "drez20001" interesting.

In this video, we see how a metal gutter and downspout can be used as a HF antenna.  The video shows how to bind the metal pieces together to establish a good electrical connection.  Because of losses in this compromised antenna, you will probably need a good antenna transmatch (i.e. "tuner") and low-loss coaxial feed line to maximize the performance of this stealth antenna.

Despite the shortcomings of this antenna, a metal gutter-downspout antenna will get you on the air without undue attention from your neighbors.  A compromise antenna is better than no antenna at all.

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please visit these websites:

http://www.HawaiiARRL.info.
http://www.arrl.org.
http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/
https://oahuarrlnews.wordpress.com.
https://hamradiohawaii.wordpress.com.
https://bigislandarrlnews.com.
https://www.eham.net.
http://hamradioupdate.com
http://www.southgatearc.org.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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