Thursday, November 21, 2019

Stealth Gutter Antenna for Ham Radio or Short Wave

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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.

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