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W5ALT Indoor Vertical Antenna. Post #1567.

W5ALT Indoor Vertical Antenna. Post #1567. http://www.comportco.com/~w5alt/antennas/index.php?pg=3. Author: Walt (W5ALT). Accessed on 28 July 2018, 0426 UTC, Post #1567. Please click link to download the full article. Comment: Radio amateurs who are forced to use compromise antennas because of deed restrictions (HOAs/CC&Rs) face some difficult challenges if they want to get on the air. There's no need to give up Amateur Radio if you're willing to research the idea of hidden or "stealth" antennas. Such a resource is this article by Walt (W5ALT), who designed a simple base-loaded vertical antenna using aluminum rods (curtain hangers), a plastic waste bucket, a few baseboard radials, and a sturdy antenna "tuner" to tune from 6 to 40 meters.  Walt says his homebrew indoor vertical antenna has proven to be a success, with "300 contacts from about 50 countries" during his testing period. The article takes you step-by-step through th

Simple Ham Radio Antennas--W5ALT Indoor Vertical Antenna. Post #1001.

W5ALT Indoor Vertical Antenna. (http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=30221). Author:  Walt (W5ALT). Please click link or insert title URL into your browser search box. Accessed on 03 January 2017, 23:35 hrs, UTC. Comment: Anyone who has operated from a small apartment or has been restricted by HOAs and CC&Rs will readily identify with Walt (W5ALT) and his attempts to use  amateur radio equipment in "stealth mode." Walt's antenna is a loaded vertical that can be tuned to almost any HF amateur radio band. In this post, Walt says he's contacted over 100 countries, all fifty U.S. states on HF, and over 100 grid squares on 6 meters from his small apartment in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Before Walt shows us how to build this small vertical antenna, he explains a few important considerations that apply to almost all vertical antennas, indoors or not. Walt says verticals require a good ground radial system.  Since ground radials can occupy quite a bit

Simple Ham Radio Antennas--W5ALT Indoor Vertical Antenna. Post #943.

W5ALT Indoor Vertical Antenna (http://www.dxzone.com/cgi.bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=30221). Accessed on 06 November 2016, 03:55 hrs, UTC. Author:  Walt (W5ALT). Please click link or insert title URL to read the full article. Comment: Fascinating article from Walt (W5ALT) on how to design, build, and use an indoor vertical antenna. According to Walt, this simple, base-loaded vertical made from readily available parts enable him to work over 100 countries, all 50 U.S. states on HF, and over 100 grid squares on 6 meters using SSB, CW, and PSK 31 from his apartment in Maracaibo, Venezuela. The key to this antenna's success is the large, tapped loading coil at the antenna's base and an effective radial or counterpoise system. Walt also dismisses some of the common myths concerning indoor antennas and says a properly designed indoor vertical antenna will work well if you pay attention to detail and work at lower power levels. Although this antenna won't match the perfor