Antenna Restrictions- The ability of a Condo Board, HOA agreement, Landlord or Property Owner to limit the ways we can enjoy our hobby. Sometimes even local goverments will try and interfere as well…. Normally these restrictions tell us as the resident what we can do with the outside of our living space. However normally there are ways to circumvent the restriction although we might have to think outside of the box. In most cases these are just rules that you can’t attach anything to the outside of the residence or to any of the “common ground” areas of the property
Stealth Antenna– My defination of a Stealth Antenna is an antenna that is up 24/7 and is very disguised (hidden) in such a way that you can operate when you want to. I will give you some examples later.
Portable Antennas- Antennas that can be used as they are not attached to the property. Buddipoles or any other antenna which could be tripod mounted are the best and easiest examples although they may not be the best they do get you on the air… Put the tripod on your deck or in the back yard…. Erect the antenna…. Play radio…. then take down and put away till the next time you want to play radio…
The examples are various but…. the intent is the same..
Some basic suggestions for Stealth Antennas – Hiding it in plain sight is usually the best. If you are living in an older neighborhood you might get away with using RG59 which we know as cheap 75 ohm coax as a long wire. Where I used to live the cablevision companys solution for fixing problems was to re run a new feed line to the house. They would just string the line from the pole to the house whatever way they could so…. We got used to seeing lots of people in Orange vests and a white hardhat tossing wire into trees and along fence lines. Get one of your ham friends to wear a vest and run wire from you home into a tree and see what happens. Just short the ends of the coax and treat it as a long wire…. This will be non resonant longwire so a good tuner will be needed along with a few radials on the ground where they will not be seen.
If that will not work for you try loading up the rain gutters. It does work…. yes you do need metal gutters or perhaps a wire running down the plastic eves and gutters but use your imagination and see what you can use.
remember that you don’t listen to any ham who says it won’t work. You try it and show him it works…
Over the years I have had the best luck using a tree that was in my back yard…. Tossed a thin insulated wire over the higher branch I could and used a 4:1 balun along with radials inside my fence and I stayed on the air in Ottawa for 20 years with acceptable results (DXCC, WAS, Triple Play) When doing this I suggest you use insulated wire the same colour as your surroundings… Using a Fir tree use green wire…. Regular tree try a brown wire…. Non Insulated copper wire tends to stand out for a while till the shine comes off….
None of these suggestions are guaranteed winners…. Your results will vary depending on many factors…. Think outside the box and see what you can do to stay on the air….