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Ham Talk Live! Episode 188 - Stealth Antennas and HOAs

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by WB9VPG, Oct 29, 2019.

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  1. WB9VPG

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    John Portune, W6NBC will be on HTL! Thursday (10/31) at 9 pm Eastern to talk about the challenges of having antennas in HOA restricted areas, and how antennas can blend in with the surroundings. Be sure to tune in to hear his ideas and call with your questions!

    Tune into Ham Talk Live! Thursday night at 9 pm EDT (Friday 0100Z) by going to hamtalklive.com. When the audio player indicates LIVE, just hit the play button!

    If you miss the show live, you can listen on demand anytime also at hamtalklive.com; or a podcast version is on nearly all podcast sites a few minutes after the live show is over. Some sites include Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and iHeart Podcasts; and it's also available on YouTube. A replay is also broadcast on WTWW 5085 AM on Saturday nights at approximately 6:30 pm Eastern.

    Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 812-638-4261 live during the call-in segment of the show. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.

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  2. WY7BG

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    I have now helped a few fellow hams to create stealth antennas - including energized gutters, an OCF dipole in an attic, and a magloop. Until the ARRL and FCC stand up for us, this may be the best way to get on the air despite overbearing neighbors.
     
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  3. KD2MIC

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    My first antenna was a repurposed elliptical satellite tv dish used as a slot antenna on VHF and UHF. Just about 100 miles on 40w SSB. I say it works well enough.
     
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  4. WA2LXB

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  5. W5TTW

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    My TW2010 is an 8' tall ground mounted vertical dipole. 10,12,15 17 & 20 full legal limit. Band switch box provides dead flat SWR with no tuner needed. I frequently receive unsolicited "You've got a big signal!" reports. The neighbors have no idea what it is and it is barely visible over the privacy fence. Expensive, but absolutely worth it. Easily transportable. Hang a bird feeder from it. Survived Harvey mounted in a patio umbrella stand! 40 meters available. Works well on 2m, too. Stop wasting time. Here's the solution. (All the awards on my page were won with this antenna.)

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  6. W8ASA

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    W5TTW, DX Engineering says this is NOT a "full legal limit" antenna. It handles 1200 Watts PEP, and other power limits are 800 W CW, 500 W RTTY/Digital, 375 W AM 100 percent modulation. Not a QRP only antenna, for sure, but not full legal limit either.
     
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  7. KY5U

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    Yeppers! Stop wasting time on TTW's lame antenna. Here's the solution: a REAL safe HOA antenna! And I'm a certified Hammy Geenyus.

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  8. W5TTW

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    Yup, I erred. Only 1200 whats. (I only run 600.) Thanks for the correction!
     
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  9. K8XG

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    Curious, why would you have antenna restrictions in a large back 40 like that? in Texas no less?
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  10. K0IP

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    I congratulate this fellow for trying to get the word out that HOA’s although a pain in the rear part of you back side are not the end of ham radio, ..
    and I say this with no personal experience , , since I always check the “”RULES”” before I buy any house,
    I think most of the pain is self-inflected, For heck sake , don’t buy a house with HOA’s , these folks are like a bunch of Nazis’s ,, look…. most places no one can see a number 18 wire tied to your house, trees, lamp posts ,,, something similar , if all else, have a vertical, on a hinge, lay it down it the day, raise it up at night, are there rules about radial wires, that no one can see, ?????????????

    Flame me if you want, but get a life, challenge the idiots, just don’t roll over and play dead. Try something , don’t blame the HOA for your lack of interest in the hobby…………… I learned in the military, if you ask permission, the answer is always NO,,
     
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