Ways for a 'no-antennas' ham to play radio

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W7TCT, May 1, 2021 at 6:48 PM.

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  1. KK4NSF

    KK4NSF Ham Member QRZ Page

    except of course that many stealthy antennas are not dummy loads.... unless operated by dummies. ( OR designated as such by folks who really don't know how to use them.) Many of them can be viable alternatives if no other option is available, as referenced by quite a few folks above.

    But hey... if you feel you can't function as a ham without a lot of land and only your own preferred antennas, that's ok by me.
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  2. N1EN

    N1EN Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Part of the reason I don't do much on 6m from home is that most of what I hear are bigger guns working interesting stations that I can't hear.

    I do enjoy figuring out how to maximize my fun given my real-world constraints.

    One of the interesting things about ham radio is that it encompasses a wide range of interests. In my case, sticking to 100 watts and wires in trees is about the limit of my masochism. When contemplating a move to someplace where antennas are severely constrained (or would breach contracts)...the challenges of remote operating are more to my tastes.

    Others' preferences will vary...and that's OK. :)
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  3. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I see it somewhere between non-alcoholic beer and latex sex dolls. So, you are right
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  4. WA4ILH

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    When we retired back in 2011 and began looking for a home in S. Texas, We looked at one new development which seemed to fit our needs. I asked to see a copy of the HOA. It said “No antennas of ANY kind. I assume they could enforce that for a transmit antennas inside if they wanted to. That’s pretty restrictive. Needless to say, we moved on.

    Tom WA4ILH
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  5. AD5HR

    AD5HR Ham Member QRZ Page

    You forgot 2-wheel drive Jeeps?
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  6. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am afraid to develop this topic. Rear wheel drive men next?
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  7. AD5HR

    AD5HR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not going there.
    Grew up in Nebraska, seen enough Cornfields! <grin>
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  8. WW2PT

    WW2PT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I offered details about the DX I’ve worked with low power, a 24’ end-fed wire, and minimal effort...but never mind all that. My antenna is a dummy load that doesn’t work because something something. Lol. Some people...
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  9. KK4NSF

    KK4NSF Ham Member QRZ Page

    :DIsn't it amazing how well some antennas work in spite of what the nay-sayers say?
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  10. WA4ILH

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    I actually knew a guy who was tuning up into a dummy load and a neighbor a few blocks away called him and the had a QSO. True story.
    Tom WA4ILH
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