|[AMRadio] Antenna Issues|
k4kyv at charter.net
Tue Jul 8 15:03:03 EDT 2014
From: Rob Atkinson <ranchorobbo at gmail.com>
>>>>A "stealth" antenna, an outdoor screwdriver vertical, attic dipole, wire
hidden under roof gutters, and so on are simply not acceptable antennas.
The laws of physics make this a fact that can't be
disputed, and I stand by that statement. While there are odd HOA
exceptions or hams who claim to be satisfied with their hidden stealth
antenna, that doesn't change the general fact that a fully exposed full
sized antenna is necessary for a satisfactory HF (and AM) operating
This is why it is very important that hams contact their congressional
representatives and ask them to co-sponsor HR 4969.
And as you once pointed out already, the mainstream ham rags like QST, CQ
and the Handbook are not doing the ham community any favour by bombarding us
non-stop with editorials and articles touting the wonders of "stealth"
antennas, without conspicuously pointing out their limitations.
If a tower or antenna case goes to court and the ham tries to invoke PRB-1
or if a ham tries to reach a settlement with the HOA, all the anti-antenna
people have to do is bring a stack of these articles to the hearing as
proof that one can "communicate" satisfactorily with a compromise antenna,
which would fall within the realm of "reasonable accommodation" and
therefore the proposed structure is un-necessary.
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