[AMRadio] Antenna Issues

James R. La Frieda lafrieda at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 8 16:17:31 EDT 2014

One excellent alternative to a stealth flagpole antenna, or heating up 
one's rain gutters is to build a Hi Q Magnetic Loop Antenna

that is no more than  3 ft in diameter, and which works out great, being 
only 3 ft off the ground.

To see these loop antennas and how they are built , look at the QRZ. com 
site of Rich, K8NDS

And, if you become interested, join the Yahoo Group at: 

Below is a recent e-mail from a ham who just built his first Hi Q loop:
Thank you, Rich.  I hope to start experimenting sometime later this 
week.  I'll post more results afterwards.

By the way - during field day with my club, one of the hams came with 
his mag loop antenna he made. It was a crude layout but did it ever 
work.....!!!!!!!!!    He made over 100 contacts on 15m.   Even worked 
Russia, France, and South America with 50w on PSK31.  His loop was 3 ft 
diameter.  2 ft off ground held up by 1 in PVC pipe stuck in a 5 gal 
bucket of sand.  He used a air capacitor and a Grama match.   Got 1:1 on 

Everyone at my club knew I was working on my loop but couldn't get it 
working in time.  His loop made believers out of our members.  I gave 
several members this Yahoo group to check out.   As you know, lots of 
hams don't know about how good a performance you can get from loops, 
especially your helical design :-

73,  Jim (N6MV)

On 7/8/2014 12:03 PM, Donald Chester wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> 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
> experience.
> This is why it is very important that hams contact their congressional
> representatives and ask them to co-sponsor HR 4969.
> Rob
> K5UJ >>>>>
> 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.
> Don k4kyv
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