This list of Ultra Stealth antenna has been created
here in hopes of assisting the radio amateur community who may
be otherwise restricted or limited in terms of antenna installation
possibilities so they can remain active while serving to address
any required need for those individuals who may be seeking just
such a solution.
Station antenna limitations or restrictions
are no reason for becoming discouraged or not becoming active
in ham radio. It's still possible to enjoy the hobby without the
need of installing underperforming or inadequate antennas. Nor
is there any need to install big towers with multiple Yagi arrays
on them in order to achieve worthwhile results.
For many years now, hams have tried to
hide or disguise antennas for a multitude of reasons and you might
be surprised to find out that some of these reasons are not necessarily
limited in scope to antenna restricted communities.
Other reasons for installing stealth antennas
are for landscape – aesthetics reasons, for purposes intended
to avoid detection by inquisitive neighbors or city ordinance
officials who like to question and personally investigate everything
out of the ordinary or unusual and for many other similar reasons.
In the past, flagpole antenna designs have
been popular and viewed by hams as one possible solution to the
problem, but recently there have been restrictions involving the
installation and display of flags in some restricted communities.
Similarly, some hams have attempted to install very thin gauge
wire in hopes it won’t be seen. However, this approach has limited
success as such antennas are not particularly effective because
these designs are not mechanically strong enough and break very
easily when subjected under stress.
Additionally, such thin wire antennas often
remain detectable despite their best efforts to “hide” them from
view because they are often revealed and easily detected by sunlight
reflections. Some hams have attempted to paint such wires using
non reflective colors but these often remain visible to people
who are curious with an eye for detecting even the slightest details.
Pole Antenna made by KX9DK
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