4. Disguised Portable AM/FM Radio Dipole:
The fake and non functional
“patio radio” should be purchased at a yard sale for 2 bucks and
is hopefully not working at all. The design chosen should have
detachable speakers which will actually function as the dipole
antenna when the speakers are stretched out from the radio and
“mounted” in a location such as below an awning or on the railing
of an outdoor patio deck at a condo community, or even outside
on the apartment balcony etc.
The extending detachable speakers and are
just empty plastic shells with no speakers actually installed
inside them. The “power cord” leading to the radio prop is removed
and replaced with coaxial feed line. Now the coaxial cable feed
line serves to resemble an ordinary power cord. This power cord
is used to connect your rig to the dipole antenna.
The so called speaker wires are attached
to the coaxial feed line on the inside of the radio. Feel free
to become creative and gut the inside of the radio and install
a remote antenna tuner or matching network inside the radio instead.
Some of the knobs on the outside of this radio could be redesigned
to function with variable capacitors installed inside and serve
to function as an antenna tuner. Just remember that the controls
labeled on the AM/FM radio as “tone” now means “tune” instead.
Mount the speakers, and “plug in” the stereo
“power cord” with the PL259 connector attached on the end into
the back of your rig. You are now on the air in full dipole stereo
but this portable AM/FM radio will never bother any of your neighbors
with any loud music.