Antenna hidden in plain sight

glock35ipsc

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Since I originally posed this I have been making and trying all sorts of different ideas. I currently have an Arrow-style open stub j-pole on the rear deck painted to match, and a Fong DBJ-1 disguised as a plant on the front porch. But my favorite one so far is a Moxon style antenna I made with 1/4" wide adhesive copper tape around a piece of cardboard from the back of a note pad. This one sits in front of the window by my chair, and is pulling in repeaters that I couldn't get before. Thanks for all the ideas!
 

rapidcharger

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How 'bout a flag pole that doubles as an antenna. That way, it doesn't sound like you're trying to get away with something. :)
You're more likely to get written up for a flagpole than an antenna.
I have extensive experience with this subject.
Typically you need to get permission to install a flagpole. Even though the community's governing documents allow for you to have a particular type of flag or flags, erecting a flagpole can be a different subject altogether. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but sometimes when you go asking for permission, they're going to want to see the finished product up close or have other design standards for it.

On the other hand, an antenna somewhere in the back yard, if you don't go telling anyone about it and it can't be seen from the road and it isn't something that the neighbors can really see all that well, will go unnoticed.
 

kd1sq

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Here you are. Should fit the bill nicely. Completely invisible AND up on the roof in the open.



I live in an HOA, so I'm brainstorming some hidden in plain sight locations for a 2m/70cm antenna, I don't have a great deal of space in the attic, but putting a simple ground plane up there wouldn't be terribly difficult.

But as I'm looking around tonight, I'm wondering if an Arrow j-pole, or even a Slim Jim, would work mounted to the backside of my porch beam? Would being mounted right up against this structure (well, about an inch off of it) degrade it efficiency, or mess with SWRs?


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Firekite

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Here you are. Should fit the bill nicely. Completely invisible AND up on the roof in the open.

You ever used one? There doesn’t seem to be much—any—info on their site.
 

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You also didn't mention if you are using a mobile (~50w) or a handheld radio(~5w) and if your JUST RX or if you plan on TRx. If its a handheld, your going to end up losing just about anything "gained" from the antenna height on the ~50' coax losses alone. And a note on certain peoples commercial sales of J-poles ....if it works for you...so would a metal coat hanger FYI, costs a lot less and YOU get the experience of making an antenna that works FOR YOU..at YOUR location. J-Poles and slim jims are easy to make, almost as easy as a 1/4 wave GP with welding rods soldered onto a so-239 panel connector.
 
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