> I'm planning to move into a neighborhood that has CC&Rs and
> have to get an antenna approved. The 1 acre lots are reasonably well
> treed with heights approaching 30 feet so screening of a vertical or a
> mast should not be a problem, but the committee has strong control and
> may want minimal or none and must be convinced.
> What mast would present the minimal profile except when raised?
> Re verticals, what is your opinion of the GAP Titan DX relative to
> others of similar specs?
> Have you any recommendations re other approaches?
If it were me, I'd start house-hunting elsewhere... But understanding
that sometimes the WAF (XYL approval factor) and other things must
override one's desire to have an effective station...
Could you get a wire antenna up into the trees? If done carefully, it
could be nearly invisible. For multiple bands, you could either run
ladder line into the shack (admittedly that poses an aesthetic problem:
ladder line is difficult to hide without comprimising its electrical
characteristics, but if the foliage is thick enough it may not be a
problem) or put several dipoles on a common center insulator.
Invisible random end-fed wires can work pretty well. If you can find
some #30 magnet wire (Radio Shack used to sell 200' spools) it will work
nicely. The big problem is mechanical, providing enough flex to keep it
from breaking. I'm told *** bands are the answer to that problem.
Don't worry about power-handling capability or losses; a #30 antenna
will handle the full output of a 100-watt transceiver.
I've heard less-than-good comments about the Gap antennas, though I've
never tried one myself. Of the ones I've used, I've had the best luck
with the Butternuts. But their exposed coils (while quite effective
RF-wise) are not all that aesthetically pleasing.
It's too bad AEA is out of business, their Isoloop worked very well
either as an attic antenna or something you could stick in the top of a
larger tree. Maybe you can find a used one? The big problem with
magnetic loops is very narrow bandwidth, you have to retune the antenna
if you QSY more than a few kilohertz.
If worse comes to worse... you could put up a flagpole... few
committees put aesthetics before patriotism, though there are some that
Doug Smith W9WI
Pleasant View (Nashville), TN EM66
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